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University College Advising
West Virginia University
PO Box 6212
Morgantown, WV 26506-6212

Phone: (304) 293-5805

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The UCA advises general studies students, special populations, and some pre-majors. Below you will find information on the pre-majors we advise. Students who are interested in a program not listed below should seek information directly from the department they wish to enter, as many academic programs handle their advising in-house.

Students are encouraged to seek additional information from departmental websites (listed below) and/or the WVU Catalog (available at

Important: If you are considering changing your major be sure to make an appointment with an advisor to learn more about your options! If you are considering changing from a major advised by UCA to a major advised by another department your UCA advisor can still get you pointed in the right direction.

What’s the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree?

Generally speaking, a B.S. degree will have more stringent math and science requirements than a B.A.. Students seeking a B.A. should expect to take four semesters of a foreign language in place of the upper level science and math courses required for a B.S.

BiologyBiochemistryChemistryCommunication StudiesCriminologyForensic and Investigative SciencesMathMediaMedical Laboratory SciencesNursingOccupational TherapyPharmacyPolitical SciencePsychologySociologyUndergraduate Studies

UG-Biology (B.A./B.S.)

The Department of Biology offers two degree programs: the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts in biology. Pre-medical and environmental biology tracks are available in either degree program. These two programs are structured to meet the foundational needs of all students who are interested in a career in the broad area of the life sciences.

The undergraduate programs in biology provide excellent preparation for students planning to apply to graduate programs in the biological sciences or to professional schools, including medical, osteopathic, dental, physical or occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physicians assistant, and chiropractic schools and programs. A degree in biology prepares students for a wide range of careers in the biological sciences including medicine, biotechnology, genetics, forensics, environmental biology, and other biologically related technical fields in government and private industry. With appropriate electives, a student with a degree in biology may also choose to enter the fields of law, journalism, education, business, health care administration, pharmaceutical sales, or work for a variety of federal agencies.

Please see departmental website for additional information:


The biochemistry curriculum prepares students for careers requiring a strong background in basic principles of the physical and life sciences. Students may earn either the bachelor of science (B.S.) in biochemistry through the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences, or a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in biochemistry, with an area of emphasis in either molecular biology or in chemistry, through the interdepartmental bachelor of arts program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Students completing a biochemistry major are prepared for professional employment in the expanding fields of agricultural and environmental sciences, chemical industry, health-related industries, and biotechnology-based industries. The curriculum provides students with the interdisciplinary background in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and molecular biology necessary as preparation for professional schools of human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. It also provides strong preparation for graduate study in fields such as animal and plant agriculture, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, food science, nutrition, and physiology.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Chemistry (B.A./B.S.)

The Bennett Department of Chemistry offers three degree programs: the bachelor of science with a major in chemistry, the bachelor of arts with a major in chemistry, and the bachelor of arts in biochemistry with an area of emphasis in chemistry. These programs meet the needs of all students who have an interest in the broad field of chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry is located in Clark Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching facility for chemistry. Clark Hall offers many new instruments, numerous safety features, excellent ventilation and ample hoods, and complete accessibility for the physically handicapped. The department also has modern research facilities in the adjacent Chemistry Research Laboratory building, where advanced undergraduates may participate in research projects.

The bachelor of science with a major in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. This program is for students who desire to qualify for professional positions in industrial and governmental laboratories as well as those who plan to do graduate work in chemistry or allied areas in preparation for research careers in industry or academia.

The bachelor of arts with a major in chemistry is for students who pursue careers requiring a good background in the basic principles of chemistry. Areas such as medicine, dentistry, or other health-related sciences; secondary school teaching; chemical laboratory technical work; law; or business may be pursued with a proper choice of electives.

The two programs are similar during the first two years. Students in the B.S. program should complete the calculus requirement as soon as possible as a prerequisite for both the physics and physical chemistry sequences. The two degree programs differ primarily in the chemistry requirements. The B.S. program requires more upper-level chemistry courses than the B.A. program.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies offers a curriculum to meet the needs of liberal arts and pre-professional students oriented toward communication-related careers such as marketing, sales, recruiting, public relations, and market research among many others. The undergraduate curriculum focuses upon the application of theory and research in human communication to a variety of personal, social, and organizational settings. Majors may elect to follow either a data analysis specialty or an applied communication emphasis. All majors complete a capstone sequence that consists of two courses intended to integrate academic coursework and apply course material to real-world experience.

