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2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog for Ohio University

Graduation Requirements -- University Wide

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Catalog of Entry

This catalog in effect for the quarter in which the student first completes coursework at Ohio University becomes the student's University and Major Program Catalog of Entry. This catalog defines the University and college-level academic requirements you must complete and academic policies you must follow for the next five years.

If you change your major status or declare other majors before five years pass, the college of your new major may choose to place you under the then-current Major Program Catalog of Entry but leave you under the original University Catalog of Entry as this pertains to University-wide requirements. After five years from your initial registration, your college may choose to update either or both categories as they pertain to requirements for graduation. Offices responsible for enforcing other University policies, such as graduation with honor, for example, may apply the current University-wide policies to existing students after five years.

Changes in either major or nonmajor requirements that are made necessary by altered or discontinued courses or by requirements imposed by external accrediting or certification agencies will be resolved on an individual basis by the dean of your college. Whenever possible, new requirements will be implemented with a beginning class or upon the expiration of the appropriate time limit.

Transfer students are governed by the same regulations.


Ohio University has two sets of graduation requirements: University-wide requirements, which all students must complete, and college-level requirements, which include the requirements for completing your major or minor. University-wide requirements are discussed in this section. Specific college-level and department-level requirements for majors and minors are explained under the appropriate college listing in the Colleges and Curricula section. (Some colleges or majors may require transfer students to take additional courses to meet specific major requirements.)

In general, you must have a minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit for a bachelor's degree, with all other requirements met. (Students who took coursework at Ohio University before fall 1977 can graduate with 180 hours provided they have met all other requirements.) An associate's degree requires a minimum of 96 quarter hours.

No more than eight credit hours earned in developmental courses may be applied toward the total hours required for graduation. Developmental courses include CHEM 115, ENG 150, ENG 150A, MATH 101, MATH 102, PESS 100, and UC 110, 110A, 110B, 112, 112A, 112B, 114.

No more than 20 credit hours earned under the Pass/Fail grading option may be applied toward the total hours required for graduation.

The University recommends a minimum of 24 hours completed in the minor, and has no policy on the minimum requirements for a major. The specific requirements will be determined by your major (and minor, if you have one) department. You also must have a minimum g.p.a. of 2.0 (C) on all hours attempted (including work taken at another institution, if you are a transfer student) and in the major or equivalent as determined by your college. Your college may have additional g.p.a. requirements.

All baccalaureate students (except Honors Tutorial College students) also must complete Ohio University's General Education Requirements. Associate's degree students must complete the freshman English and quantitative skills requirements.

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
A DARS report is issued by your college's student services office/academic advisor each quarter prior to preregistration. This report includes your Registration Access Code (RAC) and your registration access time; you will need this information in order to register for classes. This report helps in determining requirements for graduation by showing progress toward completing those requirements. Reports are also available upon request at your college's student services office or regional campus student services office during other times. If you have questions concerning the DARS report, please contact your college's student services office or your regional campus student services office.

General Education Requirements

Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include the following:

The ability to communicate through the written word and the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning.

Broad knowledge of the major fields of learning.

A capacity for evaluation and synthesis.

To help you meet these objectives, Ohio University has instituted a three-tiered General Education Requirement that all baccalaureate degree students (except those in Honors Tutorial College) must fulfill. Tier I course requirements build your quantitative and English composition skills; Tier II course requirements increase your breadth of knowledge; and the Tier III course requirement develops your ability to interrelate, synthesize, and integrate knowledge from different academic disciplines.

Tier I Requirements
Quantitative Skills. You must demonstrate or acquire an acceptable level of quantitative skills to satisfy graduation requirements. A math placement test determines your skill level for placement or exemption unless the Tier I quantitative skills requirement has been satisfied by transfer or advanced placement credit. (Students in some majors are required to take a math placement test regardless of transfer or advanced placement credit.) The choice of the course in which you enroll may depend on your major and should be discussed with your advisor.

