Apr 23, 2019  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 
    
Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Part 1. IPFW Profile


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About this Bulletin

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The Bulletin provides information about the undergraduate programs, rules, courses, and faculty of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Information about IPFW’s graduate programs appears in a separate publication, the IPFW Graduate Bulletin.

Information in the Bulletin will help students to make important choices about their education, and it will familiarize them with the many important services IPFW provides. Since the Bulletin is a primary resource for making decisions about an IPFW education, it is important for students to retain a personal copy throughout their tenure at the university.

Changes occur as needs arise. Changes in rules and procedures generally become effective at the time they are published. Also, new or changed academic program requirements may provide you with additional options. Because of this, you should review statements on IPFW services, policies, programs, and courses in each new edition of the Bulletin published while you are a student. When you enter a degree or certificate program, you will be required to fulfill the requirements published in the Bulletin (or its supplement or departmental regulation) current at the time of your most recent entry or re-entry into that program at IPFW. Only with the written acknowledgment of your academic advisor can you elect to fulfill the requirements in any subsequent Bulletin or supplement. Your academic advisor can assist you with this choice and ensure that such changes are officially recorded.

NOTE: The information in this Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Actions by federal and state governments and the boards of trustees, administration, and faculty of the universities may produce such changes.

About the University

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) offers more academic and extracurricular opportunities than any other higher education institution in northeast Indiana. A joint campus of two internationally recognized Big Ten schools, IPFW grants both Indiana University and Purdue University degrees.

IPFW reflects the IU and Purdue commitments to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The university takes advantage of the latest technologies in order to enhance information exchange, classroom instruction, research, and communications. Indiana University and Purdue University carry traditions of distinction in humanities, the arts, health sciences, social sciences, engineering, technology, and computer science.

IPFW provides access to an excellent education through academic diversity, flexibility, and affordability. IPFW students have access to superior research, academic, and extracurricular pursuits. IPFW is committed to the continued educational, economic, and cultural development of its 11-county service area.

Nearly 12,000 students, ranging in age from 14 to 79, are enrolled in more than 190 academic programs. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate options. Some 7,500 additional students pursue noncredit continuing education courses. While the diverse student body continues to grow, the average class size remains 22.

The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Various schools, divisions, and programs have earned additional accreditation through professional societies.

IPFW History The history of IPFW is a history of mergers. IPFW has steadily evolved since the initial merger of the IU and Purdue Fort Wayne regional campuses in 1964. A gift of additional land by a consortium of local donors has increased the size of the campus to 643 acres, including land on the east and west banks of the St. Joseph River. Physically, the university has grown from a single building into a multicampus community cornerstone offering an unparalleled range of educational and cultural opportunities.

Academic Programs Degree and certificate programs are offered through 11 colleges, schools, or divisions. Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts contain departments offering both IU and Purdue degree programs. Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science and Organizational Leadership and Supervision offer only Purdue degree programs; Business and Management Sciences, Education, General Studies, Labor Studies, and Public and Environmental Affairs, only Indiana. Academic Counseling and Career Services serves lower-division students who have not chosen a degree program. The Division of Continuing Studies offers credit and noncredit programs throughout northeast Indiana in cooperation with degree-granting schools and divisions. Other entities, such as the Indiana University School of Medicine, offer programs at IPFW with varying degrees of campus affiliation. Many individual schools and programs are accredited by professional program associations.

IPFW stresses a constructive relationship between teaching and research. Most IPFW faculty members devote 25 percent of their effort to research. Some receive support from internally funded summer fellowships and grants-in-aid. Other support is available through the Purdue and IU systems. External grants and contracts regularly account for more than $1 million a year. These activities reflect the research missions of Indiana and Purdue universities; however, projects tend to involve individuals or small groups of researchers rather than large staffs and facilities, and special emphasis is placed on studies directly related to regional needs and interests. Faculty are encouraged to involve undergraduate students in research projects.

Learning Assessment IPFW is committed to providing quality education for our students. Several assessment and evaluation processes have been implemented that help us determine the effectiveness of our academic programs and service units as a whole.

