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Advising, Degrees, and Graduation

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Abbreviations Used in Course Listings

Abbreviation Description
Ia course given in the first (fall) semester
IIa course given in the second (spring) semester
I, IIa course given each semester
I and IIa course given throughout the year
Yra course continued through two semesters
Sa course given in the summer
HRcredit hours per course
Leclecture period
Recrecitation period
Lablaboratory period
GLABgraded lab
WEBweb-based course
CONCconcurrent - usually listed with PR meaning course must either be completed prior to or at the same time as enrollment in the course it is listed for
PRprerequisite - course must be completed in a term prior to enrollment in the course it is listed for
Coreqco-requisite - courses must be taken in the same term
Consentconsent of instructor required
CRcredit but no grade

Freshmen and transfer students enter West Virginia University as general studies, pre-majors, or direct admits to their majors, depending on individual academic program admission requirements. The requirements to enter a major may include a minimum number of credit hours, specific prerequisite coursework, a minimum or competitive grade point average, minimum or competitive test scores, and/or an entrance exam. For specific program entry requirements, refer to individual degree and major programs in this catalog.

Every student at West Virginia University has access to academic advising. Direct admit students who have matriculated into their majors, and some first and second-year pre-majors, are advised by staff and faculty in their respective academic units. The University College (UC) advises pre-majors who are not advised by the college/school of the student’s intended major, as well as ACCESS and non-degree students. Students who are undecided on their majors also are advised in the UC under general studies until they select a major.

WVU students are required to meet with their academic advisors prior to registering for classes each semester. Advisors assist students in understanding major and University requirements including the General Education Curriculum (GEC); course registration planning and processes; program and course prerequisites; and academic standing (e.g. probation and suspension). In addition, advisors may assist students with planning for post-baccalaureate education and careers.

Students are expected to become familiar with the Undergraduate Catalog and DegreeWorks as it relates to their academic goals and standing, be able to articulate their major and University requirements and prepare for their own course planning and registration processes, use the various majors’ website, and make full use of academic advising. 


Commitment to Assessment

The West Virginia University Assessment Council (WVUAC) works with the main WVU campus and divisional campuses to provide resources devoted to sharing best assessment practices and enhancing student learning through assessment activities. The WVUAC holds monthly meetings to review and provide counsel to program-level assessment activities submitted as part of BOG Program Reviews, and its goals include strengthening the effectiveness of assessment programs at all levels aimed at enhancing students learning; assisting and helping to create an institutional culture of assessment; aligning the institutional assessment plan with the WVU mission; and serving as an institutional clearinghouse for assessment best practices from around the country.


Credit Hours

West Virginia University courses offered for credit are based on semester hours. Semesters are fifteen weeks long plus one week for final exams. A single credit hour is equivalent to fifty minutes of guided instruction within the classroom. An hour of preparation, or related activity outside of the classroom, is equivalent to sixty minutes.

Face-to-Face Classroom Learning

One credit hour is equivalent to one hour of guided instruction (fifty minute class) and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time such as during the summer sessions, which may vary in duration. One credit hour in other academic activities, as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, study abroad, experiential learning opportunities, online learning, and other academic work must include an equivalent amount of required work listed in the preceding paragraph and is outlined in more detail below.

Online Classroom Learning

One credit hour of online learning is equivalent to fifteen hours of direct instruction and thirty hours of student work. Direct instruction can occur via computer-assisted (modules), multi-media interaction, discussions, and/or completion of exams/quizzes/assessments as documented in the course syllabus and approved to meet best practices in online learning. Student work includes activities like readings and supplemental home work. Students must fulfill these hours to complete the course requirements as set forth by the course instructor. Online courses developed from existing face-to-face instruction adhere to the defined learning outcomes and assessments of the original face-to-face format for the course. All WVU online programs are reviewed for nationally accepted standards for online learning.

Experiential Learning

In experiential learning, including opportunities representing laboratory/lecture courses, undergraduate research (with or without laboratory), professional development internships, and service learning, a total of three hours of classroom and preparation time per week over a period of fifteen weeks for one credit hour or the equivalent amount of work over a shorter period of time is required. Courses must incorporate adequate opportunities to document student progress and student completion of the stated learning objectives for each experience.

Study Abroad

One credit hour is equivalent to fifteen hours of guided instruction and thirty hours of cultural, linguistic or other types of engagements as described by the syllabus and approved by the faculty, department Chair, Dean, and Associate Provost. Exceptions to this general rule would need to be justified and approved on an individual basis.

Studio/Ensemble Work

In studio courses representing the arts, design, and theatre, one credit hour is equivalent to one and a half hours of guided instruction and three hours for studio class preparation each week for fifteen weeks as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In accordance with the National Association of Schools of Music standards, one credit hour of ensemble work in the music field represents three hours of practice each week, on average, for a period of fifteen weeks plus the necessary individual instruction as defined by the major subject.

Variable Credit Offerings

Variable credit courses often represent student experiences that range in contact hours based on the focus and discipline of the experience. Practicums (teaching and research), field experience, undergraduate and graduate research and laboratory rotations and credit, and independent studies offer a range of contact. One credit hour is equivalent to fifteen contact hours of guided instruction (e.g., student progress meetings, assessment) and thirty hours of student work to complete the requirements set forth by the advisor or course instructor (e.g., team meetings, review sessions, thesis/dissertation preparation) over a fifteen week period. Instructors/Mentors and students should discuss the appropriate number of total credit hours for a given course based on the time needed to attain outcomes of the particular endeavor.


Undergraduate degree programs at West Virginia University are based upon a combination of required courses and electives. All undergraduate degree programs include the General Education Curriculum (GEC), require a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and require at least 120 credit hours. In addition, the various colleges and schools may determine their own specific graduation requirements which may include additional course or credit requirements, minimum course grades, and grade point averages higher than a 2.0. Most degree programs require additional hours (see specific requirements for each major) to complete the degree.

Every undergraduate degree program at WVU requires that students satisfactorily complete the General Education Curriculum which includes an approved Writing course and a Capstone experience. For General Education Curriculum definitions, please see the list of approved GEC/Writing/Capstone courses . Please note that transfer courses do not fulfill the Writing or Capstone requirements. In exceptional cases, students can petition their college to have a transfer course approved as fulfilling the writing requirement. Students will need to provide evidence of process writing. Because of their unique concept, Capstone courses can never be transferred from another institution, including courses taken while studying abroad.

Students entering WVU as an undergraduate student with fewer than twenty-nine hours must also earn a passing grade in WVUE 191 First Year Seminar in their first semester at WVU. Those who do not pass the course must re-enroll for subsequent semesters until they earn a passing grade. In certain majors, alternative courses are acceptable. These courses will be identified for students by their advisors.


