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2014 - 2015 University Catalog

Catalog Navigation and Publication Policy

Academics—FAU's Chief Priority

Academic Calendar

Academic Programs

University Profile

Facts and Figures


National and State Testing Information

University Catalog Navigation and Publication Policy

This University Catalog enumerates policies, requirements and other essential details regarding both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Florida Atlantic University. Published annually by the Office of the Registrar, the catalog serves as an informational publication for the University community and the public. This catalog does not constitute an offer for contracts and should not be used for verifying the equivalency of courses to transfer courses or for recording credit on transcripts.

The navigation bar in the catalog's opening page directs readers to Academic Programs listed within the FAU colleges in which the programs are offered. Under the Academic Programs link, the colleges are listed in alphabetical order. The second link in the navigation bar, Course Descriptions, directs readers to FAU's individual course offerings. The courses also are listed under the colleges in which they are offered. The third link, General Information, leads to specific areas or services of the University. Academic policies, degree requirements, admissions information, student activities and financial assistance programs are among the resources found under the General Information link. The catalog search option at the top of all catalog pages is also a helpful tool for finding specific information within the catalog. Comments related to the catalog may be directed to the catalog editor.

The University reserves the right to amend, adopt or make effective any provision, offering, requirement or policy at any time without notice within the student’s period of study at FAU to carry out its purposes and objectives. When incorporating changes, the University will make every reasonable effort to honor the curriculum requirements appropriate to each student’s catalog year. However, some courses and programs may be discontinued and requirements may change as a result of curricular review or actions by accrediting associations or other agencies.

This catalog incorporates by reference and is subject to all applicable state and federal laws and rules and the rules and policies of the Florida Board of Education and Florida Atlantic University, which are subject to change at any time.

Academics—FAU's Chief Priority

Welcome to the academic world of Florida Atlantic University. Here you will find a wide choice of majors, a top-notch faculty, small classes and personal attention, all in a beautiful subtropical setting. FAU offers its programs at several sites throughout its six-county service region in Southeast Florida, with state-of-the-art student housing available on the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses. With more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available, FAU's 30,000 students are receiving the preparation they need to face the future with confidence.

Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral degrees. In 1993, FAU was elected to membership in the prestigious National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the country’s oldest higher education association. FAU is also a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.

With more than 50 percent of its student body classified as minority or international students, FAU ranks as the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse institution in Florida’s State University System. The student-to-faculty ratio is just 25:1, an advantage normally offered by small, private colleges. Similarly, classes are taught primarily by the University’s full-time faculty rather than by graduate students or part-time instructors.

Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Atlantic University. Students who have a complaint about their educational experience at FAU that is not resolved through internal University procedures may also use the above address to contact the SACS Commission, whose complaint procedures are listed here, or may submit a complaint form to the Florida Board of Governors at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Normal inquiries about the University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution.

The University’s full- and part-time faculty includes more than 1,000 accomplished scholars and researchers with 90 percent having a doctorate or terminal degree in their fields. The faculty includes 17 Eminent Scholars, widely acclaimed authorities in their fields who bring special excitement to the classroom and new ideas to research programs.

The University Libraries house approximately 3.7 million items, including books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, media and other materials.

Office of the Ombudsman
The Office of the University Ombudsman was established by the University President. The Ombudsman acts as an impartial and confidential agent in assisting members of the University community who have encountered problems that existing processes and procedures seem incapable of, or are causing an inordinate delay in, resolving. An appointment with the Ombudsman may be made by calling 561-297-4368 or clicking here. The Office of the Ombudsman is located in the Wimberly Library, Boca Raton campus, Room 156 at The Assistance Center.

Policy of Non-Discrimination
Florida Atlantic University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination. It is against the policy of the University to discriminate against, or exclude from participation in benefits or activities, either on the staff or in the student body, any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or mental or physical disablement, provided such disablement, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent satisfactory work performance. This non-discrimination policy also relates to the University's actions concerning choice of contractors and suppliers of goods and services and to the use of University facilities.

