ECU Undergraduate Catalog 2000-2001

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
SECTION 6

Dorothy H. Muller, Dean, A-113 Brewster Building
Jo Ann F. Jones, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Donald C. Joyner, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Eugene A. Owens, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Mary M. Cauley, Director of Cooperative Education, 2300 General Classroom Building

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is both an academic and an administrative unit consisting of the following offices and academic support programs: General College; Academic Transition Program; Office of Cooperative Education; Freshman Seminar; Academic Support Center; undecided, reconsidering, Prehealth, and prelegal special advisement; and transfer credit approval and processing.  The office administers academic policies and procedures, coordinates academic advising, advocates for undergraduate education and promotes the effectiveness of general education, offers additional assistance and learning experiences to special populations, provides career‑related experiences through cooperative education, and assumes other responsibilities concerning undergraduate education as delegated by the vice chancellor for academic affairs.

GENERAL EDUCATION

General education requirements are designed to engender a broad liberal arts base upon which to add the depth of study in the major.  Some courses that carry general education credit are identified in the course listings using the following notation; however, there may be other courses that also carry general education credit.  C ourses in major prefix may not count toward general education.

GE:EN = English GE:HU = Humanities
GE:EX = Exercise and Sport Science GE:MA = Mathematics
GE:FA = Fine Arts GE:SC = Science
GE:HL = Health GE:SO = Social Science

General Education Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degree Programs

English 1100, 1200 (GE:EN)....... 6 s.h.

Science (GE:SC).................. 8 s.h.

(Science majors must meet the science requirement outside their major field.)

At least one course must require laboratory work.  Select one or more courses   from   the   following departments:

Biology
Chemistry
Geology
Physics

Social Sciences (GE:SO)......... 12 s.h.

(Social science majors must meet the social science requirement outside their major field.)

Select courses from at least three of the following areas:

Anthropology
Communication
Economics
Geography
History
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

Mathematics (GE:MA).............. 3 s.h.

Three hours of mathematics at least equivalent to MATH 1065 or 1066 or 1067 or 2127 or three hours of logic at least

equivalent to PHIL 1500

(If logic is used to satisfy this requirement, it may not be used to satisfy the humanities requirement for the baccalaureate degree.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (GE:HU) (GE:FA)                                     10 s.h.

(Humanities and fine arts majors must meet the humanities and fine arts requirement outside their major field.)

Select at least one course in humanities and one course in fine arts from the following areas:

Humanities (GE:HU)

Literature (English or American)
Literature in a foreign language or in translation (See Departments of English and Foreign Languages and Literatures. Foreign languages 1001‑1004 will not meet this requirement.)
Philosophy

Fine Arts (GE:FA)

Art
Dance
Music
Speech
Theatre Arts

Health (GE:HL) and
Exercise and Sport Science (GE:EX) 3 s.h.

(Select at least one course in each area.)

Certain honors and interdisciplinary courses may be used to satisfy certain general education requirements.  For a listing of courses generally used to meet these requirements, see “General Education Goals, Objectives, and Courses Meeting the Requirement,” a document published in Taking Charge: Your Academic Planner.  The planner is distributed at orientation and is also available in the Student Stores.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

The bachelor's degree is conferred by the university upon the student's application when the student has earned the minimum number of semester hours of credit required for the degree by the major department or school, has met the general education requirements, and has fulfilled all requirements of the major/minor program. (See department and school listings. Also see following paragraphs for additional requirements.)

Additional Requirements for Degrees

First-year students enrolling at East Carolina University in (or after) the fall of 1993 and transfer students enrolling in (or after) fall 1995 must fulfill the writing across the curriculum requirement prior to graduation.  To do so, each student must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. of writing intensive courses, including ENGL 1100, 1200; at least one 3 s.h. writing intensive course in the major; and any other 3 s.h. writing intensive course of  the student's choice.  All second degree students will be required to complete at least 3 s.h. of writing intensive course work in the major.  Writing intensive courses/sections are identified each semester in the course schedule book and will be designated WI on the student's transcript.  If a writing course (a course whose primary content is writing according to its course title and description) is accepted in transfer by number and credit hour for a writing-intensive course at East Carolina University (e.g., ENGL 3880, ITEC 3290, etc.), the transferred credit hours will count as writing intensive for ECU degree requirements.