Any Ohio University MATH course numbered 109 or above, PHIL 120, PSY 120, and PSY 221 satisfy the Tier I quantitative skills requirement (1M). To enroll in any MATH or other quantitative skills course, however, you must either place at the specific level required for that course or satisfy the appropriate prerequisites.

Placement levels are:

DV1 and DV2 (Developmental): Indicate inadequate preparation to enroll in a Tier I-level course. You must complete MATH 101 (and/or 102 on regional campuses) before enrolling in a Level 1 course.

PL1 (Placement Level 1): Indicates preparation for any of the following Tier I-fulfilling courses: MATH 109; MATH 113; MATH 117, 118 (available only on regional campuses and through correspondence); MATH 120 (early childhood, middle childhood, and intervention specialist education majors only); MATH 147; PHIL 120; PSY 120.

PL2 (Placement Level 2): Indicates preparation for Level 1 courses as well as these additional Tier I-fulfilling courses: MATH 115 (recommended only for students who plan to enroll in MATH 263A or 266A); MATH 150, 163A, 250, and PSY 221.

PL3 (Placement Level 3): Demonstrates competence sufficient to fulfill the Tier I quantitative skills requirement. If your major requires that you enroll in a quantitative skills course, placement at Level 3 indicates preparation for MATH 263A, MATH 266A, and any course in Level 1 or 2.

English Composition. A first-year composition course and an advanced junior-level composition course are required. Any English 151, 151A, 152, 153, 153A, or 153B will satisfy the University's General Education first-year writing requirement (1E). These courses are alternative, not sequential, courses in writing. You should select your course by looking at the descriptions and choosing the one that appeals to you. (All regional campus students are given the placement test.)

In your junior year, you must take an approved advanced writing course unless you demonstrate advanced writing proficiency by passing the junior-level exemption exam. The following courses fulfill the junior-level composition requirement:

ART 300J                     HLTH 370J
CLWR 385J                    JOUR 441J
ENG 305J, 306J,              ML 321J or 370J
307J, or 308J                POLS 305J
FILM 344J                    PRCM 325J
HCGE 345J                    REC 370J
HIST                         301J or 396J            

These courses are marked in the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog with the designation (1J) following the title and credit hours.

If you are a transfer student, your requirements are determined by when you enroll and the number and type of credit hours transferred.

Tier II Requirements
Students are required to complete a total of 30 credit hours from an approved list of courses in the following five distribution areas:

Applied Sciences and Technology (A)

Cross-Cultural Perspectives (C)

Humanities and Fine Arts (H)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (N)

Social Sciences (S)

You are required to take at least four credit hours in four of the five areas and may satisfy no more than two of the required four areas with courses from the same department. You may satisfy no more than 12 of the 30 hours with courses from the same department.

You may apply one approved Tier II course in your major department or area of concentration (for B.S.S. students) toward the partial fulfillment of the Tier II requirement.

Approved courses are marked in the Courses of Instruction section with (2A), (2C), (2H), (2N), or (2S) following the title and credit hours. The following courses fulfill the Tier II breadth of knowledge requirement:

Applied Sciences and Technology (2A)
Biological Sciences 220, 221, 222

Chemical Engineering 331

Chemistry and Biochemistry 101

Communication Systems Management 101

Computer Science 230

Electrical Engineering 101

Engineering and Technology 280, 320, 350, 470

Environmental Health 260

Environmental and Plant Biology 103, 160

Geography 201, 260

Geological Sciences 170, 215, 231

Health Sciences 202

Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences 108

Human and Consumer Sciences-Food and Nutrition 128

Industrial Technology 110

Mechanical Engineering 100

Cross-Cultural Perspectives (2C)
Anthropology 101, 102

Art History 214, 330, 331

Classics and World Religions 311, 321, 331

Dance 351, 352, 353

English 331, 332, 333

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Chinese 211, 212, 213
French 211, 212, 213
German 211, 212, 213
Indonesian/Malaysian 211, 212, 213
Italian 211, 212, 213
Japanese 211, 212, 213, 252x, 253x
Japanes Culture 250
Russian 211, 212, 213
Spanish 211, 212, 213, 349
Swahili 211, 212, 213

