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Wayland Baptist University    
 
    
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Programs



Wayland Baptist University offers the degrees of Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Each degree provides a specific framework for pursuing a number of academic programs. Some are structured to provide students with a course of study carefully designed to enhance their entry into and success within a variety of career fields such as the arts, business, education, the ministry, math and sciences, and those related to the social sciences. Some are designed to provide the graduate with the preparation required for access to further study at either the professional or graduate level. These include psychology, computer science, engineering, pre-law, and allied health fields, as well as graduate study in a number of disciplines including biology, business, chemistry, counseling, English, history, mathematics, public administration, and religion. Some are designed to enable students to build a degree upon the foundation provided by previous vocational training and/or work experience. Finally, some degree programs have been enhanced through a special honors curriculum to provide a more demanding and in-depth program of study than that included in the regular baccalaureate degree.

In addition, the university offers dual degrees with Texas Tech University in computer science and engineering and a pre-seminary track with certain Southern Baptist seminaries for students wishing to pursue the Master of Divinity or Master of Religious Education degrees. A profile of all undergraduate programs may be found immediately following this section.

Degree programs offered by the university consist of several distinct yet interrelated components. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition of the university, each degree includes a variety of academic disciplines integrated into a carefully designed general education core. This core provides the Wayland student with a general education background upon which to build a meaningful academic degree. Although the nature of a particular degree may suggest some variation in the general education core, core requirements for each degree are consistent with the university’s declared mission of preparing broadly educated individuals. In instances where general education core courses are from the same discipline as the major or minor fields of study, these courses may simultaneously fulfill both core and major/minor requirements. Although these instances should be noted on a student’s degree plan, students should check with their advisors when in doubt.

In addition to the general education core, each degree offered by the university includes a major and a minor field of study and free electives, when needed, to complete degree requirements. Degree designations are based on those disciplines included as major fields of study.

Some degrees, such as the B.S.I.S., B.S.N., and the B.S. degree, replace the traditional major and minor fields of study with a broad-based interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary major and other degrees. Some degrees also contain a pre-professional or professional specialization block of courses designed to prepare the student for entry into a particular career field, such as teaching. Information related to each degree component is contained in the following sections.

General Education Outcomes

The General Education Core at Wayland Baptist University is designed to comprehensively prepare students to be productive, knowledgeable and actively involved citizens. Wayland is a Christian institution of higher learning within the Baptist tradition, and students will be taught from a distinctively Christian worldview across the curriculum. This being established, the General Education Core aims to ensure that:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, including verbal, nonverbal, written, visual, and artistic forms of expression.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking, including quantitative, qualitative, collaborative, and creative applications.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective application of information and professional technology.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of current and past cultures and knowledge of the natural and physical world.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of personal, social, and environmental ethics.


The University General Education Core Curriculum


University General Education Core Curriculum - 43 hrs


The University General Education Core Curriculum is applied to all degrees at Wayland Baptist University with the exception of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry (B.C.M.) degrees. The full general education core curriculum for these degrees can be found in the degree specific general education core curriculum section.


The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree


Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 43 hrs


The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an inverted degree program which allows individuals to apply a vocational/technical field (i.e., courses, training, or work experience) as credit toward an applied associate’s degree and, in turn, to apply the associate’s degree toward a B.A.S. degree. Students in this degree program desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. The B.A.S. exists to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate baccalaureate program while enhancing the liberal arts component of the student’s education.

The B.A.S. degree is designed for individuals who have completed occupational/technical degrees and certificates at community, vocational, and technical colleges and schools; individuals who have completed occupational/vocational training in U. S. Armed Services Schools, the workplace, and career training centers; occupational and technical faculty at regional and local public schools; individuals who have received several years of on-the-job training; and individuals entering these technical/career paths.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is a minimum 124-semester hour program. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be upper-level (junior/senior level) credit. Major fields of study included in the degree have specific upper-level requirements. The student may select from eight majors which combine non-traditional credit with a traditional liberal arts background. Majors include applied science, business administration, human services, justice administration, management, environmental studies, early childhood development, and career and technology education. Each major consists of 36 semester hours of which 18 must be upper-level credit. The degree also requires a 24-semester hour professional development block designed to provide academic depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals. The degree also includes a 12-semester hour experiential professional development block designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Finally, the degree includes electives to complete the 124-semester hour requirement.

Major


The B.A.S. degree requires a 36-semester hour major of which 18 semester hours must be upper-level credit. The major may be selected from applied science, business administration, early childhood education, human services, justice administration, management, or career and technology education.

Professional Development


The Professional Development component consists of 24 semester hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals.

Experiential Professional Development


The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area or up to 12 semester hours of practicum or internships may be placed in the major specialization if related to the major. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university.

Electives


The student may complete the remainder of the required 124 semester hours with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields that hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.


The Bachelor of Arts Degree


Bachelor of Arts Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 15-16 hrs


The Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the subject field sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in the fine arts and in foreign language. These additional requirements are included in the degree specific general education core. Components of the B.A. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.A. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


The B.A. degree is designed primarily for students desiring to study in the arts, the humanities, or the social sciences. Major fields of study approved for the B.A. degree are listed in the Academic Program Profile table following the degree requirement section of the catalog. In the majority of instances, the major requires the completion of 30 semester hours. Specific semester-hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Students pursuing the B.A. degree must select a minor or second major from any discipline identified by the university as an approved minor or major field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements for the majors and minors are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Program Profile.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.


The Bachelor of Business Administration Degree


Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 11 hrs


The Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree which provides a conceptual understanding of the business world, examines a number of business components, and addresses the application of concepts related to these components. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Upper-level requirements for the major and each specialization are included in the Business Administration section of the catalog. Because of the unique nature of the degree, it includes additional requirements in mathematics. These are included in the degree specific general education core requirement. Components of the B.B.A. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.B.A. degree:

  • BUAD 2335 - Introductory Quantitative Decision Making 3 hrs
  • COSC 2311 - Computer Applications 3 hrs 1
  • EXSS 1 hrs2
  • Science (life or physical science - whichever not fulfilled in the University Core) 4 hrs
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    NOTATIONS:

    1. Student may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description.
    2. Must be EXSS 1112  if course not taken to meet University Core Curriculum requirement. Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfill this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirement with DD-214 from basic training.

Academic Major and Minor


Students seeking the B.B.A. degree will complete the appropriate composite major requirements in addition to a specialization in accounting, business administration, business education, economics and finance, health care administration, international management, management information systems, or management and marketing.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.


The Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree


Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 58 hrs


The Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree (B.C.M.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed to afford both academic and professional depth for individuals who possess recognized competence in a ministry. The degree integrates university degree requirements with appropriate experience. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). This degree is designed for those who come into the degree with experience in the churches or other related ministry. Components of the Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree include:

Academic Major


Students seeking the B.C.M. degree will complete the appropriate major requirements as outlined in the School of Religion and Philosophy section.

Experiential Professional Development


The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Students who have work experience in part-time or bi-vocational ministry positions may have the work experience evaluated if the ministry position is a paid staff position with formal job requirements. Upper level electives will be used to meet the experiential professional development requirement in cases where work experience is lacking. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area if they do not relate to the major.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 15-16 hrs


The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in the fine arts and in foreign language. These additional requirements are included in the degree specific general education core. Components of the B.F.A. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.F.A. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


The B.F.A. degree is designed primarily for students desiring to study in the area of art. Students may choose from two-dimensional or three-dimensional studio art emphasis. Due to the composite nature of the degree, a minor is not required.

Electives


Electives will be needed to meet the upper-division graduation requirement.


The Bachelor of Music Degree


Bachelor of Music Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 7 hrs


The Bachelor of Music Degree (B.M.) is a 129-semester hour degree designed to provide intensive professional preparation for students who plan to enter some phase of music as a career. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). As the degree includes a strong professional development component, no minor is required. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in foreign language. This is included in the academic major requirements. Components of the B.M. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.M. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


Because of the breadth of the program, the major and minor fields of study are combined into a single composite field offered in music education and music performance.

Electives


As the B.M. degree requires 129 semester hours, no elective hours are required.


