May 28, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources for Students

The Library, Museums and Press

Whether you need help with a research project or are looking for a quiet place to study, the UD Library, Museums and Press is here to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed.

You can access the Library’s online resources 24 hours a day at These resources include:

  • E-books, e-journals and newspapers, databases, subject-specific research guides, and streaming media content.

  • Online exhibitions and Finding Aids for unique and distinctive research material in Special Collections and Museums.

  • The Library catalog, where you can search for materials within our collections. If an item is not in our collections, we can obtain it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Digital copies of articles and book chapters from print materials in the Library’s collections via the Article DELivery Service.

Morris Library, the University’s main library, has four floors with a variety of study spaces available on each level. There, you can:

  • Work in reservable study rooms.

  • Print and scan using the Library’s computers and Wi-Fi. You also have access to specialized assistive technologies in the Library’s Assistive Technology Center.

  • Borrow books, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, multimedia equipment and more.

  • Create multimedia projects in the Student Multimedia Design Center using specialized software and specialty studios dedicated to virtual reality, digital graphics, video and sound. Video, lighting and audio equipment is also available to borrow.

  • Meet with a writing tutor in The Writing Center @ Morris Library.

  • Work closely with unique and distinctive research materials in the Special Collections.

  • Visit the Library Commons, a 24/7 study area located just inside the entrance of Morris Library. This space is also home to The Nest, a newly renovated eatery.

In addition to Morris Library, there are four branch libraries, which each include study spaces and subject-specific resources. The branch libraries include the Education Resource Center in the Willard Hall Education Building, the Chemistry Library in Brown Laboratory, the Physics Library in Sharp Laboratory, and the Marine Studies Library in Cannon Laboratory on the Lewes campus.

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 fall and spring semesters, these gallery spaces offer exhibitions and programs that are free, open to the public, and highlight materials from Special Collections and Museums.

Wherever you are, our staff are here to support you and to ensure you take full advantage of the available resources. If you have questions, you can reach us by phone, email, chat, text or at a service desk in one of our various locations.

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, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 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

All undergraduate students, including those in the Associate in Arts Program and University Studies, are assigned an academic advisor based on their college or department. Beginning at the start of their first semester, Blue Hens can log into UDSIS, select “Degrees and Advisement” and “Advisors” from the list of options to find their designated representative. 

Academic advisors assist students in developing goals, mapping out a four-year plan, maintaining timely progress toward graduation, understanding policies and connecting with university-wide resources.

Blue Hens in the Associate in Arts Program also work with their assigned advisor to facilitate a seamless transition to the Newark campus after completing their associate degree. 

In order to be successful, advising must be approached as a partnership. 

Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor at least twice per semester. Most appointments can be made through the Blue Hen Success platform. Advisors who are not available in Blue Hen Success can be reached directly via email.

In advance of scheduled meetings, it is recommended that undergraduates log into UDSIS to access the following tools:

  • The Degree Audit to review courses taken and identify satisfied/outstanding requirements for degree completion; and 

  • The What If Report to see how a change of major or minor could affect progress toward graduation. 

In addition to students who have not yet declared a major, those who are in transition from one major to another, are welcome to consult with professional advisors from the University Studies Program for guidance with course selection or a referral to the appropriate office. Once the change of major is complete, students will officially be assigned to an academic advisor in their new program of study.

To learn more about academic advising at UD, visit

Finish in Four

Academic advisors may refer to Finish in Four, a university-wide effort to ensure that undergraduates are prepared with the knowledge needed to graduate in four years.

To achieve this goal, students must enroll in approximately 15 credits per semester and at least 30 credits every academic year. 

Full-time tuition in Fall and Spring covers 12 credits or more at a fixed rate, making it a cost-effective solution to add an additional class. Many students also choose to utilize Summer & Winter sessions to stay on track.

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 Continuing Education Non-Degree (CEND) and Graduate College Non-Degree (GCND) students, prospective students and members of the community. Academic advisors assist students in developing a plan to attain their educational and career goals, providing guidance on UD policies and processes, help with course selection and registration, and connection to resources and supports. For students unsure of a major or career path, advisors can administer career inventories and provide information and advisement on educational options available. Students interested in transferring to UD for an undergraduate program can request an unofficial transcript evaluation and advisement on the admissions process and guidance on how previous coursework may apply toward a UD degree. In-person, phone or Zoom appointments may be arranged by emailing or calling 302-831-8843.

Maximize Your Academic Performance

The Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) offers activities that provide undergraduates with extensive academic support through tutoring in multiple formats, academic success and study skills workshops, and individualized academic coaching, 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 and improve upon their current academic strategies. 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/staff 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 in a one-on-one format.

GET READY PROGRAM: Coordinated by the Office of Academic Enrichment, Get Ready is a five-week online 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. Each student will be registered for two one-credit online classes. Students in the Get Ready program will prepare for the academic rigors of UD by getting a head start on reading & writing comprehension, awareness of campus resources, and study skills. 

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 across the university to provide opportunities for academic and professional development. ASPIRE students are an energized group dedicated to the development of effective teachers and leaders.

For additional information, call (302) 831-2396, email 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 MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, prepares talented undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds for doctoral studies. Twenty-five McNair Scholars annually receive comprehensive support, including paid research opportunities, personalized faculty mentoring, assistance with the GRE and LSAT, and more. The goal? To demystify the graduate school application process and maximize student success. 

McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need and/or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, including those who identify as African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Women in STEM. All have demonstrated strong academic potential. 

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, visit

THE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM (SSSP) provides first generation students, low-income students and students with disabilities access to holistic resources for navigating University life. Up to 180 participants annually benefit from community-building activities, cultural enrichment, financial aid and education, free tutoring, guidance on career and postgraduate opportunities, personalized counseling and more. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the primary objective of this program is to equip eligible students with the skills needed to succeed academically and, ultimately, graduate. 

To learn more and apply, visit

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 Wellbeing

Maintain your health, increase your wellness, and intentionally create community and connections so that you may thrive while at UD and beyond! Visit the new Wellbeing Center at Warner Hall and optimize your wellbeing. Engage in opportunities designed to increase knowledge, skills, and the practice of wellness. Additionally, located within the facility are two units that provide mental and behavioral health support, the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), and Student Wellness and Health Promotion (SWHP). A full range of HIPAA and FERPA compliant preventative health care, support groups and interventions to directly support your wellbeing are available through these two offices, as well as the Student Health Service (SHS) located directly next to the Wellbeing Center in Laurel Hall. Visit the Student Life, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 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. Part-time students can also elect to pay the Student Wellbeing Fee in any semester or session.

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, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 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, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 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.