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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017 - 2018 General Catalogue

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics



JOHN McCALL, DEAN

General Information

Purposes

The role of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in fulfilling the overall purposes of UWA encompasses the following objectives:

  1. To offer bachelor’s degrees in the areas of science and mathematics, including interdisciplinary areas, wherever student need and resources of the University make such degree programs feasible. At present, majors are offered in athletic training, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, exercise science, marine biology, mathematics, mathematics-computer information systems, physical education, and sport management. Minors are offered in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, exercise science, medical sciences, mathematics, physical education, an sports management. Most majors in the College are comprehensive.  However, through cooperation with the College of Business, College of Education, and College of Liberal Arts, students in Natural Sciences and Mathematics are also allowed to take minors in other disciplines.
  2. To provide general education courses in the natural sciences and mathematics for all undergraduate students in the University.
  3. To provide undergraduate courses in academic major and minor areas and elective natural sciences and mathematics courses for students in the College of Business, the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, and the Division of Nursing.
  4. To provide superior undergraduate students with a more stimulating and challenging curriculum, closer contacts with outstanding faculty, and enriched non-traditional classes, as well as to allow the individual to follow his/her own intellectual interests more independently.
  5. To help students develop the necessary proficiency in the basic skill areas needed to meet the requirements of the regular college curriculum.
  6. To provide graduate-level courses in the natural sciences and mathematics as needed to support the programs in the School of Graduate Studies.
  7. To prepare students to pursue successful graduate work and professional training in appropriate areas of study. Holders of degrees from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are prepared to begin post-baccalaureate work in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, mathematics and medical technology, and in many professional areas, such as medicine, pharmacy, education, and others. 
  8. To provide two or more years of science and mathematics for students who intend to transfer to more specialized institutions for technical training in such areas as agriculture, engineering, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health.

Organization

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is organized under the Dean into units, as follows:

  1. The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, offering comprehensive majors in cell and molecular biology, conservation and field biology, marine biology, and environmental science.  In addition, a major requiring a minor may be completed in biology.  Students pursuing teacher certification may major in biology education or science comprehensive education.  In addition, the Department offers minors in biology and environmental science.
  2. The Department of Mathematics, offering a major and minor in mathematics, a major in mathematics education, as well as comprehensive majors in actuarial science and mathematics-computer information systems.
  3. The Department of Physical Sciences, offering a major and minor in chemistry and comprehensive majors in Traditional Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry and Pre-Pharmacy Chemistry.
  4. The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, offering a major in athletic training, a major and minor in exercise science, a major and minor in physical education, and a major and minor in sport management.  A minor in emergency medical services is offered.
  5. The Sumter County Nature Trust, supporting the study of the natural history of Sumter County and the Black Belt region and providing environmental education activities for students and adults.
  6. The West Alabama Environmental Services Center, providing service to educational institutions, industries, and governmental bodies.

Baccalaureate Programs

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers baccalaureate degrees in Athletic Training, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Exercise Science, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Mathematics-Computer Information Systems, Physical Education, and Sport Management. These programs are described below with course requirements given in the Departmental Majors Curriculum section. Additional information may be obtained from the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Station 7, the University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama 35470-2009.

The University of West Alabama’s Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX  78731-3101.

Biology (with Minor)

The Biology major provides valuable training for numerous careers in the life sciences, including various medical professions. It may also lead to graduate work and specialization in research and teaching.

The Biology program is designed to expose the student to concepts common to all areas of biology. Students take courses in general biology, botany, zoology, genetics, microbiology, cell/molecular biology, ecology, and evolution, as well as a variety of electives. The Biology major offers possibilities for specialization in such areas as cell biology, genetics, field biology, microbiology, zoology, botany, and ecology.

Extensive laboratory or field work is a component of many of the advanced classes in biology, and there is a focus on undergraduate research. This provides students with the opportunity to examine first-hand the living systems they are studying and to learn techniques of asking research hypotheses regarding them. The ALFA Environmental Center on the UWA campus provides access and is available for classes and research activities. Field trips are extensively utilized and include trips to local streams, ponds, and forests, as well as extended trips to the Gulf Coast, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the Florida Everglades.

This major requires the completion of a minor in another academic field.

Conservation and Field Biology

Conservation and Field Biology is a comprehensive major that bypasses the traditional degree minor requirement allowing students to concentrate more academic hours toward the study of Biology.  This degree plan is designed primarily for students who wish to gain employment or pursue graduate study in the areas of conservation, field biology, ecology, or plant/wildlife biology. State and federal agencies who manage public lands or other private entities who are stewards of nature and biodiversity are options for employment for graduates of this track. Also, graduates who wish to continue their studies in graduate school will have a strong foundation for these areas of biology.

The curriculum of this track is weighted with courses dedicated to organismal biology (identification, morphology, evolution, life strategies, and conservation) and the ecology of those organisms. Many of the courses have a field component where organisms can be studied in their native habitats.

Cell and Molecular Biology (Medical)

Cell and Molecular Biology is also a comprehensive degree.  This degree program is designed primarily for students who wish to gain admission into professional schools (medical, veterinary, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry) or pursue graduate school in the areas related to cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, etc. This pattern includes courses in human biology, advanced mathematics, physics, and chemistry and is designed to prepare students for professional school admission exams.

UWA offers basic courses to students who plan to enter medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary schools. In general, these program requirements are similar for medicine and dentistry. Students planning careers in one of these fields should indicate their intentions to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics upon entering college, or as soon as they decide on one of these professions. Students are assigned an advisor who assists in planning a program of study designed to meet the admission requirements for these professional programs.

There is some variation in the admission requirements of various professional schools. For this reason, a student should indicate to their advisor the specific professional school to which he/she intends to apply so that a program of study can be designed to fulfill requirements for the particular school.

Chemistry Comprehensive

Chemistry Comprehensive is a comprehensive major, allowing students to focus more heavily on Chemistry requirements by bypassing the traditional minor requirement.  Three tracks are available in Chemistry Comprehensive:

Chemistry Comprehensive:  Traditional Track.  This degree plans allows students to pursue a rigorous academic program in Chemistry that will prepare them for entry into graduate study in the field, or as applicants for work in a chemical laboratory.

Chemistry Comprehensive: Forensic Track.   The comprehensive Chemistry track in forensic chemistry prepares students for careers analyzing chemical materials at crime scenes.

Chemistry Comprehensive: Pre-Pharmacy Track.  The Pre-Pharmacy preparation is designed specifically for those students wishing to gain entrance into schools of pharmacy.  The coursework is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for pharmacy school and to prepare students to well on entrance examinations.

Environmental Sciences

UWA offers a comprehensive major in Environmental Sciences. The program provides the basic knowledge and training needed to work in a number of environmentally-related fields. Waste disposal companies, paper mills, chemical companies, testing laboratories, state and federal agencies responsible for monitoring environmental quality, and environmental consulting firms hire environmental scientists. As public awareness of environmental quality grows, this field will offer promising and rewarding careers in great numbers.

Students take general education courses, science and mathematics core courses, and a variety of courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, and technology. During the students’ senior year, they intern at one of a number of intern sites with which UWA is affiliated. Students receive 12 semester hours of academic credit for this internship, as well as gain work experience in environmentally related activities before graduating.

Marine Biology

UWA is a member of the Alabama Marine Environmental Science Consortium (MESC). The Consortium consists of participating member colleges and universities from the State of Alabama. Its objectives are to provide educational programs in marine sciences on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to promote and encourage pure and applied research in marine sciences and related areas.

