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    Western Michigan University
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degrees


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Degrees

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The Board of Trustees, on recommendation of the Faculty and President of Western Michigan University, confers the following degrees:

Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
Master of International Development Administration
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Music
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science
Master of Science in Accountancy
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Medicine
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Social Work
Specialist in Education
Doctor of Audiology
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Philosophy

Undergraduate Majors

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Majors by College

College of Arts and Sciences:

Students selecting a communication or psychology program will be placed in the “Pre-Communication” (CMUP) or “Pre-Psychology” (PRPP) program respectively until requirements have been met. See the Department of Communication or Department of Psychology section for complete information on admission requirements.

      

AFRJ

   

Africana Studies

 

ANTJ

 

Anthropology

 

MAAJ

 

Applied Mathematics

 

BCHJ

 

Biochemistry

 

BYLJ

 

Biology

 

BMLJ

 

Biomedical Sciences

 

BUCJ

 

Business-Oriented Chemistry

 

CHLJ

 

Chemistry

 

CMUJ

 

Communication Studies

 

CRPJ

 

Community & Regional Planning

 

CRJJ

 

Criminal Justice

 

ERLJ

 

Earth Science

 

ECLJ

 

Economics

 

ENLJ

 

English

 

ENCJ

 

English: Creative Writing

 

FVMJ

 

Film, Video, and Media Studies

 

FHLJ

 

French

 

GNWJ

 

Gender & Women’s Studies

 

GCMJ

 

Geochemistry

 

GGLJ

 

Geography

 

GELJ

 

Geology

 

GEPJ

 

Geophysics

 

GRLJ

 

German

 

GBLJ

 

Global and International Studies

 

HYLJ

 

History

 

HYGJ

 

Hydrogeology

 

IPCJ

 

Interpersonal Communication

 

JNLJ

 

Journalism

 

LTLJ

 

Latin

 

MHLJ

 

Mathematics

 

OCMJ

 

Organizational Communication

 

PHIJ

 

Philosophy

 

PHLJ

 

Physics

 

PSLJ

 

Political Science

 

PSYJ

 

Psychology

 

PUHJ

 

Public History

 

PURJ

 

Public Relations

 

RELJ

 

Religion

 

SOCJ

 

Sociology

 

SPLJ

 

Spanish

 

STAJ

 

Statistics

 

SPMJ

 

Student Planned Major

 

TMLJ

 

Telecommunications and Information Management

 

TOUJ

 

Tourism and Travel

Coordinate Majors: (These are majors to be selected only along with a standard major.)

 

EVLJ

 

Environmental Studies

College of Aviation:

Students selecting the Flight Science major in the College of Aviation will be placed in the “Pre-Flight Science program (PRFL)” until requirements have been met. See the College of Aviation section for complete information on admission requirements.

      

AFAJ

   

Aviation Flight Science (Option A)

 

AVAJ

 

Aviation Science and Administration

 

MTCJ

 

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Haworth College of Business:

Students selecting the Business Administration program will be placed in the “Pre-Business Administration” (PRBP) program until requirements have been met. See the Haworth College of Business section for complete information on admission requirements.

 

ACTJ

 

Accountancy

      

ADVJ

   

Advertising and Promotion

 

CMIJ

 

Computer Information Systems

 

ECBJ

 

Economics

 

EBZJ

 

Electronic Business Design

 

FINJ

 

Finance

 

FMKJ

 

Food and Consumer Packaging Goods Marketing

 

FNPJ

 

Personal Financial Planning

 

GBZJ

 

General Business

 

HRMJ

 

Human Resource Management

 

ISUJ

 

Integrated Supply Management

 

MGTJ

 

Management

 

MKTJ

 

Marketing

 

SBMJ

 

Sales and Business Marketing

 

TMBJ

 

Telecommunications and Information Management

 

UNBJ

 

Undecided Business

College of Education:

Students selecting teacher certification programs/majors will be placed in one of the “Pre-Education” programs until requirements have been met. See the College of Education section for complete information on admission and program requirements.