The Bachelor of Science Degree


Bachelor of Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 14 hrs


The Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the discipline sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in mathematics and science. These additional requirements are included in the degree specific general education core. Components of the B.S. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


Major fields of study approved for the B.S. degree are listed in the Academic Program Profile table following the degree requirement section of the catalog Major requirements for the degree are at least 30 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must select a minor from any discipline identified by the University as an approved minor field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. In composite science, major and minor requirements are combined into a 48-semester hour major. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements for the minor are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Program Profile section.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.


The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree


Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 14 hrs


The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (B.S.I.S.) is a 124-semester hour degree designed to prepare students for a career as an elementary or middle school teacher. The degree integrates University degree requirements with the State’s teacher certification requirements. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Because of the unique nature of the degree, additional study in mathematics and the sciences is required. Since specific science requirements change according to the academic specialization selected, students should check with their advisors concerning these courses. These are included in the degree specific general education core requirement. Degree specific general education requirements may vary from state to state based upon certification requirements. Components of the B.S.I.S. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


Rather than a traditional major and minor, the B.S.I.S. degree includes a 36- to 38-semester hour interdisciplinary core of courses. This core includes a concentration selected from an approved list of disciplines and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the comprehensive section of the teacher certification examination. The concentration may be selected from one of the following disciplines: elementary education, science and mathematics. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements are included in the School of Education section of the catalog.

Electives


In addition to the interdisciplinary core, the B.S.I.S. degree requires 27 semester hours in professional development courses. As a result, the number of elective hours is generally limited. When elective hours are available, students may complete degree requirements with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Major (Teaching Field)


Rather than a traditional major and minor, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree includes an interdisciplinary major. This major focuses on the subject matter taught in the middle school (grades 4-8) and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the State examination in middle school social studies and language arts.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 27 hrs (Generic B.S.N.)


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) provides students the ability to complete a degree in two years after completing the general education core. All students must have completed the Hepatitis B series prior to beginning the program. All students will be required to complete a drug screen and a background check prior to admission to the program. The Hepatitis B series, drug screen, and background investigation are at the cost of the student. Contact the School of Nursing for current costs. Components of the B.S.N. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S.N. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


The major field of study for the B.S.N. is a composite. This means that a second major or minor is not required for the degree. Student pursuing the L.V.N. to B.S.N. degree or R.N. to B.S.N. degree programs should contact the School of Nursing for further information.

Electives


Electives are not required for the completion of this degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements- 26 hrs (L.V.N. or R.N. to B.S.N.)


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) provides students the ability to complete a degree in two years after completing the general education core. All students must have completed the Hepatitis B series prior to beginning the program. All students will be required to complete a drug screen and a background check prior to admission to the program. The Hepatitis B series, drug screen, and background investigation are at the cost of the student. Contact the School of Nursing for current costs. Components of the B.S.N. degree include:

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S.N. degree:

Academic Major and Minor


The major field of study for the B.S.N. is a composite. This means that a second major or minor is not required for the degree. Student pursuing the L.V.N. to B.S.N. degree or R.N. to B.S.N. degree programs should contact the School of Nursing for further information.

Electives


Electives are not required for the completion of this degree.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree


The A.A.S. degree program is designed to track directly into the B.A.S. degree. Students desiring to continue in their educational pursuits can do so at the baccalaureate level with no loss in credit between the A.A.S. and the B.A.S. degrees. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a 64-semester hour degree which requires 31 semester hours in a general education core and 33 semester hours from an approved major. The residency requirements on the A.A.S. degree count towards the B.A.S. residency of 31 hours. The A.A.S. residency is 18 hours. The five majors include applied science, business administration, human services, justice administration, and religion.

Associate of Applied Science General Education Core Course Requirements - 31 hrs


The A.A.S. degree program is designed to track directly into the B.A.S. degree. Students desiring to continue in their educational pursuits can do so at the baccalaureate level with no loss in credit between the A.A.S. and the B.A.S. degrees. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a 64-semester hour degree which requires 31 semester hours in a general education core and 33 semester hours from an approved major. The residency requirements on the A.A.S. degree count toward the B.A.S. residency of 31 hours. The A.A.S. residency is 18 hours. The five majors include applied science, business administration, human services, justice administration, and religion. Eighteen semester hours must be completed at Wayland.

