Dec 07, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources for Students

AnchorThe Library, Museums and Press

Students can access resources from the UD Library, Museums and Press 24 hours a day via There, they will find one resources including:

  • More than 670,000 e-books; more than 100,400 e-journals and newspapers; and more than 400 licensed databases
  • Subject-specific Research Guides
  • Online exhibitions and Finding Aids for unique and distinctive research material in Special Collections and Museums
  • Article DELivery Service, by which students receive electronic copies of articles and book chapters from materials available in the Library’s print and microform collections
  • UDSpace, an institutional repository that digitally stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes the intellectual work of UD scholars
  • An online catalog, DELCAT Discovery, to find materials within the Library’s collections, as well as other catalogs to search library collections throughout the world

Fall 2020 may be a little different, but know that we are still here to help you get access to what you need online, even if hours and services of the physical space are limited. During a normal semester, the University’s main library, Morris Library, provides:

  • Study spaces for up to 1,500 people.
  • One of more than 40 group study rooms that can be reserved
  • Writing tutors in the Multimedia Writing Center
  • Access to WiFi, electrical outlets and more than 245 computers, scanners and copiers.
  • 24/7 access to the Library Commons, just inside the entrance to Morris Library, which also hosts “The Nest”, a newly-renovated eatery managed by Dining Services.
  • Spaces, software and equipment to borrow or use in house to create cutting-edge multimedia projects in the Student Multimedia Design Center. Specialty studios dedicated to virtual reality, digital graphics, and video and sound.

Graduate students also can reserve graduate carrels and study in the newly-renovated Graduate Student Study Area on the third floor and in the Graduate Student Research Room.

Work closely with unique and distinctive research materials from Special Collections and Museums, including books, manuscripts, archival material and artwork. Particular strengths of the collections are history and Delawareana; science and technology; art and literature; political papers and ships’ logs; American art of the 20th century; European prints; Inuit art; Pre-Columbian art; and minerals. The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection has also enhanced the holdings of British literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

There are also four gallery spaces on campus, including Old College Gallery, Mechanical Hall Gallery, the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall and the Special Collections Gallery in Morris Library. During the academic year, these gallery spaces offer exhibitions and programming that are free and open to the public.

In addition to Morris Library, there are four branch libraries, including the Education Resource Center, Chemistry Library and Physics Library on the Newark campus and the Marine Studies Library on the Lewes campus. Should you have any questions about the Library or its resources, feel free to ask staff at any service desk throughout the Library’s various locations. They are your best resource for taking full advantage of the UD Library, Museums and Press.

Should you have any questions about the Library or its resources, feel free to ask staff via any method below or at any open service desk throughout the Library’s various locations. They are your best resource for taking full advantage of the UD Library, Museums and Press.

Technology Resources

The University’s commitment to providing a robust technological environment enables students and faculty to pursue academic studies and improves campus life.

Computing site resources and printing kiosks are available throughout campus, and UD’s Wi-Fi (eduroam) covers residence halls, academic buildings, student centers, and other places students congregate. All University classrooms are connected to the campus network, which enables faculty and students to use a variety of devices and multimedia services during class time. Many faculty use web tools, clickers, social media, automated lecture capture systems, and other technology to enhance their students’ experience and to foster collaborative or problem-based learning.

Central UD Information Technologies provides technology used by everyone at the University ( In addition, many other parts of the University provide specialized technology resources for students. For example, the Student Multimedia Design Center ( in the Morris Library enables students to create multimedia projects for course work as well as for personal use. Also, the Language Resource Center ( in Jastak-Burgess Hall provides technology and multimedia resources for learning foreign languages, including free access to Rosetta Stone software.

Answers To Your Questions About Campus Technology

What do I need to know about computing and other technology at UD?

Everything students need to know about computing, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and other technology at UD is contained in the new student pages linked from the IT home page (  

How can I get help for general computing problems?

Step-by-step instructions for installing and using UD-supported technology can be found on IT’s website ( For questions about general problems with computing or other technology, contact the IT Support Center by sending email to, texting (302) 722-6820, or calling (302) 831-6000.

Which computer should I bring to campus?

Your computer should meet the University’s current minimum system requirements. IT staff can help you decide which computer and technology products are best suited to your needs. Recommended computer configurations are linked from IT’s website ( Feel free to ask questions or schedule a consultation by sending email to, texting (302) 722-6820, or calling (302) 831-6000. 