By College

College of Business and Economics

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
AccountingB.S.B.Ad.
Business AdministrationM.B.A
Business Administration - AOE: AccountingPh.D.
Business Administration - AOE: FinanceM.B.A.Ph.D
Business Administration - AOE: MaketingPh.D
Business Administration - AOE: ManagementPh.D.
Business Management - AOE: Hospitality and Tourism ManagementB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: Human Resource ManagementB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: International BusinessB.S.B.Ad.
Business Management - AOE: Small Business/EntrepreneurshipB.S.B.Ad.
EconomicsB.S.M.A.
Economics - AOE: International EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE:Financial EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Monetary EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Public EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Regional & Urban EconomicsPh.D.
Economics - AOE: Resource EconomicsPh.D.
FinanceB.S.B.AdM.S.
General BusinessB.S.B.Ad.
Industrial RelationsM.S.
Management Information SystemsB.S.B.Ad.
MarketingB.S.B.Ad.
Professional AccountancyM.P.A.

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College of Creative Arts

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Art - AOE: Art EducationM.A.
Art - AOE: Art HistoryM.A.
Art - AOE: Studio ArtM.A.
Art HistoryB.A.
Art and Design - AOE: Certiification K-12B.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: CeramicsB.F.A.M.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: Graphic DesignB.F.AM.F.A
Art and Design - AOE: Intermedia/PhotographyB.F.AM.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: PaintingB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: PrintmakingB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: SculptureB.F.AM.F.A.
MusicB.A.
Music - AOE: Collaborative PianoM.MPh.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music CompositionB.M.M.MPh.D./D.M.A
Music - AOE: Music Education: Vocal, General , InstrumentalB.M.M.MPh.D/D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music HistoryM.M.
Music - AOE: Music TheoryM.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: ConductingM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Performance: Guitar, Band or Orchestra InstrumentB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Jazz(Pedagogy)M.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Jazz StudiesB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Coaching/Accompanying)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Jazz)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Pedagogy)B.M.M.M
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano(Traditional)B.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: Piano, Voice, Band, or Orchestra InstrumentsM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Performance: WoodwindsB.M.
Music - AOE: Performance: VoiceB.M.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S.
TheatreB.A.
Theatre - AOE: ActingB.F.A.M.F.A
Theatre - AOE: Costume Design and TechnologyM.F.A
Theatre - AOE: Creative Dramatics and PuppetryB.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Design/TechnologyB.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Lighting Design and TechnologyM.F.A.
Theatre - AOE: Scene Design and TechnologyM.F.A.
Music - AOE: Vocal Pedagogy and PerformancePh.D./D.M.A

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Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Aerospace EngineeringB.S.A.E.M.S.A.E.
Biometric Systems - AOE: DNA/Molecular BiologyB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE:Microsensors & CircuitsB.S.B.S.
Biometirc Systems - AOE: Signal ProcessingB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: StatisticsB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: Software SysemsB.S.B.S.
Chemical EngineeringB.S.Ch.E.M.S.Ch.E.
Civil EngineeringB.S.C.E.M.S.C.E.
Computer EngineeringB.S.Cp.E.
Computer ScienceB.S.Ph.D.
Computer Science - AOE: Biometrics & Information AssuranceM.S.C.S.
Electrical EngineeringB.S.E.E.M.S.E.E.
EngineeringM.S.E.
Engineering-AerospacePh.D
Industrial EngineeringB.S.I.E.M.S.I.E.
Engineering - ChemicalPh.D.
Engineering CivilPh.D.
Engineering - ComputerPh.D.
Engineering - ElectricalPh.D.
Engineering - IndustrialPh.D.
Engineering - MechanicalPh.D.
Engineering - MiningPh.D.
Engineering - Petroleum & Natural GasPh.D.
Engineering - Occupational Safety and HealthPh.D.
Industrial HygieneM.S.
Mechanical EngineeringB.S.M.E.M.S.M.E.
Mining EngineeringB.S.Min.E.M.S.Min.E.
Petroleum & Natural Gas EngineeringB.S.PNGE.M.S.PNGE.
Safety Management - AOE: Environmental ManagementM.S.
Software Engineering - AOE: Biometrics & information AssuranceM.S.S.E

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College of Education and Human Services

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
AudiologyAu.D.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Child DevelopmentB.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Family and Youth StudiesB.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Pre-school Education - Birth-Age 4B.S.
Child Development and Family Studies - AOE: Preschool Special Needs-PreK-KB.S.
Communication Sciences and DisordersPh.D.
Counseling - AOE: Community Agency CounselingM.A.
Counseling - AOE: School CounselingM.A.
Counseling PsychologyPh.D.
Education - Curriculum & InstructionEd.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Curriculum, Literacy, Cultural StudiesPh.D,
Education - Education - AOE: Educational Leadership & Policy StudiesPh.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Human Development and Family StudiesPh.D.
Education - Education - AOE: Learning, Instructional Design, & TechnologyPh.D.
Education - Educational Leadershp/Public School AdministrationEd.D.
Education - Educational PsychologyEd.D.
Education - Higher Education AdministrationEd.D.
Education - Special Education - AOE: Personnel Preparation in Special EducationEd.D
Education - Special Education - AOE: School Leadership in Special EducationEd.D.
Educational Leadership - Higher Education AdministrationM.A.
Educational Leadership - Public School AdministrationM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Child Development and Family StudiesM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Educational PsychologyM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Evaluation and ResearchM.A.
Elementary EducationB.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: EarlyChildhood EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: Early Childhood, PreK-KM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: Elementary Education AdvancedM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Early Childhood Education , PreK-KM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: English Education M.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Foreign Languages EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Interdepartmental Studies (Social Studies)M.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Integrated ScienceM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Mathmatics EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6 + 5-AdultM.A.
Instructional Design and TechnologyM.A.Ed.D.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE:Early Childhood Education, PreK-KB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: English EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Foreign Language EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Interdepartmental Studies(Social Studies)B.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Mathematics EducationB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Elementary Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6 + 5-AdultB.M.D.S
Multidisciplinary Studies- Multidisciplinary (Education) StudiesB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Biology & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Chemistry & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies- Secondary Education - AOE: Physics & Integrated ScienceB.M.D.S.
ReadingM.A.
Rehabilitation CounselingM.S.
Secondary Education - AOE: Advanced ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Advanced Social StudiesM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Biology EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Chemistry EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: English EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Foreign Language EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: General Science EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Higher Education Curriculum & TeachingM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Math EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Physics EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Secondary AdvancedM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Secondary EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - AOE: Social Studies EducationM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/EnglishM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/Foreign LanguagesM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/Interdepartmental StudiesM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MathematicsM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Biology and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Chemistry and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Secondary Education - Secondary/MDS - AOE: Physics and Integrated ScienceM.A.
Special Education - Special EducationM.A.
Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders - AOE: Autism K-6M.A.
Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders - AOE: Autism 5-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Early Intervention.Early Childhood - Pre-school Special Needs PreK-KM.A.
Special Education - Gifted Education - AOE: Gifted 1-12 M.A.
Special Education - Low Vision/Blindness - AOE: Visual Impairments PreK-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Multicategorical Special Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6M.A,
Special Education - Multicategorical Special Education - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education 5-AdultM.A.
Special Education - Severe/Multiple Disabilities - AOE: Severe Disabilities K-AdultM.A.
Speech-Language Pathology - Speech PathologyM.S.
Speech Pathology and AudiologyB.S.

