To better acquaint students with the educational and social environment of Cameron University, provide the skills necessary for transition to university life, and prepare students for college success, all entering freshmen students will be required to successfully complete one of two university success courses. All entering freshman students, including transfer students with fewer than 24 earned collegiate hours, without performance or curricular deficiencies will be required to enroll in UNIV 1001, Introduction to University Life. All entering freshman students, including transfer students with fewer than 24 earned collegiate hours, with performance or curricular deficiencies will be required to take UNIV 1113, Study Strategies for College Success.
Other university success courses, such as UNIV 2001, Strategies for Academic Success, acquaint students with the academic requirements of Cameron University and provide the skills necessary for success in college-level coursework. Although the course is open to all students, it is required for students placed on academic notice or probation who have fewer than 45 earned college-level credit hours. Current term and future term enrollment as well as removal of academic notice or probation status is conditional upon satisfactory academic progress in the course.
All undergraduate degree programs require students to achieve a minimum level of computer literacy. The means by which students acquire or demonstrate such literacy varies among programs, but acceptable means include (1) successfully completing a high school computer science course that meets State Regents’ high school curricular requirements, or (2) satisfactorily completing a computer literacy assessment; or (3) successfully completing courses designated as program requirements. Courses such as CIS 1013 Introduction to Computer Information Systems, and MIS 2113 Microcomputer Applications typically satisfy computer literacy requirements, however some programs require specific courses to fulfill the computer literacy requirement. Please see the program requirements for each major for details.
The undergraduate capstone experience is designed to bring reflection and focus to the whole of the university experience. It should encourage students to integrate and synthesize aspects of their chosen field of study with important concepts from related disciplines and provide resources for careers, professional programs, and graduate school. Assessment measures such as standardized tests or required key assignments may be required as part of the capstone experience.
Each department or program has designed the capstone experience for its majors to assist them in developing a broader understanding of the significance of the major within the framework of their overall undergraduate experience. This culminating experience should focus on some feature of the student's chosen field of study and should require the disciplined use of skills, methodology, and knowledge taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum.
Examples of possible capstone experiences include (but are not limited to) the following:
- A comprehensive examination.
- A senior seminar that requires a major project.
- An undergraduate thesis.
- A semester project that culminates in a paper, essay, presentation or similar product.
- An internship to investigate a problem in the workplace, and a paper that asks students to analyze and evaluate the experience.
- A performance, show or recital appropriate to the discipline, together with relevant supporting assignments.
Using one or more of the above components also allows departments to assess the effectiveness of their major programs and evaluate the learning of each student. All baccalaureate degree students must complete at least one credit hour in a capstone experience in his or her declared major. Please see the program requirements for each major for details.