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Academic Organization

Ohio University offers curricula in 314 undergraduate majors leading to bachelor'ss or associate's degrees through nine colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering and Technology, Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, Honors Tutorial, and University. Programs are also offered through the Center for International Studies, the Division of Lifelong Learning, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Office of Graduate Student Services coordinates graduate study at Ohio University.

Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. In addition, numerous departments, schools, and colleges within the university hold individual accreditation as listed below. Additional information is available from the office of each college's dean.

The following list of colleges and areas includes degrees, accrediting agencies, and schools and departments.

Major Codes  Minor Codes  Certificate Programs

College of Arts and Sciences

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Preprofessional curricula; preparation for teaching at the secondary level.


American Psychological Association

Council on Social Work Education


African American Studies

Biological Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry




Environmental and Plant Biology


Geological Sciences




Modern Languages

Ohio Program of Intensive English *


Physics and Astronomy

Political Science


Social Work

Sociology and Anthropology

Women's Studies *

*not a degree program

College of Business

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.


AACSB -- The International Association of Management Education




Management Information Systems

Management Systems


College of Communication

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication degrees.


Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communication


Communication Systems Management

Interpersonal Communication



Visual Communication

College of Education

Teacher training curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree; supervision of student teaching and other field experiences in education.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education


Counseling and Higher Education

Educational Studies

Teacher Education

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Aviation, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Industrial Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.


Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

National Association of Industrial Technology



Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Industrial Technology

Mechanical Engineering

College of Fine Arts

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.


National Association of Schools of Dance

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Theater



Comparative Arts





College of Health and Human Services

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Environmental Health, Health, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Human and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Hygiene, Nursing, Physical Education, Recreation Studies, and Sport Sciences; entry-level graduate curriculum leading to the Master of Physical Therapy.


Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology

American Boards of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology

American Dietetic Association

American Association for Family and Consumer Science

Commission on Accreditation for Physical ATherapy Education

Foundation for Interior Design, Education, and Research

National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

National Athletic Trainer's Association

National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accrediting Council

National League for Nursing


Health Sciences

Hearing and Speech Sciences

Human and Consumer Sciences


Physical Therapy

Recreation and Sport Sciences

Honors Tutorial College

A degree college with 25 specialized majors, many of which can be completed in three years. Selected undergraduates take tutorials in their majors, courses as required by academic departments, and electives as desired. If you are admitted to a tutorial program, you are exempt from General Education Requirements, except English composition, but depending upon your major, you may be required to undertake an advanced creative or thesis project. A high percentage of the students in this college enter graduate or professional school. You may request consideration for admission to the Honors Tutorial College and must indicate a major at the time of application.

University College

College for students who have not decided on a major. Two-year programs leading to the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Applied Business, and Associate in Individualized Studies degrees. Four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Specialized Studies and Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees. Two and four-year Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs leading to commissions in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Office of Graduate Student Services

Programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Administration, Master of Physical Therapy, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, Master of Sports Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. (See the Graduate Catalog for specific programs and majors.)

Center for International Studies

Jointly administers a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with the College of Arts and Sciences. For nonmajors, the center offers a certificate of African, Asian, European, or Latin American studies.

African Studies

Asian Studies

European Studies

Latin American Studies

Division of Lifelong Learning

Provides educational opportunities beyond the regular channels of the university by using the resources of the university in nontraditional ways.

Adult Learning Services

Continuing Education, Conferences, and Workshops

Independent Study (see separate catalog)

Summer Sessions

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Offers a four-year medical education program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (see separate catalog) and postdoctoral programs in family practice, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

Regional Campuses


Eastern (St. Clairsville)


Southern (Ironton)


Major Codes

The following is a listing of undergraduate major codes arranged by the college in which each major is offered. Some programs and majors are offered through more than one college, and not all majors are open to incoming freshmen. For specific information on a particular program, see the appropriate college section of the catalog.

Major Code Prefixes

The two-letter prefix of each major code indicates the type of degree awarded in that major. In some cases, it indicates that an additional application process is required for admission to the major.