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College of Law

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
LawJ.D.

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College of Physical Activity and Sports Science

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Kinesiology - Kinesiology - AOE: Physical Education Teacher EducationPh.D.
Kinesiology - Kinesiology - AOE: Sort& Exercise PsychologyPh.D.
Physical Education - Athletic CoachingM.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Aquatic Facility ManagementB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Group FitnessB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Personal TrainingB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education - AOE: Strength ConditioningB.S.
Physical Education - Athletic TrainingM.S.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher EdM.S.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Administration of Physical EducationEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Motor DevelopmentEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Special Physical EducationEd.D.
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Curriculum & InstructionEd.D
Physical Education - Physical Ed-Teacher Ed - AOE: Teaching CertificationB.S.
Physical Education - Sport & Exercise PsychologyM.S.
Physical Education - Sport ManagementM.S.
Sport Studies - Athletic TrainingB.S.
Sport Studies - Sports & Exercise PsychologyB.S.
Sport Studies - Sport ManagementB.S.

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Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Agricultural and Resource EconomicsM.S.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Ag Extension EducationM.S.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Agricultural & Environmental TechB.S. Agr.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Agricultural Teacher EducationB.S. Agr. .
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Extension EducationB.S. Agr.
Agricultural and Extension Education - AOE: Teaching Vo-AgM.S.
Agriculture, Natural Resources, & DesignM.Agr.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Agricultural BiochemistryPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Animal NutritionPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE:Animal PhysiologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Animal & Food Science - AOE: Production ManagementPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Applied & Environmental MicrobiologyPh.D
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Crops AgronomyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: EntomologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: HorticulturePh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Plant PathologyPh.D.
Agricultural Sciences - Plant & Soil Science- AOE: Soil SciencesPh.D.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Animal SciencesM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Animal & Vet ScienceB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: BreedingM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Human NutritionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Food ScienceM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: NutritionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: PhysiologyM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Pre-Health SciencesB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: Pre-Vet MedicineB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal & Nutritional Sciences - AOE: ProductionM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Animal PhysiologyM.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - BiochemistryB.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Human Nutrition & Food - AOE: DieteticsB.S.
Animal and Nutritional Sciences - Nutritional & Food ScienceM.S.
Design & MerchandisingM.S.
Design and Merchandising - Design StudiesB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Fashion Design & Merchandising - AOE: Fashion DesignB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Fashion Design & Merchandising - AOE: Fashion MerchandisingB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Interior Design - AOE: Contract DesignB.S.
Design and Merchandising - Interior Design - AOE: Residential DesignB.S.
Forest Resources ManagementB.S.F.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Forest Resource ManagementPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Wildlife & Fisheries ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resource Science - AOE: Wood Science TechnologiesPh.D.
Forestry - AOE: Forest Resource ManagementM.S.F.
Forestry - AOE: Wood Science & TechnologiesM.S. F.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Anmal BreedingM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE:Biochemical Molecular GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: CytogeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Descriptive EmbryologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Developmental GeneticsM.S.Ph.D
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Experimental MorohogenesisM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Human GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: ImmunogeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Life Cycles of Animals & PlantsM.S.Ph.D
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Molecular Aspects of DevelopmentM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: MutageneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: OncologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Plant GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Population & Quantiative GeneticsM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: RegenerationM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: TeratologyM.S.Ph.D.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: ToxicologyM.S.Ph.D.
Landscape ArchitectureB.S.L.A.M.L.A.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - AgroecologyB.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: Crop ScienceM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: Soil ScienceM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Agronomy - AOE: TurfB.S. / B.S.Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Applied & Environmental MicrobiologyB.S.M.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - EntomologyM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Environmental Protection - AOE: Pest ManagementB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Environmental Protection - AOE: Soil and Water ConservationB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - HorticultureM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: Landscape ManagementB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: ProductionB.S / B.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Plant PathologyM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Soil Science - AOE: Land UseB.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Soil Science - AOE: Watershed ManagementB.S.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism ResourcesM.S.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Adinistration & PlanningB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Adventure RecreationB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Park & Outdoor RecreationB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Sustainable TourismB.S.R.
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources - AOE: Wildlands Recreation ManagementB.S.R.
Reproductive PhysiologyM.S.Ph.D.
Resource Management - Environmental & Natural Resource EconomicsB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Resource Management - Agribusiness Management & Rural DevelopmentB.S. / B.S. Agr.
Resource Management and Sustainable DevelopmentPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Agricultural & Extension EdPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Human and Community DevelopmentPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Natural Resource EconomicsPh.D.
Resource Management and Sustainable Development - Resource ManagementPh.D.
Wildlife and Fisheries ResourcesM.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Fisheries SciencesB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: PlanningB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: ToxicolocyB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Wildlife ManagementB.S.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources - AOE: Wildlife ScienceB.S.
Wood Science and Technology - AOE: ProcessingB.S.
Wood Science and Technology - AOE: UtilizationB.S.

