West Virginia University

Introduction
AACSB Accredited

Mission

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.

Vision

By 2020, WVU will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia. 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future

Research Classification

Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Accreditation

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.

Governance

The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities. E. Gordon Gee is WVU’s 24th president.

Character

Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 40 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 4 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 9 Boren Scholars, 14 Gilman Scholars, 39 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, and 14 Critical Language Scholars.

Academic Programs

15 colleges and schools offering 193 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health. Hundreds of distance education and online classes are available.

Service and Learning

The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification—joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.

Scholarships and Aid

In 2013-14, WVU provided over $394 million in financial aid (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships). The average package was $16,291. The WVU undergraduate scholarship program awards in excess of $24 million a year; more than 7,100 students benefit from this program annually.

Athletics

A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. With the reintroduction of men’s golf, WVU will have 18 sports at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Libraries

Library facilities—Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.1 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 246 networked databases, over 300,000 eBooks, and 45,700 online electronic journals.

Admission and Application Timeline

Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester.

Tuition

In August 2012, Forbes ranked WVU 30th nationally in its list of Best Buy Colleges. The Forbes list assigns schools a quality rank based on academic offerings, graduate career prospects, graduation rates, and typical graduate debt, then divides that number by the school’s in-state tuition and fees. WVU is Forbes’ sixth-best-buy among land-grant institutions.

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Bachelor

Bachelor in Forensics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Morgantown

Forensic science programs of variable quality are appearing at many institutions. How do you decide which is right for you? Why should you consider WVU? It is an individual decision based on many factors, but some things you should know about WVU... [+]

Forensic science programs of variable quality are appearing at many institutions. How do you decide which is right for you? Why should you consider WVU? It is an individual decision based on many factors, but some things you should know about WVU... Accredited programs such as ours have to meet rigorous standards in our classes, structure, facilities, and faculty qualifications. A degree from an accredited institution carries significant weight in the forensic science community and that will become increasingly important as the number of forensic science graduates enter the job market. Our program is approaching the decade-old mark and was one of the first accredited programs in the nation. We employ full-time faculty with real forensic experience, professors whose one and only job is to pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation of forensic leaders. All of our students complete a rigorous, 420-hour summer internships at locations such as the United States Secret Service, state and local police agencies and labs, and forensic laboratories nationwide. Working with students, we organize the internships, check on progress, and insure that the experience helps you mature from a student to a forensic professional. Many students obtain their first job as a a result of their internship, either directly or indirectly. Upon graduation from the Forensic and Investigative Science Program, students will be able to: Take data generated during a forensic investigation and prepare for trial. Students should be able to testify to the interpretation of the evidence. Demonstrate competency in the collection, processing, analyses, and evaluation of evidence. Present a portfolio including their resume, certification forms, internship experiences, and any other learning experiences they have achieved. Demonstrate their application of skills and knowledge in a professional environment that they have acquired through their internship experience. It’s your education. It’s your career. Do your homework and pick the right program for you. Selecting a university is a family decision that represents years of financial and emotional support and commitment. We welcome inquiries from prospective students, parents and families about our program, faculty, and facilities. Feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have about the program. [-]

Bachelor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Morgantown

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is concerned with design and application aspects of the discovery, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources. [+]

