Grades will be reported in the following manner:
|WR||Withdrawal with partial refund of fees||**|
|TR||Withdrawal with full refund||**|
|G||Deferred (Thesis/Dissertation only)||**|
|*||Withdrawn (W or WF) not yet reported||**|
**Grade not included when computing the GPA; student teaching, practica, and special courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory "S/U" basis.
Student teaching, practica, and special courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory “S/U” basis. Other courses may be taken by undergraduates under a pass/fail “P/F” option.
In computation of the required grade point average (GPA) for retention and conferral of a degree, the total number of quality points (grade points times course semester hours) is divided by the total number of semester hours for which letter grades are received (see the Grading System for grade points). All regulations tied to a specific grade average should be interpreted to mean the numerical average associated with that specific grade. Hence, the required “C average or better” is interpreted as “2.0 average or better.”
Course work completed in any student classification (including non-degree) will be included in the GPA, determined by the level of the course.
Students graduating from UWF having earned a letter grade of “F, D, D+, C-, C, C+, B-, B, B+, A-, or A” may not have a grade changed for a course that was taken and completed prior to graduation.
A student may receive credit for a course only once regardless of how many times it is taken in transfer or at UWF. All attempts at UWF count in the GPA unless grade forgiveness is used (see Grade Forgiveness Policy).
All grades will remain on the student’s official transcript. The original course grade will be annotated to indicate that the course has subsequently been repeated, and the repeat course grade will be annotated with the transcript containing explanations the course was repeated. The original grade will not be computed in the GPA or course hours included in hours earned except in a case in which the student withdraws from the repeated course or takes an incomplete grade. A completed “Grade Forgiveness Request” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes of the semester in which the course is repeated. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar.
Grade forgiveness is restricted to undergraduate degree-seeking students in undergraduate courses. Grade forgiveness is limited to courses (4 semester hours or less) numbered 1000-4999, in which grades are recorded on an “A-F” scale, including a “WF.” A student who has earned a letter grade “A-F” by proficiency exam may not repeat the course under the grade forgiveness policy. The grade forgiveness option may not be exercised to remove a grade awarded in a case of academic misconduct. Once a bachelor’s degree has been awarded by UWF, a student may not repeat a course and forgive the original grade for a course taken prior to graduation.
Beginning freshmen students are allowed two opportunities for grade forgiveness during their undergraduate program. Students who are admitted and enroll their first semester as a first-time college freshman are considered beginning freshman. Transfer students are permitted one opportunity to apply for grade forgiveness. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for information on status.
If a course has been taken more than one time prior to the application for forgiveness, forgiveness can be used to replace only the most recently awarded grade. Therefore, the grade forgiveness policy is not retroactive and will not retroactively alter any previous academic action. For example, a probation or disqualification status will not be removed from the records of the semester in which the student originally took the course.
A student may not use the UWF grade forgiveness option with a course from another institution.
To apply the grade forgiveness policy for all students, the second attempt at the course must have been taken subsequent to the Fall Semester 1986. For the second option for grade forgiveness for beginning freshman students, the second attempt must be the Fall Semester 1996 or later.
Under unusual circumstances, a different but similar course may be used if the substitute course is approved by the student’s college dean.
If a student withdraws from a course repeated under the grade forgiveness policy, the attempt will count as an allowable attempt. However, the original grade will not be replaced with the “W” or “WF” received in the repeat attempt.
G.I. Bill students and others receiving Veterans Administration educational benefits are advised that the forgiveness of any grade other than an unsatisfactory grade must be reported to the V.A. and may result in the retroactive reduction of benefits for the semester for which the forgiven grade was originally assigned. An unsatisfactory grade may be forgiven without similar consequences. Notify the Office of Veterans Services when utilizing the forgiveness option.
Students who previously attended UWF, whether as degree-seeking or non-degree who subsequently earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree at another Florida public institution, have the following options. To be eligible for this policy, the student must transfer directly from the A.A. degree granting institution to UWF. All adjusted courses will remain on the transcript but they will not be calculated into the UWF GPA.
An incomplete (“I”) grade signifies that all course requirements have not been met. If circumstances exist beyond the control of the student, as determined by the instructor, the following applies:
Students should consult the Student Planner and Handbook website at the following for information regarding a grade appeal process: http://www.thezonelive.com/zone/public/6/schoolHome.asp?i=12706. Grade appeals for courses cross-listed with another department within another college will be heard through the college that houses the department, regardless of the departmental affiliation of the faculty member teaching the course.
Good Academic Standing
Students are considered in good academic standing if they are currently enrolled or eligible to re-enroll at UWF.
The intent of academic probation is to serve formal notice that a student may not be making satisfactory progress. It gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet the University’s academic expectations. Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) for University of West Florida course work is below the minimum listed below will be placed on academic probation by the student’s college. Calculation of the GPA is described in the grading system section of this catalog.
|Minimum GPA required for academic standing:|
|Total UWF GPA hours for academic probation|
|0-15||less than 1.60|
|16-30||less than 1.80|
|more than 30||less than 2.00|
In addition to satisfying the GPA requirements set forth by the University, a student are also responsible for observing the additional academic standards of specified by their department or college. Students on probation may apply for a change of major; however, approval is granted by the chairperson of the prospective department. Students should contact the chairperson for guidance.