AA        Associate in Arts
AAS       Associate in Applied Science
AS        Associate in Science
BA        Bachelor of Arts
BB        Bachelor of Business Administration
BC        Bachelor of Science in Communication
BF        Bachelor of Fine Arts
BJ        Bachelor of Science in Journalism
BM        Bachelor of Music
BS        Bachelor of Science
ND        Nondegree program
SA        Separate application required

College of Arts and Sciences

Some of the majors in this college have two major codes. In general, with these majors you have the option of choosing either a degree program that is more hard sciences oriented (BS) or one that is more liberal arts/humanities oriented (BA). Details on curricular differences can be found in the College of Arts and Sciences section under the specific program listings. You may want to consult with an admissions officer or a college representative about which option is more suitable for you.

BA4903	          African American Studies

BA4252	          Anthropology 

BS2121	          Biological Sciences
BS2123	             Clinical Laboratory Science
BS2509	             Environmental Biology 
BS2514	             Marine Biology 
BS0411	             Microbiology 
BS2125	             Neurobiology
BS2501	             Predentistry 
BS2516	             Pre-Exercise Physiology 
BS2502	             Premedicine 
BS2505	             Pre-Optometry 
ND2506	             Prepharmacy 1 
BS2507	             Pre-Physical Therapy 
BS2508	             Pre-Veterinary Medicine 
BS2515	             Wildlife Biology 

                     Chemistry and Biochemistry
BS3311, BA3311       Chemistry
BS3316               Biochemistry 
BS3315, BA3315       Environmental Chemistry 
BS3310               Forensic Chemistry 
BS3312, BA3312       Predentistry 
ND3313               Prepharmacy 
BS3314, BA3314       Premedicine 

BA5214	             Classical Civilization 
BA5212	             Greek 
BA5213	             Greek and Latin 
BA5211	             Latin 

BS0701, BA0701    Computer Science

BA4221            Economics
BA4223	             Pre-Foreign Service 
BA4222	             Prelaw 

BA5231            English 
BA5232	             Creative Writing 
BA5234	             Prelaw 
BA5233	             Pretheology 
                     Environmental and Plant Biology 
BS2118	             Cell Biology and Biotechnology 
BS2113	             Environmental Biology 
BS2115	             Field Biology 
BS2111, BA2111       Plant Biology 
BS2116	             Prep. for Advanced Training 

                    Environmental Studies
(see Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental and
Plant Biology, Geography, and Geological Sciences) BS4231, BA4231 Geography BS4236, BA4236 Cartography BS4232 Environmental BS4237 Environmental Prelaw BS4235 Geographic Information Systems Analyst BS4233 Premeteorology BS4234, BA4234 Urban Planning BS3321, BA3321 Geological Sciences BS3323 Environmental BS3322 Water Resources BA4211 History BA4212 Pre-Foreign Service BA4214 Prelaw BA4213 Pretheology International Studies BA4405 Africa BA4406 Asia BA4407 Europe BA4408 Latin America BA5290 Linguistics BS3101, BA3101 Mathematics BS3105, BA3105 Actuarial Sciences BS3103 Applied BS3104, BA3104 Premeteorology BS3102, BA3102 Prep. For Advanced Training Modern Languages BA5221 French BA5222 German BA5224 Russian BA5225 Spanish BA5241 Philosophy BA5244 Prelaw BA5242 Pretheology BS3331, BA3331 Physics BS3332 Applied Physics BS3335 Pre-Astronomy BS3336 Premeteorology BS3334 Prep. for Advanced Training BA4201 Political Science BA4202 Pre-Foreign Service BA4203 Prelaw BA4200 Public Policy and Administration BA4101 Psychology BA4105 Pre-Physical Therapy BA6601 Social Work 2 ND6603 Pre-Social Work 1 BA4251 Sociology BA4253 Criminology BA4254 Prelaw BA5131 Theater ND0410 Undecided

  1. This preprofessional program does not fulfill any degree but is intended as preparation for admission into a professional school or program.
  2. Not open to freshmen; you must complete the Pre-Social Work Program before you can become a social work major.

