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Programs, Courses & Credits

In this section:

Programs:

  • Official Program Designations
  • Programs Offered at WVU
  • Academic Certificate Matriculation and Award Policy
  • Undergraduate Certificate Programs
  • Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Minors
  • Academic Innovation

Courses:

  • Abbreviations Used in Course Listings
  • Plan for Numbering Courses
  • Common Course Numbers and Descriptions
  • Undergraduate Course Descriptions
  • Eligibility to Enroll in 500-Level Courses
  • Graduate Credit via Senior Petition
  • Final Exams
  • Last Week of Classes

Credits:

  • Classification of Students
  • Course Overload
  • Credit Hour Definition
  • Credit by Exam
  • Experiential Learning

PROGRAMS

In this section:

Official Program Designations

  • Degree program: A degree program is 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, which is an award signifying a rank or level of educational attainment and which is conferred on students who have successfully completed a degree program, is represented by the official degree designation (e.g., B.A.—bachelor of arts, B.S.—bachelor of science, etc.)
  • Major: A major is a field of study within an approved degree program, having its own curriculum. A degree program may have more than one major.
  • Area of Emphasis: An area of emphasis is a specific subject area within an approved degree program and major. Normally, a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours are expected for an area of emphasis within a baccalaureate degree program. Normally, a minimum of 6 and no more than 12 credit hours would be expected for an area of emphasis within a graduate degree program.
  • Minor: A minor is an area of study outside of the major 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 15 hours of coursework, with a minimum of 9 hours at the upper division level (course numbers 300 or above). Minors are only available to students earning a baccalaureate degree students.
  • Certificate program: A certificate program is a coherent, specialized curriculum designed for students in search of a specific body of knowledge for personal/career development or professional continuing eduction. Normally, a minimum of 12 and no more than 21 credit hours constitute a certificate program at the baccalaureate or graduate level.

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Programs Offered by WVU

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: MarketingPh.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.
Business Management - AOE: Supply Chain ManagrmentB.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.Ad.M.S.
Finance - AOE: EnergyM.S.
General BusinessB.S.B.Ad.
Hospitality & Tourism ManagementB.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: Certification K-12B.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: CeramicsB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: Graphic DesignB.F.A.M.F.A.
Art and Design - AOE: Intermedia/PhotographyB.F.A.M.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.A.M.F.A.
MusicB.A.
Music - AOE: Collaborative PianoM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music CompositionB.M.M.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music EducationM.M.Ph.D./D.M.A.
Music - AOE: Music Education: Vocal, General, InstrumentalB.M.
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.
Theatre - TheatreB.A.
Theatre - DanceB.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.
Biomedical EngineeringB.S.Bm.E.
Biometric Systems - AOE: DNA/Molecular BiologyB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: Microsensors & CircuitsB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: Signal ProcessingB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: StatisticsB.S.B.S.
Biometric Systems - AOE: Software SystemsB.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.C.S.Ph.D.
Computer Science - AOE: Biometrics & Information AssuranceM.S.C.S.
Electrical EngineeringB.S.E.E.M.S.E.E.
Energy Systems EngineeringM.S.E.S.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 & 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 Leadership/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 & Family StudiesM.A.
Educational Psychology - AOE: Educational PsychologyM.A.
Elementary EducationB.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary - AOE: Early Childhood 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 Language 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: Mathematics EducationM.A.
Elementary Education - Elementary/MDS - AOE: Multicategorical Special Education K-6 + 5-AdultM.A.
Instructional Design & TechnologyM.A.Ed.D.
Literacy EducationM.A.
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- 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.
Multidisciplinary Studies – Education/Human ServicesB.M.D.S.
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 Education/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
Law - Law - AOE: Energy & Sustainable Development LawJ.D.
Law - Law - AOE: Public Interest LawJ.D.
Law - Energy Law & Sustainable DevelopmentLL.M.
Law - Forensic JusticeLL.M.

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College of Physical Activity and Sports Science