Assessment is important to you because it gives you an opportunity to tell us how well we are doing. For example, you may be asked periodically to give us your feedback about the quality of academic services through a questionnaire. We may also ask you to participate by submitting anonymous examples of your course work and participating in focus groups. These activities help us determine the extent to which IPFW is contributing to your preparation for a career and life.

Core Mission The core mission of IPFW is to provide quality postsecondary education in northeast Indiana by focusing on student learning, while fostering intellectual exploration and attainment, and serving the region.

IPFW Goals Long-range goals of the university include continued improvement of academic programs, expanded faculty development programs, enhanced library collections and services, increased university and external support for research, increased academic and fiscal autonomy, attraction and retention of a more heterogeneous student body, expansion of graduate programs that serve regional needs, active support for regional economic development programs, and greater integration with the economic and cultural communities of the region.

The fifth-largest university in Indiana, IPFW has grown without sacrificing its commitment to faculty-student interaction. Quality of teaching will continue to be a major criterion for faculty compensation and promotion-and-tenure decisions and will be recognized through awards for distinguished teaching. To attract and retain outstanding teachers, IPFW will continue its effort to provide competitive levels of faculty compensation.

IPFW will also sustain and enhance support of faculty research and will expand opportunities for students to participate in research projects. The university will promote the use of technology as a feature of university education across the curriculum.

IPFW is committed to preparing students of northeast Indiana for productive lives in a multicultural, changing world. Special attention is given to bringing university education to nontraditional students. The campus will expand efforts to increase matriculation and retention of minority students, and in a related effort, to hire and retain minority faculty.

The campus will continue to build programs of academic support for all students, including those programs intended for students of outstanding ability. Because diversity of student body and staff is an essential component of the university experience, IPFW also intends to attract a somewhat larger number of students from outside the region. To this end, and to accommodate verifiable local demand, a student housing complex with apartment-style floor plans opened in August 2004.

IPFW plays an important role in the cultural and economic life of northeast Indiana. Faculty community service is and will continue to be encouraged. The university maintains and expects to strengthen relationships with community arts organizations and seeks additional opportunities to serve as a vital resource for business, industry, public and private education, and government in northeast Indiana. Retraining of the workforce and response to changes in the economy will be important priorities in years to come, as will efforts to improve services for an increasingly diverse student body. The campus seeks to organize its efforts and relationships with IU and Purdue in ways that will enhance its ability to anticipate and respond to regional needs. The continued development of the campus, with community support engendered by this development, will allow IPFW to meet the increasing demand for higher education in northeast Indiana.

IPFW Statements on Diversity In fall 1994, Chancellor Michael Wartell established the following campus statement on diversity:

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne recognizes, affirms, and celebrates the diversity in its campus, local, state, and national communities. Each member of these communities represents varied and different cultures and attributes simultaneously, yet because of these differences, many have been systematically excluded from full, fair, and respected participation in higher education. Therefore, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to demonstrate through its curriculum, support systems, and policies that it values these differences, creating and maintaining a campus environment that welcomes diverse characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences and identifying such diversity as a vital source of the intellectual, social, and personal growth essential to a university education.

To implement the above statement, Chancellor Wartell appointed a campus Diversity Council. In fall 1995, the Diversity Council published the following definition of diversity:

The Diversity Council is committed to creating an environment that enhances learning by recognizing the inherent worth of all individuals at the university. It is our conviction that diversity stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. Diversity involves the differences among individuals that reflect the cultures from which the university draws strength, including, but not necessarily limited to, differences of race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disabilities, as well as political and religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Undergraduate Programs: Degrees, Certificates, Minors, and Transfers

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IPFW is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Information about North Central accreditation is available from the vice chancellor for academic affairs (KT 170, 260-481-6805). You may also contact the North Central Association directly by writing to 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; or by phone at 800-621-7440.

The following is an alphabetical list of all undergraduate degree, certificate, minor, and transfer programs available at IPFW.

