University Advisement FAQs

Advisor Assignments

1. Who is my academic advisor?
2. Who is my weekly academic support counselor?

Course Information

1. What is an HP class?
2. Where can I get a copy of the Undergraduate Catalog?
3. Where can I find the Course Listings?
4. Does Baylor have an Honors Program?
5. Am I required to take Chapel?
6. Can I enroll in the BIC program?
7. What does the course numbering system mean?
8. What is an advanced-level course?
9. What is a Degree Requirement Guide?
10. How often do I need to attend class?
11. What is an average course load?

Grades/Grade Changes

1. What happens if I get a grade of D or F in one of my classes?
2. How can I audit a course?
3. Can I take a course on a pass/fail basis?
4. Can I take a course for Credit/No Credit?
5. What is a correspondence course?

Registration

1. Do I have to be advised in order to register for classes?

Selecting A Major

1. How do I declare or change my major?
2. What is a double major?
3. Can I major in premed or prelaw?

Testing

1. Do I have to take the TASP to attend Baylor?
2. What are CLEP and AP tests and how do I get credit for taking them?
3. What are the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Exams and who needs to take them?

Transcripts

1. Where can I get a copy of my transcript?
2. Where can I get a degree audit?

Transfer

1. Can I take classes at another school to meet Baylor's basic degree requirements?
2. How many classes can I transfer to Baylor?

When, where, and how do I register for classes?

1. WHEN
2. WHERE
3. HOW
4. Where can I get a copy of my class schedule?
5. How can I add/drop classes?
6. Can I register for a closed class?
7. If I need to add a class after the semester begins and registration is closed, are there any courses available?




Advisor Assignments

1. Who is my academic advisor?
Advisors are assigned to every student based on current degree, major, program, and the number of completed hours. Many students are required to see an advisor in more than one area. Students should check BearWeb each semester under "Registration" and then "Advisement" and then "Advisement Contact Information" to view their current advising requirements and instructions.

2. Who is my weekly academic support counselor?
If you are a student-athlete, you should check with the academic advisor assigned to your sport. If you are a Provisional Admission student or if you are a student on academic probation, contact the Academic Support Programs department at 710-8696 in the Sid Richardson Building and ask for the name of your academic support counselor or mentor.

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Course Information

1. What is an HP class?
HP courses, or Human Performance courses, are physical activity courses; for example, swimming, softball, or fitness theory. Most degrees include HP courses as part of the basic degree requirements.

2. Where can I get a copy of the Undergraduate Catalog?
Every student is entitled to one free catalog! You may have received your catalog during New Student Orientation. If you have never received a catalog, you can obtain a voucher from Academic Advisement, first floor, east wing, Sid Richardson Building (710-7280).

The catalog is very important! The policies, procedures, and requirements that will govern your academic career are published in the catalog.

The Undergraduate Catalog for the current academic year may also be purchased at the Baylor University Bookstore or at the Weithorn Visitors Center and it is also available on the Baylor website.

3. Where can I find the Course Listings?
You can find the current Course Listings under the Registration menu for Current Students on the Baylor website.

4. Does Baylor have an Honors Program?
Yes. The Honors Program is designed to enhance and enrich the academic experience of talented and highly motivated students at Baylor. The program supplements traditional degree requirements and majors in all departments and schools of the University by offering more challenging classes, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and providing opportunities for students to pursue independent study and research with individual faculty mentors. Contact Baylor University Honors Program, P.O. Box 97122, Waco, TX 76798, call (254) 710-1119 or email Diane_Haun@baylor.edu.

5. Am I required to take Chapel?
Two semesters of Chapel are required for entering freshmen and for students who transfer to Baylor from another institution and who are classified by Baylor at the time of transfer as either a freshman or sophomore; one semester is required for students who transfer to Baylor from another institution and who are classified by Baylor at the time of transfer as either juniors or seniors.

6. Can I enroll in the BIC program?
All regularly admitted students who have a strong commitment to learning are eligible to apply to the BIC program. Enrollment is limited to 225 incoming, first year students each academic year, and the BIC Admissions Committee will determine admission. Visit the BIC office located on the second floor of Morrison Hall, call (254) 710-3981, or email BIC_Admissions@baylor.edu.

7. What does the course numbering system mean?
Baylor course numbers consist of an alpha prefix followed by a four-digit course number. The level is specified by the first digit, as follows: 1) freshman; 2) sophomore; 3) junior; 4) senior; 5) graduate, master's and doctor's; 6) doctorate level only. The second digit specifies the number of hours of credit assigned to the course. The letter 'v' is used as the second digit for courses which may be taken for a varying amount of credit. The last two digits are reserved for departmental use to indicate course sequence.

8. What is an advanced-level course?
An "advanced" level course is a junior or senior level course, which is listed as a 3000-level or a 4000-level course. Students are required to complete a minimum number of advanced-level hours in order to earn a bachelor's degree

9. What is a Degree Requirement Guide?
A Degree Requirement Guide (DRG) is a reference brochure that lists the basic degree requirements for all majors at Baylor. Want to know if a business major is required to take a foreign language or if a computer science major needs to take technical writing? Check the DRG for a list of all basic degree requirements. The current DRG can be found on the Academic Advisement website.

