Undergraduate Catalog

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Academic Programs

The academic programs at the Lake Campus consist of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and Associate of Applied Business, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Technical Study degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (pending approval), English, and Liberal Studies; Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Middle Childhood Education (concentrations vary), Mechanical Engineering (pending approval), and Organizational Leadership; a Nursing completion program (R.N. to B.S.N); Master of Business Administration and Master of Education. Programs leading to the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degrees serve as prebaccalaureate programs to many of the degree programs offered at the Dayton campus. Students can complete up to two years of course work before moving on to the Dayton campus for completion of a bachelor's degree or transferring to another four-year institution.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Baccalaureate degree students must complete a minimum of six designated Writing Intensive (WI) courses, at least four in General Education (GE), (in addition to ENG 101 and 102) and two in the major. Lake Campus students should meet with their advisor to determine the effect of this requirement on their individual programs.

Brief descriptions of programs in both the academic and technical areas follow.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Science (B.S.) Degrees

With the cooperation of colleges and departments on the Dayton Campus, the Lake Campus is constantly expanding its course offerings at the baccalaureate level. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please see a Lake Campus academic advisor.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice (pending approval)

This interdisciplinary program includes courses in political science and sociology. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge of the criminal justice system and how it functions; in addition, students learn theories of criminal behavior as well and administration and policies in law enforcement, criminal law and the functioning of the court system. Students who wish to major in Criminal Justice at the Lake Campus will consult with their advisor to follow the Lake Campus Criminal Justice offerings. For degree requirements, refer to Criminal Justice requirements in the College of Liberal Arts section of the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English

The English major provides a balanced program of introductory and advanced work in English and American literature, world literature in English, English language and linguistics, and writing. The program offers students the chance to engage in a major humanistic discipline, the study of literature, which is challenging and enriching in itself. The English major also provides sound professional training for those interested in high school or college teaching, the teaching of English as a second language, business or technical writing, or graduate work; and the program is an excellent background for students entering professional schools or planning business careers.

The general concentration is currently the only concentration available at the Lake Campus. For degree requirements, refer to the English requirements in the College of Liberal Arts section in the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies

This program is designed for students seeking a more interdisciplinary educational experience than is available with other majors. The liberal studies degree prepares students for a variety of careers. The program can serve as a pre-law curriculum. English, communication, political science, and history courses can help prepare students for careers in journalism or other media. Fine arts courses can be combined with other disciplines to prepare people for careers working in museums or art galleries in research, marketing, or management capacities. Others could use the degree to prepare for careers in library science or in the publishing industry. Because students select from a range of disciplines to individualize their programs, there are many other career possibilities.

The Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies focuses on the core competency areas of communication, critical thinking, understanding society, and self-understanding. Students will complete eight hours each in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, and then select one of those three as an area of concentration. With help from a faculty advisor, students may choose courses from a variety of disciplines.

This program requires extensive advising and the development of a program of study. Some departments may have specific entrance/audition requirements. For degree requirements, refer to College of Liberal Arts requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership is a Bachelor of Science degree completion program in a leadership-focused, multi-disciplinary, application-oriented major. Developed as a completion program for students who possess an associate degree (or an equivalent number of credit hours), the degree provides a broad academic background to prepare students for supervisory and managerial careers. The major combines courses in communication and management with the study of leadership theory and practice. Students will learn problem-solving techniques and complete a leadership skills project. Some students pursuing the Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership may consider a specialization in one of three areas: Agricultural Systems Management, Health Care Administration or Manufacturing Operations.

These specialization modules are comprised of 7-8 classes designed to build the skills and expertise to assume leadership roles in their respective settings. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Organizational Leadership Degree Requirements
See General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

56


Associate Degree  

Organizational Leadership Electives 70

   
Integrated Leadership Focus 20
COM 101 and one additional COM 4
Choose one:  
CS 205, 206, or 207 4
Choose one:
ENG 330, 333, or 344 4
Choose one:  
PHL 312, PLS 371, 431, PSY 304, SOC 310, SOC 345, SOC 350, URS/PLS 345, or WMS 300 4
  
 
   
Organizational Leadership Concentration 48

(Courses cannot be counted for both Gen Eds and OL Concentration courses)
Prerequisites:  
Choose any two 100/200 level courses from ACC, MKT or TMK, EC, STT, or FIN 8
   