College of Business

BB6121               Accounting

BB6124               Business Economics

BB6133               Business Entrepreneurship

BB6120               Business Prelaw 

BB6125               Finance 

BB6122               General Business 

BB6130               Human Resource Management 

BB6132               International Business 

BB6126               Management 

BB6137               Management Information Systems 

BB6127               Marketing
BB6138               Operations

ND0610               Undecided 

College of Communication

BC5329            Communication Systems Management
(technical electives in data networks, system security,
international communication, and policy)

                     Interpersonal Communication 
BC5339               Communication in Human Services 
BC5341               Legal Communication 
BC5342               Organizational Communication 
BC5343               Political Communication 

BJ6932               Advertising Management 
BJ6936               Broadcast News 
BJ6933               Magazine Journalism 
BJ6934               News Writing and Editing 
BJ6935               Public Relations 

BC5336               Audio Production
BC5312               Management
BC5311               Media Studies
BC5313               Video Production

                     Visual Communication
BS6924               Informational Graphics/Page Design 
BS6923               Interactive Multimedia 
BS6922               Photo Communication 
BS6925               Photo Illustration 
BS6921               Picture Editing 

College of Education

                    Adolescent-Young Adult Programs
BS6201              Art Education 1
BS6314              Biology/Life Science
BS6315              Earth/Space Science
BS6306              Integrated Language Arts
BS6307              Integrated Math
BS6309              Integrated Science
BS6308              Integrated Social Studies

                   Modern Languages 
BS6232              French
BS6235              Spanish
BS6233              German

BS6311              Music Education 1 
BS6312              Physical Education
BS6310              Physical Science

                    Intervention Specialist Education
BS6313              Mild-Moderate Moderate-Intensive Educational Needs

                    Middle Childhood Education
BS6302              Language Arts
BS6303              Mathematics
BS6304              Science
BS6305              Social Studies

ND0810           Undecided

  1. Offered in both the College of Education and the College of Fine Arts. These majors typically enroll in the College of Fine Arts. You may receive teacher licensure regard-less of the college in which you enroll.

  2. 2 Offered in both the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services. You may receive teacher licensure regardless of the college in which you enroll.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

BS7261                      Aviation Management
BS7258                      Flight

BS7251                  Chemical Engineering 
(technical electives in environmental engineering, materials science and processing,
and biochemical engineering) BS7252 Civil Engineering (technical electives in environmental engineering, geo-technical engineering,
and structural mechanics and design) BS7260 Computer Science (areas of specialization in artificial intelligence, computer networking, computer
science theory, database systems, operating systems, parallel processing/compilers,
and software engineering) BS7253 Electrical Engineering (technical electives in avionics, circuit design, communication, computers,
control systems, electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, energy sources
and systems, and power transmission and distribution)

BS7254 Electrical Engineering (computer engineering option) BS7255 Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (technical electives in manufacturing systems, manufacturing information systems,
quality systems, operations research, and human factors) BS7256 Industrial Technology (includes minor in business) BS7257 Mechanical Engineering (technical electives in energy, thermal systems, CAD/CAM, materials processing,
vehicle dynamics, robotics, manufacturing, and machine design) ND0910 Undecided

College of Fine Arts

ND5153                      General Art
BF5122                      Art Education 1
BF5123                      Art History 1
BF5127                      Ceramics 1
BF6321                      Graphic Design 1	
BF5124                      Painting 1
BF5143                      Photography 1
BF5128                      Printmaking 1
BF5126                      Sculpture 1

BF5151                  Dance 

BM5105                      Music Composition 
BM5106                      Music Education - Choral 
BM5107                      Music Education - Instrumental 
BM5114                      Music History and Literature 
BM5116                      Music Theory 
BM5115                      Music Therapy
BM5119                      Music Therapy/Education
BM5103                      Orchestral Instruments 
BM5102                      Organ Performance 
ND5117                      Pre-Music
BM5104                      Piano Pedagogy 
BM5100                      Piano Performance 
BM5101                      Voice Performance
BF5137                      General Theater
BF5164                      Directing 1
BF5166                      Dramaturgy 1	
BF5167                      Management
BF5161                      Performance 1
BF5165                      Playwriting 1	
BF5162                      Production Design and Technology 1

ND1010                  Undecided

ND9917                  Nondegree
  1. Not open to freshmen; apply initially as a General Art or General Theater major.