      

ATDJ

   

Athletic Training Program

 

BYSJ

 

Biology, Secondary Education

 

CHSJ

 

Chemistry, Secondary Education

 

CFDJ

 

Child & Family Development

 

DIDJ

 

Dietetics

 

ECEJ

 

Early Childhood Professional Education Program

 

ERSJ

 

Earth Science, Secondary Education

 

EPEJ

 

Elementary Professional Education Program

 

ENSJ

 

English, Secondary Education

 

PXDJ

 

Exercise Science

 

FCDJ

 

Family Studies, Child Development Emphasis

 

FSDJ

 

Family Studies

 

FCSJ

 

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education, (Secondary)

 

FADJ

 

Food Service Administration

 

FHSJ

 

French, Secondary Education

 

GGSJ

 

Geography, Secondary Education

 

GRSJ

 

German, Secondary Education

 

CHDJ

 

Health Education, Community

 

HESJ

 

Health Education, School, (Secondary)

 

HYSJ

 

History, Secondary Education

 

IDDJ

 

Interior Design

 

INSJ

 

Industrial Technology, Non-Vocational (Secondary)

 

IVSJ

 

Industrial Technology, Vocational (Secondary)

 

LTSJ

 

Latin, Secondary Education

 

MHSJ

 

Mathematics, Secondary Education

 

MSEJ

 

Music, Elementary Education

 

PDEJ

 

Physical Education, Teacher/Coach (Elementary)

 

PHSJ

 

Physics, Secondary Education

 

PSSJ

 

Political Science, Secondary Education

 

RCDJ

 

Recreation

 

SUSJ

 

Secondary Education in Business

 

SKSJ

 

Secondary Education in Marketing

 

SLSJ

 

Social Studies, Secondary Education

 

SPSJ

 

Spanish, Secondary Education

 

SCEJ

 

Special Education: Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities (Elementary)

 

SCSJ

 

Special Education: Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities (Secondary)

 

SEEJ

 

Special Education: Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities (Elementary)

 

SESJ

 

Special Education: Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities (Secondary)

 

SPEJ

 

Speech Pathology and Audiology (Elementary)

 

TDSJ

 

Technology and Design, Secondary Education

 

TXDJ

 

Textile and Apparel Studies

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences:

Students selecting engineering programs will be placed in a “Pre-Engineering” (PREG) program until requirements have been met. See the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences section for complete information on admission and program requirements.

 

AERJ

 

Aeronautical Engineering

 

CHGJ

 

Chemical Engineering

 

CIVJ

 

Civil Engineering

      

CEGJ

   

Computer Engineering

 

CENJ

 

Construction Engineering

 

CSGJ

 

Computer Science: General

 

CSTJ

 

Computer Science: Theory and Analysis

 

EENJ

 

Electrical Engineering

 

EGRJ

 

Engineering Graphics and Design Technology

 

UEMJ

 

Engineering Management Technology

 

CDNJ

 

Engineering Management Technology, Computer-Aided Design 

 

CMNJ

 

Engineering Management Technology, Computer-Aided Manufacturing

 

GCAJ

 

General College Curriculum

 

IEEJ

 

Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering

 

IMGJ

 

Imaging

 

MFNJ

 

Manufacturing Engineering

 

MFTJ

 

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

 

MEGJ

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

PENJ

 

Paper Engineering, Process Option

 

PEVJ

 

Paper Engineering, Environmental Option

 

PSCJ

 

Paper Science

College of Fine Arts :

Students selecting Graphic Design will be placed in the Art major until requirements have been met. See the Art section for complete information on admission requirements. Students selecting the Theatre major will be placed in a “Pre-Theatre” (PRTR) program until requirements have been met. See the Theatre section for complete information on admission requirements.

 

ARTJ

 

Art, B.A. program

 

ARFJ

 

Art, B.F.A. program

 

ARSJ

 

Art Education, Secondary

      

AHIJ

   

Art History

 

DACJ

 

Dance: B.A. program

 

DAFJ

 

Dance: B.F.A. program

 

GDFJ

 

Graphic Design: B.F.A. program

 

MSCJ

 

Music

 

MUJJ

 

Music: Jazz Studies

 

MTFJ

 

Music: Theatre Performance

 

MUCJ

 

Music Composition

 

MCSJ

 

Music Education: Choral/General, Secondary

 

MISJ

 

Music Education: Instrumental, Secondary

 

MUIJ

 

Music Performance: Instrumental

 

MUKJ

 

Music Performance: Keyboard

 

MUVJ

 

Music Performance: Vocal

 

MUYJ

 

Music Therapy

 

TDTJ

 

Theatre: Design and Technical Production

 

TPRJ

 

Theatre: Performance

 

TSMJ

 

Theatre: Stage Management

 

TSTJ

 

Theatre: Theatre Studies

College of Health and Human Services:

Students selecting any Health and Human Services program will be placed in a “Pre-Program” until all requirements have been met [i.e., Pre-Interdisciplinary Health Services (PRIH), Pre-Nursing (PRNG or PRPR), Pre-Occupational Therapy (PROT), Pre-Social Work (PRSW), and Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology (PRSA)]. See the College of Health and Human Services sections for complete information on admission requirements.