Normally, students are not placed on academic suspension without first being placed on probation for at least one semester. The decision to suspend a student for academic reasons is made by the student’s college. Notification to the student and the Office of the Registrar is the responsibility of the student’s college. Students under academic suspension may not enroll at UWF.
Students suspended from UWF who subsequently receive an A.A. degree from a Florida public college or state university may be readmitted to UWF upon application for readmission, with earned credit accepted in accordance with University’s policies. See section on A.A. Degree Forgiveness Policy.
Students placed on academic suspension may request reinstatement after being away from the University one semester. The request for reinstatement must be directed to the dean of the college that suspended the student at least two weeks in advance of the first day of classes of the semester for which reinstatement is requested. In addition, students not attending UWF the previous three semesters must file an application for readmission with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students reinstated from suspension may apply for a change of major. Approval is granted by the chairperson of the prospective department.
Non-degree students are subject to the same academic standards and review procedures as students admitted to undergraduate degree programs. See the probation and suspension policies, based on the level of the courses being taken.
Undergraduate students, including lower-division students, must complete a “Major/Minor Change Request” form to enter a different major or second undergraduate degree program. Program approval is determined by the appropriate department chairperson. Students who change majors have a choice of meeting the major degree requirements listed in the University’s catalog that are in effect at the time of the student’s change of major or at graduation. Students should be aware of admission requirements for limited access and restricted programs. Students on probation and students returning from suspension may request a change of major; however, approval of the change of major is granted by the chairperson of the prospective department. Students should contact the chairperson for guidance.
Once a student is granted undergraduate degree-seeking status, change to non-degree status is not permitted until the baccalaureate degree is earned.
To graduate with a dual major, students must declare a major in each department and college (as applicable) and be assigned an advisor in each discipline. Upon departmental acceptance, students must complete a “Dual Major” form available in the University Advising Center. When a dual major is requested, the catalog year for both majors will be the current catalog year. A dual major does not require a minimum number of hours beyond those necessary for completing each degree requirement (minimum 120 sh). Requirements for both majors must be completed prior to the degree’s being awarded. After successful completion of all requirements for both majors, students will be awarded one degree (for example, one B.A. or one B.S.) with both majors listed on the transcript. Students should contact the University Advising Center for eligible dual listed degree programs or for additional information.
A student may declare a minor by completing the “Major/Minor Change” form available in the University Advising Center. Students should consult the minor department for course requirements. Neither diplomas nor certificates are issued for completion of the minor. Upon completion of minor course work, students must submit a “Completion of Minor” form to the Office of the Registrar. Students seeking a minor must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate major. Undergraduate students may qualify for a minor by meeting specific departmental and/or college requirements. Requirements for the minor will be those listed in the catalog that is in effect at the time the minor is declared. A minimum of 12 semester hours of upper-division work must be completed in the minor, of which nine semester hours must be courses taken at UWF. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all UWF courses used in the minor.
The University of West Florida offers certificates in several areas. These programs are listed under Degrees, Areas of Specialization, and Minors in the catalog. Requirements for Certificate Programs are determined by the academic department offering the certificate. Upon approval and notification from the academic department, awarding of a certificate is listed on the student transcript. Actual certificates may be provided by the academic department. Contact the academic department offering the certificate for more information.
The catalog year for an undergraduate student’s program (General Studies and major curriculum) will be the catalog year in effect at the time of initial enrollment as a degree-seeking student. Those students who do not change their major and who maintain continuous enrollment in the University have the option of following the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment as degree-seeking students or the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.
Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment and who are readmitted to the University after non-enrollment of three consecutive semesters have the option of following the degree program outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment as degree-seeking students or the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.
Students holding the A.A. or certification of the completion of General Studies requirements from a Florida public college or university may elect to complete the degree requirements of UWF that were in effect at the time the student first entered the Florida public college university as a degree-seeking student. Students electing this option must be enrolled at UWF as a degree-seeking student within three years of the date of initial enrollment in the college or university. The transcript of the student granted this option must demonstrate that a four-year plan was made by the inclusion of the appropriate lower-division courses. Students should contact their major department for additional information regarding requirements for their degree program. A combination of catalogs may not be used to fulfill major degree requirements.
Students entering most bachelor’s degree programs at any Florida public institution must successfully complete a set of lower division courses specified as “common prerequisites” for the selected program. The common lower division prerequisites for a given program are listed with other course requirements for that program. The Common Prerequisite Manual at FACTS.org lists the common prerequisites courses and substitutions for each university program. Students are urged to consult their advisors early about choices of majors and to schedule General Studies and common prerequisites course work.
All students (except for students holding an A.A. or certification of the completion of General Studies requirements from a Florida public university or college) who enter UWF must complete the requirements specified under General Studies.
The General Studies requirements are the basic studies that provide students with a broad educational foundation and are essential requirements for all A.A. and baccalaureate degree programs. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The General Studies requirements are specified in the distribution listed below.