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is concerned with design and application aspects of the discovery, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources. Professionals in this field must have a thorough understanding of the geological principles relating to the occurrence, discovery, and production of fluid hydrocarbons. The petroleum and natural gas engineer must know and be capable of applying both conventional engineering design principles as well as those pertaining specifically to the field of petroleum and natural gas engineering. These are developed in the petroleum and natural gas engineering courses in the curriculum. In addition, a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences broadens the future engineer’s professional capabilities. Because many engineers will be employed as supervisors or executives, managerial and social skills are also emphasized. Students are offered the opportunity to enter all phases of the petroleum and natural gas industry in meaningful and important jobs, continue their education towards advanced degrees, or in some cases pursue a combination of professional employment and continued education. Program Objectives The graduates will be successful in their professional careers as petroleum engineers in the energy industry, government agencies, and/or post-graduate education. The graduates will continue to develop professionally and serve in leadership roles. The graduates will be successful in demonstrating their obligations to the profession, to their employer, and to society. The foundation for achieving program objectives is established through a rigorous curriculum that provides the students with: An understanding of scientific and engineering principles and the application of these principles in solving petroleum and natural gas engineering problems using modern tools An integrated design experience leading to a capstone design course A balanced and rounded education to recognize the need for developing technical communication and teamwork skills, as well as understanding the engineer’s professional, ethical, and societal obligations Program Outcomes The graduates will have a thorough understanding of scientific and engineering principles and their application to petroleum and natural gas engineering problems. The graduates will have the ability to integrate their scientific and engineering knowledge to design and conduct experiments, and interpret and analyze data. The graduates will have the ability to apply scientific and engineering fundamentals to formulate solutions to petroleum and natural gas engineering problems. The graduates will have the ability to use techniques, skills, and modern petroleum and natural gas engineering tools. The graduates will have the ability to integrate their scientific and engineering knowledge to solve petroleum and natural gas engineering design problems. The graduates will have the ability to communicate effectively. The graduates will have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. The graduates will recognize the professional and ethical responsibilities of a petroleum engineer. The graduates will have an understanding of the impact of petroleum and natural gas engineering solutions in a societal and global context. The graduates will recognize the need to acquire the knowledge of contemporary issues. The graduates will recognize the need to engage in life-long learning. These outcomes are achieved by enrolling in rigorous individual courses in all basic areas of petroleum and natural gas engineering, basic science, mathematics, geology, and humanities and social sciences. The petroleum and natural gas engineering curriculum also contains significant laboratory components aimed at reinforcing the knowledge gained in the classroom. In the senior year, electives are offered in which the student may obtain additional depth of knowledge in specific areas of petroleum and natural gas engineering technology. Each student is individually assisted in course selection by an advisor who is a member of the petroleum and natural gas engineering faculty. Students gain practical experience and first-hand knowledge of many aspects of petroleum and natural gas engineering through close proximity to the industry in West Virginia and surrounding states. Production sites, secondary and enhanced oil recovery projects, compressor stations, gas storage fields, and corporate offices all provide excellent opportunities for our students. Additional experience is provided through modern, well-equipped laboratories within the department and the University. Students are urged to gain field experience through summer employment in the industry. [-]

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown

The College of Business and Economics consists of six departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Marketing. [+]

The College of Business and Economics consists of six departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Marketing. The College offers two baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a choice of seven academic majors: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing; Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics. All students earning BSBA degrees take the 39 credit-hour core business curriculum. Students earning a Bachelor of Science in economics must earn 24 credit hours of core coursework designated by that program. Core curricula prepare students in important ways. The dynamic global environment of business presents many new challenges, and smart students realize they need a broad knowledge of business combined with skills in technology to meet these challenges. The core curriculum is modeled on the dynamic relationships among the functional areas of business - marketing, finance, accounting, and management (including management information systems) - as they occur in the real world of business. It emphasizes the skills students need to successfully shift challenges into opportunity: independent thinking, decision-making, managing information, and adapting to a changing workforce. In addition, based on input from the business community, this curriculum builds a solid foundation in core business principles and the crucial skills needed to compete in the changing job market. Throughout the curriculum, we emphasize strategies for timely, well-reasoned decisions and skills to help you. Beyond the General Education Curriculum (GEC), a student must complete the courses as required for graduation by the degree program in which you matriculate and the major you declare. For degree requirements and an outline of a typical plan for each major, visit the page(s) of the major(s) that interest(s) you. Admission Requirements for Majors Students must meet the following requirements in order to take upper-level courses within their declared major: A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 Completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours at the end of the semester in which the application is filed English 101 and 102 or 103 with a minimum grade of C Computer Science 101 with a minimum grade of C Accounting 201 and 202 with a minimum grade of C (Minimum grade of B for Accounting majors) Economics 201 and 202 with a minimum grade of C (Minimum grade of B for Finance majors, and B or better in either 201 or 202 for Economics majors) Economics 225 or Statistics 211 with a minimum grade of C Math 126, 129 or 153 with a minimum grade of C Math 150, 154, 155 or higher level of college calculus with a minimum grade of C. (Minimum grade of B in math 150 or a minimum grade of C in math 155 for Finance, Economics and MIS majors.) Students who successfully place into Math 150 or a higher level of college calculus and earn a minimum grade of C in the course are waived from having to complete Math 126 or Math 153. A competitive GPA greater than 2.5 may be required for some majors. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Journalism - Strategic Communications

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown

The Strategic Communications major teaches students how to develop and produce persuasive and educational messages and integrated communications campaigns that employ both public relations and advertising tactics. [+]

