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    Eastern Michigan University
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog THIS IS NOT THE CURRENT CATALOG. LINKS AND CONTENT ARE OUT OF DATE!

Degree Information


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Degrees

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Basic undergraduate degrees conferred by the Board of Regents on recommendation of the president and faculty are the bachelor of science (B.S.) and the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degrees. Both degrees require completion of University general education requirements, a major and a minor, and a minimum total of 124 hours. The bachelor of arts degree includes in that total one year of college credit in a foreign language. The bachelor of science degree provides greatest flexibility in selection of the major and minor and in the use of electives.

Bachelor’s degrees are also awarded in fine arts (B.F.A.) and art education (B.A.E.) - see Department of Art , College of Arts and Sciences ; business administration (B.B.A.) - see College of Business ; bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts in language and world business (B.B.A./B.A.) - see College of Business  or Department of World Languages , College of Arts and Sciences ; business education (B.B.E.) - see School of Technology Studies , College of Technology ; music education (B.M.E.), music-performance (B.M.U.), and music therapy (B.M.T.) - see Department of Music and Dance , College of Arts and Sciences ; nursing (B.S.N.) - see School of Nursing , College of Health and Human Services .

Many students also select preprofessional fields of study such as medicine, dentistry and forestry (listed in departments) or seek certification and/or licensing in teaching, medical technology and similar fields (listed at the end of this section). These preprofessional fields of study do not culminate in an EMU degree.

Graduate degrees offered by this University are master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.), master of business administration (M.B.A.), master of public administration (M.P.A.), master of business education (M.B.E.), master of individualized studies (M.I.S.), master of social work (M.S.W.), master of nursing (M.N.), master of occupational therapy (M.O.T.) and master of liberal studies (M.L.S.). In addition, there is a specialist in arts degree (S.A.) and doctorates in educational leadership (Ed.D.), psychology (Psy.D.) and technology (Th.D.). All are listed in the graduate catalog.

Bachelor’s degree programs require students to take courses in various subject areas as specified both in the general education requirements and in departmental majors and minors.

 

Majors/Minors

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Each student must complete a major subject of at least 30 credit hours and a minor subject of at least 20 credit hours with the following exceptions:

  1. A student in the elementary teaching curriculum may present three minors of at least 20 credit hours - each of which is a subject field taught in the elementary grades.

  2. A student who completes a self-contained curriculum of 50-60 hours will automatically satisfy major/minor requirements.

Hours of credit counted toward a minor may not be applied to a major or another minor or vice versa. General education courses may be applied toward a major or a minor where appropriate.

Professional education courses do not count toward majors and minors except in cases in which such courses are specifically required or indicated as permissible as part of a major or minor.

All students, including transfer students, must complete at Eastern Michigan University the following minimum requirements in advanced courses numbered 300 or above in their majors and minors, unless specifically exempted by the department concerned:

  1. At least nine hours in majors.

  2. At least six hours in minors.

  3. At least 15 additional hours in curricula that encompass both major and minor requirements.

 

Degree Requirements

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The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.

  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).

  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)

  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.

  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.

  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.

  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.

  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.

    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor

    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.

    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level of higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor

  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program adviser.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education Program website: http://www.emich.edu/gened

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.


University Information:
Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

Alternative Methods for Earning University Credit

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Alternative Credit Options

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Eastern Michigan University offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit by examination and/or by portfolio. In some instances, students may enroll immediately in advanced courses through alternative programs. Especially high test scores may warrant additional academic credit and/or higher placement.

These programs include:

1. Advanced Placement (AP). Students who have taken Advanced Placement high school courses, and earn at least a three on the corresponding Advanced Placement tests, will be granted at least two hours of credit in each subject area in which they have earned that score. The Advanced Placement Credit Available by Departments table lists departments and courses for which credit can be earned.
2. International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who submit their IB scores to Eastern Michigan University will receive at least two hours of academic credit for a score of four or higher on the higher-level IB exam. The International Baccalaureate Diploma does not equate automatically with sophomore standing, nor does it automatically waive general education requirements.
3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students may receive academic credit for certain EMU courses by achieving a minimum score on a test available through the College Level Examination Program. The courses for which CLEP tests are available, and the minimum score needed to receive credit, are listed in the CLEP Credit Available by Departments table.

Academic credit earned by means of AP, IB or CLEP test scores may not be duplicated for separate tests. Also, AP, IB or CLEP credit will not be awarded when EMU credit has already been earned or transfer credit awarded for courses covering the same subject matter.

4. Credit by Examination. Students may also receive academic credit for certain courses where CLEP tests are not available by achieving a minimum score on a departmentally administered examination. Credit by Examination is subject to the following limitations:

  • Students must have been admitted to Eastern Michigan University.

