ACADEMIC PROBATION AND DISQUALIFICATION
Whenever your Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 (either campus or cumulative GPA), you are subject to Academic Probation (a type of academic warning) or Academic Disqualification, in which you may be disenrolled from the university. All students must familiarize themselves with this policy and be diligent in checking each semester’s grade report.
The Office of Advising Services provides information on academic probation/disqualification and related issues.
ASSIST (online transfer agreements between colleges)
Are you wondering if all your Community College classes will transfer to Fresno State, or how they will be evaluated for General Education or Major requirements? Until you receive your DARS report, you can do the research yourself. ASSIST is a computerized student-transfer information system containing articulation agreements between public California colleges and universities.
The Office of Advising Services , located in Joyal Administration Room 224 (559/278-1787) provides a variety of services designed to help you achieve your educational goals and effectively use the resources of the university. They can assist you in undeclared major advising, General Education advising, and academic petition procedures. They can also help you decide upon your major, assist you with general academic problem solving, and give you appropriate referrals. You may call on them for initial advice regarding special majors. They are also available to explain university policies and procedures.
BULLDOG B.A.R.K. (Building Academic Resources and Knowledge)
Bulldog B.A.R.K. for Transfer Students is a guidebook to help transfer students learn more about General Education and degree requirements, and answer questions about academic issues that involve university terminology, policies, and procedures.
The General Catalog contains valuable information on Admissions, Fees, Financial Assistance, Academic Regulations, Campus Resources, and University Degree Programs and Courses. It is printed in hard copy, and on CD, available in the Kennel Bookstore, and online.
A new edition of the General Catalog is issued each year, and may have very different information from the preceding year. Therefore, you should have your own copy of your catalog from the appropriate year.
The university has a written policy on cheating and plagiarism. Cheating (fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one's grade or obtaining course credit) and plagiarism (misrepresenting the published or unpublished works of others as one’s own work) are strictly prohibited.
The Class Schedule is available prior to the beginning of each semester. It contains complete information about the days and times classes are offered, the instructors, the registration process, the class schedule planning tool, a registration assistant, the final exam schedule and semester calendars to keep you on time. In addition to the online version, a hard copy is available for purchase in the Kennel Bookstore.
Continuous attendance is defined as being officially enrolled at least one semester or two quarters during a calendar year. See the General Catalog (Choice of Catalog) for a complete description of continuous enrollment.
When the Evaluations office has completed the evaluation of your transfer courses, a Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report will be sent to you automatically. The DARS report is a system-generated “snapshot” of progress made toward completing your major, G.E., and other degree requirements. Contact either your major advisor or an academic counselor in the Office of Advising Services for information about obtaining a DARS report.
To earn a degree at Fresno State, students generally need to earn a minimum of 120 units for the B.A. degree and 124 units for the B.S. degree. A degree consists of three main components: the requirements for General Education, for the major, and for electives and “other” degree requirements (including the Upper Division Writing Requirement, residency requirements, etc.). Please consult the General Catalog about your specific degree requirements, and don’t hesitate to see an advisor in your major or in the Office of Advising Services.
DEGREE ROADMAPS (Four Year Road Map)
The Degree Roadmaps website provides information on various majors at Fresno State, and the required courses for that major. Please note that this is only a guide, and does not replace the need to meet with a major advisor from your academic department.
The official evaluation of your transfer units is done by the Evaluations Office, located in the Joyal Administration Building, Room 115 (278-4076). The length of time from application for admission and submission of your official transcripts to the final evaluation depends on a number of factors. Please see ASSIST and DARS REPORT (above).
All registration fees must be paid by the specified deadline, according to your registration date. If fees are not received by this date, your classes are subject to cancellation.
Virtually all transfer students will need to complete some General Education courses at Fresno State. If you have only attended a two-year community college, you will need to complete at least all of the Upper Division General Education (UDGE) requirements. If you are transferring from a four-year college or university and have completed some Upper Division General Education courses, your DARS report (see above) should reflect that. If you believe you should receive UDGE credit for courses you took elsewhere and your DARS report does not reflect that, make an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Advising Services and ask about the possibility of submitting an academic petition. Look here for further information about GE requirements:
The Office of Advising Services provides General Education advising if you are not in a specialized program or major (e.g., Business Administration, Educational Opportunity Program [EOP], Engineering and Computer Science, Liberal Studies). If you are an incoming student who has already attended DOG DAYS, we will help you plan a schedule that incorporates G.E. with major and elective coursework as appropriate. If you are a continuing student, we can help you make sure you are taking correct G.E. classes. Regular academic advising is a key to the successful and timely completion of your degree. You should schedule an appointment with your advisor at least once a semester. The Office of Advising Services can advise students on General Education and non-major-related degree requirements.