      

HSOJ

   

Interdisciplinary Health Services, Occupational Therapy

 

HSVJ

 

Interdisciplinary Health Services

 

NURJ

 

Nursing

 

RNNJ

 

Nursing: RN Progression Track

 

SPNJ

 

Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

SWKJ

 

Social Work

Extended University Programs:

Students selecting Occupational Educational Studies will be placed in the “Pre-Occupational Studies” (PROE) major until requirements have been met. Specific information about the programs listed below may be found in the Extended University Programs section of this catalog.

      

OEUJ

   

Occupational Education Studies

 

SICJ

 

Student Integrated Curriculum

 

STCJ

 

Student Planned Curriculum

Other Curricula:

      

GST

   

Guest Student

 

HSG

 

High School Guest

 

NDU

 

Non-degree, Undergraduate

 

SCP

 

S.C.O.P.E.

 

UNV

 

Undecided, University Curriculum

Students not selecting a curriculum will be placed in the Undecided, University Curriculum (UNV) program until a selection can be made. Students are encouraged whenever possible to select a specific curriculum.

First-Year Experience Programs

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Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director
Seibert Administration Building
(269) 387-8370

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program is a student-centered program and is designed to reinforce and foster a learning environment that fully engages students academically and socially in ways that will encourage student persistence and retention through graduation from this institution. The FYE Seminar, described below, is the credit portion of the FYE program for new, full-time, first-year students. The FYE Seminar may be linked to a second course, which may be a college writing course or an elective that can be applied to a student’s program requirements.

The purpose of the FYE Seminar is to develop an intellectually engaged and socially integrated first-year student. This will greatly enrich academic and campus life and help to positively impact university retention. The FYE Seminar is restricted to first-year, first-time students only, and has no prerequisites. The FYE Seminar will be offered fall semester of the academic year.

First-Year Experience Course (FYE) 

FYE 2100 First-Year Seminar
2 hrs.

The First-Year Experience Seminar is designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own education and learning. This seminar will introduce students to University resources and will provide support during the first semester of transition to the University. Taught in a small group setting, students will interact with a faculty member and a student leader two times a week. The FYE 2100 seminar will include weekly class meetings, sharing a common reading and research experience, project-based assignments, written assignments, and attendance at selected University events. The importance of writing skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and study skills will be emphasized, as well as exploration of major and career opportunities. FYE 2100 will be offered during Fall semester and is restricted to freshmen. The course may not be repeated and students will receive a letter grade for this course.

University Curriculum

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Donna Mearing, Director
2041 Moore Hall
(269) 387-4410

University Curriculum provides first-year students who wish to explore academic and career options with advising, assessment, and referral services designed to help them select a curriculum. The program is designed with sensitivity to students’ developmental as well as academic needs.

Students in the University Curriculum are assigned advisors who are specialists in academic planning, human development, and career planning. Help is provided for course selection, academic program planning, interpreting skills and interest assessments, exploring academic and career alternatives, and establishing goals.

In addition to academic advising and career counseling, opportunities available for University Curriculum students include:

  • Participating in the First Year experience Program (orientation, Fall Welcome, FYE 2100)
  • Career Exploration and Media Center
  • Skills and Interest Assessments
  • Specially-designed freshman curriculum options suited to skills and interests.

 

Pre-professional Programs

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Every professional school has prescribed the nature and amount of academic work to be completed as a prerequisite to the professional training for a particular vocation. Four years of higher education are generally required by most professional schools for entrance. Western Michigan University is able to offer its students courses of study that meet the requirements for this pre-professional training. It should be noted, however, that the courses outlined are only suggested plans to illustrate in general the kinds of programs that pre-professional students should follow.

In every case, students should plan their course of study according to the requirements of the school to which they plan to transfer for professional training.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the student should exercise care to make certain that the specific requirements of a particular school will have been met.

Medical Sciences

Maria H. McGurn
Jacquelyn Bizzell,
Medical Sciences Advisors
2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366

Predentistry and Premedicine

Most premedical and predental students at Western Michigan University major in biomedical sciences or chemistry, but any major may be pursued, provided that the basic science and other admission requirements are met. Regardless of the major chosen, the premedical or predental student should take the minimal required courses listed below. All science courses require laboratory work. Some medical and dental schools require one course in psychology and one in sociology or anthropology. Some medical schools also require course(s) in calculus and biochemistry.

