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2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog for Ohio University

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140 Chubb Hall

David Descutner
Dean and Associate Provost
for Undergraduate Studies

William L. Allen
Associate Dean

Laura Chapman
Assistant Dean, Student Services

Cynthia King
Director, Academic Advancement Center

Karin Sandell
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Sherrie Gradin
Director, Center for Writing Excellence

Dan Barton
Kraig Curry
Richard Linn
Lora Munsell
Greg Oberlin
Char Rae
Academic Advisors

University College serves both undecided students who are exploring the University's options before selecting a major and degree program and students who are seeking the Bachelor of Specialized Studies, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, or associate's degrees.

University College advances the mission of Ohio University by providing institutional leadership across colleges to promote teaching and learning. The college provides a number of University-wide services. University College staff members manage orientation and advisement programs, such as Precollege, that assist you in reviewing your interests, planning academic programs, and adjusting to University life. University College also includes the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Writing Excellence, and the Academic Advancement Center, which support teaching and learning. In addition, it oversees the University's general education program and fosters student success through such initiatives as residential learning communities.


Associate in Arts
Arts and Humanities Emphasis
Social Sciences Emphasis

Associate in Individualized Studies

Associate in Science
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Specialized Studies

Admission Requirements

Any Ohio University student who has fewer than 90 credit hours can be admitted to University College as an undecided student. A separate application is required to enter the Associate in Individualized Studies program, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice program, and the Bachelor of Specialized Studies program. See descriptions of each program later in this section for additional information.


No single activity of University College is given a higher priority than academic advising. University College faculty advisors and professional advisors strive to inform you about academic options and to assist you with decisions about how you can best use the University to promote your learning and development.

Undecided students, or those who wish to investigate academic options before selecting a major, are admitted to University College. Undecided first-year students typically are assigned two advisors. One is a member of the faculty; the other is a member of the University College professional advising staff. Both will provide information and advice about University programs, choosing a major program of study, and University requirements. You should consult with your advisor about course selection before preregistration each quarter. While advisor conferences are particularly important during preregistration, it is recommended that you maintain regular contact with your advisor for assistance with concerns related to academic and career planning. If you are an associate's degree, specialized studies, criminal justice, or nondegree student, you are also assigned a University College advisor to help you plan an appropriate program. In addition, students in any other college may seek out a University College advisor when their questions touch on University-wide issues or University College programs, or when they are investigating a change of program.

If you are in University College as an undecided student but has a tentative major in mind, you should refer to those requirements outlined elsewhere in this catalog. If you are interested in determining your progress toward one or more majors, the college office can provide you with a "what if" check sheet for that major to answer these questions.

Your faculty advisor assists in the preparation of a schedule each quarter so that you select the proper sequence of courses in the major and appropriately related courses. However, it is the student's responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the departmental, college, and university levels.

Academic and Other Requirements

If you are a University College undecided student, you are required to move into a major program by the time you have earned 90 credit hours (junior rank). Students who have earned more than 90 hours and are still undecided, including new transfer students, will not be permitted to register for subsequent quarters. All majors require you to complete residency hours, which may be up to two years.

Special Programs

College Adjustment Program (CAP)
CAP has provided services and opportunities to help qualified Ohio University students adjust to the challenges of college life since 1979. Along the way CAP has developed a strong record of aiding in student retention and graduation. CAP is located in the Academic Advancement Center (101 Alden Library) and is supported by Ohio University and by a Student Support Services TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The following are some examples of services CAP offers to assist students as they work toward graduation:

Eligibility for CAP is determined according to a two tier system. Students must satisfy both tiers to be eligible for CAP. As CAP is a small program, space is limited and eligibility does not guarantee admission. CAP serves approximately 275 students annually.

Tier 1 : To meet this requirement a student must demonstrate an academic need. This is defined as :

If a student satisfies the Tier 1 requirement, s/he must also meet at least one of the Tier 2 requirements.

Tier 2 : To satisfy this requirement a student must:

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Most students are admitted to CAP prior to the start of their first quarter at Ohio University. Continuing students who meet the eligibility requirements may be admitted as long as they have earned fewer than 60 hours of credit.

