Adviser. The adviser is a staff member in the major field of study assigned by the appropriate University department to assist its majors.
Course. A particular subject being studied. For example, a course in English.
Course Reference Number (CREF Number). A unique four digit sequential number assigned to each course/section listed in the timetable. It is the number used in the registration system to identify course adds, drops, and grade basis changes.
Credit. The numerical award received for completing a University course is described in semester hours of credit. Freshmen normally register for 14-16 semester hours of class credits. A total of 120 credits is required to graduate with a bachelor's degree; therefore, students planning to graduate in four years must average 15 credits each semester.
Curriculum. The total group of allied courses required for a specific degree.
Developmental Studies. Courses designed to help students improve basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and study skills. Consult an adviser or the Developmental Studies Office for further information.
Department. An administrative unit of the University which offers instruction in a particular branch of knowledge, such as the Department of Music.
Elective. An elective is a course which students may choose to study, as distinguished from a required course which must be taken.
Extracurricular. Activities which are part of student life but are not part of the course of study are extracurricular activities. Athletics, participation in student government or other campus organizations are examples of this type of activity.
Fee. A charge the University requires for certain services it offers.
Grade Point Average (GPA).
I.D. Card. The University provides students with a HawkCard (University ID Card). The HawkCard contains the name of the University, student name and photo, and a bar code and electronic encoding of the student ID number. The HawkCard will be used during the entire time students are enrolled at UW-Whitewater. It can be used for proof of enrollment, if required, which entitles a student to a number of special privileges and services. A fee is assessed for all replacement cards. For more information about the HawkCard policies and available services, visit the UW-Whitewater HawkCard web page.
Load. The total credits for which students are registered. The normal undergraduate load is from 14-18 credits. Students may take fewer than 15 credits if they wish; 12 credits is considered full-time. Permission to carry more than 18 credits must be obtained in advance of registration from the dean of the college of the major. Students on probation or admitted from high school with both an ACT score and class rank below the 50th percentile may not register for more than 15 credits.
Major. The subject or field of study of specialization. For example, students planning to specialize in mathematics will major in that field. Students choosing to specialize in two subjects will have a double major.
Minor. A field of secondary emphasis. The total number of credits required in the minor field is less than that required for the major.
Personal Access Code (PAC). A four-digit code needed in addition to the student ID number to access the Touch-Tone Telephone and the STAR systems. The PAC can be changed at any time on the Touch Tone or STAR systems.
Prerequisite. The preliminary requirement which must be met before certain courses can be taken. For example, in English, 680-101 is a prerequisite to all other courses in English and must be successfully completed before other English courses are taken.
Registration. The act of enrolling in classes, usually at the beginning of a semester. This involves choosing classes with the help of an adviser and submitting the course requests on the Touch-Tone Telephone or STAR Systems. Students may not attend a course/section without properly registering for it.
Required Courses. Courses which are prescribed by the University for the completion of a program.
Remedial Courses. Developmental courses in English and mathematics to prepare students for college level course work. Schedule. A listing of the courses being taken each semester.
Section Number. Used to distinguish one class from another. One course may be offered a number of times throughout the day or week. A student may be enrolled, for example, in Art History which has the course number 115-111 and section 13. The entire designation of this course is 115-111-13.
Term Hour. A term hour is generally a 50-minute period of instruction per week for a term. A three-term hour course would be one which meets for three 50-minute periods each week for a term. Laboratory or activity periods are counted differently in the total hours for a course.
Timetable (or schedule of courses). A table or schedule showing all the courses to be offered by the University during a specific term.
Undergraduate. A student who has not obtained a bachelor's degree.
Waiver. Any individualized changes from the stated requirements and it needs approval of the appropriate college authority. Information about waiver policies and procedures can be received in either the dean's office of the college or the Registrar's office. It is proper and helpful to consult with an adviser before requesting a waiver.
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