Foundations (all required):  
OL 301, 302, 303, 304 16
 
Fundamentals:
MGT 304 (required) 4
Choose three: 12
LAW 300
MGT 321 or URS/PLS 346
MGT 485
PHL/REL 371
PLS 434
URS 423, 424, 450, 470, or 475 (choose one)
 
Skills Integration (both required):
OL 494, 495 8

Total (minimum requirement) 194

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Early Childhood Education

B.S.Ed. degree Leading to Licensure
The Pre-K-3 licensure program prepares students to teach children three years of age through grade three. The Pre-K-3 license qualifies you for employment in day care, nursery school, Headstart, public and private preschools, and primary (K-3) elementary grades. Students will be required to work with children from birth through third grade in Phases 1, 2, and 3. The program offers courses in general education, professional education, and curriculum content.

Most curriculum content classes should be completed within the student's first two years. Some of the courses must be completed before ED or EDE classes may be taken. Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is required before Professional Education Courses may be taken. For admission to the College of Education and Human Services, the student must have earned 45 credit hours, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have a passing score, established by the college, on the math, writing, and reading sections of the Praxis I test.

Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3, Ages 0-8)
For degree requirements refer to Education and Human Services requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Middle Childhood Education

Pre-Professional Program in Middle Childhood B.S.Ed. degree Without Licensure

Important Note: The B.S.Ed. in Middle Childhood does NOT lead to licensure. Students must complete a graduate-level, fifth-year program and Praxis tests in order to be eligible for a license in Middle Childhood.

Middle Childhood concentrations include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences. Students choose two of these four areas of study. Availability of coursework at the Lake Campus in the four concentration areas varies. Contact the Lake Campus academic advisors for more information about concentration offerings at the Lake Campus.

Middle Childhood Education
For degree requirements refer to Education and Human Services requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering (pending approval)

Mechanical engineering is a modern, creative discipline encompassing a wide variety of technical activities. The field is changing rapidly with the progress of the computer era, but the key element that links all of the activities within mechanical engineering is design. The design function is now largely computer-based and involves modeling, simulation, analysis, and synthesis. Historically, mechanical engineering includes two principal stems. One stem concerns heat, fluids, and energy. Engineers who study combustion in a turbine engine or aircraft lift and drag are practicing in this area. The other stem concerns force and motion in mechanical systems. Problems here include determining robot trajectories, analyzing vibrations to minimize noise, or predicting the stresses in a rotating disc. The curriculum includes advanced course work in mechanics, thermal sciences, fluids, materials, electronics, mechanical systems, and design. For degree requirements, refer to College of Engineering and Computer Science requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing (Completion Program: R.N. to B.S.N)

The RN-BSN Completion Program was designed for Registered Nurses who have an Associate Degree, or Diploma in nursing to complete a BSN in a challenging, flexible program of study that accommodates nurses’ typical work schedules. The program is designed to sharpen critical thinking skills and strengthen conceptual and theoretical nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on increasing professional autonomy and empowerment. The program provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. For degree requirements, refer to College of Nursing and Health requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Science (A.S.) Degrees

Biological Sciences (A.S.)

The associate degree in biological sciences prepares students as entry level technicians or for articulation or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. The degree offers a broad, integrated and in-depth approach to the life sciences. Careers may include jobs in biological research, medical laboratories or ecological research.

Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree

General Education Requirements

35-38


Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 229, 230, 231 or MTH 228 or 229 and STT 264, 265 (counted in supporting courses)
Area V: CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127 (counted in supporting courses)
BIO 112, 114, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
   
Departmental Requirements 25

BIO 112, 115, 230, 231 20
BIO 312, 313, 315, or 316 5
   
Required Supporting Courses 40-42

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127 15
MTH 229, 230, 231 or
MTH 228 or 229 and STT 264, 265
13-15
CS 205 4
PSY 110 4
ENG 330 4

Total (minimum requirement) 101-103

Business and Administration (A.S.)

The associate degree in business and administration is designed to prepare students to pursue a bachelor's degree in business with majors in accountancy, economics, finance, management, and marketing. A knowledge of basic business functions and an awareness of the businessperson's responsibilities in the political, social, and economic order of society are fundamental objectives of the program.

Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree
General Education Requirements 48

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 228 (counted in supporting courses)
Area III: EC 204, 205 (counted in departmental requirements)
   
Departmental Requirements 36

ACC 204, 2058
EC 204, 205 8
MS 204, 205 8
TMG 204 or MKT 250, TMK 200, TAD 200* 12
   
Required Supporting Courses 16-18

MTH 128 or 129 3-5
MTH 228 5
CS 205 4
ENG 330 4
Total (minimum requirement) 100-102

*These courses are applicable to the baccalaureate program with special conditions.

Chemistry (A.S.)

An associate degree in chemistry prepares students for work as entry-level technicians for a baccalaureate degree program. Entry-level jobs in chemical research, medical laboratories, pharmaceuticals, petroleum industry, plastics, and chemical manufacturing are all possibilities.

Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree
General Education Requirements 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 229, 230 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: CHM 121, 122, 123 (counted in departmental requirements)
   
   
Departmental Requirements 33

CHM 121, 122, 123 15
CHM 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 18
   
Related Course Requirements 21-23

MTH 134, 229 10
MTH 128 or 129 3-5
ENG 333 4
COM 101 or 104 or 141 4

Total (minimum requirement) 95

Communication (A.A.)

An associate degree in communication prepares students for a variety of entry level careers in the public and private sector or the media. It also serves as a seamless articulation to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication where students can major in mass communication, organizational communication, and communication studies.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 56

   
Departmental Requirements 39

COM 101, 104, 130, 152, 200, 256 21
TOA 101, 102, 103 3
TOA 205 3
CS 205, 207 8
TMK 200 4
   

Total (minimum requirement) 95

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.

History (A.A.)

The associate degree in history prepares students to pursue a baccalaureate degree in history. Through exposure to a broad spectrum of human experience in the past and present, students come to understand their relationship to other human beings and the structure of society. The history major is useful to students who wish to seek a career in such fields as teaching, journalism, archival work, government, politics, and law.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 56

   
Departmental Requirements 20

HST 101, 102, 103, 211, 212 20
   
Electives* 17

Total (minimum requirement) 93

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.

Liberal Studies (A.A.)

An associate degree in liberal studies prepares students for a variety of entry-level careers or for a seamless articulation into the baccalaureate degrees in Liberal Studies or Organizational Leadership programs. The program allows students to tailor their academic program to their needs and interests across a wide range of disciplines.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 56

   
Core Requirements 24

Humanities 8
Fine Arts 8
Social Sciences 8
   
Related Hours 20

Professional Component Electives 12
   
Electives* 4

Total (minimum requirement) 96

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.

Psychology (A.A.)

The associate degree in psychology prepares students to pursue a baccalaureate degree in psychology. It is designed to provide a broad introduction to contemporary psychology.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 53

Required Courses:
Area I: STT 160 (counted in related course requirements)
Area III: PSY 105 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: PSY 110 (counted in departmental requirements)
   
Departmental Requirements 16

PSY 105, 110 8
PSY 301 4
PSY 311 or 341 4
   
Related Course Requirements 5

STT 160 5
   
Electives* 15
**MTH 126 or 127 3-5

Total (minimum requirement) 95-97

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.
**Recommended for students planning careers in academics, research, or professional fields. Required in B.S. degree.

Social Work (A.A.)

The associate degree in social work is designed to prepare students for further baccalaureate study in social work. Career opportunities for the college graduate with a major in social work are found in governmental, private, and voluntary agencies. Typical agencies include family services, children's services, public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and probation/parole boards.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 56

   
Departmental Requirements 12

SW 270, 271, 272 12
   
Related Requirements 26

COM 104 4
PSY 110, 200, 341 12
SOC 221, 332 7
Electives* 4

Total (minimum requirement) 95

Students planning to complete their baccalaureate degree in social work at Wright State University should consult the undergraduate catalog and the Social Work Department Handbook for admission requirements to the program.

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.

Sociology (A.A.)

The associate degree in sociology prepares students for further baccalaureate work. A major in sociology increases students' understanding of the organization and functioning of human social groups and of the methods and techniques for analyzing these social units. The study of sociology prepares students for careers in law, hospital administration, corrections, and government/community services.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 56

Students should consult with advisor on any special general education requirements.
   
Departmental Requirements 35

SOC 200, 221, 332 11
PSY 110, 200, 341 12
ENG 333 4
CS 205 4
   
Electives* 8

Total (minimum requirement) 95

*Student should consult with an academic advisor on recommended electives.
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