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Sample Schedule

The following is a sample schedule for students in the Carthage BSN Program.

Freshman Year

Fall Term

BIO 2010 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional (4 credits)
COR 1100 Intellectual Foundations I (4 credits)
CHM 1010 + CHML 1010 General Chemistry I (LAB SCI) (4 credits)
GNR 0000 College Success Seminar (0 credits)
MLA Language course I (4 credits)


Elective or Global Heritage or Carthage Symposium (4 credits)

Spring Term

BIO 2020 + BIOL 2020 Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professions II (LAB SCI) (4 credits)
COR 1110 Intellectual Foundations II
CHM 1020 + CHML 1020 General Chemistry II (LAB SCI) (4 credits)
MLA Language course II (4 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

PYC 1850 Lifespan Development or Sociology elective (4 credits)
NSG 2010 Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice (4 credits)
NSG 2015/2015C Fundamental Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (4 credits)
REL 1000 Understanding Religions (4 credits)


Elective or Global Heritage or Carthage Symposium (4 credits)

Spring Term

PYC 1850 Lifespan Development or Sociology elective (4 credits)
NSG 3010
 Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing Practice (4 credits)
NSG 2016/2016C Advanced Core Concepts for Nursing Practice (4 credits)
REL Religion elective

Junior Year

Fall Term

NSG 3024 Clinical Scholarship: Applying Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes (WI) (4 credits)
SWK 2330 Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services (MTH) (4 credits)
EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 credit)
Choose two (8 credits): 
NSG 3012/3012C Improving Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3014/3014C Improving Children’s Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3020/3020C Improving Mental Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3022/3022C Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes (4 credits)


Elective or Global Heritage or Carthage Symposium (4 credits)

Spring Term

NSG 3015 Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Environments
EXS Lifetime/Fitness elective (1 credit)
Humanities elective (4 credits)
Choose two (8 credits):
NSG 3012/3012C Improving Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3014/3014C Improving Children’s Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3020/3020C Improving Mental Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 3022/3022C Improving Maternal and New Born Health Outcomes (4 credits)

Senior Year

Fall Term

NSG 4020/4020C Improving Health Outcomes of Populations (4 credits)
NSG 4022 Improving Health Outcomes in Complex Situations (4 credits)
Fine Arts elective (4 credits)
Elective or Global Heritage or Carthage Symposium (4 credits)



Spring Term

NSG 4024 Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Outcomes (4 credits)
NSG 4026 Advanced Clinical Synthesis and Capstone (4 credits)
Elective or Global Heritage or Carthage Symposium (4 credits)

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Two years in, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of Carthage’s fastest growing programs.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Every January and June, between 20 and 40 students travel to the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, where they spend two weeks studying tropical ecology, volunteering in rural medical clinics, and helping to construct freshwater facilities. 

    • The Carthage nursing curriculum delivers nearly 1,100 hours of clinical experience by the time a student graduates from the program. Carthage partners with regional health facilities including the United Hospital System and Aurora Health Care. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …