2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog & Student Handbook 
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2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of the University


The University of Mobile invites all students who qualify under the institution’s published admission standards to engage a learning experience which seeks to incorporate specific values into their lives.

Learning - The University seeks to develop students who embrace learning, who will demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge according to the degree they will earn, and who will be equipped to engage an ever-changing environment.

Faith - The University seeks to develop students as confident Christian men and women; who, through their faith in Christ and their attention to Scripture, develop core convictions in areas of life’s engagement; and who make practical application of their faith in the world.

Leadership - The University seeks to develop students who demonstrate the integrity to live and work in a manner consistent with what they say they believe; who accept responsibility as caretakers of that which has been entrusted to them in every area of life; and who have the willingness and skill to use their influence in appropriate and effective ways to create change consistent with these stated values in the world around them.

Thus, the intent of the University is reflected in the phrase, “Changing lives to change the world.”

Mission Statement

The University of Mobile is an institution of liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, intentionally dedicated to Biblically-based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice. The institution is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is committed to providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students. Its academic emphasis is to establish and maintain a tradition of excellence in undergraduate studies as well as in professional, graduate, continuing education, and specialized degree-granting programs.

Whereas research is encouraged, all educational programs of the University are student-oriented, designed for the intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and personal growth of students in their search for meaningful careers and in their future lives as responsible, informed members of a global society. As an institution dedicated to Christian faith and practice, the University of Mobile explicitly seeks to integrate the critical pursuit of knowledge with Biblical and spiritual awareness and personal responsibility and to unite academic excellence with dedication to service at the local, state, national, and international levels.


In response to the University’s commitment to higher education through programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies in an intentional Christian environment, it has adopted the following goals, which serve as the standards for all University activities and programs.

  1. To establish and maintain a tradition of excellence in all academic programs and administrative operations.
  2. To reflect in all academic programs, extra-curricular activities, and administrative operations those ideals and standards consistent with the University’s Statement of Christian Affirmation.
  3. To provide exceptional undergraduate and graduate academic programs to maintain a balanced emphasis on both education for career benefits and the breadth and depth of knowledge consistent with a liberal arts and sciences experience.
  4. To graduate students who are able to think critically and to express themselves clearly, correctly, and succinctly, both orally and in writing.
  5. To provide the qualified faculty and administrative services necessary to allow for the efficient and effective operation of the University and the fulfillment of its goals.
  6. To provide curricular and extra-curricular activities that encourage each student to fully develop his or her physical, intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual, and leadership capacities.
  7. To provide opportunities for students to interact with the economic, cultural, political, and human services sectors of the local and/or international community and to encourage each student to develop a personal commitment to community service in the appropriate region.
  8. To develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with business, civic, and political leaders of the region.
  9. To develop continuing education and special degree-granting programs which are deemed appropriate, timely, and useful.
  10. To secure the external resources needed to implement fully the academic programs and to provide the facilities necessary for the orderly growth and development of the University.

Statement of Christian Affirmation

As a Christian university, the University of Mobile affirms…

…the Nature of Christ.

Jesus Christ is the physical expression of the eternal, transcendent, and triune God of the universe. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe and all contained therein.

There is one and only one living and true God. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but with no division of nature, essence, or being. God is infinite in holiness, justice, and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing, and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures.

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, all-wise, and His presence fills the universe He created. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Christ is the eternal Son of God. He possesses and embodies the full nature of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born by the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities, and in so doing, He identified Himself completely with mankind but without sin. He honored divine law by His personal obedience, and, in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer for the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

God the Father…Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

God the Son…Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit…Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17, 39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

… the Ethic of Christ.

The ethic of Jesus is love. The model of His self-less love is most perfectly demonstrated in His sacrificial and substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection and His offer of regeneration to individuals through His saving grace.

His love directs and defines interaction with all persons. All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the love of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in such love.

The self-less or other-focused nature of God’s love is defined in the person, work, and teaching of Christ and was introduced by Christ as a new way of conducting interpersonal relationships. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” So important is this concept that Jesus declared it the basis by which his followers would be identified. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Modeling the ethic of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all persons of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16 ,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 6:9-10, 13; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; 5:19-24; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.

… the Mission of Christ.

The mission of Christ is to save the world from sin, offering reconciliation to God and eternal life to all persons who accept His salvation. It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ to participate in His mission, seeking constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the intent and goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal, based upon His righteousness, of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart for God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final and eternal abiding state of the redeemed in the presence of God.

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His full authority over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly, the kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. All Christians should pray and work toward the establishment of God’s kingdom and God’s will on earth. The full consummation of the kingdom will be realized upon the physical return to the earth of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6, 19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30, 38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

Man Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7, 18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12, 19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11; Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Salvation Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14, 29; 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; 10:9, 28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10, 13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

Kingdom Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10, 23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6, 9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

…the Revelation of Christ and His Authority Over Mankind.

All understanding and values are defined in terms of the relationship of human beings to Christ as He is revealed in Holy Scripture. It is the responsibility of every believer to read, seek to understand, and follow the teachings of Scripture.

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its content.

Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true description of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be judged. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89, 105, 140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21

Source: Baptist Faith & Message, Southern Baptist Convention

History of the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile campus is set amid 880 acres of woodlands dotted with azaleas, camellias, cherry trees, dogwoods, and oaks. Located approximately ten miles north of downtown Mobile, the campus is spacious, yet compact enough for students to walk to class within minutes. The University is a church-related institution of liberal arts and sciences chartered in 1961 as Mobile College and affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. The University is the creation of a people with a Christian vision. Its students are encouraged to become confident Christian men and women who have mastered the body of knowledge required by the degree they hold; who know how to think; who know what they believe and why they believe it; who possess the courage to live and work according to those beliefs; and who possess the willingness and skill to use their influence in appropriate and effective ways to change the world.

