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VI.UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

CORE CURRICULUM

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES, ARTS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

H-E-B SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION

DREEBEN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL OF EXTENDED STUDIES

SCHOOL OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND DESIGN


SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING

Biology (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Earth Science (EASC)
Engineering (ENGR)
Environmental Science (ENSC)
Geology (GEOL)
Mathematics (MATH)
Nutrition (NUTR)
Physics (PHYS)

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING

BIOLOGY (BIOL)
[Course Descriptions, page 211]

The common core of Biology courses and support work will serve all career paths. All Biology graduates will participate in a capstone research experience that will allow the student to apply their learning to real-world problems. Requirements for the three proposed degree options will provide students with preparation necessary for their chosen career path. These degree options are:

  1. Option 1 - B.S. in Biology: Preparation for the health professions and biomedical research;
  2. Option 2 - B.S in Biology with Education Minor: Preparation for certification in secondary Life Science teaching;
  3. Option 3 - B.S. in Biology with Environmental Science Minor: Preparation for careers in resource management and environmental stewardship;
    All students in Biology will complete core requirements in Biology and support course work in Chemistry.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science:

  1. 24 Semester Hours of Biology as follows:
    BIOL 1401 Diversity of Life and Lab
    BIOL 1402 Unity of Life and Lab
    BIOL 3411 Cell Biology and Lab or BIOL 3471 General Microbiology and Lab
    BIOL 3442 Ecology and Lab
    BIOL 3461 Genetics and Lab
    BIOL 4499 ST Research in Biology or BIOL 4499 ST Research in Water Quality or
    BIOL 4499 ST Ecological Mapping
  2. Completion of course work specified in one of the following degree options:
    Option 1 - Health Professions and Research
    Option 2 - Secondary Teaching with a minor in Education
    Option 3 - Environmental Science with a minor in Environmental Science
  3. 8 semester hours support course work in chemistry:
    CHEM 1301/1101 Chemistry Principles I and Lab
    CHEM 1302/1101 Chemistry Principles II and Lab
  4. 3 semester hours of support course work in Mathematics:
    MATH 2312 Calculus I or MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Degree Option in Biology 1 - Health Professions and Research

  1. 14-16 semester hours of required Biology course work
    1. BIOL 2321/2121 and BIOL 2322/2122 Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Labs
      Or BIOL 3430 Structure and Function of Animals
    2. 6-12 Credit Hours of Biology Electives for a total of 38-40 credit hours in Biology
  2. 8 semester hours support work in Chemistry
    CHEM 3321/3121 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
    CHEM 3322/3122 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
  3. 8 semester hours support work in Physics
    PHYS 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 General Physics I and II and Labs or
    PHYS 2305/2105 and 2306/2106 Physics I and II and Lab

Degree Option in Biology 2 - Secondary Teacher Certification in Life Science with a Minor in Education

  1. 14-16 semester hours of required Biology course work
    1. BIOL 2321/212 and BIOL 2322/2122 Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Labs
      Or BIOL 3430 Structure and Function of Animals
    2. BIOL 4475 Problems in Biology Teaching
    3. 3-8 semester hours of Biology Electives for a total of 38-40 credit hours in Biology
  2. Required Support Course Work in Physical Science: 8 additional semester hours of Chemistry, Physics, or Geology
  3. Required 27 credit-hour Minor in Education (includes teacher apprenticeship)

Degree Option in Biology 3 - Environmental Science

  1. Required Course Work in Biology: 14-16 additional semester hours in Biology (BIOL 4482 Aquatic Biology and BIOL 4490 Texas Flora recommended)
  2. Required support course work in Physical Science: 8 additional semester hours of Chemistry, Physics, or Geology
  3. Required 19 credit-hour Minor in Environmental Science

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science Minor for Biology Majors:

Biology majors must complete 19 hours in the following Environmental Science courses: ENSC 1410, 2410, 3410, 4305, 4415. Optional courses that can substitute for one of the upper-level courses (except Environmental Science Internship): ENSC 3445, 4450, 4499. Biology majors may select the Minor in Environmental Science for Chemistry Majors but must satisfy all Chemistry course prerequisites. Contact Department Chair in Biology or Environmental Science for further information on this minor.