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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
BiologyB.A., B.S.
Biology - AOE: Cellular & Molecular BiologyPh.D.
Biology - AOE: Environmental Plant BiologyPh.D.
Biology - AOE: Population GeneticsM.S.
ChemistryB.A., B.S.
Chemistry - AOE: Analytical Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Inorganic Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Organic Chemistry M.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Physical ChemistryM.S.Ph.D.
Chemistry - AOE: Theoretical ChemistryM.S.Ph.D.
Communication Studies - AOE: Communication in InstructionM.A
Communication Studies - AOE: Communication Theory & ResearchM.A,
Communication Studies - AOE: Corporate & Organizational ComminicationM.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Health CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Integrated CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Interpersonal CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Social Media & CommunicationB.A.
Communication Studies - AOE: Strategic/Organizational CommunicationB.A.
Computational StatisticsPh.D.
Creative WritingM.F.A.
EconomicsB.A.
English - AOE: Creative WritingB.A.
English - AOE:Literary/Cultural StudiesB.A.M.A.Ph.D.
English - AOE: Professional Writing and EditingB.A.
English - AOE: WritingM.A,
English - English/Secondary Education B.A.
Forensic and Investigative ScienceM.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic BiologyB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic ChemistryB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic xaminerB.S.
Forensic and Investigative Science - AOE: Forensic ToxicologyB.S.
Geography - AOE: Energy & Environmental ResourcesM.A.
Geography - AOE: Geographic Information SystemsPh.D.
Geography - AOE: GIS/Cartographic AnalysisM.A.
Geography - AOE: International Area StudiesB.A.
Geography - AOE: Natural Resources, Environment & DevelopmentB.A.
Geography - AOE: Planning and Regional DevelopmentB.A.
Geography - AOE: Regional DevelopmentPh.D.
Geography - AOE: Regional Development and Urban PlanningM.A,
Geography - AOE: Spatial Analysis/GISB.A.
GeologyB.S.
Geology - Environmental GeoscienceB.A.
Geology - AOE: GemorphologyPh.D
Geology - AOE: GeophysicsPh.D,
Geology - AOE: HydrologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: PalentologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: PetrologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: Professional StudiesM.S.
Geology - AOE: ResearchM.S.
Geology - AOE: StratigraphyPH.D.
Geology - AOE: StructurePh.D.
HistoryB.A.
History - AOE: African HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: African-American HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: American HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: Appalachian/Regional HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: East Asian HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: European HistoryM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: History of Science & TechnologyM.A.Ph.D.
History - AOE: Latin American HistoryM.A.
History - AOE: Public HistoryM.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Appalachian StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Individualized StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Medieval & Renaissance StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Social StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry - AOE: ChemistryB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry - AOE: Molecular BiologyB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry/BiologyB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Biochemistry/ChemistryB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Industrial Mathematics & StatisticsB.S.
Interdepartmental Studies - Interdepartmental Studies/Secondary EductionB.A,
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: A frica & Middle EastB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: AsiaB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Developmental StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Diplomacy & International SecurityB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: EuropeB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Intelligence & National SecurityB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: International BusinessB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: International EnvironmentB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: The AmericasB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Latin American StuiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Religious StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Slavic & East European StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Social StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Women's and Gender StudiesB.A.
Legal StudiesM.L.S.
Liberal StudiesM.A.L.S.
MathematicsB.A., B.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Applied MathematicsM.S.Ph.D.
Mathematics - AOE: Discrete MathematicsPh.D.
Mathematics - AOE: Interdisciplinary MathematicsM.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Mathematics for Secondary EducationM.S.
Mathematics - AOE: Pure MathematicsM.S.
Mathematics - Mathematics/Secondary EducationB.A.
Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S., B.A.
Philosophy - AOE:Pre-LawB.A.
Physics - AOE: Applied PhysicsB.A., B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: AstrophysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Astro/Space PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: BiophysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Chemical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Computational PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Condensed Matter PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Elementary Particle PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Materials PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Materials ScienceB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Medical PhysicsB.A., B.S.
Physics - AOE: Plasma PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Solid State PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Statistical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Physics - AOE: Theoretical PhysicsM.S.Ph.D.
Political Science - AOE: American Politics and PolicyB.A.
Political Science - AOE: American Public Policy & PoliicsM.A.
Political Science - AOE: GeneralB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Government & BusinessB.A.
Political Science - AOE: International & Comparative Public Policy & U.S. PoliticsM.A.
Political Science - AOE: International Relations, Comp Politics & National SecurityB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Political SciencePh.D.
Political Science - AOE: Pre-Law and Legal StudiesB.A.
Political Science - AOE: Public Policy AnalysisPh.D.
Professional Writing and EditingM.A.
Psychology - AOE: Behavior AnalysisPh.D.
Psychology - AOE: Behaviorial NeurosciencePh.D.
Psychology - AOE: Clinical Child PsychologyB.A., B.S.Ph.D.
Psychology - AOE: Clinical PsychologyM.A., M.S.Ph.D.
Psychology - AOE: Life Span DevelopmentB.A., B.S.Ph.D.
Public Administration - AOE: Healh Care AdministrationM.P.A.
Public Administration - AOE: Local Governance and Community DevelopmentM.P.A
Social WorkB.S.W.
Social Work - AOE: Community Organizing and Social AdministrationM.S.W.
Social Work - AOE: Direct Practice
SociologyM.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - AOE: AnthropologyB.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - AOE: SociologyB.A.
Sociology and Anthropology - CriminologyB.A.
StatisticsM.S.
Statistical and Data Sciences - Applied StatisticsM.PS.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Chinese StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Foreign Literature in TranslationB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: FrenchB.A.M.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/SpanishM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: French/TESOL
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: GermanB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Italian StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/SpanishM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Linguistics/TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Russian StudiesB.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: SpanishB.A. M.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: Spanish/TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOLM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/FrenchM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/LinguisticsM.A.
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - AOE: TESOL/SpanishM.A,
World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics - World Languages/Secondary EducationB.A.

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Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Integrated Marketing CommunicationsM.S.
Journalism - AOE: NewsB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE: Print JournalismB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE Teaching/Research ProfessionalM.S.J
Journalism - AOE:Television JournalismB.S.J.
Journalism - AOE: Visual JouranlismB.S.J.
Journalism - Strategic Communications - AOE: AdvertisingB.S.J.
Journalism - Strategic Communications - AOE: Public RelationsB.S.J.

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School of Dentistry

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Dental HygieneB.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Basic ScienceM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Education/AdministrationM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Office ManagementM.S.
Dental Hygiene - AOE: Special PatientsM.S.
Dental Specialties - EndodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - OrthodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - PeriodonticsM.S.
Dental Specialties - ProsthodonticsM.S.
Dentistry - AOE: Basic Biological ScienceD.D.S.
Dentistry - AOE: General PracticeD.D.S.
Dentistry - AOE: Specific Clinical InterestD.D.S.

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School of Medicine

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyPh.D.
Biomedical SciencesM.S.
Cancer Cell BiologyPh.D.
Cellular and Integrative PhysiologyPh.D.
Clinical and Translational ScienceM.S.
Exercise Physiology M.S.Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology - AOE: Aqutic TherapyB.S.
Exercise Physiology - AOE: Health ProfessionsB.S.
Immunology and Microbial PathogenesisPh.D.
Pathologist's AssistantM.H.S.
Medical Laboratory Science - AOE: Clinical Laboratory ScienceB.S.
Medical Laboratory Science - AOE: HistotechnologyB.S.
MedicineM.D.
NeurosciencePh.D.
Occupational TherapyM.O.T.
Physical TherapyD.P.T.

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School of Nursing

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
NursingB.S.N.D.N.P., Ph.D.
Nursing - Nursing RNB.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Family Nurse PractitionerM.S.N
Nursing - AOE: Geriatric Nurse PractitionerM.S.N
Nursing - AOE: Neonatal Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Nursing LeadershipM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Pediatric Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.
Nursing - AOE: Women's Health Nurse PractitionerM.S.N.

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School of Pharmacy

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological SciencesPh.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Clinical PharmacyPharm.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Clinical Pharmacy PracticePharm.D.
Pharmacy - AOE: Pharmacy ResearchPharm.D.

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School of Public Health

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Community Health Promotion - School Health EducationM.S.
Public Health - AOE: BiostatisticsM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: EpidemiologyM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Health Policy Management and LeadershipM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Occupational and Environmental Health SciencesM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Public Health PracticeM.P.H
Public Health - AOE: Social & Behavioral SciencesM.P.H.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: EpidemiologyPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: Occupational and Environmental Health SciencesPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - AOE: Social and Behavioral SciencesPh.D.

