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Capstone Option

Students entering the Public Safety Management program with an Associate’s degree or equivalent fire service certification may be eligible for the Capstone Option.

To qualify, a student must have earned an Associate's degree, or equivalent certification, with a minimum of 60 credit hours prior to completing the first 12 hours in the Bachelor's program. Equivalent certification is defined as a technically oriented certificate or diploma that meets the same requirements as an associate degree. Additionally, a student must have a grade point average of 2.25 or better (as calculated by SIU) and be eligible for admission in the Fire Service Management program

To ensure Capstone eligibility, students should speak with an SIU advisor. All transcripts and other documentation, such as test reports, military credit, and work experience, must be received no later than the end of the first semester of attendance. The SIU Office of Records and Registration is the approving authority for Capstone, and detailed information regarding the Capstone Option can be found in the current SIU Undergraduate Catalog.


Degree requirements for students admitted to the Capstone Option include:

Curriculum

Credits

University Core Curriculum

30

Public Safety Management Major

48

Approved Career Electives

42

Total

120



University Core Curriculum
 requirements for Capstone Option include:

Curriculum

Credits

Science

6

Social Science

6

Humanities

3

Fine Arts

3

Multicultural

3

English Composition

3

Speech Communication

3

Mathematics

3

Total

30


NOTE
: Each University Core Curriculum course category includes specific requirements that are defined in the current SIU Bulletin/Undergraduate Catalog. Students must work closely with the SIU Program Advisor to approve prior coursework as they enroll to make certain they fulfill the SIU University Core Curriculum requirements.

University Requirement: While completing degree requirements students must complete 42 semester hours of the 120 semester hours required for the degree at the senior institutional level.

Approved Career Electives are defined as formal coursework or its equivalent that is technical, managerial, or supervisory in nature and related to the Fire Service Management major. Most students fulfill the Approved Career Electives requirement through previous education related to the major, previous occupational education credit related to the major, and/or previous work experience credit related to the major. This includes military and civilian technical training, MOS/NER/AFSC credit, and experience.

SIU's College of Applied Sciences and Arts is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). In keeping with membership in SOC, transfer credit is accepted in all areas to include the major. However, each student must complete the residence requirement by taking the last year, which is defined as 30 semester hours, or by having three years of credit, which is defined as 90 semester hours at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Each student also must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all work taken at SIU.