For more information about CAP please logon to http://www.ohio.edu/aac/cap/. You may also contact the Academic Advancement Center at 740.593.2644 or the CAP Coordinator via e-mail at lesterj@ohio.edu.

General Education
In 1979 the faculty of Ohio University adopted a comprehensive General Education Program required of all baccalaureate degree students (see Graduation Requirements-University-wide). University College is responsible for coordinating this program. The goal of general education is to broaden and enrich the educational experience of all undergraduate students.

Support of Teaching and Learning Initiatives
University College houses the Center for Teaching Excellence, which provides support for teaching innovation and the dissemination of the best classroom practices and the Center for Writing Excellence, which provides institutional support for the integration of writing across the curriculum and the Student Writing Center. The College also fosters learning initiatives such as the development of student learning communities. In recent years it has offered the First Year Enrichment Program, a learning community focused on environmental literacy, and has worked with the Center for Community Service to develop service-learning courses in which community service and course content complement each other. You can obtain more information about these programs from any University College staff member.

Precollege Orientation
Each summer, University College conducts Precollege Orientation, designed to acquaint you and your parents with the programs of the University. You will meet with faculty, staff, and student advisors to plan an academic program, complete a class schedule, and register for your first quarter. You will also learn about the wide variety of social and group activities available on campus while becoming acquainted with other students in your college. Orientation programs are also held before the winter, spring, and summer quarters for first-year and transfer students.

First-Year Seminar Course
University College sponsors a special course open to all new students, UC 115 The University Experience. The course is designed to help first-quarter students adjust to the new experiences of university life and take advantage of what the University offers. Topics covered include University resources, time management, University policies and procedures, and academic major selection. The course includes writing activities, such as journals and one or more short papers. Especially recommended for undecided and first-generation college students.

Learning Communities
Learning communities allow all first-year students the opportunity to have the benefits of a small college atmosphere while providing the benefits of Ohio University's large campus culture. Participation in a learning community guarantees students 2-3 common freshman courses for fall quarter. Each community has no more than 20 students. As a result, participating students develop cohesive relationships with their peers, and have enriched interaction with faculty. Participation in a learning community will give you the opportunity to engage in academic as well as social activities with members of your community. There are currently three learning community options for incoming first-year students: Linked Courses, Residential Learning Communities, and Non-Residential Learning Communities.

For more information please visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/rlc/ or contact:

Coordinator of Learning Communities
University College
Ohio University, Chubb Hall 140
E-mail: rlc@www.ohio.edu

University Professor Program
Another of University College's efforts to enhance and reward undergraduate teaching and learning is the University Professor Program. To acknowledge outstanding undergraduate teaching, Ohio University students nominate and select University Professors on the Athens campus each year. University Professors are tenure-track faculty members who have demonstrated teaching excellence.

Upon selection by the student University Professor Selection Committee and final appointment by the provost, each professor is granted a release from part of his or her normal teaching duties and receives $2,000 for professional development. The University Professor uses this opportunity to develop and teach two classes of his or her own choosing and design.

The University Professor Selection Committee consists of representatives from the undergraduate student body.

Programs of Study

Associate in Arts/Associate in Science Degrees

If you are planning to transfer from Ohio University to another institution, you are advised to complete the Transfer Module as part of your A.A. or A.S. degree. See the Admissions section of this catalog.

These degrees are available on all campuses. Each degree requires a minimum of 96 hours. A maximum of 24 credits earned through the Experiential Learning Program may be applied to the A.A. or A.S. degree. At least 30 of the total credits earned toward the A.A. or A.S. must be Ohio University credits. Technical courses count only as electives for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees.

If you plan to earn the A.A. or A.S. degree, contact the associate's degree coordinator in University College so that the valid major code can be properly recorded.

Associate in Arts -- Arts and Humanities Emphasis

Major code AA1101

You must meet the following requirements to earn an A.A. with arts and humanities emphasis. See the following list for the courses that count under each area.