Please see departmental website for additional information:


The criminology and investigations major is grounded in the discipline of sociology and supports the Forensic Science Initiative at WVU. The major has two primary foci. The criminology focus provides an understanding of society as a normative order with ever-changing definitions of conformity and deviance. Through an examination of the social foundations of law, the operation of the criminal justice system and such urgent problems as juvenile delinquency, corporate crime, hate crime, terrorism, and organized crime, students develop a new understanding of the public order and public policy. The investigation focus explores the processes and procedures employed by those individuals and groups in the criminal justice system who seek to establish “truth” in the furtherance of justice. Students will examine both the formal and informal processes that affect the investigation, including the collection and presentation of evidence.

Students will also examine primary social relations that shape the fate of criminal and civil cases. In particular, students will consider how forensic experts and attorneys negotiate the often conflicting demands of disinterested science and legal advocacy in the course of jointly investigating, evaluating, and preparing legal cases. The subject of legal investigations is of particular sociological interest because it involves exchanges between scientific and legal professionals with distinctive languages, methods, standards, and goals. In the course of working together on the same side of legal disputes, experts and attorneys must balance their conflicting agendas, raising ethical questions as the core of their professional identities and directly shaping the nature and outcome of the case they are putting together. The sociology of legal investigations traces the work-site social dynamics and contingencies of legal inquiry as a negotiated process spanning the work of police, scientists, and attorneys.

The criminology and investigation major gives students a thorough understanding of crime and investigation. Areas of study include poverty, discrimination, crime and violence, unemployment, and terrorism. Students will be prepared for graduate programs and a variety of careers in sociology, criminal justice, forensic investigation, public administration, government, and law.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Forensic and Investigative Science

The Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) program comprises three areas of emphasis (forensic examiner, forensic biology, and forensic chemistry.) Each provides a strong background in the physical and biological sciences associated with forensic science. The program is fully accredited by the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

Because of the unique nature of the program and forensic science employment, strict policies and procedures apply related to issues that could affect a student’s ability to obtain a background check. These policies are available from the program office and faculty.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Mathematics (B.A./B.S.)

The Department of Mathematics provides a curriculum with programs for:

  • An undergraduate major and minor in mathematics.
  • The pre-service elementary and secondary teacher.
  • Students interested in the applications of mathematics to the fields of computer science, statistics, engineering, physical, natural and social science, and business and economics.
  • The non-science major, to explain the ideals and objectives of mathematics.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

  • Contact UCA for checklist


The WVU Reed College of Media offers three undergraduate majors. Journalism majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ). Journalism students learn how to write, report and produce content across media platforms and how to engage with modern audiences using the latest digital applications and tools.

Strategic Communications majors also earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ). Strategic Communications students develop and produce materials, 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.

Multidisciplinary Studies majors earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Multidisciplinary Studies. MDS majors complete at least two College of Media minors plus one College of Media shared minor or a minor outside the College. The program allows students to customize their major based on their interests and career goals. For example, a student wanting to pursue a career in political public relations can select minors in Public Relations and Strategic Social Media (both in the College of Media), as well as Political Science (outside the College). Someone interested in a career in interactive media development could choose minors in Interactive Media Design and Advertising (both in the College), as well Electronic Media (outside the College).

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Medical Laboratory Science

The B.S. in medical laboratory science has two areas of emphasis: Clinical laboratory science and histotechnology. Clinical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals educated in all aspects of clinical laboratory analysis including test development, performance, and evaluation. Clinical laboratory scientists may work in many areas, including clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical microbiology, and molecular diagnostics.

Histotechnologists are healthcare professionals who are qualified through academic and applied science education and training to provide service, research, and management in histotechnology and areas related to anatomic pathology. Histotechnologists are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by a pathologist.

Practice settings for clinical laboratory scientists and histotechnologists include hospital, clinic, public health, or private clinical laboratories; research, cytogenetic, pharmaceutical, or in-vitro fertilization laboratories; technical or sales representatives for medical manufacturers and suppliers; biotechnology, food, and cosmetic industries; and state or federal crime laboratories.

Please see departmental website for additional information:


The School of Nursing undergraduate program in nursing is recognized by health care agencies as providing excellent preparation for the nursing profession. Our graduates are in great demand and enjoy a large number of career opportunities. The B.S.N. curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science. The clinical component of nursing courses enables students to apply their learning to actual client, family, and community situations that warrant nursing intervention. The curriculum has been carefully designed to equip graduates to begin professional nursing practice with patients of all ages in any health care setting where there is a position for the professional nurse at the start of his or her career. The program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in nursing and in other fields.