Communication (6 sh)
|ENC 1101||English Composition I||3|
|ENC 1102||English Composition II||3|
|Mathematics (6 sh)|
|Take two courses from the following for a total of 6 sh:|
|MAC 1105||College Algebra||3|
|MAC 1140||Precalculus Algebra||3|
|MAC 2233||Calculus with Business Applications||3|
|MAC 2311||Analytic Geometry & Calculus I||4|
|MAC 2312||Analytic Geometry & Calculus II||4|
|MAC 2313||Analytic Geometry & Calculus III||4|
|MAD3107||Discrete Mathematics & Applications||3|
|MGF 1106||Math for Liberal Arts I||3|
|MGF1107||Math for Liberal Arts II||3|
|STA 2023||Elements of Statistics||3|
|Social Sciences (9 sh)|
|Choose one course from each of the following clusters of courses.
|Social Sciences: Historical Perspectives|
|AMH 2010||United States to 1877||3|
|AMH 2020||United States Since 1877||3|
|EUH 1000||Western Perspectives I||3|
|EUH 1001||Western Perspectives II||3|
|Social Sciences: Behavioral Perspectives|
|ANT 2000||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|ANT 2100||Introduction to Archaeology||3|
|CCJ 2002||Survey of Crime & Justice||3|
|DEP 2004||Human Development Across the Life Span||3|
|PSY 2012||General Psychology||3|
|SOW 2192||Understanding Relationships||3|
|Social Sciences: Socio-Political Perspectives|
|ANT 2400||Current Cultural Issues||3|
|CPO 2002||Comparative Politics||3|
|ECO 2013||Principles of Economics Macro||3|
|GEA 2000||Nations & Regions of the World||3|
|GEB 1011||Introduction to Business||3|
|INR 2002||International Politics||3|
|MMC 2000||Principles of Mass Communication||3|
|PLA 2013||Survey of American Law||3|
|POS 2041||American Politics||3|
|SYG 2000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SYG 2010||Current Social Problems||3|
|Humanities (8-9 sh)|
|Choose one course from each of the following clusters of courses.|
|AML 2072||Sex, Money, & Power in American Literature||3|
|LIT 1110||Great Books I||3|
|LIT 2030||Introduction to Poetry||3|
|LIT 2100||Introduction to Literature||3|
|LIT 2110||Western Literature I||3|
|LIT 2120||Western Literature II||3|
|LIT 2931||Encountering Literature||2|
|ARH 1010||Introduction to Art History||3|
|ARH 2050||Western Survey I: Greek to Renaissance||3|
|ARH 2051||Western Survey II: Baroque to Contemporary||3|
|ART 1015C||Exploring Artistic Vision||3|
|ARH 2821||Visual Culture Today||3|
|MUH 2930||The Music Experience: Special Topics||3|
|MUL 2110||Music in Western Civilization||3|
|THE 2000||The Theatre Experience||3|
|THE 2300||Survey of Dramatic Literature||3|
|Contemporary Values and Expressions|
|PHI 2010||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PHI 2100||Introduction to Logic||3|
|PHI 2603||Ethics in Contemporary Society||3|
|REL 2000||Introduction to Religion||3|
|SPC 2608||Basic Communication Skills||3|
|Natural Sciences (7 sh)|
|Students must take two science courses, including at least one with lab.|
|Biological/Life Sciences & Physical Sciences|
|ANT 2511/L||Biological Anthropology/Lab||4|
|AST 3033||Modern Astronomy||3|
|BOT 1801||Introduction to Plant Science||3|
|BOT 2010/L||General Botony/Lab||4|
|*BSC 1005||General Biology/Non Majors||3|
|BSC 1005L||General Biology Lab/Non Majors||1|
|BSC 1050||Fundamentals of Ecology||3|
|*BSC 1085||Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BSC 1085L||Anatomy & Physiology I Lab||1|
|*BSC 1086||Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BSC 1086L||Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1|
|*BSC 1086||Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BSC 1086L||Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1|
|*BSC 2311||Intro to Oceanography/Marine Biology||3|
|BSC 2311L||Intro to Oceanography/Marine Biology Lab||1|
|CGS 2060||Excursions in Computing||3|
|*CHM 1020||Concepts in Chemistry||3|
|CHM 1020L||Concepts in Chemistry Lab||1|
|*CHM 1032||Fundamental General Chemistry||3|
|CHM 1032L||Fundamental General Chemistry Lab||1|
|*CHM 2045||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 2045L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|*CHM 2046||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHM 2046L||General Chemistry II Lab||1|
|GEO 1200/L||Physical Geography/Lab||4|
|GEO 2330||Environmental Science||3|
|*GLY 2010||Physical Geology||3|
|GLY 2010L||Physical Geology Lab||1|
|*MCB 1000||Fundamentals of Microbiology||3|
|MCB 1000L||Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab||1|
|*PHY 1020||Concepts in Physics||3|
|PHY 1020L||Concepts in Physics Lab||1|
|**PHY 2048||University Physics I||3|
|PHY 2048L||University Physics I Lab||1|
|**PHY 2049||University Physics II||3|
|PHY 2049L||University Physics II Lab||1|
|**PHY 2053||General Physics I||3|
|PHY 2053L||General Physics I Lab||1|
|**PHY 2054||General Physics II||3|
|PHY 2054L||General Physics II Lab||1|
|PHZ 1450||Exotic Physics||3|
|ZOO 1010||General Zoology||4|
|ZOO 1010L||General Zoology Lab||0|
|* May be taken with or without lab.|
|** General Physics is non-calculus based and is usually recommended for non-science majors. University Physics is calculus based and is usually recommended for science majors.|
To fulfill the writing and mathematics requirement for earning the first baccalaureate degree, students are required satisfy the Gordon Rule, Florida Statutes by taking six semester hours of English coursework and six semester hours of additional coursework in which students are required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. UWF has designated courses that meet this writing requirement; below is a list of those courses. In addition six semester hours of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher, students are required to take six semester hours of theoretical or three semester hours of theoretical and three semester hours of applied. Applied logic, statistics, and other such computation course work that is not be placed within a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three semester hours of the six semester hours required by this rule. Students must have a grade of “C-“ or better to successfully complete this requirement. Courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Students must complete these requirements before advancing to upper-division status. Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Credit section of this catalog. Students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation of transfer mathematics courses for General Studies requirements, Gordon Rule, and credit for graduation.
