The Building Blocks of Your Degree
Like a building, your degree program is constructed of various components:
- First, you build your academic foundation (reading, writing and math skills) based on your placement assessment scores.
- Then you construct the main floor consisting of GELS and major prerequisites.
- These courses prepare you to build your major, which in the analogy is the second floor.
- As you move toward degree completion, you finish constructing your baccalaureate degree by adding elective courses to reach the 120 total credits and other requirements you need to graduate.
Just as buildings vary in design and in how they are built, so do degrees vary in design and what courses are required.
Your academic advisor can help you select courses, planned in proper sequence, to satisfy requirements. They can steer you toward courses that meet multiple goal areas or major requirements and help you get the most out of your education while staying on track for graduation.
First-Year & Sophomore Students
A new student with 0 to 16 credits is required to take Metro 101: Your Academic Journey to gain the tools, information and strategies to be successful in college. This course also provides a good foundation for students who have been out of college for an extended period of time.
Students with fewer than 30 earned credits cannot register for courses numbered 300 or higher. First-year and sophomore students are required to take general education courses from 100- to 200-level to develop communication, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as prerequisite courses for their major.
Junior & Senior Students
Most juniors and seniors are completing upper division GELS courses and courses required in their major at the 300- to 400-level. Juniors and seniors ought to work closely with their advisor to plan their majors and ensure they are meeting all university requirements for graduation.
A major or program focus is the part of your education in which you typically follow your interests and develop your skills at an advanced or professional level.