UWF Catalog cover 2006/2007 Catalog
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
(850) 474-2000


Table of Contents
Welcome to UWF
Telephone Directory
Academic Calendars
Year 2006/2007
Fall Semester 2006
     Spring Semester 2007
     Summer Semester 2007

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 UWF Bookstore operation next to the UWF Cashier station..

Career Services
Through Cooperative Education and internships, 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.

Volunteer UWF!
Volunteer UWF! Helps to connect students with opportunities for individual volunteering, group community service projects, service-learning, alternative spring break, and community work-study positions with local non-profit agencies. Volunteer UWF! has community partners that work with a wide range of social issues including community development, children and families, the environment, senior services, and health. These partners have skill-building opportunities for students with every major and field of interest. Current students who register 20 or more service hours in a semester with Volunteer UWF! will 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 Center— Personal and Vocational Counseling
The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive range of services that include individual therapy, couple’s therapy, group therapy, vocational assessment/counseling, consultation regarding mental health issues, clinical training for emerging counselors/psychologists, and workshops/outreach focused on mental health issues.

Counseling is confidential. Some examples of issues that people choose to focus on in counseling include stress management, eating concerns, sexual orientation, depression, academic concerns, relationship problems, and coping with chronic mental health issues.

The Counseling Center provides services at the main campus as well as the Fort Walton Beach campus. In order to schedule and appointment at either location, please call the main campus office at 850-474-2420, or stop by the Center which is located in Building 19 West on the main campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit our website at http://uwf.edu/CounselingCenter/.

Disabled Student Services
Student Disability Resource Center 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 Student Disability Resource Center at (850) 474-2387 (V/TDD) or visit our web site at http://uwf.edu/sdrc/.

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
Dining Services on campus are located at:

University Commons – Food Court, Wackadoo‘s Grub and Brew, Quiznos, and Mama Leone‘s

Pace Library – Starbucks

HLES/Recreation Center – Terra Juice

College of Professional Studies – Sub Generation

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
The Student Health Center is a Medical Out-patient clinic, located on campus to provide medical care for all currently enrolled students, their spouses, and children. Staff includes RN Director, Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, two Nurses and three office staff. Service is available on a walk-in or appointment basis. Minimal charges are assessed for laboratory tests. Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Department of Housing and Residence Life
A variety of University Housing options are available to students wishing to live on campus. We have two main areas of campus at UWF. Our Residence Halls (Southside Villages, Martin, Argo and Pace Halls) and our University Village Student Apartment Community (the Village or UVSA). We have a number of types of room styles, configurations, and rental rates. We offer double occupancy and limited single occupancy bedroom units located within fifteen smaller buildings housing approximately 30 residents per building. These smaller buildings are located amid academic buildings on campus. We also offer conventional or traditional style Residence Hall housing from 184 to 300 residents in double occupancy units. Our freshmen are assigned to Residence Halls. We offer spaces in the Residence Halls to upper division residents as well. Our Residence halls offer a variety of amenities including: a spiral staircase, courtyard area, student lounges, study areas, lobby areas, Area Offices, laundry facilities, bathrooms shared by two residents, small refrigerator/microwave units, utilities, local telephone, cable television, and internet access.

In addition to the Residence Halls, University Housing offers spaces within our “Villages,” or UVSA East and West. These spaces consist of apartment-style accommodations for upper division students. Our Villages offer double occupancy and four person occupancy units in two and four person furnished apartments. UVSA West offers washers and dryers in each unit, while UVSA East has a centralized laundry facility in the clubhouse building. Our Villages offer a variety of amenities including: resident study areas, Area Offices, laundry facilities, kitchen areas, private and two-person shared bathrooms, utilities, local telephone, cable television, and internet access.

Residence Life staff, Resident Assistants (RAs), reside within the buildings to assist resident students in building communities and as they navigate the university. These staff members assist in offering programming; educational, cultural, and social events in University Housing. They serve as a valuable resource within the community.

Resident students spaces within University Housing are furnished with items for each resident including: a bed, desk, and dresser.  Some furnishing in the Villages differs as there are also living rooms and some kitchen furniture.

We offer Contracts on a first-come first-served basis in date order based on the date the Contract is received in our office. Prospective students are urged to submit their University Housing Contract as early as possible. Contracts are printed and begin to be distributed in mid March. The term of the Contract is an academic year. The University Housing Contract process is separate from the UWF admission process. Each student wishing to live on campus provides a prepayment and a processing fee when submitting the Contract to our Central Office. For information regarding University Housing please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at (850) 474-2463 or visit the housing website at www.uwf.edu/housing.