Major, minor, cognate, core curriculum, and/or certification requirements are presented in the department and school listings.  If the degree program requires a minor, the minor must be identified at the time the student declares his or her major and must be approved by the major chairperson or dean or his or her designee.  A minor shall not be fewer than 24 s.h. or more than 30 s.h. of credit .

Each academic unit will ensure that its majors complete at least one course which exposes them to cultural diversity.  Courses which meet this requirement will be designated by the respective unit.

Many baccalaureate programs have requirements in addition to course work in general education, in the major field, and in the minor field. These additional requirements may be labeled cognate courses or professional courses required for teacher certification. Cognate and minor courses and courses used for the second major may be used to satisfy general education requirements, except where prohibited; professional courses required for teacher certification may not be used to satisfy general education requirements. One-half of the minimum semester hours required in the student's program must be earned at a senior college. 

Additional Requirements for BA Degree

All candidates for the BA degree must complete a foreign language through level 1004 as part of their degree requirements.  The number of required credits for a major shall not be fewer than 30 s.h. or more than 36 s.h.  The number of required credits for a minor shall not be fewer than 24 s.h. or more than 30 s.h.

Special Requirements for BS Degree for Students Preparing to Teach

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to and retention in the teacher education program.  Additionally, PRAXIS I and computer competency requirements must be met.  Students will complete a senior-year portfolio which includes a technology product.  To qualify for a North Carolina teacher license, the student must complete the following:  a history course; a literature course; MATH 1065 or 1066 or 1067 or 2127; PSYC 1000; and PSYC 3206 for secondary and K-12 programs.  All teacher education majors should consult their advisers to select appropriate courses which may be required as cognates in their academic discipline.

East Carolina University requires academic concentrations for all majors in elementary education; middle grades education; special education; business, vocational, and technical education; health education; and physical education.  Students should consult their departmental adviser for specific information about this component of their program.

Professional credits for majors in elementary education; middle grades; science education; business, vocational, and technical education; and special education are listed in Section 7, School of Education: Requirements for Students Preparing to Teach.  For majors in secondary education, birth through kindergarten, and K-12 programs, see BS degree curricula for students preparing to teach under appropriate department or school.

Minors are required in some fields but not in others. Students should check the major requirements presented in the department and school listings to determine if a minor is required in a particular field.

THE HONORS PROGRAM

Qualified students are eligible to participate in the Honors Program, which is described in Section 7, Honors and Interdisciplinary Programs and International Affairs.

GENERAL COLLEGE

Entrance

All entering or transfer students in the lower division (freshmen and sophomores), with the exception of those designated below, are assigned to the General College for academic advising.

Students who are assigned at the time of admission to the university to the Schools of Art, Education (except elementary and middle grades education), Human Environmental Sciences, and Music will be advised in the appropriate school.

Purpose

The General College functions to advise undergraduate students during their first two years and to prepare them for admission to a degree program. It affords an opportunity for the student to explore various disciplines before becoming committed formally to any major. Although a student who enters with a definite career decision will be encouraged to take courses in the area of his or her interests and in most cases will be assigned an adviser from that major, the General College does not function to direct a student into a specific major. It functions to give the student an opportunity to examine several fields that appeal to him or her while completing the general education requirements.  (See General Education, above.)

Although a General College student may decide on a major before the end of the sophomore year, that decision will not be registered formally until requirements for transfer into the proposed major have been met. After the student has made the decision, he or she may take some of the introductory courses in the major without making the formal declaration of major. Nevertheless, a student in the General College must give primary attention to fulfilling general education requirements.

It should be noted that it is the responsibility of the student to take the courses that are required for the chosen degree. In some programs, particularly those in the sciences and the allied health professions, the student should begin the appropriate science course sequences early in the program. Failure to follow the suggested curriculum may necessitate continuance of course work beyond four years.

During the period that the student is assigned to the General College, the university rule that a student adopt the catalog that is current whenever he or she changes his or her program does not apply. (See Section 5, Academic Regulations.) Except for the requirements for admission to certain programs, the catalog that was current at the time the student entered the General College will apply when he or she leaves the General College and declares a major unless (1) the student elects a later catalog; (2) the student changes his or her program after initial transfer from the General College; or (3) accreditation requirements for the university have been changed.