Arts and Humanities (must include Tier I English composition)     30

Natural Science, Applied Science, and Quantitative Skills (must include Tier I quantitative skills) 15

Social Sciences 15

Electives 36

Minimum required for graduation: 96

Associate in Arts -- Social Sciences Emphasis

Major code AA1110

You must meet the following requirements to earn an A.A. with social sciences emphasis. See the following list for the courses that count under each area.

Arts and Humanities (must include Tier I English composition)     15

Natural Science, Applied Science, and Quantitative Skills (must include Tier I quantitative skills) 15

Social Sciences 30

Electives 36

Minimum required for graduation: 96

Associate in Science

Major code AS1104

You must meet the following requirements to earn an A.S. See the following list for the courses that count under each area.

Arts and Humanities (must include Tier I English composition)     15

Natural Science, Applied Science, and Quantitative Skills (must include Tier I quantitative skills) 30

Social Sciences 15

Electives 36

Minimum required for graduation: 96

You may select courses for the A.A. and A.S. degrees from the following three areas:

Arts and Humanities
African American Studies 110, 150, 210, 211, 250, 310, 350, 355, 356

Art 110

Art History

Classical Archaeology (except 211, 212, 213)

Classical Languages (Latin, Greek)

Classics in English

Dance 150, 170, 171, 351, 352, 353, 370, 471, 472, 473

English (except 150)

Film 201, 202, 203

Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian/Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, 
Russian, Spanish, Swahili)

History 121, 122, 123, 314A-F, 328, 329A-C, 330, 331, 351, 352, 353A-B, 354, 356A-C, 357, 370, 389


Interdisciplinary Arts

International Literature:  Modern Languages

Interpersonal Communication 101

Music 100, 120, 124, 125, 150, 321, 322, 323, 421A-F, 427, 428

Philosophy (except 120)

Theater 150, 170, 270, 271, 272

Women's Studies
Natural Science, Applied Science, and Quantitative Skills
Anthropology 201, 492, 496


Biological Sciences

Biology 101

Chemical Engineering 331

Chemistry and Biochemistry (except 115)

Communication Systems Management 101

Computer Science

Engineering and Technology 280, 320, 350, 470

Environmental and Plant Biology

Geography 101, 201, 260, 302, 303, 411

Geological Sciences

Health Sciences 202

Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences 108

Human and Consumer Sciences - Food and Nutrition 128

Industrial Technology 110

Mathematics (except 101, 102)

Mechanical Engineering 100

Philosophy 120

Physical Science


Psychology 120, 221, 226, 312, 314
Social Sciences
African American Studies (except those courses listed in Arts and Humanities)

Anthropology (except 201, 492, 496)

Business Law 255, 370, 442, 475

Classical Archaeology 211, 212, 213


Geography (except 101, 201, 260, 302, 303, 411)

History (except those courses listed in Arts and Humanities)

Human and Consumer Sciences - Child and Family Studies 160

Human and Consumer Sciences - Retail Merchandising 250

International Studies 103, 113, 118, 121

Interpersonal Communication 351, 352, 353

Journalism 105


Management 202

Political Science

Psychology (except 120, 221, 226, 312, 314)

Social Work


Telecommunications 105

Associate in Individualized Studies Degree

Major code AI5508

If you wish to pursue a two-year program of study in a field other than those available through one of the other associate's degree options, you may design your own program of study to meet particular goals through the Associate in Individualized Studies degree program, available on the Athens, Chillicothe, Lancaster, and Zanesville campuses.

To be admitted to the program, you must complete an application, available in the University College office, the University College Web site http://www.ohio.edu/univcollege/degree/AISAPPL.htm, or regional campus Student Services Office and schedule an interview with a University College, Adult Learning Services, or regional campus advisor. Admission to the program is granted only upon review of the application by the A.I.S. review committee. Note: if you have previously earned an associate's degree, you are not permitted to earn the A.I.S. degree.

Although there are no specific course or academic area requirements (other than Tier I freshman English composition and quantitative skills), the application must outline your intended course of study, and it must include a proposed area of concentration.

You must consult with two faculty members in the preparation of your program, one of whom must be from your area of concentration. Both faculty members must be Group 1 or 2.