Academic Calendar
(Click here to see the latest and future Academic Calendars.)


Academic Programs

For a Program in: To Earn the Following Degrees: Register in the College of:
Accounting B.B.A., B.S., B.B.A./M.AC., M.AC., Minor Business
Actuarial Science Certificate Science 
Aging Certificates Design and Social Inquiry
Anthropology  B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Minor Arts and Letters
Applied Mathematics and Statistics M.S. Science
Arabic Minor Arts and Letters
Architecture B.Arch. Design and Social Inquiry
Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning B.Arch./M.U.R.P. Design and Social Inquiry
Art* B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A., Minors Arts and Letters
Asian Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Bioengineering M.S., any B.S. in college/M.S., Certificate Engineering and Computer Science
Biological Sciences** B.A., B.S., B.S./M.S., M.S., M.S.T., Minor Science
Biological Sciences/Environmental Science
B.S./M.S. Science
Biomedical Science M.S., Certificate Medicine
Biotechnology Certificate Science
Business Administration M.B.A., Ph.D., Minor, Certificates Business
Business Analytics Minor, Certificate Business
Business Biotechnology P.S.M. Business/Science
Business Law Minor Business
Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Chemistry** B.A., B.S., M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D. Science
Child Welfare Certificates Design and Social Inquiry
Civil Engineering B.S.C.V., B.S.C.V./M.S., M.S. Engineering and Computer Science
Classical Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Commercial Music B.M., Minor Arts and Letters
Communication  M.A. Arts and Letters
Communication Studies B.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Comparative Literature  Minor Arts and Letters
Comparative Studies Ph.D. Arts and Letters
Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Ph.D. Science
Computer Engineering B.S.C.E., B.S.C.E./M.S., M.S., Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science
Computer Science B.S., B.S./M.S., M.S., Ph.D., Minor Engineering and Computer Science
Counseling Ph.D. Education
Counselor Education M.Ed., Ed.S. Education
Creative Writing M.F.A. Arts and Letters
Criminal Justice B.A., Minor Design and Social Inquiry
Criminology and Criminal Justice M.S. Design and Social Inquiry
Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D.
Digital Marketing Minor, Certificate Business
Disaster Management Minor Design and Social Inquiry
Early Care and Education B.E.C.E. Education
Early Childhood Education M.Ed. Education
Economic Development and Tourism Certificate Design and Social Inquiry
Economics B.B.A., B.S., M.S., M.S.T., Minors Business
Educational Leadership M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D. Education
Electrical Engineering B.S.E.E., B.S.E.E./M.S., M.S., Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science
Electronic Commerce Minor Business
Elementary Education B.A., B.A.E., M.Ed. Education
English**   B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Minors Arts and Letters
English as a Second Language Studies  Certificates Arts and Letters
Entrepreneurship Minor Business
Environmental Education M.Ed. Education
Environmental Planning Certificate Design and Social Inquiry
Environmental Restoration Certificate Science
Environmental Science M.S., Certificate Science
Environmental Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Ethics, Law, and Society Certificate Arts and Letters
Ethnic Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Exceptional Student Education B.A., B.A.E., M.Ed., Ed.D. Education
Exercise Science and Health Promotion B.S., B.S.E., M.S. Education
Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Science
Film and Culture
Certificates  Arts and Letters
Film and Video Minor  Arts and Letters
Finance  B.B.A., B.S., M.S., Minor
(M.S. program currently not admitting students)
French* B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Minor Arts and Letters
Geographic Information Science Minor Science
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Science
Geography  B.A., B.S., M.A., M.A.T., Minor Science