The Strategic Communications major teaches students how to develop and produce persuasive and educational messages and integrated communications campaigns that employ both public relations and advertising tactics. Students in this major select an area of emphasis (AOE) in either Advertising or Public Relations to complement their integrated strategic communications coursework. Students build skills in writing, research, graphic design, event planning, direct marketing, media planning, and campaign development and management. Students plan and produce promotional and educational campaigns and materials for actual clients, which include non-profits, businesses and special projects, gaining real-world experience that can lead to careers in advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, nonprofits, government, education, entertainment, sports, health care and other public-sector fields. The College boasts an active faculty-advised and student-run integrated communications agency, Martin-Hall Agency, and an active, award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. These organizations offer students professional networking opportunities and application of advertising and public relations knowledge into campaign experience. Members participate in the national American Advertising Federation Competition and national Bateman campaign competition, among others. As a strategic communicator, you can be a … Social Media Strategist Nonprofit Advocate Brand Champion Community Relations Director Digital Marketing Manager Director of Audience Engagement Advertising AOE Students who select the Advertising AOE within the Strategic Communications major obtain a solid foundation in creative copywriting and design, media planning, audience insights and analysis, and campaigns. Additional courses in interactive marketing, strategic social media, and account management are available to round out students’ individual interests. They go on to work at advertising and marketing agencies, in media advertising sales, within corporate communications offices, as media planners, or as consultants and business owners. The advertising curriculum affords a solid foundation for law or other specialized graduate programs. Public Relations AOE Students who select the Public Relations AOE within the Strategic Communications major take courses in strategic writing and social media, media design, audience research and analysis, and campaigns. Other courses that apply to the major include web development, fundraising and foundation management, integrated marketing communications for sports, and blogging and interactive journalism. Students go on to work at communications agencies, in government, health care organizations, nonprofits, corporate communications, and politics. Those students who wish to go on to graduate school have a solid grounding in writing, research, analysis, and communications. Strategic Communications Major Requirements Strategic Communications majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ), Strategic Communications degree upon successful completion of the program. To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours. In addition to required College of Media core, students must take Strategic Communications core courses and at least three additional courses specific to Advertising or Public Relations. Students also must take specified courses outside of the College, complete a minor and fulfill the University’s General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements. Finally, the College’s accreditation guidelines require that students take a minimum of 72 credit hours outside of the College. Typically, students meet this requirement through the GEC, minor and other non-College courses. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

The BSN program is offered on WVU's main campus in Morgantown and on the WVU Tech Campus in Montgomery. [+]

Program Information The BSN program is offered on WVU's main campus in Morgantown and on the WVU Tech Campus in Montgomery. Students may also complete the freshman year of the program at Potomac State College or Glenville State College, then complete the sophomore, junior and senior years at Morgantown or Montgomery, respectively. The curriculum includes courses in humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science. These courses are taken in conjunction with nursing clinical courses. Students apply their learning to actual client, family and community situations that warrant nursing intervention. In keeping with the University's commitment to improving health care for all West Virginians, all health sciences students complete a rural clinical practice as part of the degree requirements. Nursing students complete the rural clinical practice experience during their senior year. Progression Plans Depending on when you are admitted to the BSN program, the progression plan you follow in your time at WVU can vary slightly. Please view the different progression plans for more information. The BSN program is six semesters of clinical nursing courses after completion of all pre-requisite courses. Simulation Experience WVU SON offers the opportunity for students to learn in two state-of-the-art simulation facilities where students practice patient care without fear of jeopardizing patient safety. Study Abroad Opportunities WVU School of Nursing students can integrate study abroad into their curriculum. Currently there are two options for students to explore alternative courses in another country. The first option is to enroll in a program that is offered on university breaks or during the summer through WVU Office of International Programs. Students can explore these programs through the WVU Office of International Programs. Programs are offered for both graduate and undergraduate credit. For undergraduate students, these courses could be counted toward general education requirements with School of Nursing approval. The second option is to enroll in a non-credit service learning program that is offered outside of the spring and fall semesters or during breaks. There are organizations that offer these programs and provide health care related opportunities. The Coordinatory of International Programs for the School of Nursing can provide guidance on the appropriateness of these programs. What Our Students Say About Our Program "I feel that the experience we get in clinicals with all the hands-on experience is very valuable. I think we are getting an idea of what nursing is all about. I have many friends at schools in [neighboring states] who have no experience with patients and no idea what they are getting into." - Marcie Hontz, Junior, Orefield, PA "I like that the hospital is newer and that the faculty are willing to help and meet with us whenever possible." - Heather Magyar, Junior, Shadyside, OH "I came from a small town school, and the WVU School of Nursing is just like it - in a good way. I feel like a name here, not a number!" - Amber Somerville, Junior, Palestine, WV "I feel confident in my field because of m excellent hands-on experience at Ruby [Memorial Hospital]. My instructors have all been experts in their field and I always feel comfortable asking them questions and asking for help. With corresponding theory classes and on-site clinicals, I have been able to 'connect the dots' and understand each aspect of nursing." - Katherine Yoder, Junior, Charleston, WV [-]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown

The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. [+]

Undergraduate Programs in Psychology The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. Students who choose this subject as their major are expected to fulfill certain requirements, but the program is structured to allow considerable flexibility. Studying psychology at WVU allows students to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares students for a specific type of job. Typically, individuals tailor their schedules according to the career paths they choose. These decisions generally fall into three categories: pursuit of graduate studies, pursuit of a career applying principles of psychology to human problems, or pursuit of a career in a non-related field. General Education Curriculum ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric and Composition and Rhetoric or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing GEC 2A - Mathematics GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society GEC 5 - Artistic Expression GEC 6 - The Individual in Society GEC 6F - First Year Seminar GEC 7 - American Culture GEC 8 - Western Culture GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture Degree Requirements Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Psychology Students wishing to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology must comply with the following: Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must also earn an overall cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses with a PSYC designation. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat A minimum grade of C or better in PSYC 101 is required for the degree. Statistics Requirements: Students must complete either STAT 201 or STAT 211 with a C or better. Students who complete ECON 225 prior to becoming a psychology major may use the course to satisfy their STAT requirement. Students having completed ECON 225 may enroll in PSYC 202 without having to take STAT 201/211. Writing Course Requirement: The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a writing course ("W"), preferably in the major. Psychology majors are encouraged to take PSYC 362, PSYC 363, PSYC 370, PSYC 382, PSYC 423, PSYC 426, PSYC 474, PSYC 495, or PSYC 498, to fulfill their writing requirement. Capstone Requirement: The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a Capstone course: PSYC 490A, PSYC 491A, PSYC 495A, PSYC 498A. Residence Requirement: To graduate from WVU with a major in Psychology, a student must have successfully completed (with a passing grade) a minimum of 10 credit hours of 300- and 400-level psychology coursework at WVU, not including PSYC 490, PSYC 491, PSYC 495, and PSYC 498. Online courses taught by WVU may be counted toward the 10 credit hours of coursework at WVU. [-]

BA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown

Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. [+]

Undergraduate Programs in Psychology The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. Students who choose this subject as their major are expected to fulfill certain requirements, but the program is structured to allow considerable flexibility. Studying psychology at WVU allows students to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares students for a specific type of job. Typically, individuals tailor their schedules according to the career paths they choose. These decisions generally fall into three categories: pursuit of graduate studies, pursuit of a career applying principles of psychology to human problems, or pursuit of a career in a non-related field. General Education Curriculum ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric and Composition and Rhetoric or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing GEC 2A - Mathematics GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society GEC 5 - Artistic Expression GEC 6 - The Individual in Society GEC 6F - First Year Seminar GEC 7 - American Culture GEC 8 - Western Culture GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture Degree Requirements Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology All students wishing to complete a B.A. must comply with the following: Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must also earn an overall cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses with a PSYC designation. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat. A grade of C or better in PSYC 101 Statistics Requirements: Students must complete either STAT 201 or STAT 211 with a C or better. Students who complete ECON 225 prior to becoming a psychology major may use the course to satisfy their STAT requirement. Students having completed ECON 225 may enroll in PSYC 202 without having to take STAT 201/211. Writing Course Requirement: The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a writing course ("W"), preferably in the major. Psychology majors are encouraged to take PSYC 362, PSYC 363, PSYC 370, PSYC 382, PSYC 423, PSYC 426, PSYC 474, PSYC 495, or PSYC 498, to fulfill their writing requirement. Capstone Requirement: : The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a Capstone course: PSYC 490A, PSYC 491A, PSYC 495A, or PSYC 498A. Residence requirement: To graduate from WVU with a major in Psychology, a student must have successfully completed (with a passing grade) a minimum of 10 credit hours of 300- and 400-level psychology coursework at WVU, not including PSYC 490, 491, 495, 498. Online courses taught by WVU may be counted toward the 10 credit hours of coursework at WVU. [-]

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