Feb 29, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

University College

Chubb HallChubb Hall 140
Phone: 740.593.1935
Fax: 740.593.0206

Carey Bush, Interim Dean of University College 


University College supports OHIO’s vision by advancing the academic and personal growth of all prospective and current Ohio University students; we provide the guidance and resources for students to make successful transitions, to succeed in the classroom, and to contribute to their communities. We collaborate with campus and community partners for success both in and out of the classroom. By being flexible, compassionate, innovative, and resourceful, we help students realize their potential, and we promote the evolution of the university for the long-term benefit of our students.


Aerospace Studies Minor 

Associate in Applied Science-Law Enforcement Technology (A.A.S.)
Associate in Arts—Arts and Humanities Emphasis Major (A.A.) 
Associate in Arts—Social Sciences Emphasis Major (A.A.) 
Associate in Individualized Studies Major (A.I.S.)  
Associate in Science Major (A.S.)  
Criminal Justice Major (B.C.J.) 
Military Science Minor 
Specialized Studies Major (B.S.S.) 

Technical and Applied Science (B.T.A.S.)

Admission Requirements

Any Ohio University student who has fewer than 60 credit hours may be admitted to University College as an undecided student. A separate application is required to enter the Associate in Individualized Studies  program, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice  program, or the Bachelor of Specialized Studies  program.


Academic Advising   is a high priority of University College. Our professional and adjunct advisors strive to help you launch your career at Ohio University, to help you explore academic and career options, and to assist you with decisions about how you can best use the University to promote your learning and development. University College students will be exposed to various advising structures based on your admission status and goals.

  • First Year UC students will traditionally be assigned to an advisor linked to the UC 1000 Mastering the University Experience Course or designated campus advisor.
  • Second Year and beyond undeclared and undecided majors will be primarily assigned to an advisor located in the Advising and Student Services Office or other designated UC advisor. (Once you declare a major in a different college, an advisor from that college will be assigned to you.)
  • Students who declare a pre-major or major in Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ), Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) or an Associate Degree will be assigned to an advisor located in the Advising and Student Services Office or designated campus advisor.
    • Students interested in the AIS or BSS program(s) will work closely with a University College advisor and faculty to design, gain approval for, implement, and earn their unique degree.
  • Undergraduates from outside University College are welcome to meet with an advisor in the Allen Student Advising Center if they are considering changing majors or have questions that touch on University wide issues.
  • College Credit Plus students are advised by University College advisors in the Allen Center.

If you are in University College and have a particular degree program in mind, whether that program is selective or not, you should refer to the degree requirements outlined elsewhere in this catalog. If you are interested in determining your progress toward one or more majors, you may create a “what if” DARS report for the major you are considering. Simply go to www.ohio.edu/registrar/darsonline.cfm and log in using your OHIO ID and password. If you want assistance creating or interpreting a “what if” DARS, please contact the University College Office. One of our advisors will be glad to assist you.

Although your professional or adjunct advisor will help you prepare a schedule each semester, you are ultimately responsible for your education. Advising is a collaborative process for which you need to be prepared. It is imperative that you arrive on time and prepared for advising appointments and that you know and follow requirements and procedures at the department, school, college, and University levels.

Declaring a Major

Undecided/undeclared students in University College who enroll at Ohio University as first-year students must declare a major by the time they earn 45 hours. External transfer students may complete two semesters of full-time enrollment before they must declare a major, regardless of their total hours earned. At 45 hours (or the third semester of enrollment for transfer students), a hold will be placed on a student’s registration until he or she meets with a University College advisor and develops a realistic plan for declaring a major. 

Academic/Service Departments

Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

Academic Achievement Center  (230 Alden Library, 740.593.2644) helps students maximize their academic potential by providing a variety of support services, including TRiO Student Support Services, academic skills courses, college study skills coaching, writing assistance, one-on-one peer tutoring and group tutoring. For more information, follow the hyperlink or contact us via email at aac@ohio.edu.

Advising and Student Services

Advising and Student Services (140 Chubb Hall, 740.593.1935) assists students with major exploration, degree declaration, and progress towards degree programs housed in University College. For more information, follow the hyperlink or contact us via e-mail university.college@ohio.edu.