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University College

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Regents BA - AOE: Advertising/Public RealtionsR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: American HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: AnthropologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Art HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Business AdministrationR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Child DevelopmentR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Communication StudiesR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: Creative WritingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Crime & Social ControlR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: EconomicsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Foreign Literature in TranslationR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: FrenchR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GeographyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GeologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GermanR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: GIS & Remote SensingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: HistoryR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-African/Mid EastR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-AsiaR.B.A
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-Development StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-EuropeR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: International Studies-The AmericasR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: LinguisticsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: LiteratureR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: PhilosophyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-GeneralR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-International/World AffairsR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Political Science-Law & Legal StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Professional WritingR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: PsychologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Religious StudiesR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: RussianR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: SociologyR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: SpanishR.B.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Women & Gender StudiesR.B.A.

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DegreeWorks is the online advising and degree auditing tool at WVU. All undergraduate students should have a completed audit for graduation. Some graduate programs also have an audit available in DegreeWorks. Please refer to this system regularly. Students can access DegreeWorks through their MIX account. More information is available at http://registrar.wvu.edu/dw .

DegreeWorks is NOT an official evaluation. All degree requirements must be verified by student's college or school prior to graduation. Students are responsible for complying with all academic policies published in the University catalog. If students have any questions about the information presented in this audit, they are encouraged to contact their advisor or the Office of the University Registrar at registrar@mail.wvu.edu.

 




WVU’s undergraduate education is designed to help students acquire a basic foundation in a variety of academic areas in addition to their major field. Students are expected to integrate the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and an appreciation of the arts with coursework in their major to facilitate an understanding of the world at large. This foundation for lifelong learning should provide the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with social, cultural, and technological change.
 
In addition to these various perspectives, students are expected to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills sufficient for life in contemporary society. These skills include the ability to read critically, listen critically, ask appropriate questions, gather relevant information, and apply critical analysis to reach logical conclusions. Central to these skills are mathematical literacy and proficiency in oral and written communications.
 
In preparation for life after the university, students are expected to attain proficiency in their major fields. This proficiency should enable them to be competitive in the job market or in admission to graduate or professional schools.
 
Finally, students are expected to acquire knowledge, understanding, and an appreciation of diversity in languages, cultures, ideas, and peoples, along with a desire to work so that all individuals are treated in a manner consistent with social justice. We hope that students will maintain a lifelong commitment to ethical behavior, responsible citizenship, and public service.
 
One of the primary ways in which students accomplish WVU’s goals of undergraduate education is through completion of the nine General Education Curriculum (GEC) objectives. Each of the objectives is satisfied by completion of courses designated as GEC courses. For a description of the General Education Curriculum and a listing of approved courses, visit the Office of Registrar’s website: http://registrar.wvu.edu/ . B.A. candidates in certain degree programs are also required to attain a specified level of proficiency in a language other than English.


In order to graduate, a student must file an application for graduation in the academic dean’s office of his or her major department during the first month of the semester or summer term in which he or she expects to graduate. If a student is uncertain about graduation requirements, the department chairperson may be contacted for clarification. The student should also meet with his or her academic advisor for guidance.


WVU recognizes distinguished academic achievement by awarding degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. This distinction can be awarded on initial or second baccalaureates and specified entry-level professional degrees. All candidates for a baccalaureate with a GPA of 3.8 or higher graduate summa cum laude. Those with a grade point average of less than 3.8, but equal to or above 3.6, graduate magna cum laude. Those with a GPA of less than 3.6, but equal to or above 3.4, graduate cum laude.

The grade point average for honors consideration for a baccalaureate is based on baccalaureate-level college work attempted through the final semester. This calculation includes baccalaureate-level college work attempted at institutions accredited by regional accreditors in the United States. Credit hours earned with a grade of P or S are not considered in the determination. Grades of F, however, are computed as hours attempted. The grade point average through the penultimate semester will be used for notations in the commencement programs. 

Students must meet residency requirements at WVU to be considered for graduation with honors.

The GPA for honors consideration for entry-level professional degrees is based on baccalaureate-level and professional-level work attempted through the last semester. This calculation includes baccalaureate-level and professional-level college work attempted at all regionally accredited higher education institutions attended. Credit hours earned with a grade of P or S are not considered in the determination.

Students entering and completing a second baccalaureate program following completion of the initial degree are eligible to receive the honors designation. Grade point averages for graduation with honors on second baccalaureates shall be computed on all baccalaureate-level work, excluding credit earned with a P or S. This includes work completed for the first degree as well.

Plan for Numbering Courses

For convenience, each course of study is designated by the name of the department in which it is given and by the number of that course. The plan for numbering courses is as follows:

Courses 1–99 Developmental and community college certificate courses (does not require WVU Faculty Senate approval) and undergraduate professional development courses (courses that are designed for professional development and require students to possess a high school diploma but the course would not count toward graduation).

Courses 100 Freshman/Lower Division: Intended primarily for freshmen, although by upper-division students may take them if needed to complete degree requirements.

Courses 200 Sophomore/Lower Division: Intended primarily for sophomores. These courses may have 100 or 200-level prerequisites.

Courses 300 Juniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for juniors. These courses may have extensive prerequisites or be limited to specific majors.

Courses 400 Seniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for seniors and selected graduate students. These courses are typically limited to advanced undergraduates within a particular major or degree program and selected graduate students. No more than 40 percent of the credits counted for meeting requirements for a graduate degree can be at the 400 level.

Courses 500 Undergraduate Seniors and Master’s Level: Courses intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates in any class carrying a 500-level course number must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and written approval on an Application for an Advanced Undergraduate Student to Enroll in a Course Numbered 500-599 for Undergraduate Credit from the course instructor, student’s advisor(s) and academic dean. Seniors may count these courses for graduate credit only after completion and approval of a senior petition.

Courses 600 Master’s Level: Courses intended for master’s degree students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 700 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Level: Courses intended for doctoral students and advanced master’s students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 900 Professional Development: Courses intended for professional development and require students to possess a bachelor’s degree; these courses do not count toward graduation and are not applicable towards a graduate degree. Grading is S/U only.

Note: Graduate degree credit-hour requirements must include at least 60 percent at the 500–level and above.

Common Course Numbers and Descriptions

199. Orientation to [subject/field]. 1 Hr. Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities, and opportunities.

293. Special Topics. 1-6 Hr. PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

393. Special Topics. 1-6 Hr. PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hr. PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hr. PR: Consent (may be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hr. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hr. PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

494. Seminar. 1-3 Hr. PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hr. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hr. PR: Consent.

497. Research. 1-6 Hr. Independent research projects.

498. Honors, 1-3 Hr. PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

499. Global Service Learning. 3 Hr. PR: Consent. Theory and practice of global service-learning. The main objective will be to pair the experiential aspects of meaningful and sustained service in the host community with work from the student’s anchor course by offering a methodological framework for cultural immersion and community service as well as adding to the content of the anchor course.