College of Health and Human Services

Health Sciences
BS8105                      Community Health Services 
BS6260                      Environmental Health Science 
BS8119                      Health Services Administration 
BS3309                      Industrial Hygiene 
BS6836                      Long-Term Health Care Administration

BS5305                  Hearing and Speech Sciences

                              Human and Consumer Sciences 
BS6360                      Dietetics 
BS6355                      Early Childhood Education 
BS6370                      Family and Consumer Sciences Education	
BS6351                      Family Studies 	
BS6361                      Food Service Management 
BS6383                      Interior Design 
BS6363                      Nutrition with Science(Biological Sciences) 
BS6380                      Retail Merchandising 

BS1203                      Baccalaureate Nursing 2

                            Physical Therapy 3 

                            Recreation and Sport Sciences
SA8117                      Athletic Training/Exercise Physiology 4

BS8106                      Physical Education 1 

Recreation Studies
BS8113                      Adventure Recreation 
BS8108                      Outdoor Education 
BS8109                      Recreation Management 
BS8110                      Recreation - Special Interests 
BS8104                      Therapeutic Recreation 

Sport Sciences
BS8122                      Exercise Physiology
BS8114                      General/Undecided 
BS8123                      Sport Industry 

ND0210                      Undecided

  1. Offered in both the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education. Apply initially to the College of Health and Human Services. You may receive teacher licensure regardless of the college in which you enroll.

  2. Not open to freshmen - available only to registered nurses.

  3. Not open to freshmen - selective admission master's program. Enter through a preparatory program such as Biological Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy or Psychology Pre-Physical Therapy in the College of Arts and Sciences, or Sport Sciences - Exercise Physiology in the College of Health and Human Services. You must apply for the master's program through the School of Physical Therapy.

  4. Selective admission program. You must submit a separate application and additional credentials in addition to applying to the university. Consult the program listing for details.

Honors Tutorial College

Some of the majors listed below have two major codes, of which you will select one. In general, the second option (BA) provides a curriculum that is more liberal arts oriented. You may want to consult with an admissions officer or a college representative regarding which option is more suitable for you.

BS1902                      Biological Sciences 

BB1926                      Business 

BS1904                      Chemistry

BS1929                      Computer Science

BF1906                      Dance

BS1910, BA1910              Economics

BS1925                      Engineering Physics
BA1916                      English 

BS1901                      Environmental and Plant Biology 

BF1924                      Film

BA1914                      French 

BS1911, BA1911              Geography 

BS1919                      Hearing and Speech Sciences 

BA1909                      History 

BC1918                      Interpersonal Communication

BJ1923                      Journalism

BS1903                      Mathematics 

BA1917                      Philosophy 

BS1905                      Physics/Astronomy

BA1908                      Political Science

BA1930                      Social Work

BA1912                      Sociology/Criminology 

BA1915                      Spanish

BC1920                      Telecommunications

BF1913, BA1913              Theater 

University College

Associate in Arts
AA1101                     Arts and Humanities Emphasis 
AA1110                     Social Sciences Emphasis

AS1104                 Associate in Science

Associate in Applied Science
AA7250                     Aviation Technology
AA1106                     Child Development

SA5508                 Associate in Individualized Studies 1

SA2209                 Bachelor of Criminal Justice 2

SA1112                 Bachelor of Specialized Studies 3

ND1201                 Undecided

Regional Campuses

The following University College associate's degrees are available on all regional campuses:

Associate in Arts
AA1101                     Arts and Humanities Emphasis 
AA1110                     Social Sciences Emphasis

AS1104                     Associate in Science

Chillicothe Campus

SA5508                     Associate in Individualized Studies 1

AA5006                     Business Management Technology

AA5018                     Environmental Engineering Technology

AA5004                     Hazardous Materials Technology 

AA5201                     Human Services Technology 

AA5505                     Law Enforcement Technology 

SA2341                     Nursing, RN 

AA5014                     Office Technology 

AA5506                     Security/Safety Technology 

Lancaster Campus

SA5508                     Associate in Individualized Studies 1	

AA5002                     Accounting Technology 

AA5006                     Business Management Technology

AA1106                     Child Development

AA5010                     Computer Science Technology

AA5318                     Electronics Technology 

Industrial Technology	
AA5320                          Design Emphasis 
AA5319                          Manufacturing Emphasis 

AA5019                     Medical Assisting Technology 

AA5014                     Office Technology 

Southern Campus

AA5006                     Business Management Technology

AA5013                     Electronic Media

AA5017                     Equine Studies

AA5505                     Law Enforcement Technology

AA5014                     Office Technology 

AA5016                     Travel and Tourism

Zanesville Campus

SA5508                     Associate in Individualized Studies 1

AA5013                     Electronic Media

SA2341                     Nursing, RN 

  1. Separate application required.

  2. Requires an associate's degree in an area related to criminal justice for admission. Not open to first-year students.

  3. Separate application required. Not open to first-year students.

Minor Codes

In general, all academic minors are open to any student pursuing a baccalaureate program at the university. Detailed information for each minor is listed in the catalog section of the college through which the minor is offered; check the index for the specific location.