The institution celebrated decades of growth and success in 1993, by changing its name to the University of Mobile. The story of the University began in 1952, when the Mobile Baptist Association appointed a committee to study the feasibility of starting a Baptist-affiliated college in Mobile. In 1959, the Alabama Baptist State Convention agreed to build and operate a college if the Mobile community would raise $1.5 million within two years. Only one year later, area churches, businesses, and industries pledged more than $2 million to the effort.

Dr. William K. Weaver, Jr., was appointed President of Mobile College on April 1, 1961, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1984. When Governor John Patterson signed the College’s charter in 1961, Mobile College became the first senior college to be chartered in the state in 57 years. The College’s first administration and classroom building, now named Weaver Hall in honor of the institution’s first President, was completed in 1963. The college gained accreditation in 1968 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The second President, Dr. Michael A. Magnoli, was inaugurated in 1984 and provided leadership during a period of growth. During his tenure as President, Dr. Magnoli initiated building expansion which included the buildings in the Academic Park: the Frances Garner Building, the M.C. Farmer Building, and the Ben May Building.

On February 13, 1998, the University of Mobile Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Mark R. Foley as the third President. His administration led the move to intentionally integrate learning, faith and leadership in all areas of university life, while raising academic standards, building new residence halls and an auditorium, renovating and improving the 880-acre campus, establishing outstanding programs such as the School of Music (Center for Performing Arts) and Center for Leadership, and earning the private Christian university national rankings.

Throughout the decades, the University has maintained a highly dedicated faculty providing quality Christian higher education. From its rich past to a future bright with promise, the University of Mobile continues to be a thriving institution dedicated to helping students grow academically, socially and spiritually.

Campus Life

The non-academic aspects of life at the University of Mobile are an important part of a liberal arts education. Thus, the University provides a well-rounded program of social and extracurricular activities for its students. For more information on student services, residential life, activities, facilities, student rights, responsibilities, and regulations, please refer to the University of Mobile Student Handbook  located after the Course Descriptions section in this catalog.

Campus Communication University E-mail

Each student at the University of Mobile is assigned an official University e-mail address (@rams.umobile.edu). Student e-mail is the official method of communication between the various campus offices and students. Instructors utilize the official student e-mail address to communicate with students. Students are responsible for regularly reading e-mail sent to this address.

Campus Setting and Facilities

The University of Mobile is under constant development, with a master plan guiding its growth. Renovation of Weaver Hall, including a hipped roof with cupola and portico, provided a new focal point for the campus. Administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, science laboratories, computer laboratories, and a teaching auditorium are located in Weaver Hall. Thomas T. Martin houses the Schools of Christian Ministries, Music, and Worship Leadership. Faculty offices, classrooms, music studios, a 150-seat lecture/recital hall, and seminar rooms are also located in Martin Hall. Art studios, classrooms, and gallery are located in the Farmer Building. Additional buildings throughout the campus provide classroom, laboratory, and faculty office space.

A new outdoor patio at the entrance to J.L. Bedsole Library is part of Bedsole Commons, a new student center located on the first floor. Bedsole Commons opened in Fall 2012 and provides students with an inviting gathering area including a study section with iMac® computers, print and copy center, comfortable student lounge, Java City snack shop, small stage, and a Spirit Shop/Bookstore with products available online at www.umobile.bkstr.com.

The second floor houses J.L. Bedsole Library and the Chora Godwin Learning and Writing Center. The library provides access to over 200,000 print and electronic books and subscribes to over 200 print journals. Patrons also have access to a wide range of full-text online databases, electronic journals and materials obtained from other libraries through interlibrary loan. The library maintains membership in the American Library Association, Alabama Library Association, Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, LYASIS, OCLC and the Southern Baptist Library Association. The library web site can be accessed through the university homepage at www.umobile.edu, MyUM or at http://library.umobile.edu.

The Dwight Harrigan Forest Learning Center, encircled by 125 acres of forestland, provides science classrooms and staff offices, as well as an outdoor mineral museum and indoor rock and mineral collection, plus nature trails that extend to Chickasabogue Creek.

The H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium is home to the University of Mobile Rams basketball and volleyball programs. Athletic facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a baseball complex, a softball field, a golf driving range, two soccer fields, and the Gerald L. Wallace, Sr., Tennis Complex.

Comfortable, attractive residence halls provide on-campus housing to approximately 655 students. A new apartment-style residence hall features 24 apartments, each of which houses four students with their own private bedroom, two shared bathrooms, and a common living area and kitchenette. Two new residence halls, Samford Hall and Karlene Farmer Faulkner Hall, include rooms for two occupants with a private bathroom. Central lounge areas and full-sized kitchens are available for student use. Other amenities include energy-efficient laundry facilities on each floor which include a system allowing students to check the availability of machines and monitor the progress of their laundry through the Internet and text alerts. Additional housing options are available on-campus close to classes, cafeteria and recreational areas.

Meals are provided cafeteria style in the Forrest H. Ingram Dining Hall. Additional food options are provided in the Java City Snack Shop in Bedsole Commons and Ram Deli in Weaver Hall. Ram Hall, a 7,690 square foot addition to Ingram Dining Hall, expands cafeteria seating and provides an auditorium with seating for up to 450 and state-of-the-art digital audio and video, including two high definition wide screens with blue ray.

Historic St. Stephens Baptist Church was moved to the campus in November 1987 and is now named the Mrs. J. Maury Lyon Chapel, in honor of former trustee Mrs. Willie Mae Lewis Lyon. The chapel stands as a symbol of the University’s deep appreciation for the continuing commitment of Alabama Baptists.