Geography 131

History 132, 133, 246, 323ABC, 335AB, 341ABC, 345ABC

International Studies 103, 113, 118, 121

Political Science 340

Humanities and Fine Arts (2H)
African American Studies 110, 150, 210, 211, 250, 350

Art 110

Art History 211, 212, 213

Classics and World Religions 181, 301, 302

Communication Studies 101

Dance 170, 171, 271, 471, 472, 473

English 200, 204, 205, 206

Film 201, 202, 203

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Classics in English 127, 231, 234, 235, 236, 237, 252, 253, 254, 255
Greek 211, 212, 213
International Literature: Modern Languages 335, 336, 337, 338AB
Latin 211, 212, 213

History 121, 122, 123

Humanities 107, 108, 109, 117

Interdisciplinary Arts 117, 118, 211, 212, 213, 270, 271, 272

Interpersonal Communication 101

Music 100, 120, 125

Philosophy 101, 130, 216, 232, 240, 260, 310, 311, 312, 314

Theater 170, 270, 271, 272

Women's Studies 100

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (2N)
Anthropology 201

Biological Sciences 100, 103, 170, 171, 172, 173, 202, 225, 275, 385; and 130, 131 (Chillicothe, Lancaster, and Zanesville campuses only); and 201 Chillicothe and Zanesville campuses only)

Biology 101

Chemistry and Biochemistry 121, 122, 123, 151, 152, 153

Environmental and Plant Biology 100, 100L, 102, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 209

Geography 101, 202

Geological Sciences 101, 120, 130, 211, 221

Mathematics 163AB, 263ABC, 266AB

Physical Science 100, 100D, 101, 101L, 105, 105L, 140, 200, 205; and 121/121L, 122/122L, 123/123L (regional campuses only)

Physics 201, 202, 203, 251, 252, 253, 262

Social Sciences (2S)
African American Studies 101, 202

Classical Archaeology 211, 212, 213

Communication Studies 351, 352, 353

Economics 103, 104, 240

Geography 121, 132

History 101, 102, 103, 200, 201, 315AB

Human and Consumer Sciences-Child and Family Studies 160

Human and Consumer Sciences-Retail Merchandising 250

Interpersonal Communication 351, 352, 353

Journalism 105

Linguistics 270

Management 202

Political Science 101, 102, 103, 150, 210, 230, 250, 270, 331

Psychology 101

Social Work 101

Sociology 101, 201,

Telecommunications 105

Tier III Requirement
Students are required to take one Tier III interdisciplinary course after attaining senior rank (135 hours). A complete list of Tier III courses is available under the heading Tier III in the Courses of Instruction section.

Residence Requirements for Graduation

Like most universities, Ohio University requires that you be "in residence" for a certain number of credit hours in order to graduate. Some colleges have additional residence requirements, so check with your advisor or dean's office to make certain that all requirements are being met.

Residence credit is defined as any credit earned by regular enrollment at Ohio University on the Athens campus or any regional campus or by Ohio University Education Abroad, any approved student teaching, by the Independent and Distance Learning Programs in the Division of Lifelong Learning, or any combination of these options.

Bachelor's Degree
If you have completed fewer than 96 quarter hours at Ohio University, the minimum requirement is to be in residence your final three quarters, with 48 hours of resident credit as defined above. If you have completed 96 or more quarter hours at Ohio University, the final quarter (16 hours) shall be in residence with resident credit as defined above.

If you begin graduate study at Ohio University before completing all requirements for a bachelor's degree, your residence requirement will be reduced by as many hours as credit hours of graduate work completed. The number of hours subtracted also will be credited toward the residence requirement for a master's degree if the credit is acceptable in the program approved for graduate work toward a degree. Residence credits used for meeting requirements for one or more bachelor's degrees may not also be used for meeting the residence requirements for the graduate degree.

The residence requirements apply even if you have been approved for graduation in absentia and are completing your last year in an accredited institution, except that the regulations apply to residence before you leave the University. (See the In Absentia section.)