The following UWF courses are approved for Gordon Rule (some courses may be more or less than 3 sh):
|AML 2072||Sex, Money, & Power in American Literature|
|ARH 2050||Western Survey I: Greek to Renaissance|
|ARH 2051||Western Survey II: Baroque to Contemporary|
|ARH 3610||American Art|
|ARH 4xx0||Research in Art History|
|ARH 4305||Early Italian Renaissance Art|
|ARH 4412||The Age of Revolution 1760-1880|
|ARH 4450||Modern Art 1880-1950|
|CCJ 4700||Research Design in Criminal Justice|
|CIS 3512||Software Documentation|
|ENC 1101||English Composition I|
|ENC 1101L||English Composition I Lab|
|ENC 1102||English Composition II|
|ENC 3240||Technical Writing|
|ENC 3250||Professional Writing|
|ENG 3010||Critical Methods for Literary Study|
|EVR 3894||Environmental Writing|
|GEB 3213||Writing for Business: Theory & Practice|
|JOU 2100||Newspaper Reporting|
|JOU 4306||Writing Critical Reviews|
|JOU 4308||Magazine Writing|
|LIT 1110||Great Books I|
|LIT 2030||Introduction to Poetry|
|LIT 2040||Introduction to Drama|
|LIT 2100||Introduction to Literature|
|LIT 2110||Western Literature I|
|LIT 2120||Western Literature II|
|LIT 2930||Issues in Literature|
|LIT 3492||Rhetoric, Ideology, and Power|
|MMC 4103||Writing for Film-Television-Radio|
|MUH 3211||History of Western Music I: 18th through 20th Centuries|
|MUH 3212||History of Western Music II: End of Ancient World Through 17th Century|
|PHI 2010||Introduction to Philosophy|
|PHI 2603||Ethics in Contemporary Society|
|PHI 3320||Philosophy of the Mind|
|PHI 3700||Philosophy of Religion|
|PHI 4300||Theory of Knowledge|
|PLA 4155||Advanced Legal Writing|
|REL 2000||Introduction to Religion|
|REL 3156||Religion and Personality Theory|
|REL 3158||Psychology of Religion|
|REL 3213||Studies in Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament|
|REL 3243||Studies in the New Testament|
|SOW 3350||Interviewing and Recording|
|THE 2300||Survey of Dramatic Literature|
|MAP 4115||Introduction to Stochastic Processes|
|PHI 2100||Introduction to Logic|
|STA 2023||Elements of Statistics|
|STA 3162C||Applied Statistics|
|STA 4321||Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I|
|STA 4322||Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II|
|STA 4664||Introduction to Statistical Quality Control|
|MAA 4211||Advanced Calculus I|
|MAA 4212||Advanced Topics in Multi-Variable Calculus|
|MAC 1105||College Algebra|
|MAC 1140||Precalculus Algebra|
|MAC 2233||Calculus with Business Applications|
|MAC 2311||Analytic Geometry & Calculus I|
|MAC 2312||Analytic Geometry & Calculus II|
|MAC 2313||Analytic Geometry & Calculus III|
|MAD 3107||Discrete Mathematics & Applications|
|MAD 4401||Numerical Analysis|
|MAP 2302||Differential Equations|
|MAP 4103||Mathematical Modeling|
|MAP 4341||Partial Differential Equations|
|MAS 3105||Linear Algebra|
|MAS 4156||Vector Analysis|
|MAS 4203||Number Theory|
|MAS 4301||Abstract Algebra|
|MGF 1106||Math for Liberal Arts I|
|MGF 1107||Mathematics for Liberal Arts II|
|MHF 3202||Set Theory and Mathematical Logic|
|MTG 3212||Modern Geometry|
|NOTE: Courses with the MAE prefix do not satisfy the Gordon Rule math requirement|
An important component of a liberal education is the study of cultures other than one’s own. As such, multiculturalism encompasses the appreciation of the values, expressions, and modes of organization of diverse cultural communities. To further such study, the University of West Florida requires all students pursuing a bachelor’s degree to complete at least one course that explores one or more of the dimensions of another culture (language, religion, socio-economic structures, etc.). Students are exempt from this requirement if they have completed an A.A. degree, the General Education Program at a Florida public institution, or a baccalaureate degree.
The requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of a multicultural course designated on the following list. Several of the selections are General Studies courses, and students may enroll in these to meet both the General Studies and the multicultural requirements. This list is continually updated and students are encouraged to check with their advisors for alternative options.
|AMH 4580||History of the North American Indians|
|AML 3604||African American Literature|
|AML 3624||Black Women Writers|
|AML 4015||Topics in 19th Century American Literature|
|ANT 2000||Introduction to Anthropology|
|ANT 3212||Peoples and Cultures of the World|
|ANT 3312||North American Indians|
|ANT 3363||Japanese Culture|
|ANT 3403||Cultural Ecology|
|ARH 1010||Introduction to Art History|
|ARH 2050||Western Survey I: Greek to Renaissance|
|ARH 2051||Western Survey II: Baroque to Contemporary|
|ARH 3590||Perspectives in Ancient and World Art|
|ARH 4042||Outline of European Architecture|
|ARH 4302||Late Renaissance Art in Italy|
|ARH 4305||Early Italian Renaissance Art|
|ARH 4412||Age of Revolution 1760-1880|
|ARH 4450||Modern Art 1880-1950|
|ARH 4470||Contemporary Art 1950 - Present|
|ARH 4652||Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Andes|
|ARH 4653||Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica|
|ASH 4623||Women in the Muslim World|
|CCJ 3678||Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Crime|
|COM 4014||Gender and Communication|
|COM 4102||International Business Communication|
|CPO 2002||Comparative Politics|
|CPO 3103||Politics of Western Europe|
|CPO 3513||Politics of the Far East—Japan and China|
|CPO 3773||Great World Leaders|
|CPO 4303||Politics of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America|
|CPO 4531||Politics and Culture of India|
|EDG 2701||Teaching Diverse Populations|
|ENG 4013||Introduction to Literary Theory|
|EUH 1000||Western Perspectives I|
|EUH 1001||Western Perspectives II|
|EUH 3203||Modern Europe|
|EUH 3411||Rome and the Mediterranean World|
|EUH 3576||Soviet Union Since 1917|
|EUH 4239||Europe’s Expansion Overseas|
|FRE 4955||Supervised Foreign Language Field Experience Abroad|
|GEA 2000||Nations and Regions of the World|
|GEA 4405||Geography of Latin America|
|GEB 2411||Diversity in the Workplace|
|GEB 4361||Business in the International Environment|
|GEO 3421||Cultural Geography|
|GEO 3471||Geography of World Affairs|
|INR 2002||International Politics|
|INR 3006||Conflict, Violence, and Peace|
|JPN 3270||Supervised Foreign Language Experience Abroad|
|LAH 3100||Colonial and Revolutionary Latin America|
|LAH 3200||Latin America Since Independence|
|LAH 4470||Cuba and Central America|
|LIT 2100||Introduction to Literature|
|LIT 3233||Postcolonial Literature|
|LIT 3321||Multicultural Myth|
|MAN 4102||Management of Diversity|
|MAR 4156||Seminar in International Marketing|
|MMC 3601||Minorities and the Mass Media|
|MMC 4300||Global Communication|
|MUH 2930||The Music Experience: Special Topics|
|NUR 3678||Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations|
|NUR 4177||Holistic Healthcare|
|NUR 4615||Family and Community Health Nursing|
|NUR 4655||Cultural Factors in Health and Illness|
|PHM 4051||Alternative Philosophies|
|REL 3310||Philosophies of the East|
|SLS 1281||Introduction to Diversity|
|SOW 3620||Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations|
|SPC 4710||Intercultural Communication|
|SPN 3400||Advanced Stylistics|
|SPN 4500||Spanish Civilization|
|SPN 4520||Latin American Culture and Civilization|
|SPN 4955||Intensive Spanish Abroad|
Since August 1, 1984, students in public institutions in Florida have been required to demonstrate achievement of college-level communication and mathematics skills prior to their being awarded an A.A. or achieving upper-division status and earning a bachelor’s degree.
All undergraduate degree-seeking students are required to satisfy the CLAS requirement prior to completion of 60 semester hours. Students who have completed 36 semester hours of 3000/4000 level courses and who have not met this requirement may be limited to registration of 1000/2000 level courses.
Options for Meeting CLAS
Students may meet one or more of the CLAS requirements by meeting any combination of the assessment or course work options listed below. The determination of meeting CLAS will be decided only by the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Registrar.
Students may meet the CLAS by:
A. Earning a 2.5 GPA in specific college level courses in the recognized subject area; or
B. Through an approved assessment method
(Refer to the chart for acceptable courses and test scores).
UWF honors CLAS met decisions approved by other Florida public colleges and universities with a transcript showing CLAS was met or with an official letter from the Registrar of that institution.
Students may use any of the following testing options for CLAS. Students must attain minimum required scores on the SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, or CPT (as shown below).