How do I connect my computer and other devices to the campus network?

On campus, you can connect your computer and other devices to the campus network (eduroam) using either a wired connection or a secure Wi-Fi connection. University students can use the internet to access campus resources from off campus. Instructions for connecting your devices are linked from IT’s website (

Seek Advocacy, Support or Resources through your Dean of Students

If students have a complex problem to resolve and they are not sure where to begin, they are encouraged to reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students. ODS can be reached at 302-831-8939 or via email to Visit the Student Life, Campus Activities, and Dining  section to learn more about how the Office of the Dean of Students advocates for all UD students, provides support and connects students with resources that support their success at UD.

Academic Advisement to Keep You on Track

Undergraduate Advisement

Academic advisement is available to all students, and students are strongly encouraged to seek regular advisement by contacting their assigned advisor. Assignment of students to advisors is coordinated by their college or major department. Each students’ academic advisor is listed in UDSIS.

Academic advisors can help students with course selection, choice of major, maintaining progress toward a degree, career goals, and selection of graduate or professional schools. Freshmen are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to choose courses prior to their registration appointment. Students who have been placed on academic probation are required to consult with an academic advisor prior to selecting courses for the subsequent term. Academic advisors can also provide referrals to support services for students who need help with personal, medical, or other issues. Successful undergraduate students tend to be those who meet with their advisors at least once each semester.

More information can be found on the Academic Advisement page:

University Studies Program

The University Studies Program provides academic planning and advisement for students who have not declared a major or are in transition from one major to another. UST students are provided guidance with course selection for each term and eventual choice of major. The UST Program’s professional advisors provide a full range of services to students from the time that they enter the University until the time that they declare a major, when they will be assigned an advisor from within their new program. UST students are expected to declare a major by the end of sophomore year. The website of the University Studies Program includes extensive resources to help University Studies students explore their interests and choose courses appropriate for majors that they may be considering - please see

Undergraduate Advisement Tools

Undergraduate students who log into their Student Center in UDSIS have access to advisement tools created to supplement in-person advisement. Students are encouraged to review these tools before meeting with their advisor in order to make the meeting more effective. Although they are not intended to replace in-person advisement, it is also helpful to review these tools before registration. The Degree Audit allows a student to review their degree requirements to see how courses that they’ve enrolled in satisfy those requirements and to see what requirements have not yet been met. The What-If tool is a variation of the Degree Audit that allows a student to see how a change of major or minor would affect their progress, or how a specific course that they haven’t enrolled in yet would fall into their requirements. Additional information on these tools and how to use them can be found on the Registrar’s website:

Associate in Arts Program

Students in the University’s Associate in Arts Program are served by professional advisors who maintain office hours in Newark as well as at the UD Academic Centers in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown. The Associate in Arts advisors ensure that students maintain timely progress toward completion of their Associate degree, and also work with them to facilitate their transition to the Newark campus as juniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Students Who Have a Declared Major

Students who have a declared major and are affiliated with a specific college usually seek the assistance of their faculty advisor or the Assistant Dean of their own college, but if in transition, students are welcome to consult with professionals from the University Studies Program for referral to the appropriate office. Advisors in the University Studies Program are happy to assist students who are considering a change of major from one UD college to another and want more information on opportunities available to them.

Graduate Advisement

Graduate students usually work one-to-one with their faculty advisor or thesis/dissertation director. In some departments, the student’s thesis/dissertation committee members may also provide advisement. The graduate student’s advisor is generally agreed upon at the time of admission or soon after.

Advisement for Continuing Education Students

The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center provides academic advisement, career exploration and assessment, and registration assistance to current and prospective Continuing Education students, as well as members of the community. In-person, telephone and video conference appointments may be arranged by calling 302-831-8843.

Maximize Your Academic Performance

The Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) offers activities that provide undergraduates with extensive academic assistance through tutoring in multiple formats, academic success and study skills workshops, and one-on-one academic support, including referral assistance, throughout the year. These programs and activities are designed to help students maximize their academic performance while pursuing degree programs.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT: OAE professionals are available to meet individually with students to assess their current academic strategies and to assist in identifying supportive resources at the University of Delaware. In addition, in-person and online study skills/time management workshops are offered to assist students in developing and strengthening college-level strategies for academic success.

