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    Western Michigan University
   
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2007-08 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions


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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 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
  AMLJ   American Studies
  ANTJ   Anthropology
  MAAJ   Applied Mathematics
  BCHJ   Biochemistry
  BYLJ   Biology
  BMLJ   Biomedical Sciences
  BUCJ   Business-Oriented Chemistry
  CHLJ   Chemistry
  CMUJ   Communication Studies
  CRJJ   Criminal Justice
  ERLJ   Earth Science
  ECLJ   Economics
  ENLJ   English
  FVMJ   Film, Video, and Media Studies
  FHLJ   French
  GCMJ   Geochemistry
  GGLJ   Geography
  GELJ   Geology
  GEPJ   Geophysics
  GRLJ   German
  GBLJ   Global and International Studies
  HYLJ   History
  HYGJ   Hydrogeology
  IPCJ   Interpersonal Communication
  JNLL   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
  WOMJ   Women’s 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)
  AFBJ   Aviation Flight Science (Option B)
  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
  ISMJ   Integrated Supply Matrix Management
  MGTJ   Management
  MKTJ   Marketing
  PABJ   Public Administration
  SBMJ   Sales and Business Marketing
  STBJ   Statistics
  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
  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, Family Studies Emphasis
  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)
  PDSJ   Physical Education, Teacher/Coach (Secondary)
  PHSJ   Physics, Secondary Education
  PSSJ   Political Science, Secondary Education
  RCDJ   Recreation
  SUSJ   Secondary Education in Business
  SKSJ   Secondary Education in Marketing
  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)
  TDDJ   Technology and Design
  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 Option
  CMNJ   Engineering Management Technology, Computer-Aided Manufacturing Option
  GCAJ   General College
  IDNJ   Industrial Design
  IENJ   Industrial Engineering
  IMGJ   Imaging
  IMBJ   Imaging, Business Option
  IMCJ   Imaging, Computing Option
  IMMJ   Imaging, Multimedia Option
  IMSJ   Imaging, Substrates Option
  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
       AHIJ     Art History
  DACJ   Dance, B.A. program
  DAFJ   Dance, B.F.A. program
  GRFJ   Graphic Design, B.F.A. program
  MSCJ   Music
  MUCJ   Music Composition
  MSSJ   Music Education
  MUJJ   Music—Jazz Studies
  MUPJ   Music Performance
  MUYJ   Music Therapy
  MTFJ   Music Theatre Performance
  TDTJ   Theatre, Design and Technical Production concentration
  TPRJ   Theatre, Performance concentration
  TSTJ   Theatre, Theatre Studies concentration

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 concentration
  HSVJ   Interdisciplinary Health Services
  NURJ   Nursing
  RNNJ   Nursing, RN Progression Track
  SPNJ  

Speech Pathology and Audiology

  WKJ   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, describe 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 involved 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. Also, the FYE Seminar will be offered both fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Spring semester attendance will be open to (1) new, full-time, first-year students beginning WMU in the spring semester and (2) full-time, first-year students who began in the fall semester that did not enroll in the fall FYE Seminar.

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-three times a week. The FYE 2100 seminar will include weekly class meetings, sharing a common reading experience, a project-based assignment, written assignments, and attendance at selected University events. The importance of writing 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 and Spring semesters 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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Mrs. Betty Dennis, Director
203 Moore Hall
387-4410

University Curriculum provides beginning and transfer 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 a 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. University Curriculum students are automatically participants in the First Year Experience and will take FYE 2100 described above.

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

  • 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 McGurn
Jacquelyn Bizzell,
Medical Sciences Advisors
2318 Friedmann Hall
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.

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 course as possible to fit their curriculum or degree requirements.

Pre-Law

Kerrie Jo Harvey, Prelaw Advisor
Jan Tiderington, Prelaw Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office
2318 Friedmann Hall
269-387-4366
http://www.wmich.edu/cas/advising/prelaw.html

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

Western Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 60602-2504; telephone 800-621-7440; Web site: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

Program Accreditation

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has accredited 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 early childhood; reading; teaching at the elementary level; 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 travel instruction and rehabilitation counseling/teaching are accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

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

Programs in the Department of Chemistry are accredited 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 and flight school license are accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority (UK), the Joint Aviation Authority (International), the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The aviation flight science program is accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Council of Aviation Accreditation, Flight Education.

The dietetics programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are approved by the American Dietetics Association. The bachelor’s didactic program in dietetics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetic Education.

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 and master’s programs in family studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are accredited by the National Council of Family Relations.

The bachelor’s physical education program in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is accredited by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the bachelor’s health education program by the American Association of Health Education; the bachelor’s recreation program by the National Recreation and Park Association; and the bachelor’s and master’s athletic training programs by the National Athletic Trainer’ Association.

The interior design program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research 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.

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.

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

Programs in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology; the speech pathology and audiology clinics are accredited by the Professional Services Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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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