10. How often do I need to attend class?
University policy states that to earn credit in a course a student must be officially enrolled by the end of the second week of the semester and must attend at least 75% of all class meetings.

11. What is an average course load?
The normal course load per semester for undergraduate students is five courses plus activity human performance, Aerospace Studies, applied music, or ensemble (usually totaling 15 hrs). A student must be enrolled in 12 semester hours to be considered full time; the maximum course load is 18 semester hours except in the School of Music where 19 hours are permitted.

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Grades/Grade Changes

1. What happens if I get a grade of D or F in one of my classes?
The course may be repeated. If it is repeated, it must be repeated at Baylor before a course is taken for which the course in question is a prerequisite. The course cannot be repeated in another school for transfer to Baylor and for use as degree credit. In addition, some departments will allow courses to be repeated only once for credit. Exceptions to the number of times that a course can be taken can be granted by the dean. Repetition of any course must be for a grade and the grade received the last time the course is taken is the only grade that counts on the student record. Note that some majors and minors require a grade of "C" or better in all courses for the field. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

2. How can I audit a course?
Students who wish to take a course and not earn academic credit may be eligible to audit the course with the written permission of the dean of their academic program. The fee for auditing a course is one-fourth of the current tuition rate of one semester hour. Laboratory and applied courses may not be audited. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

3. Can I take a course on a pass/fail basis?
With the written permission of the dean of the student's academic program, a student who has earned a "C" average on a minimum of sixteen semester hours may elect one course per term graded on a pass/fail basis. Business school students may not register for pass/fail credit in any course, including activity human performance, required under the B.B.A. degree program. Such courses may be used for elective credit only and for a four-year program may total no more than eighteen semester hours. No course in a student's major or minor field may be taken on a pass/fail basis, even if the requirements in the major field have been fulfilled. See The Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

4. Can I take a course for Credit/No Credit?
Only a few courses are offered at Baylor on a credit/no credit basis. (An example of such a course is English 0300.) Such courses count toward the number of registered hours and, if a grade of "credit" is received, will also count toward the number of earned hours. The course will not receive any quality hours, however, whether the grade earned is "credit" or "no credit". (In other words, whether the student receives a grade of "Credit" or "No Credit" for this course does not affect the student's grade point average in any way.)or "No Credit" for this course does not affect the student's grade point average in any way.)

5. What is a correspondence course?
A limited number of undergraduate courses may be taken by correspondence to meet the needs of non-resident Baylor students. In exceptional situations, the dean may grant permission to a student to take a correspondence course in residence. For more information see the Undergraduate Catalog and the Baylor website.

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Registration

1. Do I have to be advised in order to register for classes?
If you are in any of the following categories, you must be advised before you can register for classes:
if you are a freshman (less than 30 completed hours) or a sophomore (between 30 and 60 completed hours)
if you have not declared a major
if you have a major in a department which requires advisement before registration (See BearWeb for this information)
if you are a student-athlete
if you are currently on academic probation

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Selecting A Major

1. How do I declare or change my major?
If you have completed less than 30 hours and want to change to a major/degree offered through the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Business then you can change your major by completing a "Change of Degree and Major Form" in Academic Advisement (first floor, west wing, Sid Richardson Building)

If you have completed more than 30 hours and want to change to a major and degree offered by the College of Arts and Sciences then you can change your major by accessing the Data Form which is available on the Baylor website. You can find this form by following the "Academics" link on the homepage and then going to "Arts & Sciences" and then "Degree Plan Office". You may also change your major by contacting the Degree Plan Office, College of Arts and Sciences, Burleson 108.

If you have completed more than 30 hours and want to change to a major offered by the School of Business, then you can change your major by contacting the Undergraduate Students Office, Hankamer School of Business, Room 106.

Regardless of number of hours completed, if you want to change to a major or degree offered by:
• School of Education, contact Advisement Office, School of Education, Burleson 107
• School of Engineering and Computer Science, contact School of Engineering and Computer Science, Rogers 210
• School of Music, contact School of Music, Roxy Grove 107
• School of Nursing, contact Nursing Office, BSB C.107

2. What is a double major?
Students with more than one academic interest may decide to select two majors. In order to complete a double major, a student must complete all of the coursework for both majors in addition to the basic degree requirements under the same degree.

3. Can I major in premed or prelaw?
No. Premed and prelaw are not majors, they are preprofessional tracks. A preprofessional track is a program designed to meet the prerequisites for professional school and prepare students for professional school curricula. Preprofessional students may choose any major to go along with the preprofessional track.

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Testing

1. Do I have to take the TASP to attend Baylor?
No, Baylor does not require the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) for admission; however, students who are seeking teacher certification must pass the TASP unless they are exempt based on their SAT, ACT, or TAAS score. Contact the School of Education for more information.