  • A degree is an award earned by satisfactorily completing a specified program of courses and adhering to the applicable academic regulations. Each degree includes one or more major fields of study. Completion of a degree program is acknowledged by receipt of a diploma. The two most common degrees earned by IPFW students are the associate degree (abbreviated A.A. for Associate of Arts and A.S. for Associate of Science) and the bachelor’s degree (abbreviated B.A. for Bachelor of Arts and B.S. for Bachelor of Science). Earning an associate degree requires at least two years of full-time study, with a longer period if enrolled only part time. Earning a bachelor’s degree takes about twice as long.
  • A certificate is not a college degree, but is composed of a series of courses that focus on a specialized area of knowledge or specific skills. The university recognizes completion of the required courses and satisfaction of applicable academic regulations by awarding a certificate.
  • A minor is a less comprehensive program of study which is chosen in conjunction with a major field of study. To earn a minor, the student must complete a degree program in a different subject area.
  • A transfer program is a series of courses that will apply toward a degree to be awarded by another campus of IU or Purdue. Credits for these courses can be transferred to the other campus, but students are required to satisfy the admission and graduation requirements of the campus to which they transfer.
School and division codes in the following list are as follows:
  ANS:
BMS:
CS:
EDUC:
ETCS:
  Arts and Sciences
Business and Management Sciences
Continuing Studies
Education
Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
  HSC:
LS:
OLS:
PEA:
VPA:
  Health Sciences
Labor Studies
Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Public and Environmental Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts

 