Associate's Degree
If you are completing an associate's degree, you must earn at least 30 quarter hours of residence credit at Ohio University. Moreover, if you complete fewer than 60 quarter hours of Ohio University credit, you must earn at least eight of your final 15 hours as residence credit as defined at the beginning of this section.

In Absentia

To be considered for in absentia status, you must obtain written permission from the student services office of your college. If you have been approved for the senior-in absentia privilege, you must complete a full year's work in an Ohio University-approved professional school and be eligible for advancement without condition to the second year to obtain your bachelor's degree in absentia . In absentia programs involve preplanned curricula and cannot be arranged on an ad hoc basis. The in absentia privilege does not apply to graduate degree programs.

The official transcript from the school you attend must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Chubb Hall 120, Ohio University, before the degree conferral date.

Second Bachelor's Degree

If you plan to earn two bachelor's degrees, you may meet the requirements either simultaneously or successively:

  1. To complete requirements for two degrees conferred on the same date, you must meet the requirements for both degrees and must have completed a total of 13 quarters of college work or its equivalent (208 hours), with a minimum of five quarters of residence, or the equivalent, at Ohio University. When the two degrees are offered by different colleges, you must declare a major program in both colleges and meet the residence requirement the quarter in which the degrees are to be conferred.

  2. If you have met the requirements for two degrees as stated above and want to have the degrees conferred in successive quarters, you may do so without further credit or residence. For example, one degree may be conferred at the end of one quarter and application made for the second degree in a subsequent quarter.

  3. If you want to take a second bachelor's degree after receiving the first, you must complete the requirements for the second degree and meet the residence requirement in the college offering the second degree. (See individual college requirements in the Colleges and Curricula section.)

Second Associate's Degrees
You cannot earn the same associate's degree twice. Furthermore, you are not permitted to earn both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. If you have already earned the A.I.S. degree, you are not permitted to earn either the A.A. or A.S. degree. Although it is possible to complete an A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree with a double major, you can earn the degree only once.

Graduation Procedures

Candidates for graduation must make application and pay the application fee no later than the deadline listed in the academic calendar for the quarter in which graduation is planned. You may apply online at http://www.ohiou.edu/registrar/ or receive assistance at the Registrar's Services Windows, First Floor, Chubb Hall or at your regional campus student services office. Questions about applying for graduation can be directed to graduation@ohio.edu. This application initiates the process that informs your college to check for fulfillment of degree requirements. The process culminates with the entry of the college, major, other concentrations (such as minor, dual certification in education, etc.), degree, and date of granting the degree on your permanent academic record. At the end of this process, your graduation g.p.a., class rank, and eligibility for honors are determined. They then cannot be changed by completing additional coursework or retaking classes, although taking additional classes will affect your accumulative grade point average.

The application fee for a bachelor's or associate's degree is $50. If you fail to meet the requirements for graduation, you may reapply for the quarter in which you plan to complete the requirements. The fee for reapplication is $5.

Graduation with Honor
The g.p.a. requirements for graduation with honor are: cum laude (with honor), 3.5 to 3.749; magna cum laude (with high honor), 3.75 to 3.899; and summa cum laude (with highest honor), 3.9 to 4.0. The Latin honors notation will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program.

To be eligible for graduation with honor, you must complete a minimum of 48 hours of coursework with letter grades that affect your g.p.a. in residence at Ohio University. Successful completion of a special honors program of study is noted in the Commencement program and on your diploma. Graduation with honor does not apply to associate's or graduate degrees.

Commencement Ceremony
If you are a candidate for spring quarter graduation, or if you have earned your degree during the preceding summer, fall, or winter quarters, you are eligible to attend Commencement, held at the end of spring quarter.

Details concerning Commencement will be sent to you after you have officially applied for graduation, provided you indicate your intention to attend the commencement ceremony at the time you submit your graduation application.

Commencement information is available at http://www.ohiou.edu/publicoccasions/. Direct any questions concerning Commencement to the Office of Public Occasions, 740-593-1761.

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