Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Am I required to see an advisor?

The Office of Student Services wants to assist you with reaching your academic goals and to avoid detours in achieving those goals.

Freshmen and Sophomores have mandatory advising each semester. An advising hold placed on your record will prevent you from registering for classes. You must speak with an academic advisor before pre-registration to have your advising hold removed. The best time to see an advisor is before the pre-registration rush.

Juniors have mandatory junior degree evaluation the semester they reach your 58+ credit hours. Juniors not meeting with their academic advisor will have a hold placed on their record preventing them from pre-registering for the next semester's classes.

Seniors have mandatory senior degree evaluation the semester they reach your 90+ credit hours. Request for the senior degree evaluation is made in the College of Science Dean's Office, S 270. After a few days, return to discuss the results of your evaluation with Vicki Cole.

Transfer students are encouraged to speak with an advisor be registering for classes.

Q. When should I see an advisor?

The best time to see an advisor is before the pre-registration rush.

Q. How do I make an academic advising appointment?

Academic advising appointments are not necessary. You may drop in during the Office of Student Services business hours. During pre-registration rush expect to wait to see an advisor. We recommend avoiding lunch and afternoon hours as these are the busiest. Also, you should see an advisor several days before you can pre-register for classes. We do not advise students over the phone. Phone calls received during pre-registration rush will be returned as soon as possible.

Q. Where is the Office of Student Services?

The Office of Student Services is located in the Science Building Room 213/214. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Q. Can I schedule my own classes?

First-time freshmen, new students, and/or students on academic probation cannot register themselves. You need to see an advisor in the Office of Student Services.

Q. If I don't have a ACT Math and Composite score of 21 (SAT Math 500/Composite 1000), can I be admitted to the College of Science?

Yes. You will be admitted as a "Pre-Science" student. Once you've completed Math 127 with a grade of C or better, you can be change to a degree program.

Q. Can I challenge my ACT scores?

You can take placement exams to challenge your ACT mathematics and English score.

Placement exams are NOT to be taken to "get out of math or English" but are exams used to let advisors know what beginning level mathematics or English you are to be placed.

The math exam is computer-based. You are allowed to have a calculator, paper and pencil. Results for your placement level are immediately known to you.

The English exam is a written essay. Results are know immediately.

For more information or to schedule placement exams, call 304/696-3169.

Q. What if I'm not sure of a major?

If you are unsure about which degree you want to complete, you can be admitted as an "Undecided" student. You should begin taking core science courses and talking with academic advisor and faculty about careers in science. Once you decide on a major you can stop by the College of Science's Deans Office to officially declare your major.

Q. Can I double major?

Yes. You can earn a degree with more than one discipline by completing the requirements for both majors. If the two majors are in different colleges, you must secure permission from both college deans in order to pursue both majors. For administrative purposes, you will be placed in only one college and it is this college that maintains your records. You need to complete the general education requirements for the college of listed on your student records.

Q. If I graduate with one degree and I get another?

An additional degree can be earned by completing 30 additional credit hours after the completion of the first degree. If it hasn't been a full academic year since you graduated and if you do not have holds on your student records, you can register without seeing an academic advisor however it is recommended that you speak with an academic advisor concerning your second major.

Q. How do I get financial aid?

All students must complete the FAFSA in order to receive financial aid. This form must be completed every academic year and is available every January 1st for the next school year. The processing time for the FAFSA is 4-6 weeks, so early processing is highly recommended.

For more information on financial aid, call the Office of Student Financial Assistant (304/696-3162).

Q. Are scholarships available to students?

Incoming Marshall University freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for scholarship assistance based upon their admissions records.

In addition, the College of Science has scholarships available to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Scholarships are aware for the upcoming academic year.

Q. Is there tutoring or student support services available?

Yes. Tutoring services is available for a variety of subject, i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English.

Q. What are the Honor categories?

Cum Laude 3.3 - 3.59 GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.84 GPA
Sum Cum Laude 3.85 - 4.0 GPA

Dean's list for each semester is a 3.3 or higher. Dean's list certificates may be picked up in the Office of Student Services during the next semester.

Q. What will happen if my grades are poor?

You must keep a certain 2.0 grade point average to avoid being placed on Academic Probation. If you have a deficit of 1 to 19 quality points, you will be placed on probation. This also applies if you transfer to the college with a deficit. If you are on probation, you will not be able to schedule your classes or register without the approval of the College of Science's Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's designee.

The following are guidelines for students on academic probation:

  1. You cannot register for class without written permission
  2. You cannot take more than or must drop to 14 credit hours.
  3. Meet with the College of Science's Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's designee to complete an Academic Improvement Plan.

Q. If I am on probation, what do I have to do?

Students who are on probation must meet with the College of Science's Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's designee to ensure their understanding of Marshall University's Probation and Suspension Policy and to complete an Academic Improvement Plan. The goal is to avoid suspension and to be placed back in good academic standing.

Q. How do I get a medical excuse?

Students seeking a medical excuse for missing classes need to see the Department of Student Affairs located in the Memorial Student Center Room 2W28.

For other excuse absences, student should speak with the College of Science's Associate Dean.

Q. How do I withdraw from a course?

Individual Full-Term Course Withdrawal

The last date for withdrawal from individual full-term courses is the tenth Friday in a regular semester. Students wishing to withdraw from a class must complete a Schedule Adjustment form, obtain the course instructor's signature, and take the Schedule Adjustment form to the Registration Office in Old Main. Schedule Adjustment forms are available in the Office of Student Services or the Registration Office in Old Main.

Students on probation must obtain the signature of College of Science's Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's designee before taking the Schedule Adjustment form to the Registration Office. 

Students withdrawing from individual full-term courses receive a grade of "W" for the course. The "W" grade has no impact on your GPA however it will remain on your academic transcript. If you do not withdrawal from classes properly, you will receive a grade of "F" at the end of the semester or term.

See the Schedule of Courses or myMU for exact withdrawal dates.

Complete Withdrawal

The last date for complete withdrawal from the semester/term is the last regular day of class. Complete Withdrawal from the semester/term is defined as dropping all classes for which a student is registered. You must submit a withdrawal form to the Registration Office in Old Main. The effective date of withdrawal is the date that the withdrawal form is submitted to the Registrar.

Students withdrawing receive a grade of "W" for all courses. The "W" grade has no impact on your GPA. If you do not withdrawal from classes properly, you will receive grades of "F" at the end of the semester/term.

Q. What are the requirements for graduation?

Students must apply for graduation within the first two weeks of the beginning of the semester or term in which they intend to finish. In general, candidates for graduation must have

  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on all work attempted at
    Marshall University and must have an average of 2.0 or higher in their major.
  • A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit
    • Forty hours must be earned in courses numbered 300-499.
  • Earned at least 12 hours in a minor subject.

Q. How do I apply for graduate?

  1. Must pay the graduation fee at the Bursar's Office and bring one copy of your receipt to the College of Science's Deans Office.
  2. Fill out a Graduation Application and Exiting questionnaire in the College of Science's Deans Office.
    • The College of Science's Deans Office needs one copy of your graduation
      fee receipt.
 
 
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