Oct 23, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22

University College



Chubb HallChubb Hall 140
Phone: 740.593.1935
Fax: 740.593.0206
university.college@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/university-college

Carey Busch, Interim Dean of University College 

Mission

University College supports OHIO’s vision by advancing the academic and personal growth of all prospective and current Ohio University students; we provide the guidance and resources for students to make successful transitions, to succeed in the classroom, and to contribute to their communities. We collaborate with campus and community partners for success both in and out of the classroom. By being flexible, compassionate, innovative, and resourceful, we help students realize their potential, and we promote the evolution of the university for the long-term benefit of our students.

Programs

Aerospace Studies Minor  
Law Enforcement Technology Major (A.A.S.)  
Associate in Arts—Arts and Humanities Emphasis Major (A.A.)  
Associate in Arts—Social Sciences Emphasis Major (A.A.)  
Associate in Individualized Studies Major (A.I.S.)  
Associate in Science Major (A.S.)  
Criminal Justice Major (B.C.J.)  
Military Science Minor  
Specialized Studies Major (B.S.S.)  
Technical and Applied Studies Major (B.T.A.S.)  

 

Admission Requirements

Any Ohio University student who has fewer than 60 credit hours may be admitted to University College as an undecided student. A separate application is required to enter the Associate in Individualized Studies  program, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice  program, or the Bachelor of Specialized Studies  program.

Advising

Academic Advising  is a high priority of University College (UC). Our professional advisors strive to help you launch your career at Ohio University by supporting academic exploration and career options, while assisting you in engaging with university resources that promote learning and development.

  • First year and new UC students will be assigned an advisor. This will be your advsior until you declare a major.
  • Students who declare a pre-major or major in Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ), Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) or an Associate Degree will be assigned to an advisor located in the Advising and Student Services Office or designated campus advisor.
    • Students interested in the AIS or BSS program(s) will work closely with a University College advisor and faculty to design, gain approval for, implement, and earn their unique degree(s).
  • College Credit Plus students are assigned an advisor based from the appropriate students service office on each campus.

If you are in University College and have a particular degree program in mind, whether that program is selective or not, you should refer to the degree requirements outlined elsewhere in this catalog. If you are interested in determining your progress toward one or more majors, you may create a “what if” DARS report for the major you are considering. Once a registered OU student, simply go to www.ohio.edu/registrar/darsonline.cfm and login using your OHIO ID and password. If you want assistance creating or interpreting a “what if” DARS, please contact the University College Office, an advisor will be glad to assist you.

Although your professional advisor will help you prepare a schedule each semester, you are ultimately responsible for your education. Advising is a collaborative process for which you need to be prepared. It is imperative that you arrive on time and prepared for advising appointments and that you understand and follow requirements and procedures at the department, school, college, and University levels.

Declaring a Major

Undecided/undeclared students in University College who enroll at Ohio University as first-year students must declare a major by the time they earn 45 hours. External transfer students may complete two semesters of full-time enrollment before they must declare a major, regardless of their total hours earned. At 45 hours (or the third semester of enrollment for transfer students), a hold will be placed on a student’s registration until he or she meets with a University College advisor and develops a realistic plan for declaring a major. 

Academic/Service Departments

Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

Academic Achievement Center  (230 Alden Library, 740.566.888) helps students maximize their academic potential. The AAC offers free academic assistance programs to all Ohio University students. For more information, follow the hyperlink or contact us via email at aac@ohio.edu.

Advising and Student Services

Advising and Student Services (140 Chubb Hall, 740.593.1935) assists students with major exploration, degree declaration, and progress towards degree programs housed in University College. For more information, follow the hyperlink or contact us via e-mail university.college@ohio.edu.

Learning Communities

Learning communities (060 Chubb Hall, 740.593.1953) allow first-year students the opportunity to have the benefits of a small college atmosphere while experiencing Ohio University’s large campus culture. Participation in a learning community guarantees students 2–4 common courses for fall semester. Each community has approximately 20 students. As a result of this small size, participating students develop cohesive relationships with their peers and have enriched interaction with faculty. Participation in a learning community gives the opportunity to engage in academic as well as social activities with members of the community.

For more information, please contact:

Learning Community Programs
Chubb Hall 060
First-Year and Student Transitions
University College
Ohio University
740.593.1953
learning.communities@ohio.edu

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

It is the mission of Student Accessibility Services to ensure equal opportunity and access for students with disabilities in the Ohio University community. Central to this mission is the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation. While working toward the goal of full inclusion, accommodations must still be provided on an individual basis.