Often, you will see the university use terminology that you do not understand. It is very important that familiarize yourself with this terminology as soon as possible. The following is a guide to definitions of university terms.
Academic Petition - Petitions regarding substitutions or exceptions to the General Education and Upper Division Writing Skills requirements may be made in the Office of Advising Services. Petitions are reviewed by a Student Academic Petitions Committee.
Activity – A term used in the Class Schedule; a brief intensive course for a small group with an emphasis on solving certain problems.
AP - An acronym for "Advanced Placement." Students who present scores of three or better on their Advanced Placement examinations will be granted three to six semester units of college credit in each area. These AP credits are given in various GE areas. In order to receive credit, Transfer students must have their AP test scores sent from the College Board directly to Fresno State.
Blackboard – A Web-Based E-Learning portal system designed to meet the individual needs of faculty, staff and students of California State University, Fresno.Blackboard can be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week from any computer with an internet connection. http://blackboard.csufresno.edu
Certificate - Specialized study in a program or subject area that usually requires fewer units than a major or a minor. Not all major departments offer certificates.
Core courses - Courses in your major which are mandatory and must be successfully completed in order to graduate
Co-requisite - Co-requisites are classes that must be taken before or at the same time as another class. To look up co-requisites for a specific class, refer to the Catalog.
Course numbering system – Fresno State courses numbered 1-99 are considered Lower Division, courses numbered 100 – 199 are Upper Division, and courses numbered 200 and above are Graduate courses.
Credit/No Credit ("CR/NC") - Instead of receiving a traditional letter (A-F) grade, students are graded on whether they shall receive credit (CR) or no credit (NC) in the course. CR grades count toward graduation but do not count toward the grade point average (GPA). Most majors do not allow CR/NC for major courses. A "CR" indicates an A, B, or C grade. An "NC" denotes a D or an F grade.
Curriculum - Courses offered by the University
Dean - An administrative official who supervises a College, School, or Division at the University
Degree - The title of accomplishment and proficiency awarded after fulfilling all requirements prescribed for graduation (e.g., Bachelor of Arts/BA , Bachelor of Science/BS, Master of Arts/MA, Master of Science/MS). A list of degrees can be found in the catalog.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) - An report from Evaluations showing students their progress toward meeting graduation requirements
Department - An administrative office within a college or school that offers courses in a particular area of study. For example, the English Department is within the College of Arts and Humanities.
Department Chair - A faculty member who supervises the administration of an academic department.
Digital Campus – an on-campus program that provides students with state-of-the-art information and academic technology.
Double-counted Course - A course that can satisfy both GE and major requirements.
Electives - The courses not required for a major or for General Education but which satisfy your own personal interest or needs, and count toward graduation requirements.
Fee Deferment - A Financial Aid Fee Deferment permits eligible students to postpone payment of class registration fees. Deferments are issued based on the expectation that fees will be paid by financial aid. This deferment allows students with unpaid fees to remain registered for classes, but only until the sixth week of the semester.
Foundation course(s) - The four basic skills courses in General Education (GE), i.e., Oral Communication, Written Communication (English), Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
Full-time Student – Undergraduate student who is enrolled in 12 units or more of course work in a semester
GE - Acronym for General Education, a set of course requirements (outside the major department) needed for graduation
GPA - Acronym for Grade Point Average. To determine GPA, divide total grade points earned by units attempted.
Grade Substitution/Grade Substitution by Repetition of Courses. An undergraduate student may repeat an undergraduate course at California State University, Fresno. If the original grade was D, F, WU, or IC, and the subsequent grade is the same or higher, the new grade will be substituted for the original grade. This is not automatic, students must file a form at the public service windows. For a full description of this policy, refer to the Catalog.
Hold(s) - A computer restriction preventing students from registering for classes. Holds are placed on a student's registration privileges for failing to meet University obligations. These obligations include: taking required tests, submitting official transcripts/documents, paying library fines, mandatory immunizations, and university academic advising requirements.
Incomplete ("I") - A grade received when a student earning a passing grade is unable to complete a course because of extenuating circumstances. An incomplete is only given with the consent of the course instructor. The course must be completed within one calendar year or the grade "I" will become an "IC" or a grade that the instructor deems appropriate. Students may not re-enroll in a course for which they received an incomplete ("I").
Lab – Term in the Class Schedule meaning a brief intensive course for a small group with an emphasis on solving certain problems, usually connected to a lecture class.