Program

The program of the General College consists of the freshman‑ and sophomore‑ level courses which satisfy the requirements in general education for baccalaureate degrees. In some majors, notably music, art, and the sciences, sequence course work which must be taken in the freshman and sophomore years requires that some general education requirements be postponed until the junior year. Suggested course sequences and other advising information may be found in the Undergraduate Studies Student Manual.

Transfer from the General College

A student assigned to the General College is eligible for transfer from the General College to other schools and departments in accordance with requirements specified in the following paragraphs. Students should also consult the departmental listings for requirements in addition to the basic pattern and for additional courses which are required in the freshman and sophomore years.

Transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences

Transfer to departments in the College of Arts and Sciences is possible when the following conditions are met:  the student will have no more than 10 s.h. of general education requirements remaining at the end of the semester in which transfer is requested; the student has at least a C average in introductory courses in the proposed major field; the student is not on academic probation; and the student has met additional requirements of the academic unit.

Transfer to the School of Allied Health Sciences

Admission, readmission, or transfer to departments in the School of Allied Health Sciences is not guaranteed by admission to the university or by completion of the general education program. Admission, readmission, or transfer to a department of the School of Allied Health Sciences is possible when the following conditions have been met:  the student has completed the specific courses and hours of credit designated by the department, the student has maintained the minimum GPA designated by the department, the student has completed the application process of that department, and the student has been selected for admission by the department.  A transfer or readmission student must have the approval of the ECU Office of Admissions.

Residents of North Carolina will be given preference in admission to all programs of the School of Allied Health Sciences.

The schedule of application deadline dates for each department in the School of Allied Health Sciences is shown below. (Since only a limited number of places are available in these programs, students should complete the application process by the date indicated.) Notification of acceptance or nonacceptance will be made prior to registration for the succeeding semester and/or summer school term unless otherwise indicated. The specific procedures for the application process should be obtained from each department. Application to the university is a separate process; students should contact the Office of Admissions for their application materials and procedures.

Dept.
Application
Deadline
Beginning of
Prof. Program
Dept.
Application
Deadline
Beginning of
Prof. Program
Communication
 Sciences and Disorders
April 15
Fall
Occupational
 Therapy
January 15
Summer
Health Information
  Management
January 31
Fall
Physician
 Assistant
October 15  
Summer
Clinical
 Laboratory Science
February 1
Fall
Rehabilitation Studies
October 15
March 15
Spring
Fall

Transfer to the School of Nursing

Admission, readmission, and transfer to the School of Nursing are not guaranteed by admission to the university or by completion of the general education program.  Admission, readmission, or transfer to the School of Nursing is possible when the following conditions are met:  when the student has completed the specific courses designated by the school; when the student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C in each of the mathematics, biology, and chemistry courses designated by the school; when the student has filed an application for admission to the clinical major in the School of Nursing Office of Student Services; when the student has been selected for admission by the school; and, if a transfer or readmitted student, when the student has been admitted by the ECU Office of Admissions.

The professional major in nursing begins either in fall or spring semester.  There are a limited number of places available in the major; thus, interested students should complete the application to the clinical major by July 15 for spring admission or October 15 for fall admission.  Notification of acceptance or nonacceptance will be made prior to semester early registration.  The specific procedures for application to the School of Nursing should be obtained from the School of Nursing Office of Student Services.  Application to the university is a separate process; students should contact the university Office of Admissions for their application materials and procedures.  Students interested in transferring to the School of Nursing should refer to Section 7, School of Nursing, for specific course and progression requirements and consult with the director of student services in the School of Nursing.

Transfer to Other Professional Schools

A student who is not on probation may transfer to the Schools of Art, Education (except elementary and middle grades education), or Human Environmental Sciences during the second semester in residence.  A student may transfer to the School of Music during the first semester after successfully completing an audition.

Students enrolled at East Carolina University or other institutions may be considered for admission to the School of Business as transfer students.

Students interested in transferring to teacher education programs should refer to Section 7, Degrees, School of Education, for specific admission requirements.

Students interested in transferring to the School of Health and Human Performance should refer to Section 7, Degrees, School of Health and Human Performance, for specific admission requirements.