Requirements for a Minor In Biology:

18 semester hours, 9 of which must be taken at the upper-division level and selected from at least two of the following areas: cell biology, genetics, and ecology.

CHEMISTRY (CHEM)
[Course Descriptions, page 223]

Chemistry is the science that deals with the properties, composition and structure of matter; with the changes that occur in matter; and with energy relationships involved in these changes. The Chemistry program at the University is designed to give the undergraduate student a sound background in chemistry as a whole, thereby providing preparation for work or further study in any of the large number of specialized areas that may be entered after graduation. Some students enter medical and dental programs after graduation. Faculty are involved in four areas of chemical education and research: analytical, Organic, physical, and biochemistry.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science:

  1. 46 semester hours distributed as follows:
    1. Non-Chemistry courses:
      MATH 2312/2313 Calculus I and II
      PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Lab
      PHYS 2306/2106 Physics II and Lab
    2. Required Chemistry courses:
      CHEM 1301/1101 Chemistry Principles I and Lab
      CHEM 1302/1102 Chemistry Principles II and Lab
      CHEM 2311/2111 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
      CHEM 2312/2112 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
      CHEM 3421 Quantitative Analysis and Lab
      CHEM 4331 Physical Chemistry I
    3. 7 hours of Chemistry electives selected from:
      CHEM 4422 Instrumental Analysis and Lab
      CHEM 4432 Physical Chemistry II and Lab
      CHEM 4351/4152 Biochemistry I and Lab
      CHEM 4352 Biochemistry II
      CHEM 4312 Environmental Chemistry
    4. 2 hours selected from:
      CHEM 4100 Seminar
      CHEM 2160/2260 Chemical Research
      CHEM 4160/4260 Advanced Chemical Research
  2. A minor in any field.
    Recommendations: Freshman-Sophomore Preparation

Students contemplating a major in Chemistry should take CHEM 1301/1101 and CHEM 1302/1102 in the fall and spring semesters respectively of the freshman year. CHEM 2311/2111 and CHEM 2312/2112 should be taken in the fall and spring semesters respectively of the sophomore year. MATH 2312 and 2313 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Additional course work is encouraged in biochemistry, physics, mathematics, business, and/or computer programming depending on the educational and career goals of the student.

Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry:

18 semester hours, 10 of which must be taken at the upper-division level.

Explanation of laboratories: some laboratory courses are considered as separate courses and separate grades are given for the laboratories and corresponding lectures. Enrollment in a laboratory course requires concurrent enrollment in the corresponding lecture course, or permission of the instructor.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science for Chemistry Majors:

Chemistry majors must complete 18 hours in the following Environmental Science courses: ENSC 1410, 2315, 4203, 4301, 4302, 4305. Chemistry majors may select the Minor in Environmental Science for Biology Majors but must satisfy all Biology course prerequisites. Contact the Department Chair in Chemistry or Environmental Science for further information on this minor.

Associate of Arts in Applied Chemistry

Applied Chemistry is the hands-on study of molecules, structure and reactivity. Students in the Associate of Arts in Applied Chemistry will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry and the ability to apply those concepts in real-world situations. Graduates will be prepared for careers as chemical technicians in today’s advanced job market.