500 or above
SAT Critical Reading
500 or above
500 or above
English Language Skills and Essay
Enhanced ACT Math
21 or above
Enhanced ACT Reading
22 or above
Enhanced ACT English
21 or above
English Language Skills and Essay
91 or above
93 or above
105 or above
English Language Skills and Essay
English Language Skills, Essay, and Reading
ENC 1101 OR ENC 1102, AND ANY other Gordon Rule Writing course (except SPC courses) with a 2.5 GPA (minimum of 6 semester hours)
Any combination of two mathematics courses (minimum of 6 semester hours) with a 2.5 GPA from the table below will meet CLAS:
Any MAC course with last 3 digits of 102 or higher
MGF X106 - Liberal Arts Mathematics I
MGF X107 - Liberal Arts Mathematics II
MGF X113 - Topics in College Mathematics I
MGF X114 - Topics in College Mathematics II
MGF X118 - Mathematics for CLAST Review
Any MGF course with last 3 digits of 202 or higher
Any statistics course that meets Gordon Rule (may include courses such as business stats or psychology stats or others provided they are accepted for Gordon Rule)
Any math course that has College Algebra (MAC 1105) as a prerequisite
Note: MAT 1033, 0-level courses, or courses numbered in the 900s of any approved prefix (i.e. remedial, independent study, and special topics courses) may not be used to meet CLAS requirements. Courses with a 1-4 in the first number for the math courses in the above table are acceptable.
Any student who has made sufficient effort to meet the requirement, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver from the examination. Students must meet the following requirements and provide appropriate supporting documentation to request a waiver.
In addition, the following documentation must be provided:
* Remedial work may include lower level courses beyond those required for the degree, documented lab work in the failed subtest area, evidence of seminars or workshops completed in the failed subtest area, and written statement from qualified tutors. This documentation must include the duration of the preparation and the topics covered. Students requesting a waiver of the English Language Skills or Essay subtest should also submit three or four samples of graded work read by faculty or Writing Lab personnel, and score range of practice essays. Students must demonstrate skill proficiency in the subject area in the documentation provided.
A waiver may be recommended to the President upon a majority vote of the committee. The President may approve or disapprove the recommendation. The President may not approve a request which the committee has disapproved. If a waiver for a given subtest is approved based on this rule, the student’s transcript shall include a statement that the student did not meet the CLAS requirement of the subsection(s) and that a waiver was granted. For more information, or to request a waiver, contact the Office of the Registrar at least four months prior to intended graduation.
Learning Disability Consideration (Waiver)
Students who in the best professional opinion of the University have a specific learning disability such that they cannot successfully satisfy one or more areas of the CLAS and are achieving at the college level in every area except that of the disability, and whose diagnosis indicates that further remediation will not succeed in overcoming the disability, may appeal to the Council on General Studies for special consideration. The committee shall examine the evidence of the student’s academic and medical records and may hear testimony relevant to the case. The committee may grant a waiver for one or more sections of the CLAS. Contact the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences for more information or to request a waiver.
Upper Division Prior to 1983 Clause (Florida Statues)
Students who graduated with the A.A. from a Florida public college prior to September 1, 1982, and who were admitted to upper-level status before August 1, 1984, are not required to successfully complete CLAS as a condition of receiving a baccalaureate degree.
Florida Statutes require that students admitted to a Florida public university meet the foreign language requirement for demonstrating competency in a foreign language. Students who have earned an A.A. from a Florida public community college may be admitted to the University, but must demonstrate competency prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Students completing 8-10 semester hours of American Sign Language with passing grades will have satisfied the foreign language admission requirement. The foreign language requirement must be satisfied prior to progression to upper-division status. In addition, each academic department may determine specific language requirements for students and will recommend or require languages and proficiencies according to individual needs, career objectives, and academic programs.
Competency may be demonstrated in the following ways:
The following criteria must be completed to achieve upper-division status: admission to the University, 60 semester hours of academic credits, declaration of a major, General Studies requirements, Gordon Rule requirements, CLAS requirement, and foreign language requirement.
The University expects students to take full responsibility for their academic work and academic progress. To progress satisfactorily, students must meet the requirements of each course for which they are registered. Successful work depends to a large extent on regular class attendance.
Class attendance is regarded as an academic matter. Each faculty member will provide a written attendance policy to each class within the first week of classes. It is the responsibility of students to know the attendance policy of each course they are taking. Students must inform their instructor(s) of absences from classes prior to or as soon as possible after the absence. Instructors have the right to request verification for all excused absences. Students are held accountable for all assignments in each course, whether or not the assignments were announced during an absence. Faculty members are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to make up examinations and other work missed because of an excused absence. The use of attendance records in grading and handling of any excuses for absences is left to the discretion of the faculty member responsible for the course, subject to the guidelines given below:
To fulfill a reservist or National Guard military obligation of no more than two weeks concurrent with a normal academic semester at UWF, students must receive written permission for such absences from the instructors and departmental chairpersons for each course in which they are enrolled. The approval is not automatic, but is discretionary with the instructors and departmental chairpersons.
Undergraduate students entering one of the state universities of Florida with less than 60 semester hours of credit must earn at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attendance during one or more summer sessions at one of the state universities. For students admitted fall 2002 and later, all or part of the summer requirement may be met by accelerated courses completed in high school (AP, dual enrollment, etc.) or by CLEP exam.
Students must complete 30 semester hours (25% of the degree program) in a planned program at UWF. In addition, the last 30 semester hours of course work for the undergraduate degree must be completed in residency at UWF. Up to six semester hours of the last 30 semester hours of residency may be waived by appeal through the advisor, chair, and dean upon documented hardship to the student. Courses taken while on University sponsored study abroad programs count as resident credit for purposes of meeting graduation requirements. Courses taken at another institution will not meet the UWF residency degree requirement.