Allen Student Advising Center

Allen Student Advising Center (230 Alden Library, 740.566.8888) helps students from across the university ensure their choice of major is a good fit. The office also provides intervention programs for students regardless of their major. For more information, follow the hyperlink or contact us via e-mail advisingcenter@ohio.edu.

Learning Communities

Learning communities (060 Chubb Hall, 740.593.1953) allow first-year students the opportunity to have the benefits of a small college atmosphere while experiencing Ohio University’s large campus culture. Participation in a learning community guarantees students 2–4 common courses for fall semester. Each community has approximately 25 students. As a result of this small size, participating students develop cohesive relationships with their peers and have enriched interaction with faculty. Participation in a learning community gives the opportunity to engage in academic as well as social activities with members of the community.

For more information, please contact:

Learning Community Programs

Chubb Hall 060

  First-Year and Student Transitions                                               

University College
Ohio University


Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

It is the mission of Student Accessibility Services to ensure equal opportunity and access for students with disabilities in the Ohio University community. Central to this mission is the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation. While working toward the goal of full inclusion, accommodations must still be provided on an individual basis.

At the college level, it is the individual student’s responsibility to initiate the registration process with Student Accessibility Services. Students may initiate a request to Student Accessibility Services at any point in their academic career. To be eligible for student accessibility services a student must:

  • submit current disability documentation
  • submit an application for accommodation
  • receive notification from an accessibility coordinator that you are eligible; and
  • schedule and attend an intake appointment with your assigned accessibility coordinator

The type of documentation required depends on the individual disability. Guidelines for documentation are available on our website or inquiries may also be made in person or by phone.

Student Accessibility Services
Baker University Center 348
Athens, OH 45701
Telephone: 740.593.2620
Fax: 740.593.0790

Policies and UC Academic Requirements 

Academic Probation

At the conclusion of each academic term, all students who, at the time of review, if you do not have an accumulative GPA of at least 2.0, will be placed on academic probation.

Removal from Probation. Removal of probationary status is automatic at the close of the semester when your accumulative GPA rises to 2.0 or above, unless your college requires higher standards.

Dismissal (Drop) and Reinstatement. If you have been dropped, you are not able to enroll for courses at Ohio University. You may petition your college student services office for reinstatement, but normally reinstatement will not be granted until at least 12 months after your dismissal. As a condition for reinstatement, the dean of your college may suggest remedial steps you can take. 

Students petitioning for reinstatement must do so according to the following deadlines:

For reinstatement in: Petition must be received by:
Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 15 (January 2, if you were dismissed the immediate preceding fall semester)
Summer Semester April 15

Petitions received after the deadlines above will be held for review for the next semester.

If you have been dismissed from the University for a second time, reinstatement is possible only under extraordinary circumstances and usually is not granted until at least 24 months after the second dismissal.

Bobcat Student Orientation

Each summer, University College conducts Bobcat Student Orientation, which is designed to acquaint new Athens campus students and their families and guests with the programs of the University. New students will meet with faculty, staff, and orientation leaders to get to know Ohio University, plan an academic program, complete a class schedule, and register for their first semester. Students will also learn about the wide variety of social and group activities available on campus, while becoming acquainted with other students in their college. Bobcat Student Orientation is mandatory for all new Ohio University students. Orientation programs are also held before the fall, spring, and summer semesters for first-year and transfer students. Further information about Bobcat Student Orientation is available in the Office of First-Year & Student Transitions, 740.593.1951 or by visiting www.ohio.edu/orientation.

University College Learning Communities

All new University College first-year students and transfer students with 20 or fewer credit hours must enroll in a learning community for their first semester on the Athens campus. Learning communities offer a unique opportunity to work closely with a small group of fellow bobcats who are also launching their careers at Ohio University.

Academic Resources

College Achievement Program (CAP)

The College Achievement Program (CAP)  has been helping first-generation students, low-income students, and students with documented disabilities attain success at Ohio University. CAP operates under a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services grant and serves approximately 275 students annually.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC is based on our Constitution to help “provide for the common defense.” Today, when the security interests of this nation are so inextricably involved with world issues, our nation needs talented and well-trained officers in its military services. If you have the desire and talent to serve your country, ROTC can lead to a rewarding career as a military officer. Our military needs the best managers, administrators, engineers, and scientists the nation’s schools can produce, to be leaders with wide ranges of knowledge and skill. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, in agreement with universities and colleges across the nation, is designed to produce these types of leaders for our nation.