590/690/790. Teaching Practicum. I, II, S. 1-3 hr. PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of ________ (Subject matter determined by department/division/college/school offering the course). Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience.

591/691/791. Advanced Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. Investigation in advanced topics that are not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

592/692/792. Directed Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

593/693/793. Special Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

594/694/794. Seminar. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

595/695/795. Independent Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

696/796. Graduate Seminar. I, II, S. 1 hr. PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

697/797. Research. I, II, S. 1-15 hr. PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). (Grading Will be S/U.)

698/798. Thesis or Dissertation. 2-4 hr. PR: Consent.
Note: This is an optional course for programs that believe that this level of control and supervision is needed during the writing of students’ reports (698), theses (698), or dissertations (798).

699/799. Graduate Colloquium. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use the University’s facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department’s 699/799 Graduate Colloquium, to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is S/U; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.

Plan of Study

Within the first academic year, the student submits a plan of study to the Health Sciences Center Graduate Programs Office. Once approved, the plan of study becomes part of the student’s record. It serves as a formal agreement between the student and program faculty as to the requirements for completing the graduate degree. Any changes to the plan of study must be made through mutual agreement, and the student must submit a memorandum of changes to the Health Sciences Center Graduate Program’s Office.

Official Program Designations

Degree program: an area of study approved as such by the institution and the Board of Governors (BOG) and listed on the official inventory of degree programs (e.g., English, social work, physical education, foreign languages). The degree is represented by the official degree designation (e.g., B.A.—bachelor of arts, B.S.—bachelor of science, B.M.D.S.—bachelor of multidisciplinary studies, M.A.—master of arts, B.S.J.—bachelor of science in journalism, B.S.P.Ed.—bachelor of science in physical education, etc.)

Major: a field of study within an approved degree program, having its own prescribed curriculum. A degree program may have more than one major.

Area of Emphasis: a specific subject area within an approved degree program and major. Normally, a minimum of twelve credit hours and no more than eighteen credit hours are expected for an area of emphasis.

Minor: strategic work in an area of study that encourages students to pursue a secondary field. Students may not earn a minor in the same field as their major. Requirements for a minor are set by the academic unit offering the minor and must include at least fifteen hours of coursework, with a minimum of nine hours at the upper division level (course numbers 300 or above).


Official Transcripts

Students can order official transcripts through their MIX account at any time or go to http://registrar.wvu.edu/transcripts . All orders require a valid e-mail address and a credit/debit card which will be charged by e-Pay West Virginia once the transcript request has been entered and a confirmation number is provided.
 
Before ordering a transcript, students should log on to their MIX account to ensure that all grades and degree(s) have been posted. Transcript requests are processed im­mediately. They are not held for posting of final grades and/or degrees.
 
All financial obligations to West Virginia University must be cleared before transcripts can be released. Transcripts may not be picked up by another party unless the student has given written authorization with the request. The designated person will be expected to show a picture I.D. before obtaining the transcript.
 
A West Virginia University transcript is a complete record of a student’s enrollment at WVU. This includes all undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. Partial transcripts are not available.

Second Degrees

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for their own academic well-being, including knowing their scholastic standing as it relates to the published regulations and standards of WVU. This responsibility includes familiarity with the regulations and requirements of their academic college or school or the University College and the regulations and requirements of the department or division in which they are pursuing a degree. Students are encouraged to meet with their university advisor or academic advisor when questions arise or when the student is confronted with multiple challenges.

Residency Requirements

If transferring to WVU from another institution of higher learning, the transfer should occur no later than the start of the student’s third year. Under no circumstances will a student who enters WVU after October 1 in any year be allowed to receive a degree at the next commencement.

In some special cases, students can leave WVU at the end of their third year, and still receive a degree from WVU. The student must enter another accredited institution with the purpose of taking a combined program that will lead to two degrees or prepare for graduate study. Before leaving, the student must apply to the college’s Academic Standards Committee to request permission to do the work of the fourth year, or a part thereof, at the other institution but still receive the degree from WVU. The student will receive a degree when the proper records from the other school are presented.

A transfer student who has completed all undergraduate work in another school in the West Virginia system of higher education must complete either the last 30 hours of work at WVU or at least 36 hours of work at WVU, of which 16 of the last 32 hours must be on campus. Transfer students whose undergraduate work has been completed outside of the West Virginia system of higher education must complete a total of 90 hours or at least the last 30 hours of work in residence at WVU. Students may be required to earn up to 15 hours in a major field regardless of the number of hours or the nature of the courses transferred.

Students’ Committees

Doctoral dissertation committees will consist of no fewer than five members, the majority of whom, including the chairperson, will be regular graduate faculty. No more than one person may be a non-member. At least one member of every doctoral committee must be from a department other than the one in which the student is seeking a degree.

Master’s committees of programs requiring a thesis will consist of no fewer than three members, the majority of whom will be regular graduate faculty, including the chairperson. No more than one person may be a non-member.

Master’s committees of programs not requiring a thesis will consist of no fewer than three members, one of whom must be a regular graduate faculty member. No more than one person may be a non-member, and the non-member cannot chair or advise.

Committee approval must be obtained prior to the second semester for a master’s degree and prior to the fourth semester for the doctorate. Committee approval for the nursing program is after the third semester.

 Committee Approval

All graduate committees are subject to the approval of the school dean or designate and the Health Sciences Center Graduate Programs Office.

Schedule of Courses

Before the opening of each term, a Schedule of Courses is posted to http://courses.wvu.edu/ announcing the courses that will be offered by the colleges and schools of WVU.

Work Done Out of Residence

WVU’s policy is to discourage taking regular residence courses in absentia. If a student begins a course at WVU but fails to complete it due to illness or some other acceptable reason, he or she may receive permission to complete the work in absentia. Permission must be granted by the Academic Standards Committee of the college or school concerned, and the work must be completed under the guidance of a WVU professor. Credit in such cases is allowed only upon a report of a grade of C or better on the final examination. This regulation does not apply to WVU off-campus courses or to courses offered through Extended Learning or Study Abroad.

A student who fails a course (receives a final grade of F) taken at WVU must repeat the course at WVU or at a regional campus to receive credit for that course. The dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled may authorize an exception to this regulation. If so, then the dean should provide a letter to be placed in the student’s folder, authorizing the exception and explaining its basis.

Students should be aware of the requirements for residence and specific degree requirements described in the catalog when transferring credit from other institutions.

Graduate Committee

General requirements for all graduate committees — The majority of the members of any graduate committee must be members of the graduate faculty, including the chair of the committee. No more than one person may be a non-member of the graduate faculty. No family member may serve on the graduate committee of his or her relative. All graduate committees are subject to the approval of the chairperson or designee of the department/division and the dean or designee of the college/school. Once a graduate committee has been officially established, it will not be necessary to alter it if the graduate faculty status of member(s) of the committee is downgraded.

