1999-2001 Undergraduate Catalog

History and setting of the University

Bowling Green State University is situated on a 1,338-acre campus, which includes 113 buildings. The University offers 14 associate degree programs, more than 165 undergraduate degree programs, 13 master's degree programs in 65 fields, two specialist degree programs, and 14 doctoral programs with more than 60 areas of specialization. More than 18,000 students, including about 2,700 graduate students, attend classes on the main campus. The University enrolls another 1,500 students at the Firelands College and various off-campus centers. At the center of the University's academic community are the 679 full-time faculty members, who are engaged in teaching, research and scholarship activities.

Established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution, Bowling Green held its first
classes in 1914, but it was not until the following year that the first two buildingsnow University Hall and Williams Hallwere ready for use. Student enrollment for that initial year totaled 304, with a faculty of 21. The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1917.

In 1929, the functions of Bowling Green were expanded to provide four-year degree programs in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. The College of Business Administration and graduate programs were added in 1935, the year in which Bowling Green attained full university status. In 1947, the Graduate School was formed, and BGSU awarded its first doctoral degrees in English in 1963.

Beginning in 1946, extension programs of the University were offered in Sandusky, Ohio. During the next two decades, course offerings there were expanded and in 1965 a regional campus of the University was established to serve Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties. That campus is Firelands College, located in Huron, Ohio. Firelands College, which opened for classes in 1967, offers career and technical education leading to associate degrees in 14 areas, as well as the first two years of baccalaureate degree programs.

In the 1970s, three new colleges were added to the University's curricular offerings. In 1973, the College of Health and Human Services was established to provide degree programs in specialized areas in various health and community service fields. In 1975, the School of Music was expanded into the College of Musical Arts, and in the same year the Graduate School became the Graduate College. The School of Technology was granted college status in 1985.

Included among the buildings on Bowling Green's main campus are some that were completed as early as 1915; many of these have been recently refurbished to preserve their original structure. Most are equipped with ramps and ground-level entrances for the disabled.

Jerome Library is the heart of the academic community. BGSU Libraries house collections of more than 6 million items including books, journals, periodicals, microforms, government documents, sound recordings and other research materials. The library is linked by computer to a powerful statewide library and information system. In addition the library is nationally known for its special collections, particularly in popular culture, popular music and the Great Lakes.

Among the facilities in the science-research complex are the Psychology Building, the Mathematical Sciences Building, the Life Sciences Building, Overman Hall, the Biological Sciences Laboratory Annex and the Physical Sciences Laboratory Building. These provide specialized research equipment and laboratories to serve the needs of students in a variety of disciplines.

Olscamp Hall, opened in 1994, is a distance learning center, housing three teleteaching rooms as well as traditional classrooms. Each teleteaching room contains VCRs, slide projectors, an audio system, a computer with graphics capabilities and a remote video camera. Microphones are built into each student desk and the teaching podium. Communication can take place remotely via cable, telephone lines and satellite, bringing together classes at remote sites in interactive learning.

The Technology Building contains a robotics center and specialized laboratories in design, electronics, manufacturing, visual communication and other technologies.

Art facilities include individual studios for design and workshops for such areas as jewelry making, woodworking, painting, drawing, enameling, weaving, sculpture, ceramics and glass blowing. Photography laboratories are also available. Two art galleries located in the Fine Arts Center annually feature works by faculty and students, as well as traveling exhibits.

The campus radio stations, WFAL-AM and WBGU-FM, provide students with practical experience in daily station operations. Students also support the professional staff in the programming and activities of WBGU-TV, a public television station located on campus serving northwest Ohio.

Theatre students at the University have many opportunities to participate in all phases of the theatre experience through annual productions held in University Hall's Eva Marie Saint Theatre as well as the Joe E. Brown Theatre.

The Moore Musical Arts Center provides extensive and modern facilities for the University's music programs and activities. Constructed around an open courtyard, the music center includes an 850-seat concert hall, a 250-seat recital hall, as well as practice rooms, rehearsal halls, classrooms, studios and a variety of special facilities designed for specific areas of performance and instruction.

Athletic facilities at the University include: the Perry Field House, which has an indoor track, basketball courts, a wing with a 70-yard artificial turf field for football, soccer, baseball and softball; an 18-hole golf course; a 5,000-seat ice arena; 25 outdoor tennis courts; the Eppler Complex; 5,000-seat Anderson Arena (basketball and volleyball); 30,500-seat Doyt Perry Stadium; Steller Field, which seats 2,000 for baseball; Falcon Softball Complex; Whittaker Track; Cochrane Soccer Field; numerous activity and practice fields, and Cooper Pool at the Student Recreation Center where the swimming teams compete.

The Student Recreation Center features exercise facilities in a four-level complex, including two swimming pools, a whirlpool/spa, 14 handball/racquetball courts, Universal/Nautilus areas, courts for basket
ball, volleyball, tennis, squash and badminton, FITWELL Lab, aerobics and an outdoor lighted Pace Trail.

The Student Union, which will close for renovations in December 1999, is a center for social and cultural activities on campus. There are three food service facilities and 26 guest rooms in the Union, and a wide range of lectures, concerts and other activities are presented in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, located on the second floor.

The Mileti Alumni Center is the hub for the many activities of the University's alumni. It contains meeting rooms, a library and office space.

Other campus buildings house classrooms and facilities for programs in business administration, education and the humanities.

Accreditation and recognition

The University is fully accredited at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition the College of Business Administration is accredited by the International Association for Management Education (AACSB); teacher education, by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education; the College of Musical Arts, by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); art, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; chemistry, by the American Chemical Society; communication disorders, by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language_Hearing Association ; dietetics, by the American Dietetics Association; environmental health, by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council; health information technology (Firelands), by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association; journalism, by the American Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communication; medical technology, by the Natinoal Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science; nursing, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; physical therapy by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; psychology, by the American Psychological Association; rehabilitation counseling, by the Council on Rehabilitation Education; respiratory care technology (Firelands), by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; social work, by the Council on Social Work Education; the College of Technology, by the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American
Council for Construction Education, and theatre, by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Equal access

Bowling Green State University is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. The Office of Affirmative Action, 705 Administration Building, BGSU, is responsible for University compliance with Title IX, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disciplinary authority

The authority to enact and enforce regulations of the University is vested in the Board of Trustees. The responsibility for enforcing regulations and enforcing penalties is delegated to the president and any University officials the president may designate. Academic policies and procedures outlined in this catalog and elsewhere are the responsibility of the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Consult the current Student Affairs Handbook for non-academic student policies and procedures, which are the responsibility of the vice president for student affairs.

For other information

For the benefit of students and others in the University community, and in compliance with state and federal requirements, the University regularly makes informational reports available. These include information required by the Campus Security Act and the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, as well as information regarding drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Contact the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


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