TUTORIAL SERVICES: Free drop-in and group tutoring/supplemental instruction are available in a wide range of subject areas. All tutors have faculty recommendations and are screened by the OAE. In addition to the services mentioned above, the OAE provides a directory of tutors for students who wish to select and pay for their own tutors.

GET READY PROGRAM: Coordinated by the Office of Academic Enrichment, Get Ready is a five-week program for students conditionally admitted to UD who will benefit from specialized peer mentoring and professional academic support while earning college credits over the summer. Students in the Get Ready program will prepare for the academic rigors of UD by getting a head start on reading & writing comprehension, math and study skills. Each student will be registered for two one-credit online classes held over a four-week period, and will complete the Get Ready program with a final, one-week on-campus program to orient students to campus and prepare them to be successful in higher education.

For more information, visit:

Need Help With Math?

The Math Tutorial Site provides free tutorial assistance and other resources for students of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 010 ), most one hundred level math courses and Calculus (MATH 221 , MATH 241 ). The Tutorial Site provides math problem assistance (limited tutorial assistance in mathematics by qualified undergraduate students, and graduate students). It also has solution manuals to most of the math textbooks of courses mentioned above, and a library of Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus textbooks. The Tutorial Site is located in 106 Ewing Hall. Students who would like information about private math tutors should contact the Academic Enrichment Center at (302) 831-2805.

Improve Your Writing Skills

The University Writing Center offers individualized writing consultations. Student writers at any level and from any discipline may use the center at no charge. Center tutors are prepared to discuss any aspect of writing. They can help writers decide on topics, how to organize information, revise a draft, document sources or self-edit. In addition, the center offers advice on prewriting strategies, essay exams, documentation styles and thesis or dissertation writing.

The Writing Center is located in 016 Memorial Hall and the Multimedia Center in 017 Morris Library. Students make an appointments by visiting

Supporting The Academic Success Of All Students

The University is committed to creating an educational community that is intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse, enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from different backgrounds. As part of its strong commitment to support a diverse student population, the University offers a number of programs and services for students in particular fields of study. These programs have been highly successful in supporting the success of students from underrepresented groups and those who face challenging social, economic, educational, or other life circumstances.

The AGCELERATE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM promotes retention, academic success, and career preparedness for students within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Initiated in 2013 through the President’s Diversity Initiative, AGcelerate supports underrepresented students but is open to all undergraduates within the college. Students grow, lead, and succeed through dynamic programming including service learning, leadership development, and career networking both on and off campus. Students also are supported academically through optional group and individual tutoring, skill-building seminars, and connection with campus-wide resources. To foster a sense of community, AGcelerate participants are offered peer mentoring within their major and can request additional career-focused faculty mentorship.

For additional information, please contact or visit

ASPIRE (Academic Support Program Inspiring Renaissance Educators) is housed within the College of Education and Human Development to encourage and support underrepresented students seeking careers in Education and Human Services. The program engages students from six colleges in activities that provide opportunities for academic and professional development. The ASPIRE network of students and alumni is an energized force that is dedicated to the development of effective teachers and leaders for schools and areas of human service in Delaware and beyond.

For additional information, call (302) 831-2396 or visit

NUCLEUS. The NUCLEUS program in the College of Arts and Sciences is an undergraduate academic support services program. The mission of NUCLEUS is to ensure the academic success, retention, and graduation of students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For additional information, please email or visit

RISE (RESOURCES TO INSPIRE SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERS) is a comprehensive academic enrichment and support program for students in the College of Engineering. Throughout their college experience, RISE Program participants receive guidance in time management, academic mentoring, career and professional development workshops, interaction with faculty, student organization participation, academic recognition, and tutorial assistance, as needed. These services are designed to promote academic and career-related success.  For further information, call (302) 831-6315 or visit

THE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM (SSSP) is a comprehensive support service that combines academic, personal and career counseling, free individual tutoring, cultural enrichment, personal advocacy and mentoring for students who meet program eligibility guidelines. The primary objective of the Student Support Services Program is to equip qualified students with the skills and resources necessary for academic success and, ultimately, college graduation. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. University of Delaware undergraduates with potential to be first in their families to become four-year college graduates, who are income-eligible, or who have a documented disability are encouraged to apply for the program. See:

THE UDREAM PROGRAM is a comprehensive academic coaching and support program that is available to all students in the Lerner College of Business and Economics upon request. UDREAM will help “yoU Develop Resources for Excellence in Academic Management”. Students meet with UDREAM advisors frequently throughout each semester to set long-term and short-term goals, manage time more efficiently, develop organizational strategies, enhance study skills, monitor progress in individual classes, receive referrals to connect with other university support services, and access free individual tutoring services (funded through the program if eligibility guidelines have been satisfied).