At the college level, it is the individual student’s responsibility to initiate the registration process with Student Accessibility Services. Students may initiate a request to Student Accessibility Services at any point in their academic career. To be eligible for student accessibility services a student must:

  • submit current disability documentation
  • submit an application for accommodation
  • receive notification from an accessibility coordinator that you are eligible; and
  • schedule and attend an intake appointment with your assigned accessibility coordinator

The type of documentation required depends on the individual disability. Guidelines for documentation are available on our website or inquiries may also be made in person or by phone.

Student Accessibility Services
Baker University Center 348
Athens, OH 45701
Telephone: 740.593.2620
Fax: 740.593.0790
disabilties@ohio.edu

Policies and UC Academic Requirements 

Academic Probation

At the conclusion of each academic term, all students who, at the time of review, that do not have an accumulative GPA of at least 2.0, will be placed on academic probation.

Removal from Probation. Removal of probationary status is automatic at the close of the semester when your accumulative GPA rises to 2.0 or above, unless your college requires higher standards.

Dismissal (Drop) and Reinstatement. If you have been dropped, you are not able to enroll for courses at Ohio University. You may petition your college student services office for reinstatement, but normally reinstatement will not be granted until at least 12 months after your dismissal. As a condition for reinstatement, the dean of your college may suggest remedial steps you can take. 

Students petitioning for reinstatement must do so according to the following deadlines:

For reinstatement in: Petition must be received by:
Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 15 (January 2, if you were dismissed the immediate preceding fall semester)
Summer Semester April 15

Petitions received after the deadlines above will be held for review for the next semester.

If you have been dismissed from the University for a second time, reinstatement is possible only under extraordinary circumstances and usually is not granted until at least 24 months after the second dismissal.

Bobcat Student Orientation

Each summer, The Office of First-Year & Student Transitions (FYrST) conducts Bobcat Student Orientation, which is designed to acquaint all new Athens campus students and their families and guests with the programs of the University. New students will meet with faculty, staff, and orientation leaders to get to know Ohio University, plan an academic program, complete a class schedule, and register for their first semester. Students will also learn about the wide variety of social and group activities available on campus, while becoming acquainted with other students in their college. Bobcat Student Orientation is mandatory for all new Ohio University students. Orientation programs are also held before the fall, spring, and summer semesters for first-year and transfer students. Further information about Bobcat Student Orientation is available in the Office of First-Year & Student Transitions, 740.593.1951 or by visiting www.ohio.edu/orientation.

University College Learning Communities

All new University College first-year students and transfer students with 20 or fewer credit hours must enroll in a learning community for their first semester on the Athens campus. Learning communities offer a unique opportunity to work closely with a small group of fellow bobcats who are also launching their careers at Ohio University.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

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

The Army ROTC program at Ohio University is under the Military Science Department (MSC); the Air Force ROTC program is under the Aerospace Studies Department (AST).

Notice: The ROTC programs at Ohio University might not fully comply with University nondiscrimination policies, because of the selective process of military service. However, the ROTC programs are in compliance with national nondiscrimination policies and the guidance and policies of the respective military services and the Department of Defense.

Scholarships
Full scholarships are available on a competitive basis for qualified students. These scholarships pay costs of tuition, mandatory student fees, and a book stipend. Additionally, recipients receive a tax-free stipend of up to $300-500 monthly for the period the scholarship is in effect. Non-scholarship students in the advanced course also receive the tax-free stipend, regardless of scholarship status. Ohio National Guard 100 percent tuition assistance is also available.

Commissions

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

Military Service

After commissioning, Air Force officers will begin their professional careers in one of more than 40 Air Force specialties including: air operations (pilot, combat systems operator, air battle manager, remotely piloted aircraft), special warfare, space operations, nuclear and missile operations, information warfare (cyber and intelligence), combat support, and force modernization (engineering and acquisitions). There are also limited opportunities to pursue medical or legal career fields. Army officers may serve in one of 16 career branches, which are divided into three categories: maneuver, fires and effects; operational support; and force sustainment. For both Air Force and Army, some select officers may attend universities or military institutes as their first duty assignment to earn graduate degrees in specialized fields.

