Class of 2018

So I've Been Accepted to UAH as a Science Major? Now What?

First, congratulations!  Second, relax!  We have your back.  Just follow these steps and you'll be ahead of the game. 

 COS Orientation

(Photo of a real College of Science group at a New Student Orientation session.  Charger Blue's actual size may vary.)

1.  Register for Orientation.

Question:  How do I register for orientation?

You can register for an orientation session by signing up for one of the dates at  The cost to register is $150 for new freshmen and $50 for new transfer students, and it is charged to your student account.  

Question:  Which orientation session should I attend?

Attend an orientation session earlier in the summer if possible; the dates can be found at  Classes fill up during the summer, so you'll have more schedule flexibility and choices if you attend a June session than if you attend an August one. 

Question:  When do I get to register for classes?

On the first day of your orientation session, you'll be given a list of suggested courses to take for the fall semester.  On the second day, you'll have one-on-one advising to ask questions followed by a registration session. 

Question:  Do I register for classes myself?

Yes, registration occurs through the UAH website, but don't panic.  You will be advised on how to register beforehand, and we have current students and advisors available to guide you through the process.

Question:  What if I am taking AP/IB courses and don't know my test scores during orientation?

If AP/IB scores are not available, you are able to register based on your ACT/SAT scores.  When your AP/IB test score become available, you can change your classes based on AP credit on your own at home ( 

Question:  What if I'm not happy with my potential class placement?

You can take a Math, English, or Foreign Language placement exam at no cost.  You can take placement exams before, at, or after orientation; but taking them before is preferred.  To take a placement exam before orientation, contact one of the following departments:  Math (256.824.6470), English (256.824.6320), or Foreign Language (256.824.6645).  Let them know that you are an incoming freshman and wish to take the placement exam before your orientation. 

Question:  Is orientation just about registering for classes?

No!  Orientation is about getting you prepared for life at UAH, which is a WHOLE lot more than just what classes you take.


2. Before Orientation

Question:  What else do I need to do before orientation?

  • Activate your UAH email by going to and entering your ChargerID and password.
  • Review your pre-orientation guide.
  • Log into Banner ( requires your ChargerID mailed to you in your acceptance materials.  If you have any problems, call or contact the Office of Internet Technology ( at 256.824.3333 of by visiting
  • Make sure you've applied for scholarships and financial aid (
  • Apply for on-campus housing at
  • Submit your immunization forms to the Student Health Center(  This must be turned in prior to starting classes. 
  • Review and choose your meal plan option by going to
  • Obtain a copy of the test scores (AP/IB) or college transcript (if dual enrollment) and bring with you to orientation.  Send your official test scores and/or official college transcript  (if dual-enrolled or have/are taking a community college class) to UAH.  Send official transcripts to:  UAH Office of Admissions, 301 Sparkman Dr., Huntsville, AL 35899.  Send official AP/IB test scores to:  UAH, Attn: Janet Waller, UC 124, 301 Sparkman Dr., Huntsville, AL 35899. School code is 1854.


3.  At Orientation

Question:  What will I be doing for 2 days at orientation?

  • See the full schedule of activities at
  • Meet advisors and faculty plus register for classes. 
  • Learn about student activities, housing, and campus life.  Remember, orientation is about getting you prepared for life at UAH, which is a WHOLE lot more than just what classes you take.


4.  After Orientation

Question:  So that's it, right?

  • Hold still have some things to do before you arrive:
  • Buy your supplies.
  • Change your schedule if your AP/IB test scores arrived after orientation and you want to change your classes.  Do this as soon as you can. 
  • Check your UAH email ( frequently for important updates and requests for information.
  • Buy your parking pass at
  • Review your tuition bill & financial aid information on Banner. Tuition can be paid in one of the following ways:  online through Banner (; in Charger Central (UC 118); by check, credit, or debit card, or at the Bursar's office ( & UC 213). Tuition is due each semester by the official first day of classes by 5pm.
  • Mark your calendar for the College of Science Week of Welcome event (  You'll receive the official invite at orientation; all new freshmen and incoming transfer students are expected to attend.  But don't worry:  it's fun!

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5.  First Day of Classes

Question:  When does the fun start?

Week of Welcome actually starts August 15 with activities until August 23.  See a list of all activities at the WOW website (

Question:  When do classes begin?

August 20!  There will be welcome tables outside of the buildings to help get you to where you're going, so make sure to ask questions if you need help.  And take full advantage of all the great Week of Welcome events. 


Still Have a Question? 

Contact Carey Snowden, College of Science Outreach Coordinator, at



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    A Quantitative Model of Relative Ethical Violation for Use in Military Decision-Making

    Dr. Gregory S. Reed, Modeling and Simulation,  University of Alabama in Huntsvill

     Friday, March 7, 2014                     3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p. m.               Shelby Center Room 218



    As the embodiment of rational cause-and-effect, game and decision theory dominated the second half of the 20th century and continue to flourish today. Machine ethics, a very nascent field, involves developing machines (either as tangible hardware or as mathematical or logical models) with ethics codified as principles and procedures, in turn allowing them to consider moral "cause-and-effect" of potential actions.

    A model known as the Metric of Evil (the "Metric") was first conceived by a branch of the United States Army, primarily intended for use by the Army itself.  The Metric was inspired by a perceived gap in military course of action analysis: ethical dilemmas arising from the shift from conventional soldier-to-soldier combat to modern asymmetrical warfare.  The Metric compared and suggested courses of action by incorporating their tangible, concrete, direct consequences---such as the expected number of international treaties broken, facilities destroyed, and combatant and civilian casualties expected to be caused by each action.

    The Army consulted a team of researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, led by the author of this dissertation, to refine the Metric so that it would simulate the “behavior” of ethics and military experts in evaluating courses of action.  The Metric's evaluation was reduced to a single consequence---whether or not civilian casualties were involved.  Using this single consequence, the Metric was able to match expert assessments.  Thus, results were excellent "on paper"; however, intuition indicated that this did not meaningfully capture how ethical assessments are made.

    This research involves the development of an alternate approach---the Relative Ethical Violation (REV) model.  This model evaluates potential actions based upon the principles they may violate rather than the tangible consequences that they may cause. In developing the model, the author first conducted an extended review of the literature, which provided insight on ethics and psychological factors, model design and validation, and solicitation of information via survey.  Then, he carefully chose a potentially meaningful set of ethical principles as input to the model. Finally, he designed and implemented the REV, the survey process through which expert assessments would be collected, and the process of validating and calibrating both the REV and the Metric so that both approaches could be compared.

    Ultimately, this research found that human raters, including experts, disagreed greatly amongst themselves, which complicated the process of calibrating the model.  However, amid this disagreement emerged several meaningful results. First, the REV outperformed a re-calibrated Metric, the Metric outperformed experts, experts outperformed non-experts, and non-experts outperformed simple random selection of actions.  Second, human raters tended to value some principles over others; that is, no given ethical principle---even "civilian non-maleficence"---completely overshadowed the others.  Third, there was a clear difference between how military experts, humanities experts, and non-experts assessed ethical dilemmas and valued certain principles. 

    Collectively, these results indicate that the principles-based approach behind the REV can provide a clearer ethical picture than can a checklist of tangible consequences and that such an approach can provide ethical support for decision-making, and that aspects of this research can contribute to machine ethics, decision analysis, and modeling and simulation.



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