Undergraduate credits which are more than ten years old may be reviewed and reevaluated for credit toward current degree requirements at UWF. Specific programs and teacher education programs may have more stringent requirements.
Courses from regionally accredited institutions with appropriate grades are acceptable for transfer credit and will be transferred at the level that the course was classified by the institution granting the credit.
A “P” grade in a transferred pass/fail course may be used to satisfy General Studies and Gordon Rule requirements if there is documentation provided by the student that the “P” was equal to a grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher or if pass/fail was the only grading system available for the transferred course.
Transfer credit is normally allowed for courses completed at or through other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. No credit, however, is allowed for technical, vocational, or pre-college courses. Credits earned from Florida public institutions will be evaluated on the basis of the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System. Those courses considered equivalent will be accepted for transfer credit at the level at which the course was classified by the institution originally awarding the credit. Courses are considered equivalent when the prefix and the last three numerical digits of the course number are the same. Courses not considered equivalent may be accepted for transfer credit at the discretion of the departmental chairperson. All grades earned at other regionally accredited institutions are entered on a student’s record at the time of transfer exactly as earned. Such grades are averaged separately from grades earned at UWF and are not considered in the UWF GPA. Transfer grades are used in determining baccalaureate honors. Transfer courses appear on the UWF transcript. The University accepts the A.A. from Florida public institutions at face value. College work completed with satisfactory grades by a student at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning prior to graduation from high school will be considered under the same guidelines as other transfer work. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must be provided an official transcript of such work.
UWF degree-seeking students completing course work at other institutions should complete and submit the “Transient Student Form.” Completion requires that the student:
The University recognizes the following programs for which undergraduate students may receive academic credit. A combined total of 60 semester hours, of which not more than 20 semester hours may be upper-division credit, may be accepted for transfer. Credit toward major requirements must be approved by the student’s major department. Categories and maximum acceptable limits are as follows:
|Advanced Placement program (AP)||30sh|
|Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)||30sh|
|College Level Examination Program (CLEP)||30sh|
|Departmental proficiency examination||30sh|
|International Baccalaureate program (IB)||30sh|
|Military service schools||30sh|
|Proficiency examination program||30sh|
Acceptability of University credit from all sources will be determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Specific credit amounts and UWF course equivalents can be found at: uwf.edu/admissions/examcredit.cfm. Students receive appropriate credit provided they have not attempted comparable credit at the college level in the appropriate general education area or in the specific discipline. No credit will be awarded for a subject matter examination if the student has already earned any course credit in the subject area.
Dual credit on CLEP is not allowed for similar examinations. For example, a student may earn credit on the CLEP general examination in English composition or on the subject matter examination in English composition, but not on both. Likewise, as student may earn credit for college algebra or on college algebra/trigonometry, but not both. In accordance with the articulation agreement and because CLEP credit is regarded in the same category as transfer credit, students who have earned CLEP credit in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the A.A. from a Florida public institution will be awarded credit on the basis of their presentation of the A.A.
The University of West Florida will not evaluate individually the credits on which the A.A. degree is based. Transfer students who have completed a General Studies program at a Florida public institution and whose transcript is so marked will be considered to have completed the General Studies requirements at UWF. A second evaluation of CLEP credits will not be undertaken at this University. CLEP credits for transfer students other than those identified in the above sections will be awarded according to the guidelines stipulated by the Florida Administrative Code. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for detailed information.
Students who anticipate taking correspondence courses should discuss these plans with their faculty advisor. Information regarding correspondence courses offered for the Florida public universities may be obtained by writing to Department of Independent Study, 2209 NW 13th Street, Suite D, Gainesville, Florida 32609-3498.
Other contact information is as follows: (352) 392-1711, x. 200; firstname.lastname@example.org; or correspondencestudy.ufl.edu. It is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Students currently enrolled in the University as undergraduate degree candidates may request permission to take an examination for course credit. No fees will be assessed. Students should contact the chairperson of the appropriate department to make arrangements for an examination to be given. The grade for the proficiency exam will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Grades will be recorded and UWF’s grading system and policies will be applied. Proficiency exams may be taken on the pass/fail basis. Credits earned by examination when taken pass/fail become part of the maximum six semester hours or two courses (whichever is greater in credit) allowed on the pass/fail basis. All other pass/fail regulations apply. A student who previously attempted a course or is currently enrolled in a course may not use the credit by proficiency examination option for that course. Students may attempt to earn credit by examination in a specific course only once, regardless of whether the examination is passed or failed. Students who have earned a letter grade “A-F” in a course may not challenge the course by examination under the forgiveness policy. A total of 30 semester hours of credit by examination may be applied to an undergraduate degree.
Non-degree students who possess a bachelor’s degree or higher, are participating in an approved teacher education program, and demonstrate significant teaching experience may take one or two courses amounting to no more than nine semester hours of their course work through the credit-by-examination option. Students must be enrolled in UWF at the time the exam is given.