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services, or ITS, is responsible for University-wide support of information technology. Part of ITS’ mission is to provide UWF students with access to quality information technology services and resources. ITS provides support to students primarily in the areas listed below. Information on all ITS services is available on the “IT Help” tab in ARGUS.

As part of new student orientation, all new UWF students receive training on computer lab facilities and services. Student who have been admitted to the University for the current or a future semester may sign up for a UWF Orientation session. Students may access Orientation Registration from LightHouse.

ArgoNet is UWF‘s secure networked information environment. ArgoNet provides all enrolled UWF students with access to the Argus web portal, eLearning, ArgoAir wireless network, ArgoNet computer labs, centralized file storage, secure file transfer protocol (FTP), 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. Students may manage their ArgoNet account and services and monitor their printing, email and file storage quotas from the "MyArgoNet" tab in ARGUS.

ARGUS is the University’s single entry point for fast and easy access to web-based services. ARGUS is the place to go for campus announcements, ArgoMail electronic mail, eLearning courses, course registration, grades, and much more. Each student is granted access to ARGUS upon enrolling at UWF. Students may log into ARGUS from the UWF home page at http://uwf.edu.

ITS operates two general-purpose student computer labs. The SAIL (Student Access Information Lab) computer lab, located on the Pensacola Campus, houses over 115 Windows XP 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). SAIL technicians are present to assist students in 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 located in the Student Commons building, and contains 15 computers. Both SAIL and the CyberLounge contain some specially-equipped workstations designed to serve students with special physical, visual, and auditory needs.

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

The online KnowledgeBase is UWF’s web-based resource for answering frequently-asked questions about technology services. Students should first check KnowledgeBase to find answers to technology issues, and then should contact the Help Desk if KnowledgeBase does not provide an answer. The KnowledgeBase can be found of the “IT Help” tab in ARGUS.

The ITS Help Desk is available to help UWF students with a variety of information technology services and resources. The Help Desk offers phone, email, and walk-in assistance. The Help Desk can be contacted via email at helpdesk@uwf.edu, or via phone at (850)474-2075. The Help Desk is located in Building 37 on the main Pensacola campus.

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

Students’ use of UWF information technology resources is governed by the Computing Resoources Usage Agreement and the Student Communications Policy.

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 750,000 volumes, over one million microform pieces, and over 5,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions, and access to online articles from over 13,000 serials. The library is also a regional depository for U.S. and Florida government publications. The Special Collections unit contains almost 900,000 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 resources available to Pensacola-based students. Items held at the Pensacola campus library can be retrieved for use at OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach, Eglin AFB, and Chipola Community College.

Students seeking guidance or assistance with nonacademic concerns should contact the Dean of Students. 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). Walk-ins are also accepted.
  • English Language Skills lessons 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
  • Weekly writing workshops on documentation formats and English language skills
  • Daily Write@Vice skill-of-the-week; PowerPoint presentations on grammar and punctuation.
  • 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

Download the WriteAdvice newsletters and handouts from the website: www.uwf.edu/writelab.

Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs is organized into three areas of focus—Student Development, Student Life, and Student Services. Departments in Student Development include the Counseling Center, Student Health and Wellness Education, Health Center, Career Services, and Volunteer UWF!. The Student Life area includes the University Commons and Student Activities, Educational Research Center for Child Development, Department of Housing and Residence Life, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Recreation and Sports Services. Student Services in composed of the following departments: Dean of Students Office, Student Disability Resource Center, Student Transition Programs, Testing and Technology, Greek Affairs, and the Student Government Association. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is located in Building 10, Suite 201. For additional information, please visit the Student Affairs web site at www.uwf.edu/studentaffairs.

Student Health and Wellness Education
Student Health and Wellness Education is the focal point on campus for mental health and wellness promotion. Student Health and Wellness Education offers programs on topics such as HIV/STD prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, and general mental health promotion to student groups, organizations, residence halls, and classes. In addition, we work collaboratively with other departments on campus to develop a culture at UWF in which students strive for physical and mental health.

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.

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.

Brother to Brother is a pilot mentoring program for African American and Hispanic males. It is designed to increase retention and graduation of males of color.

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)
  • 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, 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.

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

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.

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.

Parking Services
Visitors and guests may obtain a visitor’s pass and a copy of the parking regulations at the Welcome Center, Parking Services, 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 http://uwf.edu/parking.

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 Student Disability Resource Center.