To submit an application for admission to the program, you must currently be enrolled as a degree-seeking student. To graduate with an Associate in Individualized Studies degree, you must

  1. Earn 96 quarter hours.

  2. Earn at least 30 quarter hours after admission to the A.I.S. program (degree residency requirement).

  3. Complete University Tier I freshman-level requirements in English composition and quantitative skills.

  4. Complete an approved area of concentration, consisting of at least 30 credit hours, which has coherence and educational purpose equivalent to an established degree program.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the quarter. To have current credit hours included as part of the residency requirement, applications must be submitted by the last day of classes of fall, winter, spring quarter, or the full-term summer session.

A maximum of 24 credits earned through the Experiential Learning Program may be applied to the A.I.S. degree.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC is based on our Constitution to help "provide for the common defense." Today, when the defense of this nation is so inextricably involved with world issues, our nation needs talented and well trained officers in its military services. If you have the desire and talent to dedicate your time to the service of your country, ROTC can lead to a rewarding career as a military officer. Our military needs the best managers, administrators, engineers, and scientists the nation's schools can produce to be leaders with wide ranges of knowledge and skill. The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, in agreement with universities and colleges, is designed to produce these types of men and women for our nation.

The Army ROTC program at Ohio University is under the Military Science Department (MSC); the Air Force ROTC program is under the Aerospace Studies Department (AST). The University offers two, three, and four-year ROTC programs. ROTC is divided into two phases, the general course and the advanced course. Any student can take any of the general classes for elective credit with no military service commitment. Notice: The ROTC programs at Ohio University may not fully comply with University nondiscrimination policies due to the selective process of military service. However, the ROTC programs are in compliance with national nondiscrimination policies and the guidance and policies of the respective military services and the Department of Defense.

Partial and full scholarships are available on a competitive basis for qualified students. These scholarships pay costs of tuition, mandatory student fees, and a book fee. Additionally, recipients receive a tax-free stipend up to $400 monthly for the period the scholarship is in effect. Non-scholarship students in the advanced course also receive the tax-free stipend. National Guard 100 percent tuition assistance is also available.

Summer Field Training
Field leadership training normally occurs during the summer after the sophomore year (Air Force) or junior year (Army). However, exceptions are possible. All travel expenses, board, living quarters, and uniforms are furnished, and you are paid while attending summer field training.

Uniforms and Equipment
Training equipment and uniforms are loaned to all ROTC students without cost.

ROTC is a competitive program. If you successfully complete the ROTC advanced program and the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, you will be qualified for a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army or the United States Air Force.

Special Schooling
Upon completing their degree and the ROTC program, Air Force ROTC students will start their professional careers in one of over 40 specialized career fields including Operations, Logistics, Engineering, Communications, Weather, Intelligence, Space and Missiles, and more. Advanced schooling is provided to initially prepare you for your career field. In addition, the Air Force provides opportunity and resources for its officers to pursue professional continuing education and advanced degrees. Army ROTC students may be selected for a variety of specialized training opportunities, such as Airborne School, Air Assault School, Nurse Summer Training Program, Pentagon Internships, and Summer Leadership internships. Army officers can serve in one of 16 career branches, including: combat, combat support, and combat service support options. Selected officers, after entrance on active duty, are sent to civilian universities or service technical institutes for graduate work leading to a master's degree or to a doctoral degree in specialized fields.

Aerospace Studies Program
(Air Force ROTC)
The Aerospace Studies Program is designed to develop the character and skills required of professional Air Force officers. The goal is to provide you with the foundation to become an officer in the United States Air Force, while acquiring a baccalaureate degree in a field of your own choosing.

The curriculum during the first two years (the general program, one credit per quarter) is an introduction to the Air Force and its heritage. It focuses on career opportunities, doctrine, mission, and organization of the United States Air Force. It also includes studies in the development of air power and present and future concepts within the Air Force.

