http://pcs.uah.edu

148 Wilson Hall
Telephone: 256.824.6013
Email: PCSDeansOffice@uah.edu  
Dean: Dr. Karen M. Clanton, Ed.D.

Mission

The mission of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies is to increase student access, external partnerships, community outreach, and extended learning that leverage the University’s areas of expertise for the mutual benefit of the community and the institution.  

Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Arts or Science in Professional Studies (BPS) is designed for adults who have prior college and/or work experience, but have yet to obtain a four-year degree.  The program offers a well-rounded education through an interdisciplinary curriculum with established concentrations areas that provide a flexible pathway for adults to complete a bachelor’s degree. Concentration areas include Leadership Strategies and Dynamics; Organizational Studies; and Technology, Science and Society.

The program is structured to meet the needs of working professionals; balancing academic rigor with flexibility and value. The degree provides students the option of participating fully online, in the classroom or a combination. Students may transfer up to 75% of previously completed coursework, including up to 34 hours of technical credits. An Academic Success Specialist will work with students to provide them with a clear pathway to success, starting with the admission process and on through to graduation.

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies provides adult learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge base across an array of academic disciplines to meet professional and personal goals. Graduates will learn how to communicate effectively, make informed decisions, and use analytical and critical thinking. For more details visit www.UAHComplete@uah.edu.

Accreditation

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. 

BPS degree requires 120 hours:
  • 36 of 120 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or higher; 6 credit hours must be taken at the 400 level. 
  • A minimum of 25% of the total requirements and 12 of the last 18 hours must be completed at UAH.
  • No more than 60 credit hours from a 2-year or community college can be applied toward the BPS degree.  
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses taken at UAH and is the minimum requirement for graduation.
  • Work with the BPS academic advisor to learn how your transfer credits can apply toward this program of study.

Charger Foundations (General Education Requirements)

Area I: Freshman Composition
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I3
or
EH 101SCOLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO3
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II3
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one
ARH 100ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL3
ARH 101ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN3
ARH 103ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS3
ARS 160DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS3
TH 122THEATRE APPRECIATION3
MU 100INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE3
Literature: Choose one or two
Students must have a two course sequence in either Literature or History.
EH 207READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I3
EH 208READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 23
EH 242MYTHOLOGY3
Humanities and Fine Arts: Choose one or two
ARH 100ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL3
ARH 101ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN3
ARH 103ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS3
ARS 160DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS3
MU 100INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE3
TH 122THEATRE APPRECIATION3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication3
WLC 101SINTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH3
or
WLC 101AINTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC3
or
WLC 101FINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH3
WLC 101GINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN3
or
WLC 101JINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE3
or
WLC 101RINTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN3
WLC 102SINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH3
WLC 102AINTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC3
or
WLC 102FINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH3
or
WLC 102GINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN3
or
WLC 102JINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE3
or
WLC 102RINTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN3
WLC 201SINTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH3
WLC 201AINTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC3
or
WLC 201FINTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH3
or
WLC 201GINTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN3
or
WLC 201JINTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE3
or
WLC 201RINTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN3
WLC 202SINTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH3
WLC 202AINTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC3
or
WLC 202FINTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH3
or
WLC 202GINTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN3
or
WLC 202JINTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE3
or
WLC 202RINTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN3
WLC 204INTERNATIONAL CINEMA3
PHL 101INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY3
PHL 102INTRO TO ETHICS3
PHL 150TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES3
WGS 200INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES3
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences
Mathematics: Choose one (For Bachelor of Science MA120 must be taken)
MA 107ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS3
MA 110FINITE MATHEMATICS3
MA 112PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA3
MA 113PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY3
MA 115PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG4
MA 120MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS3
MA 171CALCULUS A4
Natural Sciences (Lab): Choose 2
AST 100SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY4
AST 106EXPLORING THE COSMOS I4
AST 107EXPLORING THE COSMOS II4
BYS 119PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY4
BYS 120ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY4
CH 101INTRO TO CHEMISTRY3
and
CH 105INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB1
CH 121GENERAL CHEMISTRY I3
and
CH 125GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I1
CH 123GENERAL CHEMISTRY II3
and
CH 126GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II1
ESS 103ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE4
ESS 111WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG4
PH 100CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS4
PH 102GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PH 111GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I3
and
PH 114GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I1
PH 112GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II3-4
and
PH 115GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II1
PH 113GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III3
and
PH 116GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III1
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below.
Students must have a two course sequence in either Literarture or History.
History: Choose one or two
HY 103WORLD HISTORY TO 15003
HY 104WORLD HISTORY SINCE 15003
HY 221UNITED STATES TO 18773
HY 222UNITED STATES SINCE 18773
AMS 229ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS3
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two or three
ECN 142PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS3
ECN 143PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS3
GS 200GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES3
GY 105WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY3
GY 110PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY3
PSC 101INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT3
PSC 102INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS3
PSC 260INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I3
PY 102APPLICATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY3
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY3
SOC 102ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS3
SOC 105INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
SOC 150SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI3
General Electives
General electives : Choose 27-34 credit hours from the Humanities, Fine Arts, Mathematics, History, Science, or Social and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Studies Interdisciplinary Core 