The Army ROTC program at Ohio University is under the Military Science Department (MSC); the Air Force ROTC program is under the Aerospace Studies Department (AST). The University offers two-, three-, and four-year ROTC programs. ROTC is divided into two phases—the general course and the advanced course. Any student can take any of the general classes for elective credit to learn more about our nation’s military with no military service commitment.

Notice: The ROTC programs at Ohio University might not fully comply with University nondiscrimination policies, because of the selective process of military service. However, the ROTC programs are in compliance with national nondiscrimination policies and the guidance and policies of the respective military services and the Department of Defense.

Full scholarships are available on a competitive basis for qualified students. These scholarships pay costs of tuition, mandatory student fees, and a book fee. Additionally, recipients receive a tax-free stipend of up to $400 monthly for the period the scholarship is in effect. Non-scholarship students in the advanced course also receive the tax-free stipend, regardless of scholarship status. Ohio National Guard 100 percent tuition assistance is also available.

Summer Field Training
Field leadership training normally occurs during the summer after the sophomore year (Air Force) or junior year (Army). However, exceptions are possible. All travel expenses, board, living quarters, and uniforms are furnished, and you are paid while attending summer field training.

Uniforms and Equipment
Training equipment and uniforms are lent to all ROTC students without cost.

ROTC is a competitive program. If you successfully complete the ROTC advanced program and the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, you will be qualified for a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army or the United States Air Force.

Special Schooling
Upon completing their degrees and the ROTC program, Air Force ROTC students will begin their professional careers in one of more than 40 specialized career fields, including operations, logistics, engineering, communications, nursing, weather, intelligence, space and missiles, and more. Advanced schooling is provided to prepare you initially for your career field. In addition, the Air Force provides opportunity and resources for its officers to pursue professional continuing education and advanced degrees. Army ROTC students may be selected for a variety of specialized training opportunities, such as Airborne School, Air Assault School, pentagon internships, and summer leadership internships. Army officers may serve in one of 16 career branches, which are divided into three categories: maneuver, fires and effects; operational support; and force sustainment. Selected officers, after entrance on active duty, are sent to civilian universities or service technical institutes for graduate work leading to a master’s degree or to a doctoral degree in specialized fields.

Aerospace Studies Program
Air Force ROTC - Detachment 650 (www.ohio.edu/afrotc/)

The Aerospace Studies program is designed to develop the character and skills required of professional Air Force officers. The goal is to provide you with the foundation to become an officer in the United States Air Force, while acquiring a baccalaureate degree in a field of your own choosing.

The curriculum during the first two years (the general program, one credit per semester) is an introduction to the Air Force and its heritage. It focuses on career opportunities, doctrine, mission, and organization of the United State Air Force. It also includes studies in the development of air power, and present and future concepts within the Air Force. These courses are open enrollment, do not require any obligation for military service, and do not require wearing a uniform.

Concurrently with these academic subjects, cadets participate in “leadership lab” (for an additional one credit hour per semester). Leadership lab centers around military customs and organization and includes hands-on learning that enables you to gain insight into the dynamics of military leadership. There is no service commitment during the first two years (for non-scholarship cadets), and it is an excellent way for you to explore the lifestyle and career options the Air Force has to offer. You must take both the general course and leadership lab to be enrolled in the AFROTC program. Optional noncredit summer professional development programs at Air Force bases provide further exposure to the Air Force and are funded by the Air Force.

The advanced curriculum, titled the “Professional Officer Course,” or POC (three credit hours per semester), is specifically designed to prepare cadets/students for active duty as commissioned officers. Entry into the POC is selective and based on the needs of the Air Force. Students must meet basic qualification requirements and fitness, academic and medical standards to enter the POC (POC Requirements).  Studies include military leadership and principles of management during the junior year. The senior year includes defense policy making, the military professional, strategy, and military justice. It emphasizes professional responsibilities of Air Force officers within our democratic society and how the Air Force supports national goals. Through case studies, guest lectures, and dialog, you experience a realistic simulation of problems facing officers. As a member of the advanced Professional Officer Course, you develop leadership skills by supervising first-year and sophomore cadets in leadership lab. You practice communication skills and perform organizational projects, similar to those accomplished by active duty Air Force officers. This advanced unit consists of four semesters of on-campus study (three credits per semester), four semesters of leadership lab (one credit per semester), and a summer field leadership training encampment (Field Courses).

