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Table of Contents
Telephone Directory
Academic Calendars
     Year 2004/2005
     Fall Semester 2004
     Spring Semester 2005
     Summer Semester 2005
University Mission
Degrees, Areas of Specialization,

After Admission
Financial Assistance
Student Activities
Student Services and Resources
Tuition and Fees
Military and Veterans Information
Registration and Records
Academic Policies
Graduation and General Degree

Public Service and Research Centers
College Mission Statements
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Master's Degree Programs
Specialist Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
Course Numbering System
Course Listings and Descriptions
Student Services and Resources
The Bookstore offers new and used textbooks, school supplies, general books, magazines, class rings, and snack foods to its customers. The Bookstore also has an extensive line of emblematic clothing and gift items. Educationally priced software is available for purchase with current University identification. Services include book buy-back, book special orders, and UPS shipping. The Bookstore accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Amex, and Nautilus cards.

Textbooks at the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus and Eglin Air Force Base Center are sold at the OWC/UWF FWB Campus College Bookstore.

Campus Alcohol & Drug Information Center
The Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center (CADIC) is the focal point on campus for information and education reference materials concerning alcohol and other drug use, misuse, or abuse. CADIC offers varied educational presentations to student groups, organizations, residence halls, and classes as well as a comprehensive reference library of materials related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse.

Career Services
Through Cooperative Education, internships, or volunteer experiences, the University Career Services helps students get career-related experience while they are in school, and assists students with their job search upon graduation. Career advisors help students with career decision-making and with developing job-search skills such as resume and cover letter writing or interviewing. Career Services also coordinates on-campus recruitment and career waves - a series of career events each fall and spring. Students can visit the Career Resources Library to check out books on employers, occupations, and job-search strategies, or to use PCs for career-related purposes. For more information, visit the Career Services website (http://uwf.edu/careers) or stop by Building 19, north foyer, during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

The Cashier's Office receives all payments for student fees, housing, library fines, parking fines, student loan payments, child care fees, and other miscellaneous payments. Cashiers are also located at the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus.

Check Cashing
The Bank of Pensacola has a branch bank in the Commons. In addition to many commercial banking services, the bank offers check cashing to faculty, staff, and students. The University Bookstore will cash personal checks for amounts up to $25 above the cost of any purchase of $2 or more.

Child Care
Child care is available through the Educational Research Center for Child Development on a fee basis for children of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Regular enrollment is open to children who are six months old through kindergarten age. Age range is extended through ten years during the summer semester. While students are given priority in placement, prospective students are urged to make application for child care as early as possible. When classes are in session, the center is open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is staffed by professionals in the field of education and provides a broad range of learning experiences for each child and opportunities for research, internships, and supervised teaching experiences for University students. Visit the web at http://uwf.edu/childdev.

The Center for Learning Through Organized Volunteer Efforts (CLOVE) is a division of Career Services. Opportunities are available through CLOVE for individual volunteering, group community service projects, service learning, service trips, and work-study positions with local community agencies. CLOVE helps to plan and organize service activities, and also keeps track of service hours for students, faculty, staff, and organizations. Current students who register 20 or more service hours with CLOVE can have their hours recorded on their transcript.

Cooperative Education
Co-op students gain firsthand experience in their intended career fields by incorporating periods of paid employment into their degree programs. They may choose to alternate terms of full-time study with terms of full-time professional practice, or they may choose to study and work part-time in a parallel co-op. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to participate in co-op. Co-op gives students important career decision-making tools and a head start in their chosen professions. Cooperative Education is a division of Career Services.

Counseling - Personal And Vocational
The Counseling Center provides a comprehensive range of professional services to students and spouses who have personal, vocational, marital, social, or educational problems. The center is staffed by psychologists and offers individual and group counseling workshops, skill-building seminars, and special outreach services. All services are free of charge. Information regarding all counseling contacts is confidential. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Disabled Student Services
Disabled Student Services provides a variety of auxiliary services for students with disabilities including sign language interpreting, exam accommodations, and assisting devices. For further information on services available for students with disabilities, contact Disabled Student Services at (850) 474-2387 (V/TDD) or visit our web site at http://uwf.edu/dss/.

Environmental Health & Safety
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at the University of West Florida is dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy environment for all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Safety and regulatory compliance is achieved through training and inspection programs designed to promote awareness of safety and environmental issues.
The EH&S Department's programs include occupational safety, fire safety, hazardous waste and environmental management, indoor air quality, building code administration, and risk management. Further information is available from 474-2525, or visit uwf.edu/envhs/.

Escort Service
The Campus Escort Service is available to all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors upon request. The service is provided to any location on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Escorts are provided by police officers and security personnel. The service can be requested by calling 474-2415 or from any blue light security telephone on campus.