Concurrently with these academic subjects, cadets participate in "Leadership Lab" (for an additional one credit hour per quarter). Leadership lab centers around military customs and organization and include parades, ceremonies, and social events that enable you to gain insight into the dynamics of military leadership. There is no service commitment during the first two years (for non-scholarship cadets), and it is an excellent way for you to explore the lifestyle and career options the Air Force has to offer. You must take both the general course and Leadership Lab to be enrolled in the AFROTC program. The entire general program consists of six quarters of study and is entitled the "General Military Course", or GMC. Optional non-credit summer professional development classes at Air Force bases provide further exposure to an Air Force career and are funded by the Air Force.

The advanced curriculum, entitled the "Professional Officer Course", or POC (three credit hours per quarter), is specifically designed to prepare you for active duty as a commissioned officer. Entry into the POC is selective and based on the needs of the Air Force. Studies include military leadership and principled of management during the junior year. The senior year includes defense policymaking, the military professional, strategy, arms control, and military justice. It emphasizes professional responsibilities for Air Force officers within our democratic society and how the Air Force supports national goals. Through case studies, guest lectures, and dialogue, you experience a realistic simulation of problems facing officers. As a member of the advanced Professional Officer Course, you develop leadership skills by supervising first year and sophomore cadets in Leadership Lab. You practice communication skills and perform organizational projects similar to those accomplished by active duty Air Force officers. This advanced unit consists of six quarters of on-campus study, six quarters of Leadership Lab, and a summer field leadership training encampment.

Flight Qualification
Qualified cadets have the additional option of becoming a flight officer candidate. Selection for either pilot or navigator training will be made during your junior year. If you are selected, you will enter USAF pilot or navigator training following graduation and commissioning.

After commissioning, you are assigned to a position within the Air Force structure that best combines your academic major and desires with the needs of the Air Force. Past graduates have requested and been assigned to areas of air operations (both flyers and non-flyers), administration, physical and social sciences, engineering, and research and development in aerospace technologies, to name a few. In addition, qualified cadets can pursue military careers in the medical and legal career fields after completing the AFROTC program.

Military Science Program (Army ROTC)
The Military Science Program is designed to develop the leadership and management skills required of an officer in the United States Army. The military science curriculum complements your normal coursework for a baccalaureate degree and provides a basis for progression toward a commission as an officer in the United States Army. You can join the program at any point in your time at Ohio University, as long as you have two years remaining. This two-year period can be undergraduate or graduate work.

The first two years of Army ROTC is known as the Basic Course (BC). During the BC, you take classes in general military subjects, including an introduction to the Army ROTC program, basic skills, leadership and team building, and leadership and small-unit operations. These courses provide a basic understanding of the Army and a background for the second two years of the program. During the first two years there is a requirement for wearing of uniforms for lab, but no military service obligation is incurred.

Entrance into the second two years of the Army ROTC (the Advanced Course) is selective and competitive. You can qualify for the Advanced Course by completing the BC, by current service in the National Guard or Reserves, or by attending a four-week ROTC Leaders Training Course. The Advanced Course will expand your knowledge of military subjects, including military justice, tactics, ethics and professionalism, management, training, and current issues affecting the military. In addition to the classroom work, the department conducts a leadership laboratory in which all students take part in planning and conducting such adventure-type outdoor training activities as rappelling, survival swimming, marksmanship, physical training, and land navigation. Advanced course students are required to attend a four-week summer National Advanced Leadership Camp between their junior and senior years. All summer camp expenses, including meals, housing, travel, and uniforms, are paid by the Army. In addition, each cadet is paid approximately $700 in military pay for camp attendance.

The Department of Military Science also sponsors several extracurricular clubs or activity groups organized by the cadets with faculty advisors, such as the Color Guard, Officer Christian Fellowship, and Ranger Challenge. Cadets may be selected on a voluntary basis for attendance at U.S. Army schools such as Airborne (parachutist) School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare, and Northern Warfare School.

Nursing Program
The Army offers two-year scholarships for qualified students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Nursing students receive special consideration as they pursue their B.S.N. along with a commission in the U.S. Army. Many of the same requirements apply to nurse candidates. In addition to attending National Advanced Leadership Camp, nursing students receive the opportunity for real-world training at top-quality military and medical centers through the Nurse Summer Training Program.

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