Required Courses for Freshmen
Considering the fundamental nature and value of the freshman courses in English Composition, it is the policy of Pittsburg State University that all full-time freshman students shall enroll in ENGL 101 English Composition unless given credit by examination, and UGS 100 The Freshman Experience unless exempted by the Director of First Year Programs.
Course Numbering and Upper Division Courses
Pittsburg State University courses are numbered as follows:
- 000-099 Non Credit Courses
- 100-299 Undergraduate, Lower Division
- 300-699 Undergraduate, Upper Division
- 700-799 Graduate I. Primarily for graduate students, although some upper level undergraduates can enroll
- 800-899 Graduate I
- 900-999 Graduate II
Graduate I courses are at masters degree level. Graduate II courses, are at the post-master level.
Students shall enroll for courses in an orderly sequence that recognizes the interdependence and progression of the acquisition of knowledge. Therefore, students must meet prerequisites as identified by the faculty for specified courses and must meet grade point requirements for admission to upper division courses as follows:
- Courses numbered 700-799 require 170 grade points. These courses are primarily for graduate students.
- Courses numbered 800-899 require admission to graduate studies.
- Courses numbered 900-999 require admission to postmaster graduate studies.
Enrollment in Courses Above Freshman Sophomore Level
1. Admission to courses numbered 700-799 requires 170 grade points. These courses are primarily for graduate students.
2. Admission to graduate courses (numbered 800-899) requires admission to the Graduate School.
3. Admission to courses numbered 900-999 is open only to students with a master's degree.
Normal Academic Load
The normal academic load for an undergraduate student is 15 or 16 hours of credit per semester. An undergraduate student who has demonstrated superior academic achievement may exceed this academic load. The normal academic load for summer is eight hours of credit per eight-week session. A student who has demonstrated superior academic achievement may exceed this academic load.
Students may enroll or add courses through the fifth day of a regular semester or proportionate time period for a summer session. See university calendar on pages 6-13 for summer session deadlines.
Enrollment deadlines vary for short courses that begin later in a semester.
Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from the University
||Academic notation for course drop
||Academic notation for withdrawal from all courses
| Through 10th day of classes
| 11th day of classes through end of 11th week of semester
||“W” (does not affect GPA)
||“W” for each course (does not affect GPA)
| Beginning of 12th week
|| Individual courses cannot be dropped
||“W” or “F” in each course as assigned by instructor. “F” grades calculated in GPA.
*Timeframe is for a full-term course in a regular fall or spring semester. Proportionate deadlines apply to summer sessions and less than full term courses. See calendar on page 6 for summer session deadlines.
A student who does not officially withdraw from a course or from the university will be given an “F” grade in the course or courses concerned. These “F” grades will be included in the computation of the grade point average.
The dates for withdrawal from courses which run less than sixteen weeks shall be set to obtain proportionate time periods.
Exceptions to this policy may be appealed through the Student Faculty Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Enrollment as an Auditor
Each auditor must have a permit to audit from the university registrar authorized by the course instructor. A permit may be issued to regularly enrolled students, as well as students enrolled to audit only. Auditors will be charged a per credit hour fee when the permit is issued. This fee is not refundable. Persons over 60 years of age may audit, on a space available, no-fee basis. All persons who audit courses are admitted as listeners only and are not entitled to participate in class activities except as listeners. No transcript or record is made of audit enrollments. Students cannot enroll as auditors in classes offered through the Division of Continuing Studies.
Duplication of Undergraduate Credit
Duplication of a course differs from repeating a course. Duplication occurs when a student enrolls in a course previously completed with a grade of “A” or “B” or an otherwise non-repeatable class. In such instances the first grade and associated grade points remain on the transcript and the latest course has no credit awarded.