Students interested in participating in this program should contact the Lerner Undergraduate Advising Office at (302) 831-4369 to schedule an appointment and visit our website:

Ensuring That All Students Feel Welcome

The University of Delaware’s educational mission is to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. To do so, we are committed to fostering a robust educational environment that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and an understanding of diverse views and values. We see diversity as a core value and guiding principle for our educational mission and thus must work to make diversity an integral part of everyday life on campus. To this end, the University is committed to creating an educational community that is intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse, We take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.

UD’s commitment to diversity is long-standing. Years ago, the UD Faculty Senate adopted a resolution that stated our commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. In 2007, President Harker unveiled UD’s Strategic Plan– the Path to Prominence™ - featuring diversity as a guiding principle. The University of Delaware has made significant progress in its commitment to diversity. University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds come to this community and achieve. We are very proud of our accomplishments. We invite you to explore our offices and programs designed to present and celebrate the contributions and perspectives of our diverse community of students, scholars, and employees by visiting

The University Diversity Initiative was established in 2012 to add to the diversity of faculty, students, and staff at the University and to coordinate efforts across campus that are designed to enhance diversity. This office works with the Diversity & Equity Commission to identify the information needed to monitor and guide institutional change. The office is located in 109 Hullihen Hall; for further information, please visit

The Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) works to ensure that all members of its community, irrespective of their differences, are understood, respected and valued.  OEI develops, promotes, and assesses an equitable, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.  OEI is responsible to:

  • Oversee the University’s response pursuant to the Non-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies;
  • Manage the protection for minors on campus policies;
  • Support university diversity initiatives; and
  • Provide on-going multicultural education and awareness for the campus community.

The office is located in 305 Hullihen Hall; to learn more about this office, visit their website at

Is English Your Second Language?

The English Language Institute is a University support service for foreign students who need to improve their language skills for graduate or undergraduate study. The Institute offers six levels of intensive language instruction, which address listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, and writing skills. For graduate and undergraduate students, the Institute offers two courses in English for academic purposes. One focuses on developing the oral/aural skills necessary for such academic activities as note taking, test taking, oral presentations, and seminar discussions, and the other emphasizes composition skills necessary for research and college writing and reading skills for improving speed and comprehension. Students in the Institute receive tutoring as well as access to computer-assisted instruction. Additional programs offered by the Institute include a testing preparation course to develop skills and strategies for taking the language proficiency sections of such tests as the TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT. The ELI also offers business English courses, a semi-intensive evening program, a Prelaw, and a PREMBA program. Private tutoring in language skills also is available. Discounts are available for spouses of graduate students and visiting scholars; fee waivers are accepted for full time employees and their qualified family members. The Institute is located at 189 West Main Street, Newark, DE. For further information, call (302) 831-2674 or visit

Welcoming Members of Our International Community

The Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS) is the designated office at the University of Delaware that provides immigration advising and support services to more than 4,000 international students, scholars, and family members from over 90 different countries and every academic discipline. Throughout the year, the office also offers a series of workshops, sessions, and programming events for the international community at UD.  

For more information, please visit the OISS website, which provides comprehensive information and resources on how to navigate issues that are most common to international students and scholars in the United States. The office is located at Elliott Hall (26 E. Main Street) and can be reached by email at or by phone at (302) 831-2115.

Prioritize Your Health and Wellbeing

A full range of HIPAA and FERPA compliant preventative health care, support groups and interventions are available to students through the Center for Counseling and Student Development, Student Health Services, and Student Wellness and Health Promotion. Visit the Student Life, Campus Activities, and Dining  section to learn more about these services as well as advocacy, support and accommodations available through Disability Support Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and more. Services are covered through the mandatory Student Wellbeing Fee that all full-time matriculated students pay.