Through MESC, UWA offers a comprehensive major in Marine Biology which includes courses in biology, chemistry, geology, marine sciences, and physics. Students complete the general education courses, science and mathematics core courses, and the majority of the hours for the comprehensive major courses on the UWA campus. At least twelve semester hours in the marine sciences are completed at the MESC Marine Laboratory, located at Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Mathematics

The Mathematics major provides a student with the computational, reasoning, and problem solving skills needed to work in a variety of fields. Mathematics is used extensively in business, the social sciences, the life sciences, and the physical sciences. With undergraduate preparation in Mathematics, one can qualify for desirable positions in business or industry. With advanced training in Mathematics a student can enter various research and/or teaching positions.

The Mathematics major includes courses in Calculus, Abstract and Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, and various electives in upper-level Mathematics. To ensure the best preparation for college mathematics, a student should take as much Mathematics as possible in high school. A student without such background may still major in Mathematics, but may have to take several lower-level courses in preparation for course work in the major.

Two well-equipped computer laboratories serve the Mathematics major. These facilities not only enhance the learning process, but also help the student develop computer literacy, which is so important in today’s job market.

Actuarial Science

The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive degree in Actuarial Science, encompassing the study of mathematics, finance, insurance, and risk management.  This is a highly lucrative area of specialty for students taking both mathematics and business courses. Students who wish to consider Actuarial Science should take as a minimum the Calculus sequence (MH 121 , MH 122 , and MH 223 ) and MH 341. Probability and Statistics (4)  to be able to qualify for the first Actuarial Examination. For the second Actuarial Examination, students need to have taken at least EC 202 , EC 201 , and FI 300  along with all necessary prerequisites for both mathematics and business courses.

Mathematics-Computer Information Systems

The Mathematics-Computer Information Systems Comprehensive Major provides the student the quantitative, analytic, and problem-solving skills from mathematics along with the programming and application skills from Computer Science. With undergraduate preparation in both mathematics and computer science, students can qualify for desirable positions in business, industry, and applied research facilities. Graduates from this program will be qualified for advanced study in both areas.

To ensure the best preparation for this comprehensive major, the student should take as much mathematics as possible in high school. The major pattern assumes readiness for Calculus I as a beginning mathematics course.

Athletic Training Curriculum Admission Requirements

Admission to the University and to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics does not constitute acceptance into the Athletic Training Program. Every student who wishes to prepare for athletic training certification is required to submit a written application for admission into the Athletic Training Program. This application should be filed with the Athletic Training Program Director no later than April 1 of the first year of enrollment at UWA. The Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training consists of two components: (1) the pre-professional program (usually freshman year or first year for transfer students) and (2) the professional program (sophomore through senior years). All students must complete the course of study for the pre-professional and professional programs as described in the University General Catalogue. The pre-professional program must be completed by all students and validated by the Athletic Training Program Director before students are considered eligible for admission to the professional program. All students must make formal application to the professional program (usually in the spring semester of the freshman year or first year for transfer students) and meet all admission requirements. Completion of the pre-professional program does not guarantee acceptance into the eligibility criteria for the professional program in athletic training.

Costs:

The following is a list of additional expenditures beyond those of tuition, room, board, fees, etc., for which students enrolled in the athletic training program are responsible.

  1. Purchase of authorized athletic training uniforms. $70 annually
  2. Assumption of all costs and arrangements for travel to and from clinical facilities for clinical experiences. (variable depending location and frequency, but all clinical sites are within 60 miles)
  3. Verification of a negative drug screen according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program. $30
  4. Negative criminal background check conducted according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program. $52
  5. Annual recertification of American Red Cross Professional Rescuer/AED First Aid and CPR or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalency. $27 biennially
  6. Initiate the Hepatitis B vaccination series while enrolled in AH 101  or provide documentation of completed series or complete the necessary waiver.$80 per injection for maximum of three.
  7. Annual fees for online clinical proficiency tracking software. $80 annually
  8. Annual fees for professional liability insurance policy. $30 annually

Policies:

Admission to the Professional Program:

To be eligible for admission to this program, in addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the University, applicants must:

  1. Have a minimum quality-point ratio of 2.5 in all hours attempted in general studies curriculum requirements completed prior to application deadline.
  2. Have a minimum quality-point ratio of 3.0 in all hours attempted in the athletic training major requirements completed prior to application deadline.
  3. Submit complete application materials including recommendation forms from three faculty members to the Athletic Training Program Director by April 1 (July 1 for transfer students meeting the requirements listed below). (Usually this should be submitted during the freshman or first year in the pre-professional program. All course requirements do not have to be completed prior to filing application).
  4. Hold current American National Red Cross Professional Rescuer/AED First Aid and CPR or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalency.
  5. Successfully complete the Athletic Training Practicum courses AH 101  and AH 102 . (Exception: Students meeting the transfer criteria listed below may be admitted without previously completing these courses but will have to successfully complete these courses or approved substitute courses as part of their curriculum).
  6. Interview with the Athletic Training Curriculum Selection Committee.
     

Students enrolled in clinical athletic training education courses must meet the following requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program for clinical and field experiences.

  1. Completion of the Pre-enrollment Physical Examination.
  2. Student must present proof of immunization for MMR and DTP vaccines; failure to comply with this requirement will result in an incomplete grade for the designated course until the requirement is met. An incomplete grade will result in the inability to advance in the program.
  3. Student must complete annual OSHA training and submit verification of OSHA training to be kept in the athletic training student portfolio.
  4. Completion and submission of an acknowledgment of the Technical Standards for Admission form.
  5. Completion and submission of a Confidentiality Statement for Athletic Training Students.
     

Transfer Students (Both to UWA and from within the University):

Students with previous documented clinical experience in athletic training who transfer to UWA with approximately 30 credit hours or more and meet the following requirements in addition to the above admission requirements may be eligible for admission to the athletic training professional program upon enrollment in the first semester at UWA. This policy also applies to UWA students who desire to transfer from another major to the athletic training major.

  1. Documentation of previous clinical experience supervised by a BOC certified athletic trainer or a state credentialed athletic trainer, if any. A minimum of at least 120 hours is recommended and preferred, but not required.
  2. If previous documented clinical experience in athletic training is submitted, one of the three recommendation forms must be from the student’s primary supervising athletic trainer from the previous institution. The remaining two recommendation forms must be from the faculty of the student’s previous institution.
     

Progression Requirements:

In order to progress in the athletic training professional program, students must:

  1. Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each athletic training major course attempted. For any athletic training major course in which the student earns less than a “C” the entire course must be repeated.
  2. Maintain a cumulative quality-point ratio of 3.0 in all hours attempted in the athletic training major requirements.
  3. Maintain a cumulative quality-point ratio of 2.5 in all hours attempted in general studies course requirements.
  4. Maintain good standing with the University according to UWA student policies and procedures.
  5. Maintain current American National Red Cross Professional Rescuer/AED First Aid and CPR or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalent.
     

NOTE: Failure to maintain any of the above progression requirements results in academic probation and/or suspension from the athletic training professional program. In addition to academic probation or suspension, the student’s enrollment in the athletic training professional program may be terminated at any time if, in the judgment of the athletic training faculty, the student demonstrates academic, social, or emotional behaviors or physical problems inappropriate to the practice of athletic training. Students whose health status and/or clinical performance jeopardizes the patients assigned to his/her care may also be dismissed from the athletic training professional program. Students suspended from the athletic training professional program, may apply for re-admission to the program through the Athletic Training Curriculum Selection Committee when the deficiencies are removed. Students suspended twice from the program are ineligible to re-apply.

Definitions:

Unconditional Acceptance: A student may be accepted to the athletic training professional program after completing all admission requirements without deficiencies as stated in the UWA Athletic Training Curriculum Admission Requirements.

Conditional Acceptance: Students applying to the athletic training curriculum with a GPA in the range of 2.25-2.49 for all general course work and/or 2.75-2.99 for all athletic training course work may be accepted into the program conditionally if all other application requirements have been met. Students accepted conditionally will be placed on a probationary status for one academic year. Failure to correct deficiencies after one academic year will lead to suspension from the Athletic Training Program.