  Program  
University
  School or Division/Department Degree/Certificate
  Accounting  
I
  BMS/Accounting and Finance Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
  Advanced Microprocessors  
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Certificate
  Agriculture  
P
  ANS   Transfer Programs
  American Studies  
I
  ANS   Certificate in American Studies
  Anthropology  
I
  ANS/Sociology and Anthropology B.A., Minor, Research Certificate in Anthropology
  Applied Ethics  
P
  ANS/Philosophy   Minor
  Architectural Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Civil and Architectural Engineering Technology A.S.
  Art Education  
I
  VPA/Visual Arts/Fine Arts   B.A.
  Art History  
I
  VPA/Visual Arts/Fine Arts   Minor
  Arts  
I, P
  ANS   A.A.
  Biology  
P
  ANS/Biology   A.A., B.S., Minor, Research Certificate
  Biology Teaching  
P
  ANS/Biology   B.S.
  Business  
I
  BMS   A.S.B., B.S.B.
  Business Studies  
I
  BMS   Minor
  Chemical Methods  
P
  ANS/Chemistry   A.S.
  Chemistry  
P
  ANS/Chemistry   B.S., B.S.C., Minor, Research Certificate
  Chemistry Teaching  
P
  ANS/Chemistry   B.S.
  Civil Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Civil and Architectural Engineering Technology A.S.
  Commercial Art  
I
  VPA/Visual Arts/Visual Communication and Design A.S. in Commercial Art
  Communication Studies  
P
  ANS/Communication   Minor
  Computer-Controlled Systems
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Certificate
  Computer Engineering  
P
  ETCS/Engineering   B.S.Comp.E.
  Computer Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology B.S.
  Computer Networking  
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Certificate
  Computer Science  
P
  ETCS/Computer Science   A.S., B.S., Minor
  Computer Science  
P
  ANS/Mathematical Sciences   B.A.
  Construction Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Civil and Architectural Engineering Technology B.S.
  Consumer and Family Sciences
P
  HSC/Consumer and Family Sciences Transfer Program
  Creative Writing  
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics   Minor
  Criminal Justice  
I
  PEA   Minor
  Critical Care Nursing  
P
  HSC/Nursing   Certificate
  Cytotechnology  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Dance  
P
  VPA/Theatre   Minor
  Dental Assisting  
I
  HSC/Dental Education   Certificate in Dental Assisting
  Dental Hygiene  
I
  HSC/Dental Education   A.S. in Dental Hygiene
  Dental Laboratory Technology
I
  HSC/Dental Education   A.S. in Dental Laboratory Technology
  Early Childhood Education
I
  EDUC/Educational Studies   A.S.Ed.
  Economics  
I
  ANS/Political Science   B.A., Minor
  Electrical Engineering  
P
  ETCS/Engineering   B.S.E.E.
  Electrical Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology A.S., B.S.
  Electronic Communications  
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Certificate
  Electronics  
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Minor
  Elementary Education  
I
  EDUC/Educational Studies   B.S.Ed.
  English  
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics   A.A., B.A., Minor
  Ethnic and Cultural Studies
I
  ANS   Certificate in Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  Film and Media Studies  
I
  ANS/Communication   Minor
  Fine Arts  
I
  VPA/Visual Arts/Fine Arts   B.A., B.F.A., Minor
  Fine Arts  
I
  VPA/Visual Arts/Visual Communication and Design B.F.A., Minor
  Folklore  
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics   Minor
  Forestry and Natural Resources
P
  ANS   Transfer Program
  French  
I
  ANS/International Language and Culture Studies A.A., B.A., Minor
  General Studies  
I
  CS   A.A.G.S., B.G.S.
  Geology  
I
  ANS/Geosciences   B.A., B.S.G., Minor
  German  
I
  ANS/International Language and Culture Studies A.A., B.A., Minor
  Gerontology  
I
  ANS   Certificate in Gerontology
  Health Information Administration
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  History  
I
  ANS/History   A.A., B.A., Minor
  Honors Program  
I, P
  OAA/Honors   Certificate
  Hospitality Management  
P
  HSC/Consumer and Family Sciences B.S.
  Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
P
  HSC/Consumer and Family Sciences A.S.
  Human Services  
P
  HSC/Human Services   B.S.
  Industrial Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology A.S., B.S.
  Information Systems  
P
  ETCS/Computer Science   A.S., B.S., Minor
  Interior Design  
P
  ETCS/Civil and Architectural Engineering Technology A.S.
  International Studies  
I
  ANS   Certificate in International Studies
  Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
P
  ANS/Communication   B.A.
  Journalism  
I
  ANS/Journalism   Minor, Transfer Program
  Labor Studies  
I
  Labor Studies   A.S.L.S., B.S.L.S., Certificate in Labor Studies, Minor
  Linguistics  
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics   Minor
  Mathematics  
P
  ANS/Mathematical Sciences   A.A., B.S., Minor, Research Certificate
  Mathematics Teaching  
P
  ANS/Mathematical Sciences   B.S.
  Mechanical Engineering  
P
  ETCS/Engineering   B.S.M.E
  Mechanical Engineering Technology
P
  ETCS/Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology A.S., B.S.
  Media and Public Communication
P
  ANS/Communication   B.A.
  Media Production  
P
  ANS/Communication   Minor
  Medical Imaging Technology  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Medical Technology  
P
  ANS   B.S.
  Music and an Outside Field  
I
  VPA/Music   B.S.
  Music Education  
I
  VPA/Music   B.Mus.Ed.
  Music Performance  
I
  VPA/Music   B.Mus.
  Music Therapy  
I
  VPA/Music   B.S.M.T.
  Native American Studies  
I
  ANS   Certificate in Native American Studies
  Nuclear Medicine  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Nursing  
P
  HSC/Nursing   A.S., B.S., LPN-A.S. or B.S., RN-B.S.
  Occupational Therapy  
I
  HSC   Graduate Program
  Organizational Leadership and Supervision
P
  OLS   A.S., B.S., Minor
  Paramedic Sciences  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Peace and Conflict Studies  
I
  ANS   Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
  Philosophy  
P
  ANS/Philosophy   B.A., Minor
  Physical Therapy  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Physics  
P
  ANS/Physics   B.S., Minor, Research Certificate
  Physics Teaching  
P
  ANS/Physics   B.S.
  Piano Pedagogy  
I
  VPA/Music   Certificate in Piano Pedagogy
  Political Science  
I
  ANS/Political Science   A.A., B.A., Minor
  Power Electronic Systems  
P
  ETCS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Certificate
  Prepharmacy  
P
  ANS   Transfer Program
  Preveterinary  
P
  ANS   Transfer Program
  Preveterinary Technology  
P
  ANS   Transfer Program
  Professional Writing  
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics   Minor
  Psychology  
P
  ANS/Psychology   A.A., B.A., Minor, Research Certificate
  Public Affairs  
I
  PEA   Minor
  Public Affairs: Criminal Justice
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Affairs: Environmental Policy
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Affairs: Health Services Administration
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Affairs: Legal Studies
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Affairs: Public Management
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Affairs: Specialized Study
I
  PEA   B.S.P.A.
  Public Relations  
I
  ANS   Minor
  Quality  
P
  ETCS/Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology Certificate
  Radiation Therapy  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Radiography  
I
  HSC   A.S.R.
  Religious Studies  
P
  ANS/Philosophy   Minor
  Respiratory Therapy  
I
  HSC   Transfer Program
  Risk and Emergency Management
I
  PEA   Certificate in Risk and Emergency Management
  Secondary Education  
I
  EDUC/Educational Studies B.S.Ed.
  Sociology  
I
  ANS/Sociology and Anthropology B.A., Minor
  Spanish  
I
  ANS/International Language and Culture Studies A.A., B.A. Minor
  Speech and Hearing Therapy
P
  ANS/Audiology and Speech Sciences B.S.
  Supervisory Leadership  
P
  OLS   Certificate
  Teaching English as a New Language
I
  ANS/English and Linguistics Certificate in Teaching English as a New Language
  Theatre  
P
  VPA/Theatre   B.A., Minor
  Theatre Teaching  
P
  VPA/Theatre   B.A., Minor
  Women’s Studies  
I, P
  ANS   A.A., B.A., Certificate in Women’s Studies, Minor