Students who earn a semester GPA of 3.90 or higher on a minimum of six semester hours of graded “A-F” course work at UWF are recognized on the President’s Honor Roll for that semester.
Students who earn a semester GPA of 3.50-3.89 on a minimum of six semester hours of graded “A-F” course work at UWF in any semester are recognized on the Dean’s Honor Roll for that semester.
Several colleges and departments of the University recognize meritorious achievement in appropriate ways.
This policy is available on the UWF web sites at uwf.edu/president/policies/ or uwf.edu/JudicialAffairs. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office, Building 21, (850) 474-2383 for more information.
Forms of Academic Misconduct
Violations by a student of any of the following actions that constitutes an offense will result in disciplinary action. Fraudulent or deceptive action involving academic matters, including the following:
The Student Grievance System is available on the University of West Florida web site at http://uwf.edu/osrr/.
Students should contact the Dean of Students Office, Building 21, (850) 474-2383 for more information.
Students who wish to make a grievance, including grade appeals, should review the Student Grievance System in the Rights & Regulations section of the Student Planner and Handbook. The process of handling student non-academic grievances is also detailed in the current issue of the Student Planner and Handbook.
An appeal may be filed by a student to request an exception or waiver to a University academic requirement, policy, procedure, or deadline. There are several different levels and types of appeals. All academic appeals should be submitted within six months of the close of academic semester of the appeal.
The student must make a reasonable effort to contact the instructor, the department head and the academic dean in an effort to resolve differences before filing an appeal. Listed below are the various types of academic appeals.
Department level academic appeals include requirements for program admission, such as limited access and teacher certification, course substitutions or waivers for department requirements, course pre-requisites, and other department level decisions. Students should contact their academic advisor and department chairperson for information on the appeal process. The final appeal is determined by the College Dean.
College level academic appeals include decisions on probation and suspension actions, waivers or substitutions of college core courses, etc. Students should contact their academic advisor and the college dean for information on this process and required documents.
Most academic appeals fall under this category as this applies to those policies that are at the University level, or apply to all students regardless of major or college.
Examples of University academic appeals include (but are not limited to):
Late or retroactive withdrawals Summer hour requirement
Major GPA requirement Semester hours in residence requirement
Graduation application deadline Foreign Language requirement
The Academic Appeals Committee hears appeals from students who believe they have an exceptional circumstance or situation that warrants an exception or waiver. The Committee serves on behalf of the Provost to provide a University wide forum and decision making body for academic appeals. The Academic Appeals Committee normally meets biweekly. Appeals must be in writing on the appropriate forms and signed by the academic advisor, department chairperson, and college dean. Forms can be found on the Registrar website, uwf.edu/registrar. Appeals should include any and all appropriate documentation to support the appeal. Students will be notified by email of the outcome of the appeal.
If a student believes the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is unjust, he/she may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (submitted to the Office of the Registrar) within twenty calendar days after receipt of the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee.
Additional details regarding the appeals process is located at uwf.edu/registrar.
Students with documented visual impairments, hearing impairments, motor impairments, or specific learning disabilities may petition for substitution of degree requirements provided such substitutions do not significantly alter the nature of the program in which the student is enrolled. For more information about the University’s degree requirement substitution policy, contact the college dean of the program for major requirements; for General Studies, Gordon Rule, and other graduation requirements, contact the Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.
Any student who has made sufficient effort to meet the requirement, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver from the examination. See CLAS under Academic Policies. Appeals are heard by a special committee chaired by the Provost. These requests should be addressed in writing to the provost and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Requests for a waiver of the CLAS requirement must be made one semester prior to projected graduation.
(General Studies Council, attention: Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences)
Requests for waivers or substitutions of Gordon Rule, and other general studies requirements
Waivers based on Learning Disabilities (University level requirements)
(University Registrar, Building 18)
Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add)
Other types of appeals may be addressed by various committees or areas as listed below:
Procedures for additional appeals are as follows:
|Nature of Appeal||Committee/ Person||Format||Time Limit/ Deadline||Submit Appeal To:|
|Undergraduate Admission/Readmission||University Admissions
|In writing||End of Drop/Add Period||Director, Undergraduate Admissions
|Discrimination due to
|Director, Human Resources||In writing||180 days of incident
Policy, Student Planner and Handbook)
|Fees, Assessment or
Refund of Tuition
|University Fee Appeals
|In writing; by letter or form available
in Financial Services/Cashiers’ Office
|Within six months of close
of academic term of appeal
|Cashier (Bldg. 20)|
|Financial Aid||Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeals Committee||In writing||None||Financial Aid
|Housing Fines||Director, Housing||In writing or by
|Associate Vice President for Student Affairs||In writing or by
|Prior to registration for
classes (Bldg. 21)
|Dean of Students|
|Head, Circulation Department, then to Associate Director, Library||By phone, in person, or in writing||None||Head, Circulation
|University Fee Appeals
|In writing||Last day of term
|Registrar (Bldg. 18)
Cashier (Bldg. 20)
|Residency for Tuition
|Residency Appeals Committee||In writing or by
|Last day of registration
|Registrar’s Office (Bldg. 18)|
|Student Conduct||Student Conduct||In writing (see Code of Student
Conduct, Student Planner and Handbook)
|Within 5 days of
Notification of Sanction
|Vice President for