Geology  B.A., B.S., M.S., Minor Science
Geomatics Engineering B.S.G.E., Minor, Certificate Engineering and Computer Science
Geosciences Ph.D. Science
German  Minor Arts and Letters
Gerontology Certificate Business
Health Administration  B.H.S., M.H.A., Minors, Certificate Business
Healthcare Information Systems
Minor, Certificate Business
History B.A., M.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Hospitality Management B.B.A., B.S., Minors, Certificate Business
Information Security Minor, Certificate Business
Information Technology and Management B.B.A or B.S. in MIS/M.S., M.S.
Business/Engineering and Computer Science
Innovation Entrepreneurship Certificate Business
Integrative Biology Ph.D. Medicine/Science
Interdisciplinary Studies: 
Arts and Humanities B.A. Arts and Letters
Social Science** B.A. Arts and Letters
International Business B.B.A., B.S., M.S., Certificate
(M.S. program currently not admitting students)
International Economics  Minor  Business
Italian Minor Arts and Letters
Jewish Studies B.A., Certificate Arts and Letters
Liberal Arts and Sciences*** B.A. Honors College
Linguistics B.A., M.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Management B.B.A., B.S. Business
Management Information Systems B.B.A., B.S., B.B.A. or B.S./M.S., Minors, Certificate
Marine Engineering Management Certificate Engineering and Computer Science
Marketing  B.B.A., B.S., Minor Business
Mathematics**  B.A., B.S., B.S./M.S., M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D., Minor Science
Mechanical Engineering B.S.M.E., B.S.M.E./M.S., M.S., Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science
Media, Technology and Entertainment M.F.A. Arts and Letters/Engineering and Computer Science
Medical Physics P.S.M., Certificate Science
Medicine M.D. Medicine
Meetings & Events Management Certificate Business
Multimedia Studies B.A. Arts and Letters
Music**  B.A., B.M., M.A. Arts and Letters
Music Business M.S. Arts and Letters/Business
Neuroscience Certificate Science
Neuroscience and Behavior B.S. Science
Nonprofit Management  M.N.M., Minor, Certificate Design and Social Inquiry
Nursing B.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.P., Ph.D., Certificates Nursing
Ocean Engineering B.S.O.E., B.S.O.E./M.S., M.S., Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science
Operations Management Minor Business
Peace Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Philosophy  B.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Physics**  B.A., B.S., M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D., Minor Science
Political Science  B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Minor Arts and Letters
Pre-Health Professions Studies Certificates Science
Psychology  B.A., M.A., Minor Science
Public Administration  M.P.A., Ph.D., Certificate
(Certificate currently not admitting students)
Design and Social Inquiry
Public Management B.P.M., Minor Design and Social Inquiry
Public Procurement Certificates Design and Social Inquiry
Public Safety Administration B.P.S.A. Design and Social Inquiry
Reading Education M.Ed. Education
Real Estate  Minor
Religious Studies Certificate Arts and Letters
Remote Sensing Certificate Science
Risk Management Certificates Business
Social Foundations of Education M.Ed. Education
Social Work  B.S.W., M.S.W. Design and Social Inquiry
Sociology  B.A., M.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Spanish* B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Minor Arts and Letters
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology M.S. Education
Statistics  Minor, Certificate Science
Sustainable Community Planning Certificate Design and Social Inquiry
Taxation M.TX. Business
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Bilingual Education (TESOL/BE) M.A. Education
Theatre B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A., Minor Arts and Letters
Urban and Regional Planning B.U.R.P., M.U.R.P., Certificates Design and Social Inquiry
Urban Design B.U.D. Design and Social Inquiry
Visual Planning Technology Certificate Design and Social Inquiry
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificates Arts and Letters
Women's Studies M.A. Arts and Letters