Master’s committees consist of no fewer than three members. It is recommended that at least one member of the committee be from outside the student’s department. Master’s committees of students choosing a thesis option must be chaired by a regular graduate faculty member and the majority of the committee must have regular graduate faculty status. Master’s committees of programs not requiring a thesis generally consist of no fewer than three members, one of whom must be a regular graduate faculty member. No more than one person may be a non-member, and the non-member cannot chair or advise.

Plan of Study

Shortly after entrance into a degree program and usually before nine to twelve hours of graduate coursework have been completed, the student, the advisor, and the committee (if appointed) draw up a plan of study (or prospectus). Depending on the degree sought and the field of study, the plan may also contain an outline of the research problem to be undertaken. In some graduate programs, the student and committee meet at a later date to delineate the research project more formally. The plan of study is subject to approval and becomes a formal agreement between student and program faculty regarding the conditions to be met to complete the degree. Any subsequent changes in the plan of study or prospectus can be made only through mutual agreement because of the binding nature of these documents. Should a disagreement arise at any time, the responsibility for arbitration rests with the dean of the school or college.

Master’s Degree Coursework Requirements

Students in a master’s program must complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of coursework other than thesis credit. A minimum of thirty total hours is also considered standard.

Master’s Degree Time Limit

Graduate work planned with the student’s advisory committee (e.g., plan of study) must be satisfactorily completed within a period of eight years immediately preceding the conferring of the degree. A course taken more than eight years previously must be revalidated if it is to be used towards meeting degree requirements. Revalidation can be accomplished by submitting the following information for approval to the Office of Graduate Education and Life:

  • A letter from the course instructor listing the criteria used to revalidate the course material
  • A copy of the student’s performance on the student’s revalidation examination
  • A letter from the college/school graduate coordinator and/or dean supporting the revalidation

Thesis Research

Many master’s degrees require the completion of a research project under the direction of the faculty of the University on some topic in the field of the major subject. The thesis must present the results of the master’s degrees candidate’s investigation.

Thesis Defense

In cases where a thesis is a component of the master’s student’s plan of study, the student must present the thesis to the committee for evaluation. After the committee has tentatively approved the student’s written thesis, the final presentation and defense of the thesis can be scheduled. This presentation is not given until the term in which all other requirements for the degree are to be met. The student’s committee chairperson must indicate in advance the time, place, and committee members and receive clearance from the office of the school or college dean before the thesis is presented. Such notifications of thesis presentations must be received at least three weeks before the defense date.

The student cannot be considered as having satisfactorily passed their master’s program if there is more than one unfavorable vote among members of the thesis committee. Results of each defense must be reported to the school or college dean within twenty-four hours. Re-examination may not be scheduled without approval of the request by the school or college dean. All committee members are to be present for the thesis defense. One committee member (but not the chair) may attend by audio or videoconference, but should be available electronically during the entire time of the defense. If an examination cannot be scheduled at a time convenient to all committee members, the dean or designee may permit another faculty member to substitute for the original committee member, provided that the original committee member was not the chair. There can be no substitute for the chair. Only one substitute is allowed, and the request for a substitute must be made in writing prior to the examination. The request for a substitute should be signed by the committee chair, the student, and both the original faculty member and the substitute faculty member. A substitute faculty member must have the same or higher graduate faculty status as the original faculty member and represent the same academic discipline or specialization.

Thesis Submission

The requirements for a master’s degree include acceptance of the thesis defense and submission of the electronic thesis (as noted below). If there is a substitute faculty member scheduled for the defense, the substitute signs the shuttle sheet; however, the original committee member is to sign printed copies of the thesis if generated. The electronic thesis must be presented to the University not later than the last day of classes of the semester or summer session in which the degree is expected to be granted.

Additional Master’s Degrees

University policy permits students to obtain more than one master’s degree. In these cases, a separate application is required for each program. Each application must be accompanied by payment of a nonrefundable application fee.

A student desiring to obtain more than one master’s degree must successfully complete sufficient additional credit hours to constitute 75% of the credit hours required by each additional master’s degree program as well as any specific program requirements. Individual graduate units may require higher percentages to be earned under their direction.

Concurrent Master’s Degree Programs

West Virginia University offers several concurrent or dual master’s degree programs. Concurrent degree programs are programs in which courses between collaborating units are accepted for credit by each unit. Total coursework credit requirements for the concurrent degrees must be at least 75% of the summation of the separate degree programs. Students in such programs must also successfully complete any specific program requirements. Individual graduate units may require higher percentages of credit to be earned under their direction. Students should inquire of the individual units regarding admission and academic requirements and regulations for these concurrent degree programs.

Combined Undergraduate and Master’s Degree Programs —
Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs (4+1, 3+2 Programs)

The purpose of the Accelerated Master’s Degree (AMD) program is to allow academically talented students the opportunity to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University. In many cases, this option might be selected early in a student’s academic career as an opportunity to gain an advanced degree through a guiding curriculum designed to accelerate degree completion. Students may apply to departments/academic programs offering AMD programs for admission after having completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at WVU, with a minimum of twenty-four credit hours, provided they have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Individual units may establish more stringent requirements.

Accelerated Master’s Degree students are permitted to take graduate courses leading to the master’s degree when prerequisites for such courses have been fulfilled. Up to twelve credit hours of graduate coursework may be applied towards the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree is awarded at the end of the normal senior year (determined by program specific credit hours). During the remaining period of study, accelerated degree students complete the remaining courses and any other degree requirements needed to complete the master’s degree and must maintain satisfactory academic standing at the graduate level determined by the individual academic units.

 

The program of doctoral study is planned with the student’s graduate advisor and committee to combine any or all of the following: graduate courses of instruction, special seminars, independent study, supervised research, and supervised training designed to promote a broad and systematic knowledge of the major field and to prepare the student for the comprehensive qualifying and final examinations and writing of the dissertation.

Graduate Committee

General requirements for all graduate committees — The majority of the members of any graduate committee must be members of the graduate faculty, including the chair of the committee. No more than one person may be a non-member of the graduate faculty. No family member may serve on the graduate committee of his or her relative. All graduate committees are subject to the approval of the chairperson or designee of the department/division and the dean or designee of the college/school. Once a graduate committee has been officially established, it will not be necessary to alter it if the graduate faculty status of member(s) of the committee is downgraded.

Doctoral dissertation committees consist of no fewer than five members, the majority of whom must be regular graduate faculty, including the chairperson. At least one member of the committee must be from a department other than the one in which the student is seeking a degree.

