Jul 18, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Course Descriptions


All undergraduate courses offered by the university are listed. Not all of the courses listed are offered within a single academic year. A listing of the courses offered during a given semester is available online before preregistration each semester.

Note: This catalogue has been amended per a 2016 UNCW Faculty Senate decision to retroactively remove the Thematic Transdisciplinary Cluster requirement from the University Studies program. Students who wish to complete a cluster may do so, however, completion of a cluster is no longer required.  Course description references to Thematic Transdisciplinary Clusters apply to students who choose to complete a cluster.

Trial Courses

Academic departments may offer special trial courses during the fall and spring semesters on a one-time basis without adding them to their regular departmental offerings. A second trial offering, if additional data are essential, must be within two regular semesters of the first. Numbers designating these special courses are 292 and 492. Descriptive information on trial courses does not appear in the catalogue but is on file in the Office of the Registrar.

Sequenced Courses

A hyphen connecting courses (e.g., 201-202) indicates that the first course in the sequence must be satisfactorily completed prior to registration in the second course of the sequence. When course numbers are separated by a comma (e.g., 201, 202), the first course is not necessarily prerequisite to those following. 

Online Courses

The university currently offers a variety of online courses, and two degree programs, the RN to B.S. option in nursing and Bachelor of Science in clinical research (CLR), are delivered totally online. Such courses are so designated in the Class Schedule and are open to both on- and off-campus students. Students interested in these programs should consult the online courses Web site http://www.uncw.edu/online.

Credits and Class Meetings

Unless specifically indicated at the end of the course description, the number of hours a class meets each week is the same as the credit hour value of the course. The semester hours credit for each course is indicated in parentheses immediately below the title of the course. For example, if three hours of credit may be earned, the credit is indicated as follows: (3). In variable credit courses, the minimum and maximum hours are shown as follows: (1-3).

Course Prefixes

The prefixes used to designate courses are abbreviations of the names of departments or fields of study within departments, as shown below:

 

Chemistry

   •  CHM 475 - Chemical Oceanography

Geology

   •  GLY 450 - Geological Oceanography

Oceanography

   •  OCN 150 - Introduction to Oceanography
   •  OCN 350 - Advanced Oceanography
   •  OCN 390 - Field Methods in Oceanography
   •  OCN 471 - Oceanographic Cruise Techniques
   •  OCN 475 - Marine Biogeochemistry
   •  OCN 480 - Advanced Topics in Oceanography
   •  OCN 490 - Oceanography Capstone
   •  OCN 499 - Honors Work in Oceanography
   •  OCNL 150 - Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory

Physics

   •  PHY 475 - Physical Oceanography
   •  PHY 477 - Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Physical Oceanography
   •  PHY 497 - Capstone Seminar