The Core – The Only Way Out Is In

Important Dates:

Oct 26th – last day to drop a course with a ‘W’

Sometime after Oct 26th – students will see their registration dates. The reason it happens then is that all drops can be processed and we can have an accurate count on who is a Senior, Junior, etc. So for example, if someone drops a course they might go from being a Senior to a Junior and we want that accurately reflected in the registration queue.

This week’s guest blogger is Sandy Keller. Sandy provides a brief FAQ on the relationship between the CLS Core and General Education. At the end you can find a link to a Jing tutorial that uses visuals to express the same ideas .

CLS Core  FAQ:  How do I know when a General Education course counts in General Education and the CLS Core?

Answer:  General Education requires the completion of 48 credits.  The total number of General Education credits required to complete the minimum credit and course requirements in each category is 39 credits.  The remaining 9 General Education credits required to complete 48 General Education credits are General Education “elective” credits; the 9 “elective credits can double count in General Education and the CLS Core.

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The easiest way to see the courses fulfilling General Education is to select the “expand all” button at the top of a student’s Advisement Report.  Expanding all requirements permits the advisor to see the courses fulfilling each General Education category and more importantly, to identify the GE category where the student has completed more than the minimum number of credits (a.k.a. General Education “elective” credits) which may also fulfill CLS Core requirements.

An example will hopefully illustrate this concept.  The “Self and Society” General Education category requires the completion of 3 credits.  After expanding the Advisement Report, the advisor sees two courses listed in the “Self and Society” category, PSY 100 (3 credits) and SOC 110 (3 credits).  Because the “Self and Society” category requires the completion of 3 credits, SOC 110 is “elective” General Education and can be used to complete a CLS Core Social Science requirement (unless the student is majoring in a discipline found in the SOC department).

Another example involves the “Math/Logical Systems” General Education category.  After expanding the Advisement Report, the advisor sees MTH 145 completing the required math course and MTH 150 completing the second course required in this General Education category.  MTH 150 cannot be used to fulfill a CLS Core BS requirement because it is fulfilling the minimum two course requirement in the “Math/Logical Systems” General Education category.  In other words, MTH 150 is counting toward the minimum 39 required General Education credits.

Jing Tutorial – http://screencast.com/t/2gQtiq5vxYwi

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