* Programs leading to teacher certification at the secondary school level are available in these specific subjects.

** Bachelor's degrees in teacher education programs at the secondary school level are available in these specific subjects. Students must enroll in the degree program in the subject they wish to teach.

*** Click here for a list of Honors College major concentrations and here for a list of Honors College minors.

KEY to Degree Designations
B.A.  Bachelor of Arts
B.A.E.  Bachelor of Arts in Education
B.Arch.  Bachelor of Architecture
B.B.A.  Bachelor of Business Administration
B.E.C.E. Bachelor of Early Care and Education
B.F.A.  Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.H.S.  Bachelor of Health Services Administration
B.M.  Bachelor of Music
B.P.M.  Bachelor of Public Management
B.P.S.A. Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
B.S.  Bachelor of Science
B.S.C.E. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
B.S.C.V.  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
B.S.E.  Bachelor of Science in Education
B.S.E.E.  Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
B.S.G.E. Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering
B.S.M.E. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
B.S.N.  Bachelor of Science in Nursing
B.S.O.E. Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering
B.S.W.  Bachelor of Social Work
B.U.D. Bachelor of Urban Design
B.U.R.P. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
D.N.P. Doctor of Nursing Practice
Ed.D.  Doctor of Education
Ed.S.  Education Specialist
M.A.  Master of Arts
M.A.T. Master of Arts in Teaching
M.AC.  Master of Accounting
M.B.A.  Master of Business Administration
M.D. Doctor of Medicine
M.Ed.  Master of Education
M.F.A.  Master of Fine Arts
M.H.A.  Master of Health Services Administration
M.N.M.  Master of Nonprofit Management
M.P.A.  Master of Public Administration
M.S.  Master of Science
M.S.T.  Master of Science in Teaching
M.S.W.  Master of Social Work
M.TX.  Master of Taxation
M.U.R.P. Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D.  Doctor of Philosophy
P.S.M. Professional Science Master


University Profile

Florida Atlantic University is in subtropical South Florida with locations in Palm Beach, Broward and St. Lucie counties. The climate is idyllic, with average temperatures year-round of 76 degrees and natural treasures ranging from the beaches to the Everglades. The six-county (Broward, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie) region, with a population of more than five million people, offers all of the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan setting.

Life as a Florida Atlantic University Owl has never been better! From clubs that serve every academic and leisure-time interest to 19 intercollegiate teams to root for, including a football team playing in a 30,000-seat on-campus stadium, there's something for everyone at FAU. Enrichment programs, including honors education, internships and hands-on research in beautiful campus environments, coupled with FAU's outstanding faculty, including accomplished scholars and researchers, provide bountiful opportunities for FAU students.

The University’s 10 colleges are spread across several sites throughout its six-county service region, with most colleges offering programs at several different locations. The University’s original campus is in Boca Raton, a suburban residential community midway between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. FAU Boca Raton is the administrative home of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. It is a residential campus with programs at lower-division, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral levels in many fields.

The College for Design and Social Inquiry and the College of Business offer programs at the FAU Fort Lauderdale campus as well. FAU Davie houses programs for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. In Fort Lauderdale and Davie, FAU is co-located with Broward College. Also in Broward County, FAU Dania Beach provides outstanding research facilities, hosting SeaTech, FAU's Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering.

FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers upper-division and graduate courses from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The campus is home to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, a four-year residential liberal arts and science college for high-achieving undergraduates. The Florida Center for Environmental Studies has its headquarters here. A thriving Lifelong Learning Society provides non-credit liberal arts courses for adults of all ages. The campus is also the site for two of the world's leading research organizations, Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Max Planck Society’s first institute in the United States.

Located on the Indian River Lagoon in northern St. Lucie County, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research organization dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans. As a base of operations for a host of research and academic programs—such as coral reef and estuary studies, marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, semester by-the-sea programs and a variety of research positions and internships—HBOI provides undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty with a high-tech and dynamic environment that is perfect for their varied pursuits.

Research plays a vital role in fulfilling the mission of Florida Atlantic University. The Division of Research provides the oversight, expertise and guidance for all of the various research activities throughout the University. FAU is taking its place among the world’s great research centers and has earned the designation of “High Research Activity” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Division of Research includes the Office of the Vice President, Sponsored Programs (pre-award), Research Accounting (post-award), Technology Transfer, Research Integrity (IACUC/IRB) and Veterinary Services. This Division is also linked to the Florida Atlantic University Research Corporation and Florida Atlantic Research and Development Park. All students involved in research should confer with Research Integrity to ensure that their research protocols comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

FAU is working on cooperative research and education projects with four of the world's premier scientific research organizations: Scripps Florida, a division of the Scripps Research Institute; the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience; and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. Additionally, the University has active partnerships with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Institute—a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center—and the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.