Food Services
Food services are provided in the University Commons and the College of Professional Studies (COPS). These services are available at the Commons Food Court, Argos' Grill and Gameroom, and the Snack Bar. Catering services for special functions are also available. Food is available in all areas on a cash basis and with a Nautilus Card. A variety of special savings on meal costs including meal plans are available to resident and nonresident students. Detailed information about campus dining may be obtained from the Office of University Dining Services.

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Studies Office is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of graduate programs with the deans and departmental chairs. The Office coordinates University-level review of master's theses and doctoral dissertations, and administers the Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant for graduate student thesis and dissertation projects. The Office coordinates graduate scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships including the Delores Auzenne Minority Fellowship Program and the Special Summer Program for Minority Graduate Students.

Health Services
Student Health Services provides medical care and health information for currently enrolled students, their spouses and children. The University physician holds a clinic each class day. Students requiring medical attention at other times may be seen by the nurse practitioner on duty or referred to their family physician or to the emergency room of one of the area hospitals. Services are available on a walk-in or appointment basis. A minimal fee is charged for dependents' visits. Minimal charges are assessed for some laboratory procedures.

The Health Center staff includes one R.N., one Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, one L.P.N. and a Health Educator specializing in health related programs for University students.

Students may purchase an optional health and accident insurance policy to provide extended coverage for themselves and dependents. All international students are required to purchase insurance coverage.

A variety of living/learning options are available to students wishing to live on campus. Our Northside Halls are traditional-style residence halls housing between 200 and 300 residents. Designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores, the buildings will accommodate residents in double occupancy rooms with private baths. The facilities have study rooms and TV lounges on each floor and a centralized lobby, front desk area, and laundry room on the first floor. Resident Advisors provide both educational and social programming for the residents.

In addition to the Northside Halls, traditional residence hall living is also available in the Southside halls. Freshmen halls house 30 residents in double occupancy rooms with private baths. Upperclass halls house 15 residents in single occupancy rooms with private baths. The rooms surround a central, open courtyard providing a unique community gathering space. All buildings have small laundry facilities and are arranged in small clusters amid academic buildings on campus.

All residence hall rooms are furnished with beds, desks, and dressers. Each room has local phone and cable TV service, and a combination refrigerator and microwave unit. All utility charges are included in the semester's rent.

UWF also offers on-campus apartment accommodations for upperclassmen. The UWF Village Apartments offer two and four bedroom furnished apartments. The Village West complex offers washers and dryers in each apartment, while the Village East complex has a central laundry facility in the clubhouse. Each apartment has a kitchen, private bedroom for each resident, and phone and cable TV service. The apartments are also staffed with Resident Advisors to assist residents 24 hours a day. Students can enjoy apartment living while still taking advantage of on-campus conveniences.

Since space is limited and priority of assignment is based upon the date of the housing application, prospective students are urged to make application for housing as early as possible. The housing application process is separate from the University's admission process, and can be completed prior to acceptance at the University. For information regarding the Residence Halls or the Village Apartments, contact the Office of Housing at (850) 474-2463 or visit the Housing web site at www.uwf.edu/housing.

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) is the organization responsible for University-wide support of information technology. Part of ITS' mission is to provide students with access to quality information technology services and resources. Full information on ITS services is available on the internet at the "ITS Online" web site, located at http://its.uwf.edu. ITS provides services to students mainly in the following areas.

ArgoNet is an integrated environment that provides all enrolled UWF students with access to file storage, use of open access computer labs, laser printing, electronic mail, world-wide web publishing, Internet access, and remote dial-in access to the Internet and UWF network. Each UWF student automatically receives an ArgoNet account upon enrolling at the University. For more information on ArgoNet services, refer to http://its.uwf.edu then click on "getting help."

ITS operates two general-purpose student computer labs. The SAIL (Student Access Information Lab) computer lab on the Pensacola Campus houses over 115 Windows 2000 workstations and provides scanning and laser printing services, file storage, and access to general productivity and course-specific software packages (see http://uwf.edu/sail). The SAIL also provides consulting services to students who are using lab facilities. SAIL is open for student use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when the University is open.

A smaller lab, the CyberLounge, is available in the Student Commons building, containing 15 computers. Both SAIL and the CyberLounge contain some specially-equipped workstations designed to serve students with special physical needs.

Two general purpose labs of thirty computers each are located on the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus. The University also provides a general purpose student computer lab with Internet access for students at the Eglin Air Force Base Center. All of these labs are integrated into the ArgoNet environment and are similarly equipped.

The ITS Help Desk provides telephone and email support to students, faculty, and staff on a variety of information technology services and resources. The Help Desk is the first point of contact for all ITS services. The Help Desk can be contacted via email at helpdesk@uwf.edu, or via phone at (850)474-2075.