Helping Athletes Meet Academic Goals

Student Services for Athletes is a comprehensive program of support services and life skills development that assists student athletes in making the best possible academic and personal adjustment to life at the University of Delaware. Visit the Student Life, Campus Activities, and Dining  section to learn more about the University’s commitment to supporting student athletes.

Prepare For Future Success With Career Services

The Career Services Center and the Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Career Services Center help students identify strengths, motivations and purpose, and translate their ambitions into opportunities through professional, educational and UD connections. Visit the Student Life, Campus Activities, and Dining  section to learn more about workshops, services, and career preparation tools offered through CSC.

Standardized Testing: Advanced Degree and Certification

About the Computer Based Testing Center (CBTC)

The University of Delaware provides a site for the University community as well as the general public to take high-level standardized tests offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The following tests are offered per testing dates on the respective websites.

In addition, the following paper and pencil tests are offered periodically on campus:

  • ACT: Call 1-319-337-1270 or go to the ACT website
  • LSAT: Call The Law School Admissions Council at 1-215-968-1001 weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (ET) September through March; or 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (EST) April through August.
  • MPRE: Call the Law School Admissions Council at 1-215-968-1001 weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (EST) September through March; or 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (EST) April through August.
  • GRE Subject Tests are offered twice a year,

Registering for Tests

  • Call or visit website for specific test (listed above).

For additional information about the University of Delaware Computer Based Testing Center:

Call 302-831-6717 or

Interpretation of the Course Listings

IFST 445 (A.) Parent Resources (B.) 2 (C.1.) ___ (D.1.)
Emphasis on techniques in working and communicating with parents, understanding parent-child relationships and
effectively utilizing parent, teacher, home, school and community resources. (E.)
COREQ: HDFS459 or EDUC400 (G.)

HDFS 449 Internship in Community Services 3-9 (C.2.) PF (D.2.)
On-the-job experience in a community and family service agency.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor. (H.)

  1. Subject area and catalog number
  2. Course title
  3. Credit hours
    1. When only one number is listed it is a fixed credit hour course
    2. When two numbers are listed it is a variable credit hour course. The lower number is the minimum credit that a student may take in a section of this course in a semester. The higher is the maximum credit that a student may take in this courses in a semester. A department may choose to offer a variable credit hour course as fixed in a particular semester, as long as the number of credit hours is within the range of the minimum and maximum for the course.
  4. Grade types:
    1. When blank, the course is a letter graded course.
    2. Course for which the grade is either pass or fail.
    3. R, RP - Not for baccalaureate credit.
    4. NR - No grade required.
  5. Brief description of the course.
  6. Prerequisites may be satisfied by the course or courses indicated or by equivalent preparation, to be satisfied prior to enrollment in the course.
  7. Corequisite course or courses should be taken in the same semester as the course.
  8. Special requirements for the courses. Some courses only offered during specific semesters have those semesters identified here. Questions about when a course will be offered should be directed to the department.

Interpretation of the course numbers:

001-099     Below baccalaureate degree
100-199     Introductory-level courses
200-299     Introductory and intermediate courses, usually requiring some previous knowledge or experience in the discipline
300-399     Courses with a more concentrated focus on the subject matter in a particular discipline
400-499     Advanced courses for majors and other qualified students
500-599     Graduate-level courses for the nonspecialist
600-699     Graduate-level courses, also open to advanced undergraduates
700-799     Graduate-level courses
800-899     Graduate-level courses
900-999     PhD-level courses
X66            Special problems and independent study
X67            Experimental course (may be offered twice)

Courses numbered 500-599 may not be taken for graduate credit in a student’s major. With the approval of the graduate student’s major department, 500-level courses taken outside the student’s major may be counted toward graduate degree requirements.

Courses numbered 600-699 are graduate-level courses, also open to qualified advanced undergraduate with the consent of the instructor. There should be a single standard of expectation and grading for all students registered at this level.

In those few cases where the number of either undergraduate students or graduate students does not permit adequate offerings of both a 400-level and a 600-level course, a graduate 600-level course may be combined with a separately numbered 400-level undergraduate course in the same section. The graduate component must then be offered with a graduate standard of expectation and grading.

The appropriateness of 600-numbered courses for undergraduate credit is subject to review by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.