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Mississippi State University

Starkville, Mississippi

Ranked among the National Science Foundations's Top 100 research universities, Mississippi State University equips students with the knowledge and confidence to see beyond the challenges and creates the future.  A public, land-grant university, Mississippi State's mission is to provide access and opportunity to all students and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service.  With a record enrollment of more than 22,000, MSU not only is the top choice for Mississippi students, but also is home to a campus popultion that includes representation from 49 state, Washington DC, the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, and 84 countries.  In addition to a comprehensive array of educatoinal options, MSU offers opportunities for students to lead in the classroom, on campus and in the community.  Recognized by the Carnigie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research activity doctoral university, MSU is confronting global challenges head-on. Through leadership in domestic and international research consortiums, MSU is spearheading advancements in unmanned  aerial systems, enhancing aquaculture to eradicate global hunger and developing inproved curriuclua and training for the next geration of scientists and engineers.  MSU reesarchers are buiding crime-fighting robots, advaincing off-road self-driving technology, and strenthening the blue economy via reseach on seafood safety and new product innovation.  They are also helping restore life-sustaining marshlands along the Gulf Coast, partnering with NASA on future space exploration and pioneering antidotes to defeat hamful nerve agents and save lives.  Additonaly, MSU houses one of the world's fastest academic supercompeter sytems, providing a powerful engine that accelerates research efforts.  By launching an online archive of approximately five decades of agricultural seed technology research, MSU is ushering in a new era of open data and information sharing that will play in important role in improved gloabal helath, saftey and food security.  In fact, the Nainol Science Foundation ranks MSU in the nation's top 5% for agriculture and natural resources-a positoin it has held for over two decades. In the realm of health care and medicine, MSU researchers are studying machine-learning techniqes to predict heart disease and using virtual reality to improve communication skills in children with autism.   


Last Updated: 2021-11-05


Passport Block


The Passport Block listed here is for general information only.
Students must see the institution's website for access to its official block.

Mississippi State University offers many degree programs.  Mississippi State's Interstate Passport block is developed to align with the General Education. However, individual degree programs may have specified courses within General Education that are part of their degree program.  Student's are encouraged to talk with an advisor in the degree program to determine the best courses to select for thier academic goals.

Students need to take one Oral Communication course from the list provided.

Oral Communication
Courses in Oral Communication
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
CO 1003 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
CO 1013 Intro to Communication

Students must take one course. Please note that Mississippi State University students must complete a prerequisite course before completing the required Written Communication course.

Written Communication
Courses in Written Communication
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
EN 1113 English Composition II

Students must complete one quantitative literacy course from the list of courses.  Please note, MA 1423 is restricted to Elementary Education majors.

Quantitative Literacy
Courses in Quantitative Literacy
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
MA 1323 Trignonometry
MA 1423 Problem Solving with Real Numbers
MA 1613 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences I
MA 1713 Calculus I

Mississippi State students are required to take two lab-based courses.  Generally, students should select one Life Science and one Physcial Science course.  When registering, the registration system will prompt you if you need to add a lab section.  If prompted, you must add the lab course.  Otherwise, the lab is incorporated into the Life Science or Physical Science course.  

Life Sciences
Courses in Life Sciences
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AN 1344 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
BIO 1004 Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 1023 Plants and Humans
BIO 1123 Animal Biology
Bio 1134 Biology I
ENS 2103 Introduction to Environmental Science
PSS 1313 Plant Science

Physical Science
Courses in Physical Science
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry I
CH 1213 Chemistry 1
EPP 2213 Instroduction to Insects
GG 1113 Survey of Earth Sciences 1
GR 1114 Elements of Physical Geography
GR 1604 Weather and Climate
PH 1013 Physical Science Survey I
PH 1023 Physical Science Survey II
PH 1113 General Physics 1

Mississippi State students are required to take two courses from the following list.