OR4903                     African American Studies

OR4252                     Anthropology

ORARTM                     Art

ORASTR                     Astronomy

OR6360                     Basic and Applied Nutrition

OR2121                     Biological Sciences

ORBSAD                     Business

OR3311                     Chemistry

OR5214                     Classical Civilization

ORCART                     Comparative Arts

OR0701                     Computer Science

OR5151                     Dance

OR4221                     Economics

OR5231                     English

ORFILM                     Film

OR5221                     French

OR4231                     Geography

OR3321                     Geological Sciences

OR5222                     German

OR5212                     Greek

OR4211                     History

ORINCO                     Interpersonal Communication

OR5211                     Latin

OR5290                     Linguistics

OR3101                     Mathematics

OR0411                     Microbiology

ORMUSI                     Music

OR5241                     Philosophy

OR3331                     Physics

OR2111                     Plant Biology

OR4201                     Political Science

OR4101                     Psychology

OR8109                     Recreation

OR6380                     Retail Merchandising

OR5224                     Russian

OR6602                     Social Services

OR4251                     Sociology

OR5225                     Spanish

ORTCOM                     Telecommunications

ORTHAR                     Theater

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs listed on this page are open to all students pursuing baccalaureate programs at the university, regardless of college or major. The equivalent of minors, these interdisciplinary programs can complement your major, broaden your career possibilities, or allow you to study an area of interest from a variety of perspectives. You will be awarded the certificate and receive official recognition on your transcript when you graduate. Please note that these certificate programs are not related to teaching or other professional certification conferred by outside agencies.

Environmental Studies

The field of environmental studies encompasses the complex interactions among humans, other organisms, and the biophysical environment. The Environmental Studies Certificate Program is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who want to gain knowledge and understanding about the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.

You can earn a certificate in environmental studies by completing 32-35 hours that include required introductory and ecology courses and approved selections from the areas of quantitative skills, natural sciences, and social sciences. Many certificate courses satisfy both Tier and Arts and Sciences requirements. Further, courses taken as part of an Arts and Sciences major will also count toward fulfilling the certificate.

For additional information and a list of approved courses, see the complete program description in the Arts and Sciences section.


The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services, through its Institute for the College of Health and Human Services, jointly sponsor the undergraduate Gerontology Certificate Program for students who want to gain knowledge and skills for a career that involves working with the elderly. You can earn the certificate by completing at least 28 credit hours of selected coursework, including an approved practicum, field experience, or internship.

For additional information and a list of approved courses, see the complete program description in the Health and Human Services section.

International Studies

The Center for International Studies offers certificates in African, Asian, European, and Latin American studies for students who wish to add an international dimension to their program without majoring in international studies, as well as to those interested in international careers or planning graduate work in area studies.

Earning the certificate involves completing six to eight approved courses relating to the area of study - including language courses, in some cases - with a g.p.a. of 2.5 in all courses taken toward the certificate.

For additional information, see the complete program description in the Arts and Sciences section.

Political Communication

The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication jointly sponsor a certificate in political communication for students who wish to supplement their major with an inquiry into the area of political communication. Political communication encompasses the interactions of political figures, political interests, the press, and the public in their efforts to persuade and influence political outcomes.

To receive a certificate in political communication, you must complete two introductory courses and an additional 22 quarter hours of approved coursework.

For additional information and a list of approved courses, see the complete program description in the Arts and Sciences section.

Women's Studies

Students in any major can earn the Women's Studies Certificate by completing three required Women's Studies courses and an additional 18 quarter hours of approved coursework.

For additional information and a list of approved courses, see the complete program description in the Arts and Sciences section.

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