Course Substitution (Exceptions to Degree Requirements)
A student is expected to satisfy all University degree requirements (such as General Education, First-Year Seminar and Engagement, United States Cultures and International Cultures, Writing Across the Curriculum) that were in effect when the student first scheduled a class after his/her admission or most recent re-enrollment as a degree candidate. Requirements for a program (such as major, minor, option, honors) are those in effect at the time of the student's admission or most recent re-enrollment into that program.
A student wishing permission to deviate in any way from program requirements must have permission from the appropriate college dean.
Guidelines for Considering Course Substitution Requests
- The course to be substituted should be in the same area as the required course or in a closely related area.
- Substitution of a course for a previously failed required course is seldom granted.
- Failure to schedule a required course is not sufficient reason for granting permission for a course substitution.
- When working on your academic plans, discuss the possibility of a substitution with an adviser. Ideally, permission for a substitution should be obtained before you enroll in the course you wish to substitute.
- Schedule the course to be substituted. After scheduling it, obtain pertinent forms and directions in the appropriate college dean's office to request the substitution. A course must be scheduled or completed before the substitution can be officially approved and entered on your degree audit.
- When a substitution is approved, check your audit to verify that the substitution has been made.
Reviewed: July 2015
Last Update: March 2009
Reference(s): Senate Policy 82-60