What Catalog should the student
follow? Students entering SU as freshmen or as transfer
any schools other than Maryland schools must use the SU
catalog of the year they enter SU. Students
transferring from Maryland
colleges may use an SU catalog in effect
during a semester when the student matriculated at a
Maryland school. All students may choose to
move to a newer catalog but must graduate
under a catalog no later than seven years.
The student states they have
completed a course elsewhere but it is not showing on their
Academic Requirements Report. What should I tell them?
Ask the student if they have sent in their transcript from
their other institution. If they have, they should
contact Admissions for help. If
they have not submitted official transcripts, they will need to order an official copy of their
transcript and have it sent to the Admissions Office.
A student states they have a
course or requirement waived. What do I tell them if
it is not showing on their Academic Requirements Report?
Have the student contact the involved Department Chair to
see if they submitted a request for a waiver/substitution on
behalf of the student. Waiver/substitutions are processed in
the Registrar's Office and generally take two weeks to
process after the initial request.
My advisee says they can not
pre-register for classes but I have unlocked/activated their account.
What should they do?
The student should check to see if they have a hold on their
account. To check for holds
they need to go to GullNet - Self Service - Student
Center. Many times the student has a parking
ticket or some other Cashier's hold that will not allow them
to enroll in classes. If this does not work, have them
seek assistance from the Registrar's Office.
How can I tell when the student is
allowed to pre-register for classes?
The students register according to their total earned
credit hours. This only includes courses in which they
have grades that have been posted. This does not
include the courses they are enrolled in at the present
time. Students should refer to their GullNet account -
Student Center to see their specific enrollment dates and
General Education Errors
This page contains information regarding
common general education errors.
General Errors: Most errors
occur when a student repeats a course without knowing it or
takes more than the required course(s) for general education.
Any course taken beyond the general education requirements that
is not in the student's major or minor will be counted as an
elective. Errors also occur when students
take courses that are not designated or approved for general
education. Remember, the course section of
the SU catalog will indicate what
general education group a course will fulfill.
Some of the common
errors are summarized below:
Composition: ENGL 103 - "C" or better
- this is the only course within general education that requires
a grade of "C" or better.
For the English Literature requirement, make sure
it fulfills a Literature general education
course - GEN ED IB. A common error is to take a composition
course rather than a literature course. For a MDFL course (SPAN,
FREN, GERM, etc.), make sure it is a literature course rather
than a grammar or conversation course.
Literature and Film (ENGL 221) is the only film class that
fulfills the literature requirement.
Students must take one humanities course, one social
science course and one additional course (may be either a social science or
humanities course.) Humanities options include:
CMAT, THEA/DANC, MDFL, MUSC, and PHIL.
CMAT is now its own department and THEA/DANC have combined. Theater
Dance are within the same department and therefore
students may only take one course from either THEA or DANC to
help meet the humanities requirement.
courses taken multiple times in MUSC or DANC will
not count towards this requirement.
One course of HIST 101, 102 OR 103; One additional course,
either 101, 102, 103 OR History course above HIST 103
These courses may be taken
in any order. A common misconception is that American/U.S. History
will fulfill the
HIST 101/102 requirement. U.S. HIST
will not meet the HIST 101/102 requirement
but can be used as a HIST course above HIST 103 for
those students in the 2008 & beyond catalog.
Students must take one humanities course,
one social science course and one additional course (may be
either a social science or humanities course.) Social Science
options include: ANTH,
CADR, ECON, HUMAN GEOG, POSC, PSYC and
CADR is now its own department and therefore
students may take courses from both SOCI and CADR.
Make sure the student is not taking a
PHYSICAL GEOG class for this Social Science
general education requirement.
complete two lab science courses from
different departments from BIOL, CHEM,
PHYSICAL GEOG or
GEOL, and PHYS.
Physical GEOG and GEOL
are in the same
department and therefore a student may NOT take both GEOG/GEOL.
Courses in this general education
group must have a lab component.
Students need to have one
additional course from the lab science
options, a non-lab science, COSC, or second
MATH course. Possible options
include: BIOL, CHEM, ENVR
(ENVR 102), GEOL, PHYSICAL GEOG, PHYS, COSC,
Another error is that a student thinks taking ONE MATH course
counts for both their MATH requirement and
their non-lab science requirement. In this case, double
dipping is NOT allowed!
must take an
approved MATH course.
A common error is that MATH 130 or MATH
150 (for education majors)
fulfills this requirement. THEY DO NOT! See the SU Catalog or
the online Registration
schedule to see the
MATH courses that count towards
this general education requirement.
Students must take PHEC 106 for this
requirement. Physical education,
exercise science, health education, and athletic training majors take PHEC
108 instead of 106.
A common error is for students to take
ANY 3 credit PHEC class (such as PHEC 210-Scuba).
Another common error is that students
may repeat PHEC 106 in a different activity to receive
additional credit, this is not the case. PHEC
106 is not a repeatable topics course!
Any substitutions for
PHEC 106 should be addressed with
the PHEC chair.
Top 10 Errors
Top Ten Most
Common Advising Errors
1. Courses that are repeated in which the student received a
grade other than "F."Advisors
are encouraged to ask advisees about any possible repeated
coureses. Example - "Are you repeating anything this semester?" PHEC 106 is
especially challenging because even though there are different
activity topics, this course may not be repeated for additional
credit. Also, remember that the grade earned for the most RECENT
attempt is counted, not the higher grade.
2. Making sure all students have 30 - 300/400 level credits by
the end of their program. There are many students who do not
have enough of these credits and must make them up during winter
or summer session.
3. Mistaking HUMAN GEOG [GEOG 100, 101 or 102] as a
Lab Sciencerather than a
Only PHYSICAL GEOG [GEOG 104, 105,
107] counts towards lab sciences.
4. Mistaking courses that are not approved GEN ED courses. For
example, ENGL 230 is NOT a LITERATURE course, or
ART 229 is NOT
an approved Humanities course. Please see the course descriptions in the SU
Catalog for specific GEN ED approved courses.
5. Not having 120 credit hours for
graduation. The student repeated a course that did not count
for new credit the
The student received an "I" grade that is still not changed to a
The student took a course at another institution that was not
reflected in the report.
There was a miscalculation in a previous long-term planning
6. Student did not complete their last 30
of 37 hours at SU. The student did not file an application to study at
The student did not transfer the grade into his/her record
through the Registrar's Office.
If the student wishes to complete the last 3-4 hours at another
institution, did (s)he petition the Asst. V.P. for Academic
Affairs Office for this waiver?
7. Not having 30 credit hours completed at
the 300/400 level with grades of C or higher. Transfer
students must complete 15 of their 30 hours at SU. 300/400
level courses taken as PS/F do not satisfy this requirement.
8. Not having a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or
higher for graduation. Students may not graduate until
their GPA reaches a 2.0. Transfer grades do not count
towards the students cumulative GPA.
9. Taking general education, major, or
minor requirements as pass/fail. Starting from a
student's junior year (60 credits completed), a student may take
one pass/fail course per semester for a total of no more than 4
pass/fail courses in their undergraduate career. A student must
declare taking a class pass-fail or audit during
pre-registration or by the drop/add period (the first week of
10. Following the wrong catalog.
Students will need to check their degree progress report to see
what catalog requirements they fall under. Especially in
lieu of the significant curriculum changes that started in Fall
2008, students who want to change catalogs, must complete a Change of Catalog form and submit
that form to the Registrar's Office.