Flight Qualification  https://www.afrotc.com/career/pilot/

Qualified cadets have the additional option of becoming flight officer candidates. Selection for pilot or other rated training will be made during your junior year. If you are selected, you will enter USAF pilot or rated training following graduation and commissioning.

Assignment https://www.afrotc.com/life-after-rotc/

Cadets commission and begin their careers as Air Force officers, upon completing their undergraduate degree and AFROTC program requirements. After commissioning, you are assigned to an Air Force position that best combines your academic major and desires with the needs of the Air Force. Past graduates have been assigned to areas of air operations (both flyers and nonflyers), administration, physical and social sciences, engineering, and research and development in aerospace technologies, to name a few. In addition, qualified cadets can pursue military careers in the medical and legal career fields after completing the AFROTC program. 

More information about Air Force career opportunities can be found at: https://www.airforce.com/

Military Science Program
(Army ROTC) http://www.ohio.edu/uc/rotc/army

The Military Science program is designed to develop the leadership and management skills required of an officer in the United States Army. The military science curriculum complements your normal coursework for a baccalaureate degree and provides a basis for progression toward a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Although the complete program encompasses four years, you can join the program at any point in your time at Ohio University, as long as you have two years remaining. This two-year period can be undergraduate or graduate work.

The first two years of Army ROTC is known as the Basic Course (BC). During the BC, you take classes in general military subjects, including an introduction to the Army ROTC program, basic skills, leadership, team building, and small-unit operations. These courses provide a basic understanding of the Army and a background for the second two years of the program. The basic courses are open enrollment, do not require wearing a uniform, and have no military obligation unless on an ROTC scholarship.

Entrance into the second two years of the Army ROTC (the Advanced Course) is selective and competitive. You can qualify for the Advanced Course by completing the BC, by current service in the National Guard or Reserves, or by attending a four-week ROTC Leaders Training Course. The Advanced Course will expand your knowledge of military subjects, including military justice, tactics, ethics and professionalism, management, training, and current issues affecting the military. In addition to the classroom work, the department conducts a leadership laboratory, in which all students take part in planning and conducting such adventure-type outdoor training activities as rappelling, survival swimming, marksmanship, physical training, and land navigation. Advanced Course students are required to attend a four-week summer Leadership Development Assessment Course between their junior and senior years. All summer camp expenses, including meals, housing, travel, and uniforms, are paid by the Army. In addition, each cadet is paid approximately $700 in military pay for camp attendance.

The Department of Military Science also sponsors several extracurricular clubs or activity groups, organized by the cadets with faculty advisors, such as the Color Guard, “Red Leg” Cannon Crew, and Ranger Challenge. Cadets might be selected on a voluntary basis for attendance at U.S. Army schools, such as Airborne (parachutist) School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare, and Northern Warfare School.


Army ROTC offers full two, three and four year scholarships to qualified students. These scholarships pay full tuition and student fees. Scholarship cadets also receive an annual book stipend of $1200 as well as monthly stipend of up to $500. In addition, cadets may also receive an Ohio University sponsored room grant that covers the cost of a standard double dorm room. Students who do not qualify for a ROTC scholarship may be eligible for a scholarship through the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, as well as the OHIO sponsored room grant.

University Professor Award Program

Another of University College’s efforts to enhance and reward undergraduate teaching and learning is the University Professor Award program. To acknowledge outstanding undergraduate teaching, Ohio University students nominate and select University Professors on the Athens campus each year. University Professors are tenure-track faculty members who have demonstrated teaching excellence.

The University Professor Selection Committee consists of representatives from the undergraduate student body.

Upon selection by the student University Professor Selection Committee and final appointment by the provost, each professor is granted a release from part of his/her normal teaching duties and receives $2,000 for professional development. The University Professor uses this opportunity to develop and teach one original class.