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
Kinesiology - Coaching & Teaching StudiesPh.D.
Kinesiology - Sport & 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 SciencesM.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 Resources ManagementPh.D.
Forest Resources Science - AOE: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resources Science - AOE: Wildlife & Fisheries ResourcesPh.D.
Forest Resources Science - AOE: Wood Science TechnologyPh.D.
Forestry - AOE: Forest Resource ManagementM.S.F.
Forestry - AOE: Wood Science & TechnologyM.S.F.
Genetics and Developmental Biology - AOE: Animal 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 MorphogenesisM.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 & Quantitative 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.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. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Environmental Protection - AOE: Soil and Water ConservationB.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - HorticultureM.S.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: Landscape ManagementB.S. Agr.
Plant and Soil Sciences - Horticulture - AOE: ProductionB.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: Administration & 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.
Resource Management - Agribusiness Management & Rural DevelopmentB.S.
Resource Management - Environmental & Energy Resources ManagementB.S.
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: ToxicologyB.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: Renewable Materials MarketingB.S.
Wood Science and Technology - AOE: Sustainable Low-Rise Residential ConstructionB.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 CommunicationM.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.
Data ScienceM.D.S.
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 ExaminerB.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 & RegionalB.A.
Geography - AOE: Geography-RegionalPh.D.
Geography - AOE: Regional Development & Urban PlanningM.A.
Geography - AOE: Spatial Analysis/GISB.A.
GeologyB.S.
Geology - Environmental GeoscienceB.A.
Geology - AOE: GeomorphologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: GeophysicsPh.D.
Geology - AOE: HydrologyPh.D.
Geology - AOE: PaleontologyPh.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: 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: Latin American HistoryM.A.
History - AOE: Public HistoryM.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - AOE: Individualized StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Industrial Mathematics & StatisticsB.S.
Interdepartmental Studies - International Studies - AOE: Africa & 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 StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Religious StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Slavic & East European StudiesB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Social Studies/Secondary EducationB.A.
Interdepartmental Studies - Women's and Gender StudiesB.A.
Legal StudiesM.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 & PoliticsM.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: Behavioral 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: Health 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 PracticeM.S.W.
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/TESOLM.A.
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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Reed College of Media

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 JournalismB.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: Aquatic TherapyB.S.
Exercise Physiology - AOE: Health ProfessionsB.S.
Health SciencesM.S.
Immunology and Medical MicrobiologyB.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 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 – BiostatisticsM.P.H.
Public Health – EpidemiologyM.P.H.
Public Health – Health Policy – AOE: Worksite WellnessM.P.H.
Public Health – Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences – AOE: Worksite WellnessM.P.H.
Public Health - AOE: Public Health PracticeM.P.H.
Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences – AOE: Worksite WellnessM.P.H.
Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences – AOE: Public Health PracticeM.P.H.
Public Health Sciences – Social & Behavioral Science – AOE: Worksite WellnessPh.D.
Public Health Sciences – Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences – AOE: Worksite WellnessPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - EpidemiologyPh.D.
Public Health Sciences - BiostatisticsPh.D.

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University College

Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral/Professional
BiochemistryB.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies – Multidisciplinary StudiesB.M.D.S.
Multidisciplinary Studies – Human Performance & HealthB.A.
Regents BA - AOE: Advertising/Public RelationsR.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 America'sR.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's StudiesR.B.A.

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Academic Certificate Matriculation and Award Policy

Students pursuing an academic certificate must meet residency requirements. All certificate requirements must be completed at WVU following admission to the certificate program, with the following exceptions: 

  • No more than 6 credits earned as part of a prior WVU degree, earned from a different institution, or earned at WVU prior to admission to the certificate can be applied to certificate requirements. Applicability of credits earned from a different institution to certificate requirements is the decision of the program offering the certificate. 
  • No more than 6 of the credit hours applied to a certificate program may also be applied to another certificate or degree requirements. 

Additionally, academic certificates at the undergraduate level may only be awarded simultaneously with a baccalaureate degree.* Academic certificates at the graduate and professional levels may be awarded either simultaneously with a graduate or professional degree or independently of any degree program.  Completion of an academic certificate will be noted on students’ transcripts.

*Certain pre-existing undergraduate certificates in the College of Education and Human Services may be awarded independent of a degree program. 

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Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Arts & Sciences - Eberly College of

  • Gerontology
  • Global Engagement

Education and Human Sciences - College of

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Infant/Toddler Education
  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies

Engineering and Mineral Resources - Benjamin M. Statler College of

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Global Competency 

Journalism - School of

  • Digital Proficiency

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Academic Affairs

  • University Teaching

Arts & Sciences - Eberly College of

  • Applied Statistics
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Gerontology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Business and Economics - College of

  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

Education and Human Sciences - College of

  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Studies
  • Public School Administration - Instructional Supervisor Preparation 
  • Public School Administration - Principle Preparation
  • Public School Administration - Superintendent Preparation

Engineering and Mineral Resources - Benjamin M. Statler College of

  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Assurance and Biometrics
  • Interactive Technologies and Serious Gaming
  • Software Engineering

Media - Reed College of

  • Digital Marketing Communications
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Medicine - School of

  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Emergency Medicine

Nursing - School of

  • Post-MSN Certificate FNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate GNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate Leadership
  • Post-MSN Certificate NNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate PNP
  • Post-MSN Certificate WHNP

Public Health - School of

  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Women's Health

Minors

For a complete list of minors and information on WVU's minors, please see our Minors page .

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Academic Innovation

WVU Academic Innovation coordinates online and off-campus programming through WVU Online and Extended Campus . The unit also includes Summer Sessions , Teaching and Learning Commons , Faculty and Graduate Advancement ,iDesign , and K12 initiatives . The Summer Sessions Office provides guidance for students who wish to take summer courses. The Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) provides teaching support and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. TLC staff provides training for instructors to enhance their teaching skills to deepen student learning. The Teaching and Learning Commons also offers the Graduate Academy for graduate students and postdocs to develop a range of core skills for their future careers. The K12 Initiatives unit provides ACCESS classes in high schools and works closely with K12 teachers to develop digital content for schools.

