OCSE Undergraduate Degrees & Certificates
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
The major in biochemistry requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. This sequence of required chemistry and biology courses along with elective courses from biology, chemistry, agriculture, and physics offers the student a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary training.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
The major in agriculture (508) consists of several concentrations allowing students to specialize in areas of interest such as agronomy, agribusiness, agricultural education, agricultural systems, animal science, dairy science, horticulture, horse science, and turf and golf course management.
The department of agriculture also offers a small major (605) that couples with a required second major or minor outside the agriculture department. The major includes all basic agriculture courses.
Minor in Agriculture
Those interested in our minor in agriculture must complete 9 hours of agriculture electives at the 300-level or above.
The Floristry certificate is meant to enhance majors such as business, horticulture, hospitality management, hotel restaurant management, and interior design. Students who elect the Floristry certificate will develop the skills needed to establish and manage a retail floral business, with emphasis on logistics, resources, marketing and risk management. This certificate will also be an encouragement for related industry to have an educational outlet for themselves and employees.
Minor in Floristry
The minor in floristry requires 21 hours and is meant to enhance majors such as business, horticulture, hospitality management, hotel restaurant management, and interior design. Students who elect the minor in floristry will develop skills needed to establish and manage a retail floral business, with emphasis on logistics, resources, marketing and risk management.
Bachelor of Science in Biology
The major in biology (525) does not require a second major or minor. Students complete a range of biology courses and are able to participate in research projects to ease the transition into the workplace.
The major in biology (617) gives students an opportunity to take basic biology courses and couple the major with a second major or minor. In addition to coursework, students may work with faculty on research projects to gain experience for the workforce.
Minor in Biology
Students, with the aid of their advisor, select biology courses to complete the 24 hours required for this minor.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
The Medical Laboratory Science program combines a minimum of three years (96 semester hours) of college courses at Western Kentucky University with a minimum of 12 calendar months (36 semester hours) of satisfactory clinical training in a school of Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology).
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Technology
The molecular biotechnology major allows students to be part of some exciting new developments like genomics, personalized medicine, cloning, organoid research, and genome editing. The skills acquired may be applied to the development of new pharmaceutical drugs or other medical products, industrial chemicals, food products, energy sources, pollution-control products, or agricultural products.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
The major in chemistry requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Requirements of the major include selecting one of four concentrations: ACS-Approved, Foundations, General, or Teacher Certification. Prior to a selection of a program of study, a student should consult with a chemistry advisor to determine the most appropriate option.
Minor in Chemistry
At least ten semester hours must be earned in courses numbered 300 and above and at least one upper-division laboratory-based course must be taken in residence at the WKU Bowling Green campus.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Sustainability, and Geographic Studies
This program is structured around foundational courses, technical course work, and applied real-world experiences. It prepares students for thinking critically about the complexities of human-environmental interactions through technical course work encompassing scientific writing, quantitative skills and data analysis, applied field- and lab-based experiences, and effective use of geospatial technologies (e.g., GIS and cartography, GPS, radar, satellite, drone, photogrammetry, environmental quality monitors, and surveying).
Geographic Information Systems, Certificate
This certificate is designed for students in a variety of disciplines that involve the analysis, mapping, display, and interpretation of geospatial data and information. Students who complete the program will have a solid foundation that spans the collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and display of data using GIS.
Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences
Society’s interest in the environment and climate change is growing fast. The time has never been better to become a geological scientist. This degree can provide a wide variety of career options, including jobs in the corporate (oil & gas, mining, environmental, engineering), government (surveys, agencies, park service), and academic sectors. Our program takes a holistic approach, as the traditional geology has become increasingly interdisciplinary.
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
In addition to preparing students for immediate employment as meteorologists, the combination of advanced theoretical and applied coursework as well as experience with meteorological instrumentation and computer programming will provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate school in the atmospheric sciences. Students will become more directly involved in faculty-sponsored research, increased co-authorship of peer-reviewed research articles, and increased presentation of research results at professional meetings and conferences.
Minor in Applied Statistics
A minor in applied statistics requires a minimum of 19 semester hours. This program is designed for a student seeking a career as a statistical programmer/analyst/consultant in a knowledge-based industry or in a research institution.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics
This program is for students wishing to pursue either a graduate degree in economics or a highly applied, analytical occupation with a heavy emphasis on quantitative skills such as an actuary. This degree does not require a second major or a minor. The BS in Mathematical Economics offers two concentrations: General concentration and Actuarial Science concentration.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
(528P, 528) This major is for students that intend to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics, and/or intend to pursue employment in business and industry. This major does not lead to teacher certification.
(728P, 728) This major is intended for students that are pursuing a basic math major for employment purposes and/or are interested in mathematics as part of a degree with two majors. Students pursuing teacher certification will also major in Science and Mathematics Education (774).
Minor in Mathematics (Minor for Employment in Industry and/or Graduate Studies in Mathematics)
This is a 24-hour minor.
Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Mathematics
This program is for students who plan to teach mathematics in grades 5-9 only. The degree requires a second major in Science and Mathematics education (reference number 774).