PRO 301THRY & PRAC ADULT LEARNING3
*PRO 301 is required for students with less than 60 hours credit and/or have not been enrolled in higher education for an extended period. MUST enroll during the first semester.
PRO 310ACADEMIC WRITING PROFESS STUDI3
PRO 320INDS PERSPECT & CRITICAL THNKG3
PRO 325INDS RESEARCH & APPLICATIONS3
PRO 498INQUIRY AND LEARNING3
PRO 499CAPSTONE EXP: RSCH THESIS/PROJ3

 Interdisciplinary Concentrations (Students must select one of the following concentrations)

Leadership Strategies and Dynamics Concentration (Total of 30 hours)
MGT 301MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS3
MGT 410LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL DEV & ORG3
Leadership and Business Related Courses (Students must select an additional 12 hours in this area.)
Arts, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science Related Courses (Students must select 12-15 hours in this area.)
Organizational Studies Concentration (Total of 30 hours)
MGT 101INTRO ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
MGT 361ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR3
Business Related Courses (Students must select an additional 12 hours in this area.)
Arts, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science Related Courses (Students must select 12-15 hours in this area.)
Technology, Science and Society Concentration (Total of 30 hours)
Science, Engineering, and/or Technology Related Courses (Students must select 15-24 hours in this area.)
Arts, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science and Business Related Courses (Students must select 9-18 hours in this area.)

Organizational Studies

Prepare for careers that involve finding solutions to human problems in organizations and communities. Coursework will focus on business (emphasis on management and information systems) and humanities/social sciences (emphasis on communications, philosophy, political science, psychology, education, and/or sociology). The curriculum will include organizational theory and behavior, professional ethics, management, information systems, individual and group dynamics, and communication skills. Students will acquire an understanding of human behavior in groups, organizations, and larger systems.

Leadership Strategies and Dynamics

Develop an understanding of foundational leadership theory in your chosen context. Focus on the nature of leadership in a variety of settings and prepare for leadership responsibility in the community and in your selected profession. Coursework will focus on business (emphasis on leadership and management) and social sciences/humanities (emphasis on communications, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and/or sociology). Courses will provide an educational experience in theories of motivation, leadership styles, organizational and group behavior, professional ethics, communication, theories of cultural difference and multicultural communication, human resources, and/or budgeting.

Technology, Science and Society

Integrate the study of science, engineering, and/or technology with its social and cultural impact on humanity. Focus on developing a broad understanding of the technical, historical and social dimensions of science and technology. Curriculum options include engineering, the natural sciences, computer science, information sciences, business, the social sciences, and/or humanities. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to explore the significance, challenges, and effects that science and technology present to society. Courses allow students to incorporate technical scientific knowledge with analytical thinking from a social perspective.

B.A. or B.S. in Professional Studies Courses 

PRO 301 - THRY & PRAC ADULT LEARNING

Semester Hours: 3

This course presents an overview of five foundational learning theories and related research in adult education and development. The conceptual framework is centered on discovering what motivates the adult learner and the impact social perspectives have on adult learning through analysis and discussion. Students will define competencies needed for success in academic study and professional leadership, in setting educational goals, and in planning a learning experience to achieve them. Emphasis is placed on issues unique to adult re-entry students and the university services available to support nontraditional students.

PRO 310 - ACADEMIC WRITING PROFESS STUDI

Semester Hours: 3

Students will learn academic writing skills by engaging in the process of academic inquiry and argument. The course will cover a broad perspective of writing by exploring various writing and research styles used through different academic professions. Prerequisites: EH 102 or EH 105.

PRO 320 - INDS PERSPECT & CRITICAL THNKG

Semester Hours: 3

Interdisciplinary studies fosters foundational knowledge acquisition by which individuals draw on multiple disciplinary perspectives and integrate their insights and modes of thinking to advance the studies and the fundamental development of critical and analytical thinking skills. Complex issues are addressed from multi-faceted perspectives that stimulate problem solving, problem defining and problem posing. Emphasis is placed on how to synthesize evidence drawn from multiple sources as a basis for informed decision-making.