Online Campus
The Academic Technology Center maintains responsibility for UWF’s Online Campus. The Online Campus (OLC) supports several fully online, PDA, CD-ROM, and Interactive Distance Learning Studio (IDLS) programs. The OLC website provides one-stop shopping to distance learning students to assist in planning online degrees, certificates, and educational experiences. Students can access the OLC website for advising, admissions procedures, registration, information about taking classes, and information on graduation at http://onlinecampus.uwf.edu. The OLC provides many helpful tips and links to the same quality services and student support services available on our University of West Florida Campuses. Students participating in the Online Campus will have access to advisors, military education coordinators, and eCoaches to assist the online learner’s overall educational experience.

Several undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs are offered through the Online Campus. Students enrolling in these programs will experience utilizing interactive, personalized strategies for course delivery. Whether taking a course through UWF’s Learning Management System in a fully-online Internet environment or as a sailor or soldier on duty in a non-Internet distance learning environment using a PDA or CD-ROM, Online Campus is standing by ready to assist students. Programs and Certificates currently offered through the Online Campus are listed in the front of the catalog.

The Online Campus provides general support services and linkages to all campus-wide support services that may be required by a distance learning student. The Online Campus can serve as a first point of contact for fully online student needs. OLC staff can be reached via email online@uwf.edu listed below, toll free at 1-888-529-1823, or locally at 850-473-7468. Students requiring more specialized support services will be transferred internally to the appropriate point of contact. The following services may be needed by the distance student:

Military Education Advising. Military students seeking distance learning certificate and degree programs may require assistance with overall program planning aligning to SOC criteria along with the military students transcripts, including school house training aligned to ACE criteria, other institutional credits, etc. Military students seeking distance learning programs and certificates can contact the Online Campus for assistance. Contact the Military Education Advisor at SOC@uwf.edu.

eCoaches. eCoaches are an integral part of the Online Campus. eCoaches are available to assist distance learning students with an array of needs. From setting up a time management plan for studying, to gaining study skills for online learning, to getting course materials, lab resources, and equipment in a timely fashion, eCoaches are available to provide ongoing assistance to make the student experience a success. Access the eCoach Online at the Online Campus website or through email at eCoach@uwf.edu.

Help Desk. The ITS Help Desk is available to provide technical support to the online learning student. Contact the Help Desk directly for technical questions through telephone (850) 474-2075 or email at helpdesk@uwf.edu.

Library. The University of West Florida Libraries offer an array of library services, including access to the library catalog and numerous online databases. Many databases include full-text journal articles or information. To access library services and databases, you must: (1) Be a currently enrolled UWF student or a currently employed staff or faculty member, and (2) Have either a UWF Nautilus Card or a Library Access Number assigned, upon request, by the UWF Circulation Department. To learn more about how our Library can assist you, visit the library website for DISTANCE LEARNERS, or go to the Library Channel in Argus on the My Campus tab. You may also contact the Library Information Help Desk at 850-474-2424.

Waivers to cover the out-of-state portion of assessed tuition and fees are available for qualified students enrolled in specific online degree and certificate programs. Students enrolled in the Academic Common Market are not eligible for the distance learning fee waiver. Students enrolled in programs and certificates listed in Eligible Programs that (1) Are a Non-Florida Resident, (2) Are a U.S. Citizen or a Resident Alien, and (3) Reside outside the State of Florida (proof of current place of residence required) may be candidates for the out-of-state portion of assessed tuition and fees.

Note: Waivers must be requested and eligibility confirmed every semester—renewal of waivers is NOT automatic.


  • Students must apply for a distance learning fee waiver each semester by completing the fee waiver form located on the UWF Online Campus website at http://onlinecampus.uwf.edu/Apply/waiverForm.htm.
  • Students must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
  • Students withdrawing from a course or from the University are liable for fee payment as established by standard University policy. Students will not be liable for the amount covered by out-of-state tuition waivers you may be awarded.


  • All program-related credit hours (no minimum enrollment requirement) for students enrolled in programs or courses approved by the Online Campus Director

An online campus fee will be assessed each semester to students participating in fully online courses, PDA courses, and CD-ROM delivered courses. This fee covers the cost of supporting Online Campus.

The success of online learning relies heavily on the commitment of the student to participate fully in class assignments, discussion, and in supporting class members while building an online learning community. Students should expect each semester to receive an email confirmation of their Online Learning course registration as well as providing details on how to learn online. Additionally, students will receive a personal note from course instructors indicating specific course requirements, textbooks, and other class expectations. The Online Campus website provides links to the UWF Bookstore as well as to all of the support services required for the student experience. Students should enter the online course through Argus.uwf.edu. Students are expected to have a UWF email account that must be checked at least three times a week to be an active participant in online courses. Students having difficulty should contact and eCoach (eCoach@uwf.edu) at the Online Campus for guidance.