Plan of Study

Shortly after entrance into a degree program and usually before nine to twelve hours of graduate coursework have been completed, the student, the advisor, and the committee (if appointed) draw up a plan of study (or prospectus). Depending on the degree sought and the field of study, the plan may also contain an outline of the research problem to be undertaken. In some graduate programs, the student and committee meet at a later date to delineate the research project more formally. The plan of study is subject to approval and becomes a formal agreement between student and program faculty regarding the conditions to be met to complete the degree. Any subsequent changes in the plan of study or prospectus can be made only through mutual agreement because of the binding nature of these documents. The responsibility for arbitration rests with the dean of the school or college should a disagreement arise at any time.

Doctoral Degree Coursework Requirements

The doctorate is a research or performance degree and does not depend on the accumulation of credit hours. The three requirements of the degree are admission to candidacy, residency, and completion and defense of a dissertation. The degree signifies that the holder has the competence to function independently at the highest level of endeavor in the chosen profession. Hence, the number of years involved in attaining or retaining competency cannot be readily specified. Rather, it is important that the doctoral student’s competency be assessed and verified in a reasonable period of time prior to conferral of the degree, generally five years from the admission to candidacy.

Graduate education, especially at the doctoral level, involves many learning experiences that take place outside the formal classroom setting. These involve observing and participating in activities conducted by the graduate faculty, using departmental and University libraries, attending lectures presented by visiting scholars, informally debating other students, and similar activities. To insure that graduate students experience these kinds of informal learning, doctoral programs at WVU generally require one year in residence in full-time graduate study. However, because of the contractual nature of graduate study, an individual student or graduate committee may propose an alternative plan by which the student can gain equivalent educational experience. For example, the plan of study may require the student to spend time in residence at a national or foreign laboratory, institute, archive, or research center as partial fulfillment of the residency requirement.

Regulations described in the preceding sections governing admission, registration, scholarship, etc., must be followed. In addition, the student must satisfy requirements specified by the faculty responsible for the major field. Students applying for admission to a doctoral program, after having received a master’s degree at WVU, must file a new application for graduate work with the Office of Admissions.

Competence in one or more foreign languages may be a requirement in some graduate degree programs. The faculty in the program specifies the language or languages and the level of competence to be demonstrated. Language examinations are arranged by the Department of Foreign Languages. Students should contact the graduate program coordinator or chair in that department for more information.

When only reading competence is required, the foreign language examiner may waive the examination in those cases where the student’s transcript shows, at a date that falls no earlier than seven years before promotion to doctoral candidacy, either completion of twelve semester hours or equivalent coursework in an approved foreign language with a grade of B or better in the last three hours or completion of one course at the 300-level with a grade of B or better at WVU.

Promotion to Candidacy

Admission to graduate study and enrollment in graduate courses do not in themselves imply acceptance of the student as a candidate for a doctoral degree. This is accomplished only by satisfactorily passing a comprehensive or qualifying examination (either oral, written, or both) and by meeting specified language and/or other requirements.

A student will be given a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of the important issues in the field of study, their relation to other fields, and the ability to employ the instruments of research. The examination is intended to determine whether the student has the academic competence to undertake independent research in the discipline and to insure that the student possesses a thorough grasp of the fields outlined in the plan of study. The exam is generally taken as soon as a student has completed the major portion of the course requirement. Successful passage of this examination is the University-wide minimal determination of acceptance to candidacy: it is at this point that the five-year to completion rule begins. Individual degree programs may require additional requirements such as the acceptance of a prospectus, a grant exercise, or other form of student evaluation.

It must be the consensus of the doctoral committee that the student has passed the examination, although the committee may permit one dissenting vote. A single portion of the examination may be repeated at the discretion of the committee, but, if two or more members are dissatisfied, the entire qualifying examination must be repeated. The student must petition through the doctoral committee in order to be permitted to repeat a qualifying examination. Academic tradition does not allow a qualifying examination to be administered more than three times; many units limit administration to two times.

Doctoral Degree Time Limit

Because the qualifying examination attests to the academic competence of the student who will become an independent researcher or practitioner, the examination cannot precede the conferring of the degree by an extended period. Consequently, doctoral candidates are allowed no more than five years in which to complete remaining degree requirements. In the event a student fails to complete the doctorate within five years after admission to candidacy, an extension that may be obtained only by repeating the qualifying examination and meeting any other requirements specified by the student’s committee, including the setting of deadlines by which all degree requirements must be completed. A request for an extension of time in order to complete degree requirements should include the following:

  • A statement documenting the circumstances that justify the request
  • A statement of the impact the proposed extension would have on the validity of the student’s coursework and program
  • Evidence of endorsement of the request from the student’s advisory committee and the office of the dean. Extension requests are made to the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs, 249 Mountainlair, P.O. Box 6897

Dissertation Research

The candidate must submit a dissertation pursued under the direction of the faculty of the University on some topic in the field of the major subject. The dissertation must present the results of the candidate’s individual investigation and must embody a definite contribution to knowledge. While conducting research or writing a dissertation, the student must register at the beginning of each term or summer during which credit is being earned. No residence credit will be allowed for special field assignments or other work taken off the University campus without prior approval by the associate provost for Graduate Academic Affairs.

Final Examination/Dissertation Defense

The final examination/dissertation defense is not given until the term in which all other requirements for the degree are to be met. After the candidate’s dissertation has been tentatively approved, the final oral defense of the dissertation may be scheduled. At the option of the faculty responsible for the degree program, a comprehensive final written examination also may be required. The student’s committee chairperson must indicate in advance the time, place, and recommended examining committee members, and receive clearance from the office of the school or college dean before the examination can be given. Such notifications of doctoral examinations/defenses must be received at least three weeks before the examination date. All doctoral final examinations and dissertation defenses are to the public and the university community.

The student cannot be considered as having satisfactorily passed the final examination/dissertation defense if there is more than one unfavorable vote among members of the examining committee. Results of each examination/defense must be reported to the school or college dean within twenty-four hours. Re-examination may not be scheduled without approval of the request by the school or college dean. All committee members are to be present for the final examination/dissertation defense. One committee member (but not the chair) may attend by audio or videoconference, but should be available electronically during the entire time of the defense. If an examination cannot be scheduled at a time convenient to all committee members, the dean or designee may permit another faculty member to substitute for the original committee member, provided that the original committee member was not the chair. There can be no substitute for the chair. Only one substitute is allowed, and the request for a substitute must be made in writing prior to the examination/defense. The request for a substitute should be signed by the committee chair, the student, and both the original faculty member and the substitute faculty member. A substitute faculty member must have the same or higher graduate faculty status as the original faculty member and represent the same academic discipline or specialization.

Dissertation Submission

The requirements for a doctorate include acceptance of the dissertation and submission of the electronic dissertation. If there is a substitute faculty member scheduled for the final examination, the final examination, the substitute signs the shuttle sheet; however, the original committee member is to sign printed copies of the dissertation. The dissertation must be presented to the University not later than the last day of classes of the semester or summer session in which the degree is expected to be granted.

The candidate is required to maintain close contact with the supervisor or chairperson of the graduate committee on these matters in developing a dissertation so as to incorporate the special requirements of the subject discipline.