PRO 325 - INDS RESEARCH & APPLICATIONS

Semester Hours: 3

Interdisciplinary research is a contemporary decision-making process for transcending the scope of a single discipline or program to develop insights that offer bold advances in knowledge, solutions to urgent societal problems, an edge in technological innovations, and a more integrative knowledge of multidisciplinary theories and concepts. This course introduces the primary drivers for interdisciplinary research and examines the interdisciplinary research process. Students will apply an integrated model for conducting research thta draws on multiple disciplines. Prerequisites: PRO 310 and PRO 320.

PRO 498 - INQUIRY AND LEARNING

Semester Hours: 3

Inquiry-based learning accelerates understanding, fosters critical thinking skills, and facilitates self-direction and discovery. Using this method, students will identify an interdisciplinary problem related to their approved concentration area, perform the foundational research, and formulate a research proposal. This is the first of a two-semester progression to complete a Capstone research thesis/project in PRO 499. Prerequisite: PRO 325.

PRO 499 - CAPSTONE EXP: RSCH THESIS/PROJ

Semester Hours: 3

Students majoring in Professional Studies are required to complete a senior research thesis in their approved interdisciplinary concentration. This Capstone course requires the student to demonstrate his/her ability to integrate the core knowledge and skills gained in their interdisciplinary areas of study using inquiry-based learning methods. Research is conducted and a thesis-style paper is written and orally presented. Prerequisite: PRO 498 with minimum grade of C-.

Specialized Credit Courses 

UAH offers specialized credit courses that support various educational partnerships. The following courses have distinct admission and registration requirements. For details, email CPCS.Programs@uah.edu, phone 256-824-2808, or visit www.PCS.uah.edu/USSRC

ESS 100 - INTRODUCTION TO SPACE SCIENCE

Semester Hour: 1

Covers physiology in space, computer systems, and materials in space, robotics, thermodynamics, astrophysics, and solar physics. Laboratory experiments and simulated missions. Offered in cooperation with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Prerequisite: Available only to high school students with U.S. citizenship enrolled in Advanced Space Academy.

ENG 105 - INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS

Semester Hour: 1

Introduction to a variety of aviation subjects, including flight physiology, computer systems, aerodynamics, aeronautics, jet propulsion, thermodynamics, navigation, and survival skills. Lectures and simulated missions. Offered in cooperation with U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Prerequisite: Available only to high-school students with U.S. citizenship enrolled in Aviation Challenge Mach III.

SCI 199 - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND RESEARCH METHODS

Semester Hours: 3

Understand the segmentation of research through concepts such as heat transfer, Newtonian mechanics, chemical propulsion, computer modeling and simulation, biology in space, research ethics, technical writing, and data analysis. Students will be equipped with skills critical to contributing to scientific research projects. Prerequisite: Available online to high school students that have previously participated in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Aviation Challenge Mach III or Advanced Space Academy.  

Graduate Level Course:

ED/SPA 532 - SPACE ORIENTATION FOR EDUCATORS

Semester Hours: 3

An online course for pre-service and in-service teachers that builds on the knowledge and experience gained for participation in Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC). The USSRC week-long program provides inquiry based workshops designed around the theme of space exploration and hands-on activities across various curriculum. Course activities are correlated with STEM related curricula. Topics include moon, Mars, rocketry, propulsion, hydroponics, math, biology, history, and literature. This follow-on course provides a formal framework for reflection, weekly discussions, and the development of lesson plans to adapt educators' new expertise in space science into effective and exciting methods for classroom implementation and discovery. Prerequisite: Previous participation in Space Academy for Educators.

Non-Credit Programs

UAH College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) provides access to quality education and training for individuals; partners with businesses and government for workforce development; enhances public awareness of the instructional and research strengths of the University; promotes lifelong learning fostering continued growth, human fulfillment, and positive social change; and supports economic development throughout North Alabama. These objectives are carried out through the following programming departments: Professional Development Solutions, Conferences and Special Programs, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Testing and Certification Services. For more information about any of the CPCS programs please visit www.uah.edu/pcs.

PCS Registration Services

103 Wilson Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-6010 or 800-448-4031
FAX: (256) 824-6760
Email: Kathy.Hosch@uah.edu
Kathy Hosch, Senior Associate Director

UAH College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) Registration Office provides registration services for non-credit programs and select credit courses. Registration options include online, phone, fax, or in person.  There is no formal application process for non-credit courses and enrollments are taken throughout the year.  Transcripts for continuing education units (CEUs) are available upon written request for a $5 fee per transcript. Visit www.uah.edu/pcs for registration information and related policies. 