Majors


Five majors are available for the A.A.S. degree. These include applied science , business administration , human services , justice administration , and religion . Requirements for each major are included in the Associate of Applied Science degree section of this catalog.


The Associate of Arts Degree


Associate of Arts Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 15-16 hrs


The Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) is a lower-division degree (courses numbered 1000 or 2000) designed specifically to give students the opportunity to move directly into a bachelor’s degree program on completion. The minimum requirement for the degree is 60 semester hours. Elective hours may be taken in language, math, and science to give students opportunities to track directly into a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. As requirements may vary depending upon the degree selected, specific requirements are included in the various degree sections of this catalog.

A minimum of 15 semester hours must be taken at Wayland Baptist University to satisfy the residency requirement for the Associate’s degree program. There is no provision for a major or minor in this degree.

  • COSC 2311 - Computer Applications 3 hrs 1, MUSI 3302 - Music Technology  3 hrs 1, or EDIT 2310 - Technology in the Classroom  3 hrs 1
  • Science (life or physical science - whichever not fulfilled in the University Core) 3-4 hrs 2
  • Foreign Language 2301 3 and 2302 3 6 hrs total
  • Fine Art 4 (ART 1301 , ART 2301 , or studio course; MUSI 1301 , MUSI 1303 , MUSI 3304 , MUSI 3305 , MUSI 3306 , or performing ensembles; or THEA 1303 ) or ENGL 2301 , ENGL 2302 , or ENGL 2303  3 hrs
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    Notations:

    1. Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description. Students pursuing music majors should take MUSI 3302 . Students pursuing fields in education should take EDIT 2310 .
    2. Science can be lab or non-lab for the degree specific core. Students pursuing middle school education are required to take the course with a lab. ENVS 3301 can be used to fulfill the life science degree specific core requirement. GEOG 1301  may be used to fulfill the physical science degree specific core requirement.
    3. Adequate prerequisite must be met before enrolling in a foreign language 2301 course. Prerequisite courses taken will be used as electives for the degree.
    4. Fine Arts area must be different from area used in the university core curriculum requirement.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum 60 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective.


The Honors Program


A special Honors curriculum is available for the B.A., B.B.A., and B.S. degrees. Information can be located in the Honors Program section of the catalog. Students who elect the Honors curriculum must complete nine hours in Honors seminars as part of the degree specific general education core. Any major field of study coupled with the Honors program will be considered a composite major. Honors courses in the research/tutorial and thesis areas will be added to the major to complete the composite classification. Completion of the Honors Program is noted on the transcript and Honors students are given special recognition during the commencement ceremony. Requirements for the Honors Program degree specific general education core include:

Bachelor of Arts - Honors Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 24-25 hrs


In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.A. Honors degree:

Notations:


  1. Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description. Students pursuing music majors should take MUSI 3302 . Students pursuing fields in education should take EDIT 2310 .
  2. Science can be lab or non-lab for the degree specific core. Students pursuing middle school education are required to take the course with a lab. ENVS 3301 can be used to fulfill the life science degree specific core requirement. GEOG 1301  may be used to fulfill the physical science degree specific core requirement.
  3. Adequate prerequisite must be met before enrolling in a foreign language 2301 course. Prerequisite courses taken will be used as electives for the degree.
  4. Fine Arts area must be different from area used in the university core curriculum requirement.

Bachelor of Business Administration - Honors Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 20 hrs


In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.B.A. Honors degree:

Notations:


  1. Student may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description. 
  2. Must be EXSS 1112  if course not taken to meet University Core Curriculum requirement. Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfill this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirement with DD-214 from basic training.

Bachelor of Science Degree - Honors Degree Specific General Education Core Curriculum - 23 hrs


 In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S. Honors degree:

Notations:


  1. Student may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description. EDIT 2310  is required for teacher certification programs. MSCI 2311  is required for math and science majors.