Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-25 Undergraduate Catalog

The Academic Program

The Academic Program

Successful completion of the Doane Core Connections, an academic major, the general requirements, and the additional degree requirements qualifies students to receive a baccalaureate degree from Doane University. Doane offers two degrees: a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science. The bachelor of arts degree (BA) is the central degree at Doane University, but a student may opt for the bachelor of science (BS) degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. a major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computing, engineering, engineering physics, environmental science, health sciences, mathematics, physical science, physics, or science; or
  2. a total of four courses (a minimum of 12 credits) chosen from astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geography, geology, (not including any course below CMP 140 ), mathematics, physical science, or physics, in addition to the two courses required in the Mathematical Reasoning and Scientific Perspectives categories of the Doane Core Connections Foundational Areas of Knowledge.

Majors and Minors

Requirements for the majors are specified in the ”Programs of Instruction: Majors & Minors ” and “Courses of Instruction ” chapters. Major requirements must be met by following the catalog in effect during the student’s year of entry or subsequent terms of enrollment at Doane University.

College of Arts & Sciences 

College of Business

College of Education

Multiple Majors, Minors, Emphases, Endorsements

A student who chooses to complete more than one major, minor, emphasis, or endorsement may fulfill the requirements of each by using common courses, unless otherwise specified.

Supplemental Course Offerings

In addition to regular courses offered in a particular term, the following options are also available.

Directed Studies (290, 390, 490) offer an opportunity for supervised, independent study of a particular topic based on the interest of the student and the availability and approval of the faculty. Any discipline may choose to offer a directed study. Such courses are generally restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Directed studies may be offered for 1-3 credits. (For courses which include a laboratory component, one additional credit may be added.) Courses are letter graded. Students must complete a directed study application form, secure the necessary signatures, and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office. Directed studies are repeatable for credit, provided the topic is different.

Internship Courses (421) In this course, students plan a supervised internship experience for which they may earn academic credit. An internship is work experience offered by a business or organization for a limited period of time. Internships provide students with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in their courses. Internships also help develop an understanding of general workplace practices while gaining valuable professional experience and establishing networks.

Internships may be taken for 1 to 12 credit hours with a maximum of 12 credits that can be applied to graduation. If a student is completing an internship at an organization where a family member is employed, someone other than the family member must approve time and complete the intern evaluations. Students on the Crete campus who are completing this course over the summer may register up to 6 credits in the fall semester immediately following. 

Students interested in completing an internship for credit should discuss requirements and degree implications with their advisor. Once a student has secured an internship position, students should contact Career, Leadership, & Service (career@doane.edu) to complete the approval process. If students need assistance finding or securing an internship opportunity, please also contact Career, Leadership, & Service.

Prerequisites:​ CED 205   (or BIO 202  , EDU 415  , EGR 101  , EVS 351  , PSY 245  ). Approval from Career, Leadership and Service

Selected Topics courses (271, 371, 471) offer students an opportunity to investigate topics not covered in any other course and provide a procedure for faculty to pilot new courses. A selected topics course is not offered as an independent study but as a supplement to regular catalog courses and is listed on the schedule of classes with an assigned time and room. The faculty in the discipline must submit a proposal to the Academic Dean for approval to offer a selected topics course. Once it is approved, they must inform the Registrar of the course title and description.

Selected topics courses may be offered for 1-3 credits. (For courses which include a laboratory component, one additional credit may be added.) Generally a maximum of six credits of selected topics courses may be counted in the student’s major. Selected topics are repeatable for credit, provided the topic is different. Once a particular selected topics course has been offered during two consecutive years, it must be approved by the faculty as a regular catalog course before it can be offered again.

A Tutorial Course is listed and described in the catalog and taught during a term in which the course is not scheduled to be offered. A special tutorial form from the Registrar’s Office must be filled out and permission from the Academic Dean granted before such a course may be taught.