Professional Development Solutions

139 Wilson Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-4430
Email: pdsolutions@uah.edu

Mission

Professional Development Solutions develops and presents professional training and educational activities in areas including leadership, management, engineering, cybersecurity, information technology, and certification exam preps. Programs are designed to allow a participant the choice of attending individual courses of interest or completing a more structured certificate program leading to a Certificate of Professional Achievement. Programs are offered in an atmosphere conducive for meeting professional training needs, and available in various classroom and online formats. CPCS maintains state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms, and its instructors are known and respected industry practitioners and researchers in their respective fields.

Visit uah.edu/PDSolutions for the most up-to-date schedule of course offerings.

Exam Preps

  • A+ Exam Prep
  • Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®) Exam Prep
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH™) Exam Prep
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) Exam Prep
  • Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) Certification Exam Prep
  • Certified Network Defender (CND) Exam Prep
  • Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Exam Bootcamp
  • CompTIA®​ Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Exam Bootcamp
  • Linux+ Exam Prep
  • Network+ Exam Prep
  • PHR®/SPHR® and SHRM-CP/SCP Exam Prep
  • PMP® Certification Bootcamp
  • Private Pilot Ground School
  • Security+ Exam Prep

Certificate Programs

MANAGEMENT
  • Earned Value Management
  • Federal Contract Management Essentials
  • Federal Contract Management Specialization
  • Management of Engineering and Technology
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Supply Chain Management
  • Interior Design
ENGINEERING
  • Aegis Combat System
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Rocket Propulsion
  • Test and Evaluation
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • C++ Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Master Programmer
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Applications Developer
  • Python Developer

Customized Training & Facilitation 

UAH's customized training solutions offer organizations ways to seize new opportunities and systematically address key problems. Professional Development specialists work directly with corporate, government, and professional organizations to develop high quality certificate programs and short courses that meet specific training goals. These programs can be offered on site, on campus, or via online learning. Through targeted learning experiences, the individual or team can bring new tools and competencies back into the organization, providing an immediate on-the-job impact.

Conferences and Special Programs

149 Wilson Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-2808
Email: Fathia.Hardy@uah.edu
Fathia Hardy, Assistant Director of Outreach and Event Management

The Outreach and Event Management unit embodies collaborative projects and mutually beneficial partnerships among The University of Alabama in Huntsville and external groups that enrich both our academic and research missions and the communities we serve. Our management team hosts and co-hosts various conferences, training sessions, symposiums, continuing education, special events, meetings, and workshops. Visit www.PCS.uah.edu/conferences-special-programs for the most up-to-date information.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

113 Wilson Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-6183
Email: Rebecca.Duke@uah.edu 
Rebecca Duke, OLLI Director

Mission

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies partner to provide lifelong learning courses and enrichment activities designed to fulfill the educational needs of adults 50 and above. OLLI at UAH is a member-led, non-profit, volunteer-based organization that advances the educational, cultural, and social interests of its members by sponsoring courses, socials, bonus presentations,  industrial tours, and travel opportunities designed to fit the interests and needs of its members. CPCS supports OLLI's efforts by providing support services and a safe, comfortable, and intellectually stimulating on-campus environment that supports adult lifelong learning and enhances community outreach. 

Curriculum

Courses offered in a wide range of subject areas:

  • Arts and Music
  • Finance and Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health and Fitness
  • History and Government
  • Information Technology
  • Literature and Writing
  • Psychology, Philosophy and Religion
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Skills and Hobbies

We offer three terms a year with a mini-term in the summer.  Most courses meet 1.5 hours per class, once a week, for six to eight weeks. We also offer courses in our popular "OLLI After Five" format. OLLI courses are taught by qualified volunteer instructors. Courses are not graded, and no tests are administered.

Testing and Certification Services

214 Wilson Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-6373
Email: TaCS@uah.edu
Maria Bricker, Assistant Director

Mission

The University of Alabama in Huntsville Testing and Certification Services (TaCS) unit is committed to providing exceptional, accessible, and comprehensive testing services for students, graduates, professionals, and individuals from our surrounding communities. We are dedicated to upholding high standards of security and academic integrity by maintaining and adhering to the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Standards and Guidelines.

Tests

The TaCS office offers numerous testing opportunities to include:

  • ACT
  • Alabama State Dept of Insurance Exam
  • BASF/DDI
  • Castle Worldwide
  • CLEP/DANTES
  • GRE
  • HESI
  • MAT
  • National Center for Competency Testing
  • Pearson VUE Testing
  • Proctored Exams
  • PROV
  • Residual ACT
  • SAT
  • SSAT

Visit PCS.uah.edu/TaCS for a full list of available tests, test schedule, policy and guidelines, and ways to register.