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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Academic Minors



Policy:  Several areas in the School of Arts and Sciences offer minors.  Students may earn a minor by satisfying the following requirements:
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of work in the minor field.  Some minors may include additional coursework, not to exceed 21 semester hours.
  • Students must complete any prerequisites required by the program offering the minor.
  • At least 12 semester hours must be upper division courses, although individual minors may require more hours at the upper level.
  • At least nine of the 12 upper division hours must be taken with UHV.
  • Students must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average on courses attempted in the minor.  The minor field must be different from the plan.
  • No credit hours may be used to satisfy both plan and minor requirements.
  • Students must complete all coursework required for a minor in addition to all courses for the degree prior to graduation.

Minors are not available for students in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree or in any undergraduate program leading to secondary school certification.  Students should inform their academic advisors or the degree plan counselor when they begin their degree plan that they plan to complete a minor so that appropriate coursework can be completed.

Academic Minor Requirements:

BIOLOGY – 17 hrs.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 17 semester credit hours in biology in addition to biology courses taken to satisfy core curricular requirements.
  • At least 14 of these hours must be taken at UHV.
  • BIOL 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology, or BIOL 3320 Human Genetics, or BIOL 4313 Genetics is required – 3 hours.
  • At least two, 1-hour biology laboratory courses are required – 2 hours.

COMMUNICATION—15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in communication in addition to any communication courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.
At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS—21 hrs.

Lower Division: 3 hours of C/C++ and 3 hours selected from Advanced C/C++, Pascal, Ada, Java, or Visual Basic (Advanced C/C++ or Visual Basic highly recommended) — 6 hours *

*Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.

COSC 3317, 3331, 3333, and 3315 are required.  — 12 hours
3 hours in an upper-level COSC course excluding 4305 — 3 hours

COMPUTER SCIENCE—21 hrs.

Lower Division: 3 hours of C/C++ and 3 hours selected from Advanced C/C++, Pascal, Ada, Java, or FORTRAN (Advanced C/C++ highly recommended) — 6 hours *

*Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.

COSC 3317, 3331, 3333, and 3332 are required.  — 12 hours
3 hours in an upper-level COSC course excluding 3325 and 4305 — 3 hours

DIGITAL GAMING – 21 hrs.

  • Required Lower Division: 3 hours of COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals or equivalent knowledge in an object-oriented programming language such as Java, C++ or C#.
  • Required Upper Division: 9 hours
    GAME 4312 Game Engines
    GAME 4314 Gaming Networks Architecture
    GAME 4322 Game Al and Behavioral Modeling
  • Elective Upper Division GAME courses: 6 hours
  • Elective Lower/Upper Division GAME courses: 3 hours

CRIMINAL JUSTICE—15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in criminal justice in order to receive a minor in criminal justice.
At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

ENGLISH—15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in English in addition to any English courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.
At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

HISTORY—15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in history in addition to any history courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.
At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

MATHEMATICS—21 hrs.

Lower Division: Calculus I, Calculus II are required — 6 hours
MATH 3391, 3361, 4310, and 4311 are required — 12 hours
3 hours of upper-level course work in math are required; no independent study allowed — 3 hours

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP – 15 hrs.
Students must complete the following 5 courses:

  • NONP 4312 Public Policy and Quality of Life
  • NONP 4340 Principles of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • NONP 4360 Finance, Development, and Fund-Raising
  • COMM 4314 Intercultural Communication
  • COSC 3325 Information Systems in Organizations

POLITICAL SCIENCE—15 hrs.

  • PSCI 3340 Global Political Studies
  • PSCI 3320 Introduction to Public Policy
  • 9 hours of electives – offered under PSCI 4300

PSYCHOLOGY—15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of psychology in addition to any psychology courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.
At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

SPANISH – 18 hrs.
Students must complete 18 hours from any of the following:

  • SPAN 3313 Oral and Written Communication I
  • SPAN 3323 Oral and Written Communication II
  • SPAN 3301 Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 4300 Special Topics in Spanish
  • SPAN 4313 Advanced Oral and Written Communication I
  • SPAN 4320 Professional Applications of Spanish
  • SPAN 4366 History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 4314 Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN  4315 Latin America Literature
  • SPAN 4316 Mexican American Literature