Notice: The ROTC programs at Ohio University might not fully comply with University nondiscrimination policies, because of the selective process of military service. However, the ROTC programs are in compliance with national nondiscrimination policies and the guidance and policies of the respective military services and the Department of Defense.

Aerospace Studies Program
Air Force ROTC - Detachment 650 (www.ohio.edu/afrotc/)

The Aerospace Studies program is designed to develop students’ character and leadership skills required to commission as officers in the United States Air Force and Space Force, while acquiring a bachelor’s degree.

The four-year curriculum consists of academic courses (AST X0X0) and leadership laboratory (AST X0X0L) each term. Academic courses are open enrollment, do not require any obligation for military service, and do not require wearing a uniform. Students can minor in Aerospace Studies by completing all academic courses (16 credit hours). The academic curriculum during the first two years (one credit per semester) is an introduction to the Department of the Air Force (which now includes the US Space Force), its heritage and values, and team and leadership fundamentals. Third and fourth-year academic courses (three credits per semester) focus on leadership and management, national security studies, and preparation for active-duty service.

To enroll as a cadet in the AFROTC program, students must enroll in academic and leadership lab courses concurrently. Leadership lab (one credit per semester) is a dynamic and integrated grouping of leadership developmental activities for prospective second lieutenants. It is a cadet-planned, organized, and executed practicum conducted under the supervision of faculty. Leadership lab also includes physical training (PT) two to three times per week.

For non-scholarship cadets, there is no service commitment during the first two years in the General Military Course (GMC), making it an excellent way for students to explore the lifestyle and career options the Air and Space Forces offer. Entry into the Professional Officer Course, or POC (third and fourth years), is selective and based on the needs of the Air Force and requires cadets to meet academic, fitness, and medical qualification requirements, complete summer field training, and sign a contract with the Air Force. POC cadets further develop leadership skills by supervising GMC cadets.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships (https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/)

Cadets are eligible for competitive scholarships. Air Force ROTC offers limited scholarships to qualified freshman and sophomore cadets paying tuition and fees, $900 per year book stipend, and monthly $300 to $500 stipend, based on class year. In addition, due to the generous support of Ohio University, cadets in good-standing are eligible to receive a university-sponsored performance scholarship based on academic and fitness performance (up to the cost of a residence double room depending on funding availability). All contract cadets (GMC cadets on scholarship and all POC cadets) receive a tax-free monthly stipend of $300-$500 per month, based on class year.

Assignment (https://www.afrotc.com/life-after-rotc/)

After completing their undergraduate degree and AFROTC program requirements, cadets commission as second lieutenants and begin their careers in the Air Force or Space Force. Prior to commissioning, typically during the junior year, cadets are assigned a career field, or Air Force Special Code (AFSC), based on the needs of the Air and Space Forces, individual preference, and in some cases academic major and medical qualification. Specialties include: air operations (pilot, combat systems operator, air battle manager, remotely piloted aircraft), special warfare, space operations, nuclear and missile operations, information warfare (cyber and intelligence), combat support, and force modernization (engineering and acquisitions). There are also limited opportunities for qualified cadets to pursue medical or legal career fields, or to attend graduate school upon initial entrance to active duty.

Summer Field Training
Field leadership training normally occurs during the summer after the sophomore year with limited exceptions. All travel expenses, board, living quarters, and uniforms are furnished, and cadets are paid while attending summer field training.

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

Professional Development Training
Cadets have opportunities to compete for selective training opportunities, including aviation, Air Force Academy exchange, leadership development, internships, and base visits.

AFROTC is designed as a four-year program, but does allow for highly-motivated students to join as sophomores. Rare exceptions can be made to complete a two-year program but typically require prior military service and/or targeted academic majors. Cadets in specifically-approved majors may be approved to extend to a five-year program.

Military Science Program (Army ROTC) -The Bobcat Battalioin
http://www.ohio.edu/uc/rotc/army

The Military Science Program is designed to educate and train future officers for the United States Army. Graduates are sworn to support and defend the Constitution. Today, when the security interests of this nation are so inextricably involved with world issues, our nation needs talented and well-trained officers in its military services. If you have the desire and talent to serve your country, ROTC can lead to a rewarding career as a military officer. Our military needs the best scholars, athletes, and leaders to accomplish mission of national importance and to care for soldiers. Army ROTC seeks a diverse range of experiences to ensure a representative office corps. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is designed to produce the types of leaders our nation needs.

