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PLANNING YOUR EDUCATION

Academic Advising Center

Freshmen are required to meet with advisors during their first year. After that, the initiative for planning your academic schedule is up to you. Campus advisors are best able to assist you after you have done some planning on your own. The Academic Advising Center suggests that you use a three-step process in planning your program each semester.

1. Understand . . . the General Education, major, and graduation requirements you must satisfy. This information can be read on pages 17-29 of this publication, on advising sheets handed out by major departments and in pertinent sections of the Catalog. Understanding these requirements will make it easier for you to select courses (and alternates) so you will be more successful in getting classes when you register.

2. Consider . . . the number and kinds of courses you can handle and how, given the other demands on your time and energy, they should be scheduled by days and times. Each course you select will apply to one or more of the following categories: General Education,
Major, Electives (or Minor). Keep in mind that the reason most students are disqualified is a fatal combination of working too many hours and taking too many units.

3. Discuss . . . your tentative course selections with an advisor in your major and the Academic Advising Center, Lassen Hall 1012. Another person’s opinions can be quite useful in helping you finalize
your program.AD