The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at FAU joins national marine energy research centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii that seek to advance the operational readiness of ocean energy technologies. The center is a partnership created to further the assessment of hydrokinetic and thermal ocean-energy resources off the east coast of Florida.

The Florida Board of Governors and FAU’s Board of Trustees provide guidance and governance to the University.

Tuition fees are charged for each credit scheduled based on the course level and the residency status of the student. Tuition fees per credit appear in the link below. Tuition fees are subject to change by the Florida Board of Governors at any time. The most current tuition fees can be found here.


Facts and Figures


Total Enrollment (Fall 2013)
Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2013)
Degree-Seeking (95 percent)
Florida Residents (94 percent)

Student Statistics

Headcount, Fall 2013
Degrees Awarded, 2012-2013*
Dorothy F. Schmidt
College of Arts and Letters
College of Business
College for Design
and Social Inquiry
College of Education
College of Engineering
and Computer Science
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Charles E. Schmidt
College of Medicine
Christine E. Lynn
College of Nursing
Charles E. Schmidt
College of Science

* Degrees awarded include only bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral.

Florida Atlantic University publishes an annual Fact Book containing in-depth student data as well as details on productivity, personnel and finance.


Average daily high and low temperatures (in degrees Fahrenheit):

Month High Low
January 74.5 55.9
February 75.3 56.2
March 79.3 60.8
April 82.5 65.1
May 85.7 69.5
June 88.1 72.7
July 89.7 74.2
August 90.1 74.8
September 88.4 74.3
October 84.4 70.1
November 79.6 63.5
December 75.7 58.2

Distance (in miles) from Boca Raton to major Florida cities and attractions:

Cape Canaveral 150
Daytona Beach 220
Fort Lauderdale 17
Fort Myers 140
Gainesville 250
Jacksonville 300
Key West 160
Miami 45
Orlando/Disney World 190
Palm Beach 25
Pensacola 610
St. Augustine 265
Tallahassee 425
Tampa 220

Distance (in miles) from FAU Boca Raton to nearby airports:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International 25
Miami International 50
Palm Beach International 25

Distance (in miles) from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport:

FAU Dania Beach (SeaTech) 5
FAU Davie 9
FAU Fort Lauderdale 5

Distance (in miles) from Palm Beach International Airport:

FAU Harbor Branch 75
FAU Jupiter 17



An interactive map of the Boca Raton campus can be found here. Maps to other campuses and sites—Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Harbor Branch, and Jupiter —are here.

National and State Testing Information

Information bulletins for the following state and national tests are available in the Office of Testing and Evaluation in SU 210 on the Boca Raton campus. Bulletins also may be obtained at FAU partner campuses.

Specific test dates, deadlines, fee information and direct links to specific testing programs may be found by accessing the Office of Testing and Evaluation website or by calling 561-297-3160.

Testing and Evaluation also offers test preparation courses in GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and SAT. For more information, call 561-297-1260 or visit the Test Prep website.

ACT Assessment
Paper-and-pencil format
Phone: 319-337-1270

Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE)
Most tests are offered in paper-and-pencil format. Obtain a registration bulletin to complete form. Some tests are computer-based.
Register online at
General information available through the Florida Department of Education website.
Phone: 866-613-3281

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT is computer-based testing only, by appointment.
Phone: 1-800-717-GMAT

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE General Test is computer-based only; phone for an appointment. The GRE Subject Test is paper and pencil, offered several times a year. Registration is available online.
Phone: 1-866-473-4373

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Registration is available online.
Phone: 215-968-1001

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Phone: 202-828-0690

Scholastic Assessment Tests
(SAT-I and SAT-II)
Phone: 866-756-7346

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Computer-based testing. Paper-and-pencil format available in some locations. Phone registration is available.

Phone: 877-863-3546