NAUTICAL is the University's campus-wide networked information system. It provides such information as campus and building maps, a directory of students and staff, announcements, and job postings. COMPASS gives currently enrolled students access to their electronic records. Students can register for courses via the web, pay tuition and fees online using credit cards, and can view such information as their grades, class schedule, and financial aid status. COMPASS is located on the web at http://compass.uwf.edu. NAUTICAL is located at http://nautical.uwf.edu.

ITS provides classroom technology support for equipment in generally-scheduled classrooms of both traditional and computer-related audiovisual equipment (such as laptop computers and LCD projectors) for use by students is provided by the Library. Certification from the class instructor is required for equipment checkout. For details and reservations, see the Library's website describing this service, located on the web at http://library.uwf.edu/services/computers.shtml#CLASSROOM.

ITS provides a variety of training workshops on information technology available to the UWF community, and many of these workshops are open to students. As part of the new student orientation process, all entering students receive training on the available computer lab facilities and electronic services.

Students' use of UWF information technology resources is governed by the Student Computer Use Policy, the UWF Policy on Electronic Mail, and the ArgoNet Account Policy. For more information on these and other publications, and on ITS in general, refer to http://its.uwf.edu.

The University of West Florida Libraries include the John C. Pace Library and the Curriculum Materials Library on the Pensacola campus and the Fort Walton Beach Campus Library in Fort Walton Beach. Through the libraries' internet-based home page, library.uwf.edu, students at all locations have access to the Catalog of materials held by all UWF libraries, to a multitude of electronic reference databases and indexes, and to full-text journal articles and books. For those materials not held locally or electronically, students may use interlibrary loan or document delivery systems. Professional librarians are available at all locations to assist students in the effective use of materials, the computerized library system, and with retrieving materials through intercampus or interlibrary loan.

The John C. Pace Library houses more than 670,000 volumes, over one million microform pieces, and over 5,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions. The library is also a regional depository for U.S. and Florida government publications. The Special Collections unit contains almost 850,000 unique items relating to Pensacola and to the historic West Florida region.

The OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus Library provides access to information resources which support courses taught on that campus. The collection has over 30,000 volumes and 100 print serials subscriptions. FWB students also have access to all electronic serial subscriptions and electronic books available to Pensacola-based students. Items held at the Pensacola campus library can be retrieved for use at OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach and Eglin AFB.

Students seeking guidance or assistance with nonacademic concerns should contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Students seeking guidance or assistance with academic concerns should contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services. These individuals act as impartial and confidential agents and can evaluate students' issues and help them seek solutions to a variety of concerns.

Post Office
The University operates a full-service post office housed in the Commons. Postal services include student mailboxes, money orders, stamp sales, mail drops, package mailing and delivery services, and address changes. All rules and regulations governing the operation of a U.S. Post Office apply.

Skill Improvement Centers
The Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Laboratory provides individual tutorial instruction for students who need help in mathematics or statistics courses. It is staffed by mathematics or statistics undergraduate and graduate majors. For further information contact the math department.

The Writing Lab, located in Building 51, offers services to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Any university student may use the Writing Lab for assistance with spoken and written English, including writing effective college papers. The Writing Lab offers many valuable services, which are available 40 hours a week, including some evening hours and weekends:
  • Interactive paper reading sessions which require students to collaborate with a paper reader on improving the content, grammatical correctness, documentation style, and manuscript format of a paper (call 850-474-2229 for appointments)

  • Mastery tests and tutoring to help students with grammar and usage, mechanics, and sentence structure

  • Grammar mini-lessons

  • Writing tutorials on subjects including thesis statements and paragraph development

  • Informational and instructional handouts on topics including Turabian, APA, and MLA documentation styles and writing about literature

  • The Grammar Hotline for inquiries about grammar, syntax, diction, mechanics, spelling, pronunciation, capitalization, usage, and documentation

  • CLAST practice essays

  • Writing skills diagnostic testing

  • An essay bank consisting of a wide variety of essays by UWF students as examples of essay types including narration, description, argumentation, and exposition.
For additional information, contact the Writing Lab at 850-474-2129 or send email to writelab@uwf.edu

Student Affairs Office
The Division of Student Affairs offers a wide range of services and programs for students. Some of the departments that make up this division include testing, orientation, disabled student services, housing, career center, student judicial office, alcohol and drug information center, counseling, health center, recreation, athletics, student activities and organizations, and the child care center. The Office of the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, located in Building 21, serves as the initial point for individuals who have questions related to student life and are unsure of where to go to obtain information. Students, faculty, and staff may also contact this office to obtain information on university policies, procedures, and grievance processes. For additional information contact this office at 850-474-2384.

Student Success Programs
The Office of Student Success Programs is responsible for the administration of programs designed to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of participating students. Student Success Programs provide academic support services for students enrolled at the University.