Science majors can choose from a variety of specializations connecting to other fields, such as astrobiology, astrochemistry, astrostatistics, or planetary science. Students in other disciplines may still obtain a firm grounding in basic astronomy and physics, supplemented with relevant courses from other fields.
Minor in Biophysics
This minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours. The course sequence is intended to serve students of the life sciences, that is, students of biology, pre-medicine and pre-dental, agriculture, environmental health, psychology, science teaching, environmental engineering, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, and pre-optometry. In general, this curriculum treats the physics of life processes and various applications of physics to biology and medicine.
Bachelor of Science in Physics
This program will prepare students for a wide variety of careers in STEM, graduate work in physics, astronomy, and related fields or professional schools such as medical school.
Minor in Neuroscience
The minor in Neuroscience offers students the opportunity to study the intersection of brain and behavior in a manner that incorporates tools and perspectives from the psychological and biological sciences, and related disciplines.
Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science
This program is designed for students who are interested in a science-oriented degree that will prepare them for graduate study in psychology or a related field or for employment in jobs where strong quantitative and research skills are required.
Minor in Psychological Science
This minor might appeal to students who are in a pre-professional track (e.g., pre-med) or to students majoring in disciplines where psychological science can inform research and practice (e.g., biology, computer science, philosophy, religious studies, nursing, communication disorders, management, etc.).
Brewing and Distilling Arts & Sciences, Certificate
This multidisciplinary certificate is designed to complement an existing major in a related field, by providing a background understanding of topics related to the brewing and distilling industries−students need to become competitive in the marketplace.
Emergency Management Disaster Science, Certificate
The certificate provides students, whether traditional or working professionals, an in-depth acumen related to incident management, risk identification, emergency planning, and emergency management program evaluation.
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Science
Architectural Science is a bridge between design theory and construction practice. Graduates find employment as drafters, designers, construction planners, estimators, inspectors, technical sales representatives, and many other exciting areas.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
These skills learned in this program are complemented by advanced topics in engineering design, management, finance, computer applications, and real world civil engineering experiences. This program focuses on construction, geotechnical engineering, construction materials, structures, surveying, and hydrology.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology
Careers in the CIT field frequently exceed median pay and future job outlook growth. The CIT program at WKU can help prepare students for many rewarding careers.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Within three to five years after graduation, graduates are expected to engage in continuous learning to adapt to innovation and evolving technologies; design and implement solid solutions for rapidly changing computing & information systems; be effective team participants; effectively communicate ideas in verbal and written form at the appropriate level for the audiences; be an ethical and socially responsible computer science professional.
Minor in Computer Science
This minor is a 20-credit-hour program.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
This program involves planning, coordination, and control of projects from inception to completion. Construction Managers work out of a main or field office to perform a variety of important functions, including project planning, cost management, time management, quality management, safety management, and contract administration.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
This program builds a foundation of knowledge in electrical engineering by integrating a variety of project experiences at every level throughout the curriculum. It produces graduates who can immediately contribute to the profitability of their employer. Our electrical engineering curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics to prepare them for careers as engineers.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management
This 2+2 program is designed specifically for students who currently hold a certificate (with at least 24 hours of technical credit) or an associate of applied science degree from a technical school, two-year college, or four-year institution. The Engineering Technology Management program is a capstone program that provides a two-year management emphasis for those working toward a supervisory position in industry.
Floodplain Management, Certificate
This certificate requires completion of at least 13 semester hours and provides students with basic knowledge and skills needed to implement and administer flood mitigation and recovery programs. Students develop familiarity with federal floodplain management regulations, the National Flood Insurance Program, hydrology, surveying, and tools such as Geographic Information Systems that are critical to administering an aggressive floodplain management program.
Land Surveying, Certificate
Undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering or post-graduate students with baccalaureate degrees in civil engineering, mining, or agricultural engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) may obtain a Certificate in Land Surveying (reference number 1700) in order to pursue licensure as a professional surveyor in the state of Kentucky.
Post-graduate students with baccalaureate degrees in majors other than civil engineering, mining or agricultural engineering may obtain a Certificate in Land Surveying in order to pursue licensure as a professional surveyor in the state of Kentucky.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology
This program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and advanced manufacturing technical skills in support of industrial operations. The major includes instruction in optimization theory, human factors, organizational behavior, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, systems integration, quality, and project management.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
This program focuses on the engineering sciences as well as design and professional skills necessary for a successful career in mechanical engineering. The mechanical engineering program provides a project-based, learner-driven environment relevant to the needs of modern society.
Minor in Systems Engineering
Systems engineering is a robust approach to the design, creation, and operation of systems. The minor requires 21 hours for CE and ME majors and 22 hours for EE majors. Students must complete 12 or 12.5 hours of required courses and choose a minimum of 9 hours from elective courses.
Bachelor of Science in Middle School Science
The middle school science major is for students who plan to teach science in grades 5 through 9. It also requires completion of the science and mathematics education (SMED) program.