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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015




The University of South Alabama, the only major public institution of higher learning on the upper Gulf Coast, was created by act of the Alabama State Legislature in May, 1963. With Alabama’s two older universities more than 200 miles distant, the University is strategically located in the greater Mobile area, which has a population of more than a million within a 100-mile radius.

Exploration in the Mobile River area began in 1519 when the Spanish Admiral Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda entered and charted the area now known as Mobile Bay. The old fort, now known as Fort Morgan, guarding Mobile Bay, was first fortified by the Spanish in 1559. Settled in 1711 by the French, the bay area has had a tradition rich in culture and vital in the affairs of the nation from its formative years to the present.

Trade and shipping are vital to the economy of the area. Millions of tons of shipping are handled annually through the Port of Mobile, which is rated among the top ports in the country. More than fifteen million tons of shipping are carried yearly on the Tombigbee-Black Warrior waterway system with its modern locks and dams. The intracoastal waterway, crossing the southern end of the state, is connected at Mobile Bay with both inland and ocean shipping. Railroads and airlines serve the Bay area. Diversified farming, woodland crops, and seafood and fisheries are major factors in the area’s economy.


The University of South Alabama, with a global reach and special focus on the Gulf Coast, strives to make a difference in the lives of those it serves through promoting discovery, health, and learning.

The University of South Alabama will be a leading comprehensive public university internationally recognized for educational, research, and health care excellence as well as for its positive intellectual, cultural, and economic impact on those it serves.

The University of South Alabama is dedicated in purpose to the creation of an environment of intellectual excitement and an educational climate that will stimulate both faculty and students. A forum of free thought and discussion is provided which is intended to help develop an independent spirit undergirded by the moral and ethical values essential for effective participation in a free society. The University strives for fresh approaches to courses and programs. Emphasis is placed on the traditional dedication to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, as a center of learning concerned with the arts and humanities, study of human nature, phenomena of the physical world, processes of human relationships, and the knowledge and skills necessary for participation in professional vocational endeavors. The University actively encourages the students to take responsibility for their own welfare and that of the community, thus stimulating them to become vitally involved in the pursuit of knowledge and the continuing use of their intellectual capabilities as responsible and effective individuals. Students are encouraged to participate in University decisions involving their own welfare, impressing upon them the responsibility inherent in this participation. The University is conscious of its obligation to the local, state, and national communities to assist students to attain the fullest possible knowledge of themselves in relation to society, and to become enlightened participants in civic affairs. An ever-present concern with the problems of a changing society causes recognition of the University’s responsibility to cooperate with local, civic, professional, and governmental organizations. It inculcates an awareness of the necessity for effective leadership in the social, political, and economic affairs of our society. The University intends to extend its academic and professional programs to the highest level by introducing graduate programs and forming new schools and colleges when appropriate. New programs will be instituted only after necessary facilities, library resources, and faculty are acquired. The University reaches outward to the international community and encourages a wide exchange of knowledge and cultural relationships with other peoples. Relations are maintained with other colleges and universities, for the purpose of sharing resources and responsibilities in teaching, research, and service, in this country and abroad, as well as with the secondary schools and junior colleges in this vicinity. The need for continuing adult education accounts for the public being offered an opportunity to profit from these intellectual and technical resources. By contributing to the advancement of knowledge, by involving faculty and students in teaching, learning and research, and by offering its services to society commensurate with its resources, the University will achieve its maximum effectiveness.

To insure continued excellence as an educational institution, the University of South Alabama is committed to evaluating its effectiveness. The institution has carefully developed goals and objectives which are used as the basis for planning and evaluation. A variety of assessment methods are employed to determine the extent to which each goal has been met, and the results of such assessments are used to improve both educational and support activities.


The mission of the Department of Athletics at the University of South Alabama is to complement and supplement the total educational program of the institution and to provide equality to both student-athletes and all staff members regardless of race, gender, creed, nationality or economic status. The athletic department must provide learning experiences for all student-athletes and give each individual the opportunity to share in personal and group success. The University of South Alabama Department of Athletics provides student involvement in activities that help develop unity by encouraging a common quest for all students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University. The athletic program is committed to enriching the mental and physical capabilities of its student-athletes while developing and building a respected program that is competitive on a national level in selected sports, at the same time operating a quality program in the other sports, which will create a basis for pride among the varied constituencies of the University.


The Department of Athletics’ philosophy includes the following ideals:

Recognition of the dignity, worth, and respect of every individual who comes in contact with the Department of Athletics.
Belief in the provision of opportunity equally given every student-athlete to develop his or her maximum ability, both in the classroom and on the playing field, regardless of race, gender, creed, nationality, or economic status.
Belief in the provision of opportunity equally given to each and every Athletic department staff member to develop his or her maximum ability in the workforce.
Provision of the best available coaching and training staff in order to bring out the athletic potential of all its student-athletes.
 Commitment to the ongoing development of all student-athletes so that each can become a contributing member of society and live a rewarding and fulfilling life.
Commitment to the provision of academic support services necessary to maximize the opportunity for academic success and graduation for student-athletes through a system of advising, monitoring academic progress and identification of potential problems.
 Demonstration of sportsmanship through the ideals of fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility in a competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics.
The University of South Alabama, operating as a state institution of higher learning and financed in large part by public funds, is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of seventeen members; twelve members are appointed from south Alabama, three members are appointed from the State at large; the Governor of Alabama serves as President, ex officio, of the Board, and the State Superintendent of Education serves as a member, ex officio. Of the twelve members appointed from south Alabama, three of the members are appointed from Mobile County and one member is appointed from each of the nine southern senatorial districts as those districts were designated at the time the University was organized. All except ex officio members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The administrative organization of the University has been designed to provide the greatest possible efficiency in operation for a multiplex, yet young, institution. The framework is sufficiently flexible, involving three primary areas of operation-academic, administrative, and student personnel-to provide for revision as the institution becomes more complex. The three primary areas of institutional operation are supplemented and supported by programs in development and university relations. The organization below the Board of Trustees is composed of the President, appointed by the Board of Trustees, and other chief administrative officers who report directly to him: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Vice President for Financial Affairs; Vice President for Health Sciences; Vice President for Health Systems; Vice President for Research; and Vice President for Student Affairs. Under the present organization, the University comprises the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Computing and Information Sciences, School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, and the Graduate School, each headed by an academic officer. The Dean of University Libraries operates in cooperation with the faculty and reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Medical Affairs. Departments within colleges operate under the direction of departmental chairs who report directly to the deans of the colleges.
The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Alabama. In addition, the University of South Alabama has programs accredited by the following organizations: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, htt;:/www.abet.org: B.S. programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Speech- Language and Hearing Association: CAA, Association of American Medical Colleges, Computer Sciences Accreditation Commission, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology are accredited by the CAC of ABET, and Council on Social Work Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, Council on Academic Accreditation, and Council on Social Work Education.
The University of South Alabama and its colleges and subdivisions follow a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, age, or genetic information in admission policies and practices, educational programs, activities, and employment practices according to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University of South Alabama does not discriminate in its student and employment practices in violation of any applicable laws. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access educational institution. The University of South Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of disability. No otherwise qualified person with a disability, solely on the basis of such disability, will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the administration of any educational program or activity including admission or access thereto or in treatment or employment therein by the University of South Alabama.
For certain distance education courses, the University of South Alabama maintains a guaranty tuition bond covering any amounts of tuition that may be refundable according to the policies of the University. To obtain a copy of this bond, please email your request to USAonline at ecampus@southalabama.edu
The University of South Alabama complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ACT of 1973 and the ADA of 1990 as amended. Any questions relating to the accessibility should be directed to the Manager, Special Student Services, Student Center, Room 270, (251)460-7212.
The need for authoritative information is critical for student success at the University of South Alabama. The University Libraries provide the resources and services necessary to obtain, understand, and think critically about information, whether it is located physically in one of the libraries, or available electronically in a licensed database. The computer network not only provides bibliographic information about the collections of the University Libraries through SOUTHcat, but also provides access to licensed full-text article services, periodical indexes and abstracts, eBooks, and electronic reference sources. The book, journal, microform, and audiovisual collections provide students with copyrighted information not yet available through the Internet. All University librarians hold Master of Library Science degrees, specialize in particular fields of study, and are available to assist patrons with their academic research.
The Libraries of the University of South Alabama consist of the:
  • Marx Library, the general library on the main campus
  • Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library, main campus adjacent to the College of Medicine
  •     -Children’s & Women’s Hospital Library, on Center Street in midtown Mobile
        -USA Medical Center Library, on Fillingim Street
  • Mitchell College of Business Learning Resource Center
  • Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at the USA Springhill Avenue Campus (SHAC)
  •      Library services and a librarian are also available at the:
  • USA Baldwin County Campus
  • The Marx Library houses a Federal Depository Library; an Instructional Media Center (IMC) with educational materials such as videotapes, DVDs, CDs; audiovisual viewing and listening rooms; a computer lab; an auditorium and classrooms available for reservations; two art galleries featuring student/faculty and regional artists, traveling statewide shows, and special displays. Reference, interlibrary loan, photocopying, and other services are also available.
    Director: Cynthia L. Wilson (251) 928-8133
    Librarian: Angela Rand
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    E-mail: usabc@usouthal.edu
    The University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC) was established as a campus of the University in August, 1984, to offer higher education in one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Alabama. USABC offers upper-level (junior and senior) undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and non-credit programs. The campus is in downtown Fairhope. The administration building is located at 10 North Summit Street and the classroom complex is at the corner of Summit Street and St. James Place; and the College of Nursing building at 161 N. Summit Street.
    Academic offerings include courses leading to Bachelor's degrees in the Interdisciplinary Studies, Communication-Public Relations Track, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education and Nursing Accelerated BSN Track. Courses in business, education, and liberal arts are offered each semester which can be used as credit in a variety of degree programs. Faculty who teach these courses are hired by the University's academic divisions.
    Computer services are provided for students and faculty. Classrooms have internet access and audio-visual equipment. The administration building contains a computer laboratory and computers are available in the building's lobby for use during business and class hours.
    Credit courses are offered during the day and the evening in Fairhope. Most evening courses meet once per week and day time courses meet in a variety of formats. USABC students are eligible for on-line courses scheduled by the academic departments. Check the USABC web site, http://www.southalabama.edu/usabc for the complete schedule of courses for each semester.
    Printed materials for admission, academic programs, financial aid and student services are available in the administration building. Counseling services and some academic advising are available, by appointment, on the campus.
    USABC supports the University's mission of public service by working cooperatively with community organizations. The Fairhope Film Series, held in the USABC Performance Center, is available to the public. USABC cosponsors Leadership Baldwin County which is open to adults in the county. Special events are held on the USABC campus throughout the year.
    USABC is growing both in the number of students and the academic courses offered. USABC is committed to providing the same high-quality educational experiences in Baldwin County that are provided on the main campus of the University of South Alabama.

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