Student Success Learning Center is available to all UWF students to assist in their academic development. The Center's objectives are to:
  • Help students identify their academic strengths and weaknesses;

  • Help students develop effective study skills, critical thinking, and other learning skills;

  • Help students become self-directed, independent learners; and

  • Develop an individualized plan for each student.
University Student Support Services Program is a federally funded TRiO program which provides academic support services for University students. The support services include tutoring, developmental advising, career planning, cultural and social activities, and motivational workshops. The program serves low-income, first-generation students (students whose parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree), and disabled students.

Multicultural Support Services is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of students of color. Multicultural retention activities include academic support services, tutorial assistance, counseling, cultural events, and other activities.

Mentoring Program is sponsored by Student Success Programs. The program provides two types of mentors: professional and student. Professional mentors include faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and community professionals. Student mentors include currently enrolled juniors and seniors who attend the University. A professional mentoring relationship enhances a student's confidence and maturity to help them become successful both in and out of the university system. A student mentoring relationship helps lower division students with any difficulties they might have adjusting to college life.

College Reach-Out Program (a precollegiate program) is funded by the Florida Department of Education to provide a precollegiate program that serves low-income, first-generation students of parents who have not completed a bachelor's degree. Services and activities are designed to improve the educational motivation and preparation of participating students. Services and activities take place during the academic year. The summer program offers free college credit courses for graduating high school seniors. In addition, students in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to participate in an on-campus summer bridge program.

The Testing Office offers information on numerous testing programs, and can provide specific information about the following tests.
  • American College Testing Program (ACT)

  • College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

  • Michigan Language Tests

  • Computerized Preprofessional Skills Tests for Teachers (PRAXIS)

  • Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT I and SAT II)

  • Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)
The Testing Office also has a computer-based testing center (CBT). The following exams are currently administered via computer at UWF: GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, PRAXIS, CLAST, CLEP, and FTCE.

University Commons
The University Commons is the student union for the University of West Florida. The University Commons and Student Activities professional and student staff are involved in the daily administration of the facility, as well as providing the comprehensive activity programming traditionally hosted by the college union.

The University Commons and Student Activities Office is responsible for student programs and activities and University Commons Operations and Services. Student Programs and Activities include the Campus Activity Board (CAB), the Gamesters series, Homecoming, Web Spinners, student organizations, Greek Affairs, Leadership Services, and diversity programs. University Commons Operations and Services include the service desk, event scheduling and services, conferences services, and facilities services.

Students are eligible for free admission to most CAB programs such as comedians, movies, performing arts, and special events. Students also have the opportunity to be a part of the planning, promotion, and implementation of all CAB programs.

As the center of student life on campus, the University Commons is a great place to visit. Students can eat in the Food Court or in Argos' Grill and Gameroom; buy books and magazines in the University Bookstore; mail a letter from the campus Post Office; do some banking at the Bank of Pensacola branch office or ATM; go to a meeting in one of our various meeting and conference rooms; be entertained by programming provided by the CAB; get information or assistance from Student Government, or the African-American Student Association; or just hang out and study in the Great Hall, Food Court, or Argos' Grill and Gameroom.

University Police
The University Police Department's mission is to provide for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as facilities security. The Department provides a full range of police and security services to include uniform patrol, investigations, crime prevention, and victim advocate personnel. The Department is comprised of sworn police officers, communications personnel, and security officers who are available 24 hours a day.

Automobiles and other vehicles used on campus for faculty, staff, and students must be registered with the University police during the first day the vehicle is on campus. Visitors and guests may obtain a visitor's pass and a copy of the parking regulations at the Information Center or the University Police Department. OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus information may be obtained from the Cashier's Office on that campus. This information can also be found on our web site

The possession and/or use of firearms is prohibited on campus.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure for Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This is a federal law requiring institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area. Current and prospective student or employee, have the right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. You may review this information by accessing the federal government Web site at ope.ed.gov/security/Search.asp (by typing in the "University of West Florida") or by accessing the University Website at uwf.edu/uwfpolice/crime.cfm. You may also obtain a copy of this information upon request by contacting the University Police Department.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act. This federal law is aimed at tracking convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The act requires sex offenders registered with the state to provide notice to the state of each institution of higher education that the offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is enrolled as a student. To obtain additional information on this act or a listing of convicted offenders at the University, contact uwf.edu/uwfpolice/offenders/main.cfm or the University Police Department.

Voter Registration
State law requires colleges and universities to provide each enrolled student the opportunity to apply to register to vote or to update their voter registration records at least once a year. Voter registration information at the University may be obtained during orientation, or at various locations around campus, including the Nautilus Card Office, University Commons, Student Affairs, Registrar, the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus, or Advising Center. For further information on this amendment, contact Student Affairs. Students with disabilities may obtain information and assistance in filling out the cards at the Disabled Student Services Office.