Courses in
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AAS 1063 Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 2363 Introduction to African American Literature
AAS 3013 African American History to 1865
AAS 3023 African American History since 1865
EN 2203 Introduction to Literature
EN 2213 English Literature before 1800
EN 2223 English Literature after 1800
EN 2243 American Literature before 1865
EN 2253 American Literature after 1865
EN 2273 British Literature before 1600
EN 2283 British Literature after 1600
FL 2133 Language III
FL 2143 Language IV
GR 1123 Introduction to World Geography
GR 2013 Human Geography
HI 1063 Early US History
HI 1073 Modern US History
HI 1163 World History before 1500
HI 1173 World History Since 1500
HI 1213 Early Western World
HI 1223 Moern Western World
HI 1313 East Asian Civilizations to 1300
HI 1323 East Asian Civilizations since 1300
HON 1163 Quest Begins
HON 3183 Honors Seminar in the Humanities
PHI 1103 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 1103 Introduction to Religion
PS 1113 American Government

Critical Thinking is met by courses in Quantitative Literacy. These courses meet both areas of the Passport Block.

List 1
Courses in List 1
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
MA 1323 Trignonometry
MA 1423 Problem Solving with Real Numbers
MA 1613 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences
MA 1713 Calculus 1

Students are required to select one course.

List 1
Courses in List 1
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AAS 1103 African American Music
ART 1013 Art History I
ART 1023 Art History II
CO 1503 Introduction to Theatre
LA 1803 Landscape Architecture Appreciationa
MU 1103 Arican American Music
MU 1123 History and Appreciation of American Music
MU 1133 History of Rock and Roll
MU 1143 History of Jazz
MU 1163 Intoduction to Music in Film
MU 1173 Music of the Beatles
PE 1323 History and Appreciation of Dance
PSS 234 Floral Design


Students must complete one of these courses, which also count toward other Passport requirements.

Teamwork
Courses in Teamwork
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
CO 1013 Intro to Communication
CO 1503 Intro to Theatre
EN 1113 English Composition
GR 2013 Human Geography
PE 1323 History and Appreciation of Dance
PSS 2343 Floral Design

Mississippi State students are required to take two courses from the following list.

Courses in
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
AN 1103 Introduction to Anthropology
AN 1143 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
AN 1543 Introduction to Archaeology
AN/EN 2403 Introduction to the Study of Language
BCS 2013 Construction and Culture
CO 1223 Introduction to Communication Theory
CO 1403 Introdcution to Mass Media
EC 1003 Economics of Social Issues
EC 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics
EC 2123 Principles of Microeconomics
EPY 2513 Human Growth and Development
HDFS 1813 Individual and Family Development through the Lifespan
HI 1003 History of Science in Six Ideas
HI 1013 History of Technology in Six Objects
HON 1173 The West and the Wider World
HON 3143 Honors Seminar in Social Science
PS 1313 Introduction to International Relations
PS 1513 Comparative Government
PSY 1013 General Psychology
SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology
SO 1103 Contemporary Social Problems
SO 1203 Sociology of Families


Program Highlights


Playing an essential role in all of Mississippi's 82 couties, MSU's Extension Service offers education-based programs to improve helath care in rural, medically underserved communities.  Innovation also is a hallmark of MSU's College of Veterninary Medicine, where students are excelling in rescue and rehabiliton of vulnerable marine animals along Mississippi's Gulf Coast and pioneering life-saving breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of pet diseases such as cancer and epilepsy. MSU is also helping establish the next generation of business leaders and CEOs.  A MSU's Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach, the university fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by helping students plan, launch and grow successful companies.  While the future is our focus, MSU values the knowledge that can be gained from studying the past.  As home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Frank and Virginia Williams Colllectoin of Lincolniana, MSU is one the nation's foremost repositories for Civil War research and one of just six universities in the U.S. to house a presindential library.  At Mississippi State, we are moving to make life better than it was when we arrived-a committment that rings true for today and for years to come.


Contact Info

Institutional Liaison: Dana Franz
Contact for Students: OIRE




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