Probation: Deficiencies in admission or progression requirements may result in the student being placed on probationary status. Probationary status is generally one academic year in length except when a student has clearly corrected any and all deficiencies. A student on probation may be limited in the total number of clinical hours allowed per week. Generally, students will not be given primary responsibility for a varsity sport during their probationary period. Students failing to correct all deficiencies at the end of one academic year from the date of probation will be suspended from the athletic training professional program.

Suspension: Students suspended from the athletic training professional program will not be assigned clinical experiences or responsibilities within athletic training. Students will not be allowed to take any professional level athletic training courses other than to repeat courses in which they have earned less than a “C.”

Technical Standards for Admission:
The Athletic Training Program at the University of West Alabama is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

  1. the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  2. sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  3. the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
  4. the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  5. the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
  6. the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
  7. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  8. affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
     

Candidates for selection to the athletic training program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

The UWA Student Success Center, Foust Hall 7, (205) 652-3651 or the Office of Student Affairs, Webb Hall 323, (205) 652-3851 will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review as to whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Requirements for all Bachelor’s Degrees

Residence Requirements

A candidate for a degree in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must be officially registered in the College for at least two semesters after the freshman year, one of which must be the semester immediately preceding completion of the requirements for the degree. To comply with this latter stipulation, a student must complete the transfer to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics prior to registration for the last semester in residence.

Course Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts

For non-teaching students:

All courses required in the basic curriculum as shown below, with a 2.0 quality-point ratio (overall and in basic curriculum courses at UWA).

A total of at least one hundred and twenty semester hours with twice as many grade points as hours on record.

At least twelve semester hours, or the equivalent, of a foreign language with a 2.0 quality-point ratio.

One major and one minor, one comprehensive major, or two majors, as shown in the patterns below, with a 2.0 overall quality-point ratio in each and a 2.0 quality-point ratio in courses at UWA in each. At least twelve semester hours in the major(s), at least eighteen semester hours in the comprehensive major, and at least six semester hours in the minor must be earned at UWA.

For teaching certification students:

All courses required in the basic curriculum as shown below, with a 2.75 quality-point ratio, with no grade below a “C” (overall and in basic curriculum courses taken at UWA).

A total of at least one hundred and twenty semester hours with a 2.75 quality-point ratio.

At least twelve semester hours, or the equivalent, of a foreign language with a 2.0 quality-point ratio.

A major, as shown in the patterns below, and additional courses in the teaching field and professional studies with a 2.75 quality-point ratio and a 2.75 quality-point ratio in the major/teaching field and the professional studies component in courses taken at UWA. No grade below “C” in professional studies or the teaching field(s) may be used to meet certification requirements.

Course Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science

For non-teaching students:

All courses required in the basic curriculum as shown below, with a 2.0 quality-point ratio (overall and in basic curriculum courses at UWA).

A total of at least one hundred and twenty semester hours with twice as many grade points as hours on record.

One major and one minor, one comprehensive major, or two majors, as shown in the patterns below, with a 2.0 overall quality-point ratio in each and a 2.0 quality-point ratio in courses at UWA in each. At least twelve semester hours in the major(s), at least eighteen semester hours in the comprehensive major, and at least six semester hours in the minor must be earned at UWA.

For teaching certification students:

All courses required in the basic curriculum as shown below, with a 2.75 quality-point ratio, with no grade below a “C” (overall and in basic curriculum courses taken at UWA).

A total of at least one hundred and twenty semester hours with a 2.75 quality-point ratio.

A major, as shown in the patterns below, and additional courses in the teaching field and professional studies with a 2.75 quality-point ratio and a 2.75 quality-point ratio in the major/teaching field and the professional studies component in courses taken at UWA. No grade below “C” in professional studies or the teaching field(s) may be used to meet certification requirements.