Students interested in transferring to the School of Industry and Technology should refer to Section 7, Degrees, School of Industry and Technology, for specific admission requirements.

Students interested in transferring to the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies should refer to Section 7, Degrees, School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies, for specific course and admission requirements.  Admission to the school is not guaranteed by admission to the university or by completion of the general education program.  Students should contact the appropriate program chair for undergraduate studies for specific information regarding the application process of the respective program.

A student who is initially assigned to a professional school may transfer to the General College.

BACHELOR’S AND ACCELERATED MBA PROGRAM

Students in fields other than business who are interested in careers in private or public sector management may complete the BA or BS and, if qualified, may complete the master of business administration in one additional year.  The typical MBA program requires two years, or 60 s.h., beyond the four-year bachelor’s degree.  However, the accelerated program allows the student to meet up to 27 s.h. of the MBA by waivers, on a course-by-course basis, if the equivalent undergraduate courses are completed with a grade of A or B.  The remaining 33 s.h. of the MBA may then be completed in two semesters and a summer session.

As part of the general education requirements, minor field, concentration, and electives, the student will prepare for the accelerated MBA program by completing the following courses with a grade of A or B:  ACCT 2401*, 2521*; DSCI 2223*, 3063; ECON 2113*, 2133; ENGL 3880; FINA 2244*, 3724*; MGMT 3202*, 3352; MKTG 3832*; MATH 1066, 2283*; SPCH 2520.  Completion of the courses marked with an asterisk (*) will qualify students for a minor in business administration as part of the undergraduate degree.  Students in programs which require ENGL 3820; ITEC 3290; MATH 2119, 2122, or 2172; and MATH 2228 may substitute these courses for the comparable courses above.  Students who are unable to complete the entire program should consult their adviser or the assistant dean of graduate programs in the School of Business for the most appropriate combination of courses.

There is a separate entry process for admission to the MBA program.  Students must consult the assistant dean for graduate programs in the School of Business at the beginning of their senior year about the entry requirements.

PREPROFESSIONAL AND TWO-YEAR CURRICULA

Students desiring to enter the fields of dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, ministry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine may take their preprofessional training at East Carolina University. The  courses of study are based on the requirements of various professional schools and recommendations of national organizations qualified to represent their respective fields. Since there are minor differences in admission requirements, a student should know the requirements of the school he or she expects to attend. For further information, students should consult the appropriate advisers. Students in premedical, predental, preoptometry, and preveterinary curricula should register their interest with the prehealth professions adviser in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, B-103 Brewster.

Preengineering Curriculum (Two-Year)

The ECU preengineering program, developed by the Department of Physics, has been approved by the Subcommittee on Engineering Transfer for transfer to the engineering programs at North Carolina A & T State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  The student completes a prescribed two‑year sequence of courses at East Carolina University and then transfers to an engineering school where the requirements for an engineering degree are completed.  Additional information is available through the Department of Physics.

The following is a typical sequence of courses:

First Year

Fall: ENGL 1100; MATH 2171; CHEM 1150, 1151; DESN 2034, 2035; 3 s.h. of electives chosen from history, political science, literature, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion............... 17 s.h.

Spring: ENGL 1200; MATH 2172; CHEM 1160, 1161; PHYS 1251, 2350.............. 16 s.h.

Second Year

Fall: MATH 2173; PHYS 1261; 2360; CSCI 2510 or 2600; 6 s.h. of electives chosen from history, political science, literature, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion............ 17-18 s.h.

Spring: ECON 2113; MATH 4331; 6-9 s.h. of electives chosen from history, political science, literature, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion 15 s.h.

Prelegal

The undergraduate program for law is not prescribed by courses as specifically as are other preprofessional programs.  A prelaw education should prepare the student to understand the world in which he or she lives, to express himself or herself well, and to reason accurately and logically.  In short, a liberal arts program with emphasis on communication skills is usually satisfactory.

