GRADUATE POLICIES PROCEDURES COURSE CATALOG GRADUATE POLICIES & PROCEDURES & COURSE CATALOG 2005 BLACKSBURG,

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  • GRADUATE POLICIES

    &

    PROCEDURES

    &

    COURSE CATALOG

    2005

    BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA 24061

    VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY

  • POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT Sexual harassment is considered to be a form of discrimi- nation based on sex and falls within the statutory prohi- bitions against sex discrimination. The university is com- mitted to maintaining a working and a study environ- ment free of sexual harassment. Accordingly, in compli- ance with Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, it is the university’s policy not to tolerate any verbal, nonverbal, or physical behavior which constitutes sexual harassment. Personnel with supervisory responsibilities are required to take immediate and appropriate action when incidents of alleged sexual harassment are brought to their attention. Violations of the policy prohibiting sexual harassment may lead to disciplinary actions, in- cluding reprimand, suspension, or termination of em- ployment or academic status.

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual ad- vances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employ- ment or academic decisions; or 2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or 3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

    Faculty, staff, students, and applicants for employment or admission with complaints of sexual harassment should contact the University EO/AA Office on a confidential basis and request an informal investigation.

    Faculty, staff, and students may file formal complaints outside the university. Students may file formal com- plaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Faculty may file formal complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Staff may contact the state EEO Office or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    KEY TELEPHONE NUMBERS: University Operator ................................... 540/231-6000 Graduate Admissions ......................................... 231-4669 Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships . 231-4558 Graduate School .......................................... 540/231-6691

    ACADEMIC COLLEGES: Agriculture and Life Sciences .......................... 231-6503 Architecture and Urban Studies .................... 231-6386 Pamplin College of Business ............................ 231-6152 Engineering ............................................................... 231-6641 Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ................ 231-6779 Natural Resources .................................................. 231-5481 College of Science .................................................. 231-5422 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine ............................................. 231-7666

    The provisions of this document do not constitute a con- tract, expressed or implied, between any applicant or stu- dent and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univer- sity. The university reserves the right to change any of the provisions, schedules, programs, courses, rules, regulations, or fees whenever university authorities deem it expedient to do so.

    Graduate students are invited to request the aid of the Graduate School in any matter of concern.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    The Graduate School Sandy Hall (0325) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg VA 24061 540/231-6691; FAX 540/231-3714 TOLL FREE: 877/453-1405 E-MAIL: gradrecru@vt.edu

    The Graduate School maintains up-to-date information about programs on the World Wide Web. To access the home page, look up the following:

    URL— HTTP://WWW.GRADS.VT.EDU

    PUBLICATION DATE: DECEMBER 2004

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. The university is subject to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Federal Executive Order 11246, Virginia's State Executive Order Number Two, and all other rules and regulations that are applicable. Anyone having questions con- cerning any of those regulations should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity, 336 Burruss Hall, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061- 0216, 540/231-7500, TYY 540/231-9460.

    Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office (540/231-3788; TDD/PC 1-800/828-1120) by the application deadline.

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    CONTENTS GENERAL INFORMATION .....................................................4 FINANCIAL INFORMATION ....................................................9 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ............................................. 13

    COLLEGES Agriculture and Life Sciences ................................................ 27 Architecture and Urban Studies ............................................ 27 Business (Pamplin College of) ................................................. 28 Engineering........................................................................................ 29 Liberal Arts & Human Sciences ............................................. 29 Natural Resources .......................................................................... 30 Science .................................................................................................. 31 Veterinary Medicine ..................................................................... 31

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS Accounting and Information Systems .............................. 32 Aerospace and Ocean Engineering ...................................... 36 Agricultural and Applied Economics .................................. 39 Agricultural and Extension Education ............................... 43 Animal and Poultry Sciences ................................................... 44 Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management ............. 47 Architecture + Design (School of) ......................................... 50 Art and Art History ....................................................................... 54 Biochemistry ..................................................................................... 55 Biological Systems Engineering ............................................. 57 Biology ................................................................................................. 59 Biomedical Engineering and Sciences ................................ 63 Building Construction ................................................................. 64 Business Administration ............................................................ 66 Business Information Technology ........................................ 69 Chemical Engineering .................................................................. 72 Chemistry ........................................................................................... 74 Civil and Environmental Engineering ............................... 77 Communication .............................................................................. 84 Computer Science .......................................................................... 86 Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences .............................. 90 Dairy Science .................................................................................... 93 Economics .......................................................................................... 96 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies .................... 99 Electrical and Computer Engineering .............................. 104 Engineering (General) ............................................................... 112 Engineering Science and Mechanics ................................ 113 English ............................................................................................... 119 Entomology .................................................................................... 123 Environmental Design and Planning .............................. 125 Environmental Engineering .................................................. 126 Environmental Programs ........................................................ 127 Environmental Sciences and Engineering .................... 127 Finance, Insurance, and Business Law ............................ 128 Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences ............................................ 131 Food Science and Technology ............................................. 134 Foreign Languages and Literatures ................................... 136 Forestry ............................................................................................. 138 Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology ........................................................................................ 140

    Geography ....................................................................................... 142 Geological Sciences .................................................................... 144 Gerontology ..............................................................................