Major requirements for an Associate of Arts:

  1. 37 semester hours distributed as follows:
    ENGL 1311 English Composition I
    ENGL 1312 English Composition II
    Literature course
    Fine Arts course
    PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy
    Religious Studies or Philosophy course
    COMP 1301 Computer Literacy (course or test)
    History course
    Social Science course
    CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles I and Lab
    MATH 1304 College Algebra
    DWHP 1200 Dimensions of Wellness
    Physical Education course
  2. Required Chemistry Courses (22 hours):
    CHEM 1302/1102 Chemical Principles II and Lab
    CHEM 2311/2111 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
    CHEM 2312/2112 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
    CHEM 2420 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry and Lab
    CHEM 2430 Applied Chemical Research I
    CHEM 2431 Applied Chemical Research II
  3. Non-chemistry Courses (6 hours)
    MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    SPCH 1311 Public Speaking

EARTH SCIENCE (EASC)
[Course Descriptions, see Geology, page 255]

Earth Science is a multidisciplinary science that includes the study of the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. The solid Earth is explored through a survey of physical and historical geology. The Earth’s place in the solar system and universe is investigated through a review of astronomy. Non-science majors will discover why the Earth we live on is so unique compared to all other planets in our solar system, and learn about the fragile and complex biosphere we live in. See GEOLOGY (GEOL) course descriptions.

Requirements for a Minor in Earth Science:

GEOL 1416 or 1417, 1420, 1430, 3450, 3460.

ENGINEERING (ENGR)
[Course Descriptions]

The University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management. This curriculum combines a strong core of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering courses with an intensive study in Business Administration. Modern engineering requires an understanding of social issues and economics as well as a thorough knowledge of science and technology. A student who graduates with a BS degree with a major in Engineering Management will bring a unique blend of technology and real world business skills to any future career. Graduates will be prepared to begin a career as a manager in nearly any engineering firm nationwide.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management

  1. Engineering and Engineering support courses (36 hours):
    ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering
    ENGR 1202 Engineering Design
    ENGR 1310 Engineering Graphics
    ENGR 3350 Statics and Dynamics
    ENGR 3455 Strength of Materials and Lab
    ENGR 3460 Electronic Circuits and Lab
    ENGR 4375 Thermodynamics
    ENGR 4470 Fluid Mechanics and Lab
    ENGR 4490 Senior Project
    GEOL 3450 Environmental Geology
    COMS 3330 Programming Language II
  2. Management courses:
    ACCT 2311 Principles of Accounting
    ECON 2301 Macroeconomics
    ECON 2302 Microeconomics
    BMGT 3340 Management Theory and Practice
    BMGT 3354 Human Resources Management
    BMDS 3370 Analysis and Decision Making I
    BMDS 3371 Analysis and Decision Making II
    BMDS 3372 Analysis and Decision Making III
    BFIN 3321 Principles of Financial Management
    BLAW 3317 Business Law
  3. Mathematics and Science courses:
    CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles I and Lab
    CHEM 1302/1102 Chemical Principles II and Lab
    PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Lab
    PHYS 2306/2106 Physics II and Lab
    MATH 2312 Calculus I
    MATH 2313 Calculus II
    MATH 2314 Differential Equations
    COMS 1310 Introduction to Computer Programming
    COMS 2330 Programming Language I for Computer Science

Pre-Engineering Curriculum

The University offers a pre-engineering curriculum. This 2 or 3-year plan of study would have the student lay a groundwork of mathematics, science and computer courses which could then a) be transferred to a school that offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in a branch of engineering, or b) be used as part of a degree plan at this University in an area such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, or Nutrition, or c) be the basis for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management (BSEM), offered at Incarnate Word. Degrees at most four-year universities have many courses in common for the first two years. In addition, nearly all degree programs at other schools have a core curriculum similar to UIW, requiring the student to take classes in other departments at the University.