Any one of several majors within a liberal arts program might be preferable if a student has, at the undergraduate level, a clear idea of the branch of law to be emphasized.  A future lawyer interested in government might major in political science as an undergraduate.  A future tax or corporate lawyer might stress economics or business.  A future patent lawyer might emphasize the physical sciences.  Students interested in family law might consider the child development and family relations curriculum in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. A prelaw student who plans to argue cases in a court of general jurisdiction might major in English, communication, history, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, geography, philosophy, social work, or  criminal justice.  Other majors may be just as valid, but most law students emphasize the humanities or the social sciences.  Since most students need to complete a bachelor's degree to enter the law school of their choice, they should begin early in their college work to decide on a major in one of the academic departments.  Students interested in a prelaw curriculum should register their interest with the Prelegal adviser in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, B-103 Brewster.

Prehealth Professions Curriculum

Philosophies of education and specific premedical and predental course requirements vary among medical and dental schools, but all emphasize the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics), communication skills, social sciences, and the humanities. An understanding of concepts and a vocabulary in the sciences are mandatory, for medicine is based on principles stemming from these disciplines. Among American medical and dental schools, the most common requisites are physics, biology, general and organic chemistry, and English.

Most medical and dental schools recommend that students plan to obtain a four-year degree before initiating medical training. Students majoring in the sciences should try to obtain as broad a background in the social sciences and humanities as possible. Conversely, students majoring in a nonscience area should take more than the minimum science courses. Students wishing to attend medical or dental school should ascertain the requirements and recommendations of schools of their interest and select the specific courses required. The following specific courses are suggested as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements for the major:  MATH 1065; BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2760, 2762; PHYS 1250, 1260 or 2350, 2360; 1251, 1261.

Preoptometry Curriculum

Three years of college to include the following courses:  ENGL 1100, 1200; BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201, 3220, 3221; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2760, 2762;  MATH 1065, 2121, 2122, 2228; PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261; and two psychology courses.

Prepharmacy

Students interested in transferring to schools of pharmacy should ascertain the specific requirements and recommendations of those schools. Assistance can be obtained by consulting the prepharmacy adviser in the Department of Chemistry.

Pretheology

Students interested in seminary or divinity school may consult with Dr. Calvin Mercer, director of religious studies, A-440 Brewster; telephone 252-328-4310; e-mail mercerc@mail.ecu.edu; or visit the web site www.ecu.edu/religious.  A religious studies minor is currently available.  Students may pursue a BA or BS in multidisciplinary studies: religious studies.

Preveterinary Curriculum

Three years of college to include the following courses: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201, 2300, 3220, 3221, 3310, 3311; CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161, 2750, 2760, 2762; NUHM 2105; ENGL 1100, 1200; MATH 1065, 2121, 2122, 2228;  PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261.

ACADEMIC TRANSITION PROGRAM

The Academic Transition Program, a one-year program that combines the regular curriculum with mentoring and basic skills instruction, is designed to assist freshmen as they make the transition between high school and the university.  Only a limited number of students are selected.  The program, operating since 1974, offers development in reading, writing, and study skills in coordination with college-level content courses in English, science, social science, mathematics, and fine arts.  Students successful in the program earn a minimum of 20 s.h. toward the degree requirements.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

Cooperative education is a program that assists students in making arrangements to supplement academic study with periods of off‑campus employment. Available to undergraduate and graduate students in many academic areas, the program provides a number of immediate and long-range opportunities

to gain experience in a chosen field;
to open doors to future employment;
to apply classroom knowledge and skills;
to work with professionals;
to obtain academic credit, if appropriate; and
to earn money for college expenses.

Cooperative education students are selected on the basis of personal and academic accomplishments. To participate, students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on college work completed.  To remain in the program, students must perform work satisfactory to their employers and maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average.  All university regulations apply to co-op students.

Work assignments, which are tailored to the needs of the student and the employer, are coordinated with the university academic calendar. Work experience may be scheduled during mornings, afternoons, or various days of the week under the parallel co-op plan; for full semesters under the alternating program; or for summer only.  In many cases it is possible, with advanced planning, to arrange a co-op program that will not delay graduation.

Inquiries or requests for further information and descriptive brochures should be directed to the Office of Cooperative Education, 2300 General Classroom Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone/fax 252-328-6979/252-328-4394; e-mail coop@mail.ecu.edu; web site http://www.ecu.edu/coop.

TRANSFER CREDIT APPROVAL AND PROCESSING

See Section 5, Academic Regulations, Transfer Credit.


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