WVU Online and Extended Campus provides seamless access to academic courses and student services. Depending on the program, courses can be delivered completely online, online with some campus visits (a blended format), off-campus at locations in the State of West Virginia, or online with practicums or internships within a student’s home base.

The most current list of programs can be found here . Students should carefully review the information provided by individual programs.

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COURSES

In this section:

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

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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 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 forty percent of the credits counted for meeting requirements for a graduate degree can be at the 400 level.

Courses 500 Undergraduate Seniors Division and Master’s Level: Courses intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates in any class carrying a 500-level course number must receive approval.

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 sixty percent at the 500–level and above.

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Undergraduate Common Course Numbers & Descriptions

199. Orientation to [subject/field]. 1-2 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.

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

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 such 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 with consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

499. Global Service Learning. 1-3 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.

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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Eligibility to Enroll in 500-Level Courses

Advanced undergraduate students may request permission to enroll in a graduate course numbered 500-599. Undergraduate students may not enroll in 600 or above level courses. To qualify, students must be classified as either a Junior or Senior and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To enroll in 500-599 courses, students must complete an Undergraduate Application to Enroll in 500-Level Courses, found on the Office of the University Registrar’s website, and have it approved. Non-WVU students will also be required to submit an undergraduate application for admission and have his or her official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions from all of the colleges and universities previously attended; the transcript cannot be one sent to the student or by facsimile (fax).

Graduate Credit via Senior Petition

Students classified as seniors may begin graduate study early through the University’s senior petition policy. Senior petition applies only to courses numbered 400–599, and students can receive only 15 graduate hours through the senior petition process. If a student is permitted to receive graduate credit, that credit cannot count toward the undergraduate degree. To qualify, students must be classified as seniors and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To be granted permission to earn graduate credit as an undergraduate senior, students must complete the Senior Petition to Earn Graduate Credit, found on the Office of the University Registrar’s website, and have this approved.

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Finals

The last week of each semester of the academic year is designated as finals week. Final examinations for the summer term are given on the last day of classes. The website http://registrar.wvu.edu/ gives the dates and times for final examinations. (See specific term Course Registration Information link for further information.)

Students who take a section of a multi-section course may be required to take the departmental final examination, given during the regular final examination period.

Last Week of Classes

Practical laboratory tests, make-up examinations, and regularly scheduled short quizzes are the only tests permitted for day classes during the week of classes preceding finals week unless the faculty member petitions the associate provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the petition is approved by the beginning of the second week of the semester in which the final exam is to be given. Evening classes have their final exams on the last meeting of the class preceding finals week. 

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CREDITS

In this section:

Classification of Students

WVU undergraduates are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. These classifications are based upon the number of hours completed. The classifications are as follows:

Classification Hours
Freshman1-28 Earned Credit Hours, Inclusive
Sophomore29-58 Earned Credit Hours, Inclusive
Junior59-88 Earned Credit Hours, Inclusive
Senior89 or More Earned Hours

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Course Overload

Undergraduate students are not permitted to enroll in more than 20 credits in a fall or spring semester or 14 credits in a summer semester without approval. The student's dean or dean's designee may approve requests of 21 credits in the fall or spring semester or 15 credits in the summer semester. Requests to enroll in credits higher than this limit must be approved by the student's dean or dean's designee and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

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Credit Hour Definition

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.

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Credit by Exam

A student who is currently enrolled may receive credit for a course or courses upon demonstration of competency in the course content at the discretion of the department. The department offering the course determines evaluation standards for the student’s competency. If skill and cognitive abilities are components of the course, then both are evaluated. A college, school, or department may ask a student to prepare a self-evaluation statement. The purpose of the statement is to determine competency and the methods by which the student achieved it. Students interested in pursuing credit by exam should begin by consulting with the department offering the course. A fee is required to pursue credit by exam.

Credit is given only when a satisfactory degree of competency is shown. While WVU administered credit by examination and placement credit will be excluded from WVU residence credit, it does not interrupt the final thirty credit hours in residence if earned during this period.

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Experiential Learning

Each academic unit has a policy of general applicability controlling the allocation of credit for ad hoc experiential learning. No credit shall be granted for ad hoc experiential learning that is not sanctioned by an approved policy. At a minimum, each discipline shall adhere to accreditation standards of that discipline with respect to credits given toward student advancement based on experiential learning. There should be an equivalence in quantity and quality of ad hoc experiential learning effort and conventional academic effort for a set amount of credit within a discipline. Credit awarded for experiential learning will be posted as transfer work to West Virginia University with the course number of three zeros (000).  The course prefix will vary by department granting credit. Credits applied to a student’s record through experiential learning will count in degree (or earned) hours.  No formal grade will be entered. While WVU administered experiential learning credit will be excluded from WVU residence credit, it does not interrupt the final thirty credit hours in residence if earned during this period.

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