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Policies and procedures for various undergraduate academic actions -- a guide for students, faculty and staff

Academic Integrity

Establishing Competency in and Graduating with a Major in the Eberly College of Science

When a student is awarded a degree, it means that the faculty and dean of the college certify that the student has achieved competence in a specific discipline. To receive this certification, students must complete sufficient coursework for the faculty to evaluate competency.

This policy outlines the requirements for establishing competency in a major from the Eberly College of Science.

  1. Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors of the Eberly College of Science are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. It is critical for students to be at University Park with enough time to develop mentoring relationships with their faculty advisers, to choose from a broad selection of classes in the major and to interact with other students in that major.  Students who do not transfer to University Park must choose a major at another location and change their college of enrollment to that location.
  2. No more than 91 credits may be earned while enrolled at another institution may be applied to degrees granted by the Eberly College of Science. (Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.1)
  3. At least 24 credits of math/science courses stipulated under “requirements for the major” within the Eberly College of Science must be completed at University Park. (Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.5)
  4. Thirty-six (36) of the last 60 credits earned for the degree must be taken at the University.  (Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.1)
  5. Common-numbered courses (research -94; internship.co-op -95, independent study -96, special topics – 97 and -98, and education abroad -99) may not automatically count toward the major. Students wishing to use these courses to meet major degree requirements should confirm their applicability with a University Park adviser.
  6. All course substitution requests, whether for a common-numbered course or any other course, must be accompanied by documentation indicating that the content and evaluated work is comparable to the required course category. The substitution must have similar or greater scope and depth than the course choices specified in the required category.

Concurrent Degrees

Eberly College of Science students seeking to obtain concurrent majors request approval to do so by the departments and the dean of the college. (Faculty Senate Policy 60-10)

Eberly College of Science students may not concurrently enroll in a general science major (either Science BS or Premedicine) and another Eberly College of Science major degree program.

Approval for all other concurrent major requests by Eberly College of Science students will be made only when there are at least 18 credit hours of unique coursework for each major.

Criteria for Reinstatement

Students who are dropped for poor scholarship, who are seeking re-enrollment with academic renewal (Faculty Senate Policy 58-60), or who are returning to Penn State following a break in attendance (reinstatement + re-enrollment, Faculty Senate Policy 54-80), and who seek to be reinstated in the Eberly College of Science must have met the following three criteria.

  1. have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  2. have completed the entrance to major requirements for one of the majors in the college
  3. after being dropped, have taken at least three science/math courses (a minimum of 9 credit hours, not including independent study) required for their major and earned a C or better

Note:  students in non-degree conditional status must earn a semester GPA of 2.01 or higher every semester while in non-degree status (Faculty Senate Policy 14-10).

 

Re-enrollment for Sequential Degree

Penn State graduates who wish to return to complete an additional baccalaureate degree may do so by requesting re-enrollment. Please see Faculty Senate Policy 60-20 for the steps and procedures. The college reviews each re-enrollment for sequential degree request to determine whether enrollment in major or pre-major status is appropriate.

Extension of Credit Hours in Non-degree Status

The Eberly College of Science does not grant extensions on the limit of 30 credit hours taken in non-degree status. (Faculty Senate Policy 14-10) Students who do not meet reinstatement criteria within 30 credit hours may seek re-enrollment only through academic renewal (Faculty Senate Policy 58-60)

Retroactive Registration Procedure

Students seeking retroactive registration for a course must file a request for retroactive registration to the University Registrar, which requires an authorized signature. (http://www.registrar.psu.edu/registration/retroactive_registration.cfm) In the Eberly College of Science, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education is authorized to sign this request.

Early Change of Location

Early change of location from another Penn State campus to University Park is one that would take place before the entrance to major requirements are met and/or before at least three semesters of course work are completed.  These requests will not be approved by the Eberly College of Science, except in the circumstance that progress cannot be made toward the degree at that campus location (see the campus-specific Recommended Academic Plans).  The originating campus must first approve of the change of location request.

Change of Location

All students whose entrance to major requirements are in progress during the spring semester of the second year and who request a change of assignment to University Park will be conditionally approved for change of location.  These students’ academic records will be re-reviewed when the spring semester grades are available, and at that time any student who does not meet the entrance to major requirements will revert to SCIEN pre-major status.

Course Disenrollment

Course instructors have the right to limit enrollment to students who have the prerequisites for the course and/or who are enrolled in required concurrent courses. Before making a dis-enrollment action, instructors will notify students in writing, before the end of the regular drop/add period, that they have not met the course prerequisites and will be dis-enrolled from the course.

Students who re-register for a course from which they have been dis-enrolled are in violation of an administrative directive, and will be referred to the university office of student conduct.

Course Fee Policy

Bills for lab fees will be applied to students’ accounts after the regular drop/add period for that semester. These fees are not refundable.

Commencement

Commencement ceremonies are a celebration of the completion of the baccalaureate degree. Only students who have been placed on the graduation list, i.e. those that have completed or will complete the degree requirements during the semester of the ceremony, will be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

 


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