The baccalaureate program (B.S.N.) is available for high school graduates who aspire to a career in nursing (basic students). It is also available to registered nurses (R.N.s) who are licensed graduates of associate degree or diploma nursing programs seeking to continue their career development, and to individuals with college degrees in other fields who wish to attain the bachelor of science in nursing. The basic B.S.N. program can be completed in four years at WVU’s Morgantown campus or at WVU Institute of Technology. Programs with Glenville State College and Potomac State College of WVU allow students to complete the first two years at those schools. The third and fourth years of the program are completed by Glenville students at WVU Tech and by Potomac State students at WVU in Morgantown.

Registered nurses can complete the B.S.N. requirements online through a completely web-based program. Advising for the program can occur at WVU in Morgantown or at the Charleston division. Nursing courses for R.N. students are scheduled to provide opportunity for completion of degree requirements in three semesters if non-nursing courses are already completed. Credit may be earned by enrollment and by challenge through advanced placement and portfolio exams.

A B.S./B.A. to B.S.N. accelerated program is available for the college graduate with a degree in a field other than nursing. Following 18 months of continuous enrollment, students attain the B.S.N. degree and are eligible to take the R.N. licensing examination. The B.S./B.A. to B.S.N. program is offered at WVU in Morgantown.

In keeping with the University’s commitment to the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships (WVRHEP) program and to improving health care for all West Virginians, all health sciences students in state-supported schools complete a rural clinical practice requirement as part of degree requirements. Nursing students complete the rural clinical practice requirement during their senior year.

Further information about the B.S.N. program or the M.S.N., D.N.P., and Ph.D. graduate programs in nursing may be obtained from the School of Nursing website at or by contacting the WVU School of Nursing Office of Student Services, 6400 Health Sciences South, P.O. Box 9600, Morgantown, WV 26506-9600; telephone (304) 293-1386 or (toll free) 1-866-WVUNURS.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy program is part of the WVU School of Medicine. Typically, students complete two years of prerequisite coursework at the freshman and sophomore levels, and then apply for admission to the OT program. If accepted, students then complete three years of OT academic course and lab work, as well as clinical rotations called fieldworks, ultimately graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. During their first two years of coursework these students are housed in University College.

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Pharmacy was first offered at West Virginia University as a department in the School of Medicine in 1914. It was changed to the College of Pharmacy in 1936 and to the School of Pharmacy in 1958. In 1960, the School of Pharmacy changed from a four-year to a five-year program. The current entry-level doctor of pharmacy program began in Fall 1998, and comprises four years of professional study preceded by a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework in an U.S. accredited college of arts and sciences.

The primary objective of the School of Pharmacy is to educate practitioners for current and future roles in the profession of pharmacy and to educate pharmaceutical scientists for careers in teaching and research.

The School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The council is composed of members from the American Pharmacists Association, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American Council on Education. The School of Pharmacy holds membership in AACP, whose objective is to promote the interests of pharmaceutical education. All AACP member institutions must maintain certain requirements for entrance and graduation.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Political Science

The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Political Science has five main objectives:

  • To acquaint students with the nature and role of government in modern society, thus contributing to the general education of political science majors. In order to achieve this objective, the department offers the general political science emphasis. This
    emphasis is open to any student who has an interest in political science but who has not yet focused on a specific career goal.
  • To impart a broad understanding of the American political system. Courses are offered on national institutions, political actors, and political behavior. Other courses focus on the policy making process and on various substantive policy issue-areas.
  • Students who seek to work in politics and/or government should enroll in the America Politics and Policy area of emphasis.
  • Students who wish to concentrate their coursework as preparation for careers in this area should enroll in the International Relations, Comparative Politics, and National Security area of emphasis.
  • To provide pre-professional training for students who intend to pursue political science as a career. Those who intend to be teachers, researchers, or administrators should plan to enroll in graduate school after completing their bachelor’s degrees.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

UG-Psychology (B.A./B.S.)

Psychology is the science of behavior, and 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 allow student 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, and 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.

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UG-Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and anthropology courses constitute an important part of a liberal education. They foster an awareness of the structure of human societies and of the social processes that operate in all groups, organizations, and institutions. The student is exposed to the methods of inquiry and to the special knowledge and insights of sociology and anthropology. Courses in the division also are intended to facilitate the application of sociological and anthropological principles to the wide range of contemporary social problems. Sociology and anthropology constitute an important part of the undergraduate education for those pursuing careers in law, health professions, or business, and for engineers and scientists concerned with environmental and ecological problems. Majors in sociology and anthropology often find employment doing applied research with government agencies, assisting in community development and planning, or using knowledge of social organization and social process in a variety of settings within the United States or abroad. Majors are well-equipped for graduate training in the social sciences in pursuit of academic or applied research careers.

Please see departmental website for additional information:

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies is not a major. Students who are undecided on their major or who are switching between majors may designate themselves as undergraduate studies for a period of time.

For information on choosing a major please visit this page.