Lecture – Term in the Class Schedule meaning a large group of students in a college or graduate school receiving information on a given subject delivered before an audience or a class, as for the purpose of instruction.
Lower-division courses - Courses numbered 1 - 99.
Lower Division student – a student who has earned fewer than 60 units of college credit (freshmen/sophomores)
Major advisor - The major advisor represents the major department and answers questions about major requirements.
Matriculated Student – A matriculated student has been admitted to Fresno State, and has enrolled in and paid fees for courses during a specific semester.
Minor - A concentrated area of study which consists of a minimum of 18 units, of which at least are nine (9) are upper division. Minors are optional, not required.
Part-time Student – An undergraduate student who is enrolled in fewer than 12 units of coursework in a semester.
considered to be a very serious offense. Plagiarism means using other
people's work without revealing the fact or giving them credit for it
and is regarded as serious academic misconduct.
Prerequisite - Prerequisite classes must be taken BEFORE you can register for a specific class.
Registration - Registration is the process whereby a student enrolls in courses and pays, or makes acceptable arrangements to pay, all fees.
Semester - One of the 17-week periods of instruction (or “Terms”) into which an academic year is divided
Seminar - A small group of advanced students engaged in original research or intensive study under the guidance of a professor
Syllabus – An outline stating course goals and objectives including grading methodology, types and number of projects, written assignments, tests, etc.
Transcript - A record of courses you have taken at a College or University and the grades you have earned in them. An official copy of your transcripts is sealed by the institution.
Undeclared major - A student who has not decided which degree to pursue
Unit(s) - A unit is usually equivalent to the number of hours per week of classroom time. Most courses carry three (3) units of credit and meet three hours per week.
Upper Division courses - Courses numbered 100 - 199.
Upper Division Student – A student who has earned more than 60 units of college credit (juniors/seniors).
"W" grade - Indicates that you were permitted to drop a course after the second week of instruction with the approval of the instructor and after filing the appropriate documents.
Withdrawal - Discontinuing a class after the end of the drop period will result in a withdrawal "W" drop. If you officially withdraw, a "W" will appear next to the class you withdrew from on your transcript but it will not affect your grade point average (GPA). Also see "WU" grade, below.
UDWS/UDWE - Acronym for the Upper Division Writing requirement or Exam. All students who wish to qualify for a degree from Fresno State must either pass a writing course or pass the UDWE before they graduate. For more information, call the Testing office at 278-2457, or visit their web site at http://www.csufresno.edu/testing/
Web-enhanced course – Web-Enhanced classes meet during regularly scheduled class times, and use Blackboard or other technology to deliver class materials. Up to half of the traditional class time may be replaced with on-line instruction. More information is available at http://www.csufresno.edu/digitalcampus/
Web-based course - Web-Based courses utilize Blackboard and are taught online. A web-based course does not meet for instructional purposes in physical facilities, although students may be required to meet for an in-class orientation or to take exams. Fully online classes require the same amount of course work and hours as a regular class. More information is on the web site http://www.csufresno.edu/digitalcampus/
"WU" grade - An unauthorized withdrawal, WU, indicates that an enrolled student did not officially drop a class. It is equivalent to an "F" grade.
Students wishing to pursue graduate studies will need to meet with a department faculty adviser to discuss academic advising.
For general information regarding post-baccalaureate degrees and Advanced Certificate programs, visit the Division of Graduate Studies, located in Thomas Administration, Room 132, or call 278-2448.
The ultimate responsibility for knowing and meeting all graduation requirements is yours. Therefore, we recommend that you check each semester’s grades and your evaluation or DARS report for correctness.
Each of Fresno State’s academic departments do advising in specific requirements for a major, minor, or teaching credential. You should meet with your faculty advisor at least once each semester before registering for classes.
At a minimum, you are expected to review your “roadmap” to graduation with your advisor from your major department by the end of the term in which you complete 75 units. Some departments require advising earlier and more often.
Preprofessional advising is available for students who plan to transfer to other institutions for the completion of professional curricula in such fields as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, forestry, architecture, theology, librarianship, chiropractic therapy, osteopathic medicine, and podiatric medicine. Certain faculty and staff have been designated as pre-professional advisors according their areas of expertise. Regular advising is essential since professional schools do change their admission requirements.
Once you have earned at least 90 units, you are considered to have senior class standing. The Senior B.A.R.K. is an online guide to assist you in making sure you graduate in a timely manner. The guide contains information on graduation requirements, senior activities, resources for seniors, a list of last-minute details, and a handy checklist that begins four semesters prior to graduation.