The Army ROTC program at Ohio University is under the Military Science Department (MSC. The University offers two-, three-, and four-year ROTC programs. Although the complete program encompasses four years, students can join the program at any point in their time at Ohio University, as long as they have two years remaining. This two-year period can be undergraduate or graduate work.

The first two years of Army ROTC is known as the Basic Course (BC). During the BC, students take classes in general military subjects, including an introduction to the Army ROTC program, basic skills, leadership, team building, and small-unit operations. These courses provide a basic understanding of the Army and a background for the second two years of the program. The basic courses are open enrollment, do not require wearing a uniform unless the student also takes lab, and have no military obligation unless on an ROTC scholarship. Entrance into the second two years of the Army ROTC (the Advanced Course) is selective and competitive. Students can qualify for the Advanced Course by completing the BC, by current service in the National Guard or Reserves, or by attending a four-week ROTC Leaders Training Course known as Basic Camp. The Advanced Course will expand students’ knowledge of military subjects, including military justice, tactics, ethics and professionalism, management, training, and current issues affecting the military.

In addition to the classroom work, the department conducts a leadership laboratory associated with every class, in which all students take part in planning and conducting such adventure-type outdoor training activities as rappelling, survival swimming, marksmanship, physical training, and land navigation. Advanced Course students are required to attend a four-week summer Advanced Camp between their junior and senior years. All summer camp expenses, including meals, housing, travel, and uniforms, are paid by the Army. In addition, each cadet is paid approximately $700 in military pay for camp attendance.

The Department of Military Science also sponsors several extracurricular clubs or activity groups, organized by the cadets with faculty advisors, such as the Color Guard, “Red Leg” Cannon Crew, and Ranger Challenge.

Notice: The ROTC programs at Ohio University might not fully comply with University nondiscrimination policies, because of the selective process of military service. However, the ROTC programs are in compliance with national nondiscrimination policies and the guidance and policies of the respective military services and the Department of Defense.

Scholarships
Army ROTC offers full two, three and four year scholarships to qualified students. These scholarships pay full tuition and student fees. Scholarship cadets also receive an annual book stipend of $1200 as well as monthly stipend of up to $500. In addition, cadets may also receive an Ohio University sponsored room grant that covers the cost of a standard double dorm room. Students who do not qualify for a ROTC scholarship may be eligible for a scholarship through the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, as well as the OHIO sponsored room grant. Additionally, the Army ROTC program may offer general course students who show outstanding aptitude 2- or 3-year scholarships once the student is part of the program.

Summer Field Training
All students seeking a commission in the Army will attend Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY, after completion of MSC 3020 and MSC 3020L. This normally occurs after a student’s third year. Some cadets will attend Basic Camp due to entering program late. This normally occurs after their second year. However, exceptions are possible. All travel expenses, board, living quarters, and uniforms are furnished, and you are paid while attending summer field training. Some students will receive the opportunity to attend an Army school such as Airborne School, Air Assault School, or Mountain Warfare School. Additionally, students may receive internships with an active duty Army unit for a month, known as Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT).

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

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

Special Schooling
Upon completing their degrees and the ROTC program, Army ROTC students will receive commissions in the Army and will attend Basic Officer Leader Course in their branch and may attend follow on training, such as Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, and Sapper Leader Course. Army officers may serve in one of 17 career branches, which are divided into three categories: maneuver, fires and effects; operational support; and force sustainment. Selected officers, after entrance on active duty, are sent to civilian universities or service technical institutes for graduate work leading to a master’s degree or to a doctoral degree in specialized fields.

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

The first two years of Army ROTC is known as the Basic Course (BC). During the BC, you take classes in general military subjects, including an introduction to the Army ROTC program, basic skills, leadership, team building, and small-unit operations. These courses provide a basic understanding of the Army and a background for the second two years of the program. The basic courses are open enrollment, do not require wearing a uniform, and have no military obligation unless on an ROTC scholarship.

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

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

Scholarships

Army ROTC offers full two, three and four year scholarships to qualified students. These scholarships pay full tuition and student fees. Scholarship cadets also receive an annual book stipend of $1200 as well as monthly stipend of up to $500. In addition, cadets may also receive an Ohio University sponsored room grant that covers the cost of a standard double dorm room. Students who do not qualify for a ROTC scholarship may be eligible for a scholarship through the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, as well as the OHIO sponsored room grant.

University Professor Award Program

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

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

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