IPFW Office Directory

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Campus Emergencies-Police (PP 102)   481-6911
Campus Emergencies-Medical   6911
Weather-related Announcements   481-6050
     
Campus General Information/Switchboard (KT 153A)   481-6100
Academic Counseling and Career Services (KT 109)   481-6595
Academic Support and Advancement, Center for (KT G23)   481-6817
Admissions (KT 111)   481-6812
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (KT 110N)   481-6106
Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports (GC 201)   481-6643
Athletics-Reservation Desk (GC 210)   481-6655
Bookstore (KT G10)   483-6100
Bursar (KT G57)   481-6824
Child Care Center (CCC, 4133 Hobson Road)   481-0111
Continuing Studies (KT 145)   481-6619
Off-Campus Credit Programs (KT 145)   481-6111
Cooperative Education (NF 337)   481-6939
Dean of Students (WU 111)   481-6601
Disabilities, Services for Students with (WU 118)   481-6832
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (WU 118)   481-6608
Financial Aid (KT 103)   481-6820
Graduate Studies   481-6795
Honors Program (WU G25)   481-6924
International Student Services (KT 104)   481-6923
Library, Walter E. Helmke (LB 148)   481-6512
Police and Safety (PP 102)   481-6900
Purdue-Indiana Theatre Box Office (WT 124A)   481-6555
Registrar (KT 107)   481-6815
Student Life (WU 115)   481-6609
Student Government Association (WU 225)   481-6586
Veterans’ Benefits Representative (KT 107)   481-6126
Women and Returning Adults, Center for (WU 120)   481-6029
Writing Center (KT G19)   481-5740
     
Colleges, Schools, and Divisions    
Arts and Sciences (CM 153)   481-6160
Business and Management Sciences (NF 360)   481-6472
Continuing Studies (KT 145)   481-6619
Education (NF 250B)   481-6441
Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ET 243B)   481-6839
Health Sciences (NF 142)   481-6967
Labor Studies (KT G28)   481-6831
Organizational Leadership and Supervision (NF 288)   481-6420
Public and Environmental Affairs (NF 260)   481-6351
Visual and Performing Arts (VA 102)   481-6977


IPFW Bookstore Hours (fall/spring)
Monday-Thursday
Friday
Saturday
 
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Helmke Library Hours (fall/spring)
Monday-Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
 
8 a.m.-11 p.m.
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
noon-11 p.m.

 

 

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