2. What are CLEP and AP tests and how do I get credit for taking them?
Visit the Institutional Research & Testing Services web page at http://www.baylor.edu/IRT/ for specific information about credit by exam and advanced placement testing.

3. What are the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Exams and who needs to take them?
The Math Placement Exam is required for certain students planning to take either Math 1304 (Precalculus) or Math 1321 (Calculus). The English Placement Test is required for all incoming freshmen with an ACT English score below 20 or an SAT verbal score below 470. It is used to determine whether a student begins with English 0300 or English 1302. The

Foreign Language Placement Test is required for all students enrolling in a French, German, or Spanish course for the first time at Baylor who have previous experience in that foreign language. These placement exams are not used to award credit to a student, but simply to determine placement.

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Transcripts

1. Where can I get a copy of my transcript?
In the Records Office, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower. Both official and unofficial transcripts are free. You will need to show your Baylor ID as well as provide a written signature authorizing that office to release your transcript. Unofficial transcripts are also available through BearWeb.

2. Where can I get a degree audit?
On BearWeb or in the Academic Records Office, 3rd Floor Robinson Tower.

You may request from Academic Records the degree audit for your declared degree and major(s), plus minor(s), as appropriate, or for other Baylor academic programs that you are considering.

You may also view and/or print your degree audit via BearWeb. The format is slightly different and the data may not be as up-to-date as with the degree audit obtained through the Records Office.

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Transfer

1. Can I take classes at another school to meet Baylor's basic degree requirements?
See the Equivalent Course Information section of the Admissions web site at http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/transfer/
Note: If you are a student athlete, you must get summer school credits pre-approved by your academic advisor to be used for academic eligibility in accordance with NCAA by-laws.

2. How many classes can I transfer to Baylor?
Once you enter Baylor, you are eligible to take classes at another institution only if you have not reached the 15-hour limit and you are not in your last 30 hours. Your courses should also be approved for transfer credit if they are not preapproved (identified as a Texas Common Course Number System course or from one of the colleges listed on the Baylor website at http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/transfer_credits.asp).

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When, where, and how do I register for classes?

1. WHEN
Currently enrolled students (or students who have taken a semester or more off, and who do not have to reapply for admission) may register early ("preregister") for their classes for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters according to a schedule which is published by the Office of the Registrar for each of these terms. Students register according to their classification and the first letter of their last name. Students in the following categories should consult with their respective academic advisors about their assigned registration date
• student-athletes,
• students on academic probation,
• students registered with the Office of Access & Learning Accommodation

2. WHERE
If you are a new, incoming student you must register for the first time with the assistance of an academic advisor or in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd floor, Robinson Tower.

If you are a student-athlete then you must register by appointment with the academic advisor in your sport. If you are a current student who is NOT a student-athlete then you may register using the BearWeb Registration system (see instructions in the Course Listings) or in person in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

3. HOW
Instructions for registering by BearWeb are detailed in the Course Listings. Students who are eligible to register via BearWeb and are in a category which requires academic advising should request that their academic advisor change their advising flag on the computer when they are advised for classes prior to their registration day.

Students not eligible to register by BearWeb must take their advisement form which has been signed by their academic advisor to the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

Students can use computers in the Office of the Registrar to check the availability of specific classes before they register. Information concerning class availability is also available on the Web (although the information may be updated only once or twice a day).

4. Where can I get a copy of my class schedule?
You may pick up a copy of your schedule in the Office of the Registrar or in the Records Office. Both are located on the 3rd floor of Robinson Tower. Be sure to take your Baylor ID with you! In addition, you can print a copy of your schedule from BearWeb.

5. How can I add/drop classes?
If you want to change your class schedule before the end of the 20th class day and:
• want to change a class section only or,
• want to add/drop an activity HP course or,
• want to add/drop Chapel
AND
• if you are not a student-athlete or,
• if you are not following a pre-health care track
you may make the change in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

If you want to add/drop classes and were required to be advised prior to registering for your classes you must obtain a signed "Change in Schedule" form from your assigned academic advisor and take it the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

If you want to add/drop classes and were not required to be advised before registering for your classes you may change your schedule in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower. Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

If you are a student athlete, you must see the academic advisor for your sport (see list described above under question #1) to make any schedule changes. Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

6. Can I register for a closed class?
No, you cannot register for a closed class unless the academic department offering that course has issued you a special permit (via computer) to register for a course that is officially closed. You may check seat availability on BearWeb or on Course Listings.

You may call, email, or go to the department offering the course for which you are seeking special permission to register. If permission is granted, the department will enter an electronic "permit", and you may then follow regular procedures for adding a class.

7. If I need to add a class after the semester begins and registration is closed, are there any courses available?
You may want to add a course that does not begin meeting until several weeks into the semester. Usually, such a course would serve only as an elective hour on a student's academic program. One option to consider is:
EDP 1101: Personal Effectiveness Skills - Each section is a different topic and has a different start date. See Course Listings on the web for details.

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