Requirements for Pre-Engineering:

CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles I and Lab
CHEM 1302/1102 Chemical Principles II and Lab
MATH 2312 Calculus I
MATH 2313 Calculus II
MATH 2314 Differential Equations
PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Lab
PHYS 2306/2106 Physics II and Lab
COMS 1310 Introduction to Computer Programming
COMS 2330 Programming Language I for Computer Science
COMS 3330 Programming Language II
ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 1202 Engineering Design
ENGR 1310 Engineering Graphics

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENSC)
[Course Descriptions, page 250]

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to enter a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate programs in pollution abatement, conservation, environmental assessment and education. Government, industry and private research groups all provide entry-level positions for environmental scientists. Faculty members are active in environmental research throughout Texas, Mexico, and Central America. The science faculty at University of the Incarnate Word offers unique opportunities for students to become involved in environmental research as undergraduates.

Major requirements for a Bachelor of Science:
78 semester hours in science as follows:

  1. 28 semester hours in Biology:
    BIOL 1401 Diversity of Life and Laboratory
    BIOL 1402 Unity of Life and Laboratory
    BIOL 3442 Ecology and Laboratory
    BIOL 3461 Genetics and Laboratory
    BIOL 3471 General Microbiology and Laboratory
    BIOL 4482 Aquatic Biology and Laboratory
    BIOL Upper-division elective (4 hours)
  2. 25 semester hours in Chemistry:
    CHEM 1301/1101 Chemistry Principles I and Laboratory
    CHEM 1302/1102 Chemistry Principles II and Laboratory
    CHEM 3311/3111 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
    CHEM 3312 Organic Chemistry II
    CHEM 3421 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory
    CHEM 4312 Environmental Chemistry
    CHEM 4322 Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory
  3. 6 semester hours in Environmental Science:
    ENSC 4315 Environmental Science Research
    ENSC 4305 Environmental Science Internship
  4. 8 semester hours in Geology:
    GEOL 1401 Physical Geology
    GEOL 3450 Environmental Geology or
    GEOL 1402 Historical Geology
  5. 8 semester hours in Physics:
    PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Laboratory
    PHYS 2306/2106 Physics II and Laboratory
  6. 3 semester hours in Mathematics:
    MATH 2312 Calculus I
  7. 6 semester hours of electives

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science for Biology Majors:

Biology majors must complete 18 hours in the following Environmental Science course: ENSC 1410, 2410, 3410, 4305, 4415. Optional courses that can substitute for one of the upper-level courses (except Environmental Science Internship): ENSC 3445, 4450, 4499. Contact Department Chair in Biology or Environmental Science for further information on this minor.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science for Chemistry Majors:

Chemistry majors must complete 18 hours in the following Environmental Science courses: ENSC 1410, 2315, 4203, 4301,4302, 4305. Contact Department Chair in Chemistry or Environmental Science for further information on this minor.

GEOLOGY (GEOL)
[Course Descriptions, page 255]

Geology is a science involving the study of the Earth’s origin, evolution, and continued development through time. Knowledge of the Earth requires understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape the Earth’s surface, and the physical and chemical processes that operate beneath the Earth’s surface. The uniqueness of life on this planet is explored through the study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth.

Requirements for a Minor in Geology:

20 hours, to include GEOL 1401, 1402, 3410, 3450 and 3460

MATHEMATICS (MATH)
[Course Descriptions, page 260]

The liberal arts curriculum is designed to increase the mathematical power of students. The mathematics program emphasizes concepts, procedures, and connections. All courses develop reasoning abilities along with skills in precise communication of concepts. Problem solving is addressed throughout the program. Mathematics majors are well prepared for jobs requiring expertise in quantitative analysis and problem solving, and for a wide variety of graduate and professional programs.

Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts:

  1. 30 semester hours in Mathematics (at least 18 upper-division), to include the following:
    MATH 2312 Calculus I
    MATH 2313 Calculus II
    MATH 3320 Foundations of Higher Mathematics
    MATH 3325 Abstract Algebra and Number Theory
    MATH 3350 Introduction to Real Analysis
  2. A minor in an approved discipline, or an approved interdisciplinary minor.
    Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics:
    18 semester hours, to include MATH 2312, 2313, and 9 hours of upper-division courses

NUTRITION (NUTR)
[Course Descriptions, page 275]

The Nutrition curriculum integrates the study of biology, chemistry, behavioral sciences, business, and communication into the various areas of nutrition. Graduates of the UIW Nutrition Program are employed in the following areas associated with food and nutrition: health care, food industry, food service management, community nutrition programs, government agencies, private practice, wellness, and media communication.
Students may select from one of two optional tracks to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition. Option A focuses on Nutrition and Dietetics, and prepares students for eligibility for a dietetic internship or other supervised practice program in dietetics. The Option A curriculum is externally approved through the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association. Option B focuses on Nutrition Science, and may be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements for medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, etc., as well as for graduate studies in Nutrition.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition:

  1. 27 semester hours in required Nutrition courses:
    NUTR 2231/2131 Principles of Food Preparation and Laboratory
    NUTR 2341 Introduction to Nutrition
    NUTR 3342 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
    NUTR 4335 Nutrition Education and Counseling
    NUTR 4340 Clinical and Nutritional Assessment
    NUTR 4460 Community and World Nutrition
    NUTR 4470 Human Nutrition and Metabolism
    NUTR 4475 Clinical Nutrition
  2. 49 semester hours in required supporting disciplines:
    PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology or SOCI 1311 Introduction to Sociology
    MATH 1304 College Algebra
    MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics or
    SOCI 3381 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
    ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
    SPCH 2341 Business and Professional Communication
    BIOL 1402 Unity of Life and Laboratory
    BIOL 2421 and 2422 Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Laboratories
    BIOL 2474 Introductory Microbiology and Laboratory or
    BIOL 3471 General Microbiology and Laboratory
    CHEM 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 Chemical Principles I and II and Laboratories
    CHEM 3311/3111 and 3312 Organic Chemistry I and Lab and Organic Chemistry II
    CHEM 4351 Biochemistry I
  3. Additional semester hours as indicated, in one of the following two options:
    1. Nutrition and Dietetics 25 to 26 Hours:
      1. ACCT 2301 Accounting for Non-Business Majors
        BMGT 3340 Management Theory and Practice or BMGT 3354 Human Resources Management
        NUTR 1102 Introduction to Dietetics
        NUTR 3333 Food and Nutrition Services Management I
        NUTR 3234/3134 Food and Nutrition Services Management II and Laboratory
        NUTR 3332 Experimental Foods
        NUTR 4210 Entrepreneurial Nutrition
        NUTR 4239 Nutrition Practicum or NUTR 3410 Food Recovery and Gleaning
      2. Additional 2-3-semester hour elective
    2. Nutrition Science 19 to 20 hours:
      1. CHEM 3112 Organic Chemistry II Lab
        MATH 2312 Calculus I
        PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Laboratory
        PHYS 2306/2106 Physics II and Laboratory
      2. Choice of one of the following courses:
        CHEM 4352/4151 Biochemistry II and Biochemistry Laboratory
        BIOL 3411 Cell Biology and Laboratory
        BIOL 4461 Genetics and Laboratory
      3. Additional 3-4-semester hour elective
        Requirements for a Minor in Nutrition: NUTR 2341, plus 9 semester hours of other NUTR courses, 6 of which must be in upper-division courses (3000 and above). Seminar, Practicum, and 1000-level courses do not meet the requirements for a minor.

PHYSICS (PHYS)
[Course Descriptions, page 283]

Physics is the fundamental science that deals with study of matter and energy and their interactions in the fields of mechanics, heat, fluids, sound, electricity, magnetism, light, optics, radiation, atomic structure, and nuclear phenomena. Physics is an experimental science that involves the continued development of physical theories and models through observations, measurement, and testing. The theoretical and applied concepts of physics are the foundation for the sciences, engineering, and technology.

Requirements for a Minor in Physics:

PHYS 2305, 2306, 2105, 2106, 3311, 4344; choice of one: PHYS 4342 or three hours Independent study approved by the Adviser and the School Dean.

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