  • Credit normally will not be awarded for any course for which a student has credit or in which the student is currently enrolled.

  • Credit by Examination is not available for workshops, special topics courses, seminars and directed studies, or any other course excluded by an academic department.

5. Validation. Validation may be required to earn transfer credit for courses, taken at a two-year college, whose content is sufficiently similar to that of 300- and 400-level EMU courses. Validation will be considered only after all other transfer credit earned at accredited two-year colleges has been awarded and recorded on the student’s official EMU record. Validation may be achieved in either of two ways:

  • Satisfactory completion of the next more advanced course as designated by the head of the appropriate department or school.

  • Passing a comprehensive examination or equivalent activity in the course for which EMU validation is requested.

The following procedures must be followed to earn Credit by Examination or to validate a course by examination:

 

  1. The student must obtain an Application for Credit by Examination/Validation at the Office of Records and Registration, 303 Pierce Hall.

  2. The student should submit the application to the head of the department/school in which the course is offered. The department head will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny permission for Credit by Examination/Validation, or to hold the request for further investigation.

  3. Once permission has been granted, the student will make arrangements with the department for a time and place for the examination or equivalent activity, and a supervising faculty evaluator.

  4. Prior to the agreed-upon time, the student will validate the permission form by paying the fee to the EMU Cashier’s Office. The fee will be equivalent to one credit hour of tuition for each undergraduate examination attempted.

  5. The student will present the validated permission form to the faculty evaluator prior to the examination or equivalent activity.

  6. After the faculty member evaluates the student’s performance and indicates P/F on the permission form, a copy of the written examination or explanation of the activity as well as the instructor’s total evaluation will be placed on file in the office of the department head. The department head will sign the permission form indicating receipt of the faculty member’s evaluation.

  7. The department head will forward the permission form to the Office of Records and Registration for posting to the student’s record.

6. Portfolio-assisted Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Portfolio-assisted Prior Learning Assessment is available through participating academic departments when CLEP, Credit by Examination and Validation are not appropriate for assessing a student’s previous learning. Credit may be awarded for general education or for courses in majors, minors or concentrations. Departments or schools may choose to participate on a case-by-case basis or may designate selected courses available via PLA. Additional information is available through the Office of Prior Learning Assessment at 734.487.9801 or 800.777.3521.

CLEP Credit Available by Departments

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Department Exam/Subject

Minimum Score

Credit Awarded
Accounting and Finance Accounting, Principles of

60

ACC000 (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Biology Biology

50

BIO 105  (4 hrs)
   

60

BIO 110  (5 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Chemistry Chemistry

50

CHEM 121  (3 hrs)
   

63

CHEM 121  (3 hrs), CHEM 122  (1 hr) and CHEM 123  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Computer Information Systems Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

IS 215  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Economics Macroeconomics, Principles of

50

ECON 201  (3 hrs)
  Microeconomics, Principles of

50

ECON 202  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
English Freshman College Composition*

 

No Credit
  English Literature*

65

LITR 100  (3 hrs)
  American Literature* with essay

65

LITR 100  (3 hrs)
  Analyzing & Interpreting Literature*

65

LITR 100  (3 hrs)
  English Composition with essay

65

ENGL 120  (3 hrs)
  English Composition (without essay)

 

No Credit
  Humanities

 

No Credit
   

 

 

 
History History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877

50

HIST 123  (3 hrs)
  History of the U.S. II: 1865 to the Present

50

HIST 124  (3 hrs)
  Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HIST 101  (3 hrs)
  Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

50

HIST 102  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Management Management, Principles of

70

MGMT000 (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Marketing Business Law, Introductory

70

LAW 293  (3 hrs)
  Marketing, Principles of

70

MKGT000 (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Mathematics College Algebra

50

MATH 105  (3 hrs)
  Precalculus

50

MATH 112  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Political Science American Government

50

PLSC 112  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Psychology Psychology, Introductory

50

PSY 101  (3 hrs)
   

 

 
Sociology Sociology, Introductory

50

SOCL 105  (3 hrs)
       
World Languages French Language 50 FRNH 121  (3 hrs)
    62 FRNH 121 /122  (6 hrs)
  German Language 50 GERN 121  (3 hrs)
    63 GERN 121 /122  (6 hrs)
  Spanish Language 50 SPNH 121  (3 hrs)
    63 SPNH 121 /122  (6 hrs)

* essay required

Advanced Placement Credit Available by Departments

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Department Exam/Subject

Minimum Score

Credit Awarded
Art History of Art

3

ARTH 100  (3 hrs)
   

4

ARTH 162  (3 hrs)
  Studio Art: 2-D or 3-D Design, or drawing portfolio

3

ARTS 179  (3 hrs) or ARTS 379  (3 hrs)
  Note: An additional three credit hours may be awarded to art majors and minors through departmental evaluation of art portfolio.

 

   
   

 

 

 
Biology Environmental Science

3

BIO 107  (3 hrs)
  Biology

3

BIO 110  (4 hrs)
   

4

BIO 110 /120  (8 hrs)
Chemistry Chemistry

3

CHEM 121  (3 hrs) and CHEM 122  (1 hr)
   

4

CHEM 121  (3 hrs), CHEM 122  (1 hr) and CHEM 123  (3 hrs)
   

5

CHEM 121  (3 hrs), CHEM 122  (1 hr) CHEM 123  (3 hrs) and CHEM 124  (1 hr)
   

 

 

 
Computer Science Computer Science A

3

COSC 111  (3 hrs)
  Computer Science AB

4

COSC 111  (3 hrs) and COSC 211  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Economics Macroeconomics

3

ECON 201  (3 hrs)
  Microeconomics

3

ECON 202  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
English English Language

3

ENGL 121  (3 hrs)
   

4

ENGL 121  (3 hrs) and ENGL 225  (3 hrs)
  English Literature

3

LITR 100  (3 hrs)
   

4

LITR 100  (3 hrs) and LITR 101  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Geography Human Geography

3

GEOG 179  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
History United States History

3

HIST 123  (3 hrs)
   

4

HIST 123  (3 hrs) and HIST 124  (3 hrs)
  European History

3

HIST 101  (3 hrs)
   

4

HIST 101  (3 hrs) and HIST 102  (3 hrs)
  World History

3

HIST 109  or HIST 110  (3 hrs)
   

4

HIST 109  (3 hrs) and HIST 110  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Mathematics Calculus AB

3

MATH 120  (4 hrs)
  Calculus BC

3

MATH 120  (4 hrs) and MATH 121  (4 hrs)
  Statistics

3

MATH 170  (3hrs) or SOCL 250  (3hrs)
   

 

 

 
Music and Dance Music Theory

3

MUSC 100  (3 hrs)
   

 

 
Physics Physics B

3

PHY 221  (4 hrs)
   

4

PHY 221  (4 hrs) and PHY 222  (4 hrs)
  Physics C

3

PHY 223  (5 hrs) and PHY 224  (5 hrs)
   

 

 
Political Science Government and Politics, U.S.

3

PLSC 112  (3 hrs)
  Government and Politics, Comparative

3

PLSC 211  (3 hrs)
   

 

 

 
Psychology Psychology

3

PSY 101  (3 hrs)
   

 

 
Sociology Statistics

3

SOCL 250  (3 hrs)
       
       
World Languages French Language or French Literature 3 FRNH 121  (5 hrs)
    4 FRNH 122  (5 hrs)
  German Langauge 3 GERN 121  (5 hrs)
    4 GERN 122  (5 hrs)
  AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam 3 JPNE 121  (5 hrs)
    4 JPNE 122  (5 hrs)
  Latin: Vergil or Literature 3 LATN 101  (5 hrs)
    4 LATN 102  (5 hrs)
  Spanish Language 3 SPNH 121  (5 hrs)
    4 SPNH 122  (5 hrs)

 

Prior Learning Assessment

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Academic standards for portfolio-assisted Prior Learning Assessment:

  • Credit is given only for learning and not for experience.

  • College credit is awarded only for college-level learning.

  • Credit is awarded only for learning that has a balance, appropriate to the subject, between theory and practical application.

  • The determination of competence levels and credit awards is made by academic experts in the appropriate subject matter.

  • Credit is appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted.

Procedures for portfolio-assisted Prior Learning Assessment:

  1. The student contacts the PLA Office for information about the PLA process.

  2. The student must be admitted to Eastern Michigan University.

  3. The student must complete a free workshop and review syllabi to determine whether to attempt earning credit through the PLA process.

  4. The student compiles portfolios to present for assessment within one year of completion of the workshop. Each portfolio to be presented to a faculty assessor contains all portfolio elements including appropriate documentation. The master portfolio contains each portfolio element including all learning statements and all documentation lists but no copies of documentation.

  5. The student must present the master portfolio and departmental portfolios to the Office of Prior Learning Assessment for review. Upon successful review, the PLA office issues appropriate portfolio registration forms.

  6. The student pays the required assessment fee to Eastern Michigan University as part of portfolio registration.

  7. The Office of Prior Learning Assessment distributes portfolios to heads of departments or schools for assignment to faculty assessors.

  8. Faculty assessors evaluate the portfolios; faculty assessors may request additional demonstrations of competence.

  9. Faculty assessors return portfolios and assessments to the Office of Prior Learning Assessment.

  10. The Office of Prior Learning Assessment notifies the student of credit award or denial and also notifies the Office of Records and Registration of awarded credit for posting to the student’s record.

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