Detailed guides for Premedicine and Predentistry are available at the College of Arts and Sciences Web site: www.wmich.edu/cas.

Students should meet with a premedical or predental advisor on a regular basis for guidance on making a plan to complete admission requirements, be ready to take required admission tests, and apply for admission by the end of their junior year. They also must follow the official manuals listed below, available at Waldo Library’s Science Reference Desk, with special attention to official information on admission requirements, selection factors, and deadlines:

ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, published by the American Dental Education Association. Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), published by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Required Core

  1. General Chemistry (CHEM 1100/1110 and 1120/1130).
  2. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3750/3760 and 3770/3780).
  3. General Biology (BIOS 1500/1510).
  4. Two advanced Biology courses (BIOS 2500 and 3500 are recommended).
  5. General Physics (PHYS 1130/1140 and 1150/1160 or 2050/2060 and 2070/2080).
  6. Two semesters of English (ENGL 1050 and ENGL 1100 or 3050).

Other Health Professions (Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Veterinary, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant)

The requirements for admission to other doctoral level health profession schools and many master’s degree programs are similar to those of medical and dental schools. However, unlike medical and dental schools, these programs can be quite varied in their requirements. The student should work with his/her medical sciences advisor in tailoring as many required courses as possible to fit their curriculum or degree requirements.

Pre-Law

Jan Tiderington, Prelaw Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office
2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366
http://www.wmich.edu/cas/advising/pre_law.htm

Though law schools do not require a specific major or degree program, they do recommend completion of a solid four-year bachelor’s degree program. Courses in critical analysis, logical reasoning, and written and oral communications can be found in a number of majors. Some typical majors are English, business, political science, and history, but other disciplines can also be suitable majors. Prelaw students should discuss possible majors and major/minor combinations with their advisor to determine which one best suits them. It is very important that prelaw students see their advisor on a regular basis for curriculum guidance.

Courses with a strong writing or oral communication component are ideal preparation, as are courses that require legal reasoning, like business law and constitutional law. Courses that allow the student a broader understanding of the structure and processes of government (such as national government, the legal environment, and judicial processes) are also valuable, as are those that focus on the American historical experience.

Students interested in pursuing the further study of law should see a prelaw advisor as early as possible to select a curriculum.

Accreditation

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University Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission  Mark of Affiliation

Program Accreditation and Certification

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the State of Michigan Department of Education have accredited and approved the College of Education, which includes the following programs:

  • bachelor’s programs for preparation in early childhood; elementary, middle and junior high school; secondary education; health, physical education, and recreation; and special education.
  • master’s programs in reading; the practice of teaching; social-cultural foundations of education; and health, physical education, and recreation.
  • master’s and doctoral programs in counselor education and special education
  • master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral programs in educational leadership.

Programs in the School of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Programs in rehabilitation teaching and orientation and mobility in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies are accredited by the Association for Education and the Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc.

Programs in the Haworth College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The master’s program in accountancy is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International- Accounting Accreditation.

The undergraduate programs in the Chemistry Department include a Bachelor’s degree approved by the American Chemical Society.

The computer science theory and analysis major in the Department of Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700.

The programs in aeronautical, chemical, computer, construction, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and paper engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700. The programs in engineering graphics and design technology, engineering management technology, and manufacturing engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700. The industrial design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The baccalaureate programs in flight training organization are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the flight school is licensed by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The aviation flight science program and the aviation maintenance technology program are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. The aviation science and administration program is also accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

The dietetics programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Association of the American Dietetics Association. The bachelor’s and master’s programs in family studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are certified by the national Council on Family Relations.

In the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, the master’s and doctoral programs in counselor education are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; the doctoral program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Programs in the Department of Dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

The bachelor’s athletic training professional program in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; and the master’s athletic training programs by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

The interior design program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design..

Programs in the School of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Programs in the Bronson School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Programs in the Department of Occupational Therapy are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

The physician assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

In the Department of Psychology, the master’s and doctoral programs in behavioral analysis are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International; the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association;

The master’s program in public administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Students enrolled in non-profit leadership programs are eligible for certification through American Humanics (AH).

Programs in the School of Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Graduate programs in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.

Programs in the Department of Theatre are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Copies of accreditation documents are available for review upon request in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

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