College of Natural Sciences
Policies and Procedures
To qualify for this recognition, undergraduate students must earn a 3.50 minimum grade point average
(the grade of S is not counted) on 12 or more semester hours completed during the semester. Students
who earn a grade of I (incomplete), D, F, or U, during the semester are excluded from consideration
for the Dean's List.
Readmission from Academic Suspension
Readmission from Academic Suspension is neither automatic nor guaranteed. NSM majors on academic
suspension must be readmitted through the Office of the Dean prior to enrolling in classes. The
readmission from suspension policy and application forms are available in the Office of the Dean.
- The readmission period usually terminates one full
week before classes begin.
- Students classified as Natural Sciences and Mathematics-Unspecified will not be
readmitted from academic suspension through NSM.
- NSM majors receiving a second suspension should
not expect to be readmitted through NSM.
- No student with a major outside of NSM will be
readmitted from academic suspension through
- Students subject to suspension based upon course
work ten or more years old should consider the
Academic Fresh Start Program.
A multilevel procedure of redress of grievance concerning academic matters is available to
undergraduate students of the College.
- Every effort shall be made by the student, faculty,
and department chair to resolve the grievance
within the department structure. If step one does
not resolve the grievance, the student may go to
- Petition the dean or his designate first by informal
discussion and then, if necessary, by filing a formal
written complaint detailing specifics of the com-
plaint. If the dean proposes a solution it shall be
binding on the department, but not on the student.
If the student does not find the dean's proposal
acceptable, the student may, within 15 calendar
days of the receipt of the dean's decision, go to
- Request that the case be heard by the NSM College Curriculum Committee.
Questions regarding grades in NSM courses must be resolved within the semester following the posting
of the grade. Grade changes are approved only for correction of errors in computing the grade. A
course adjustment form must be submitted to the department no later than the close of the
semester/summer session following the posting of the grade.
Grades of I (Incomplete) must be resolved within one year of the posting of the grade or will be
changed automatically to F. Incomplete grades must be resolved with the instructor awarding the
grade. Incomplete grades cannot be resolved by re-registering for the course in question.
Questions concerning transfer credit are resolved by the petition process. This process originates
in the department of the major, and the petitions are routed to the relevant department and dean's
Students wishing to enroll in Special Problems courses (xx98) must seek approval in advance by
the petition process. Credit for Special Problems courses is contingent upon approval of a petition
detailing the project and method of evaluation. Generally, Special Problem courses are limited to
S/U (satisfactory/ unsatisfactory) grading.
Students wishing to complete either the Senior Thesis (3399-4399) or Senior Research Project
(3396-4396) must seek approval in advance by the petition process. Credit for these courses is
contingent upon approval of a petition detailing the project and method of evaluation.
Students are responsible for all requirements of the catalog under which they are graduating. Request
for a degree plan should be made in the department of the major as soon as the student has completed
60 semester hours. Students with a major in NSM applying for graduation without a degree plan will be
Filing to Graduate
To be a candidate for a degree, students must submit an application for graduation by the stated
deadline in the class schedule. Candidates for graduation, previously disapproved, must reapply.
Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of the scholastic requirements. Successful
graduation candidates can anticipate the posting of the degree approximately six weeks after
the closing date of the semester allowing for final audit procedures.
NSM strictly adheres to the University Calendar, e.g. admission and registration deadlines, drop
dates, application for graduation, etc. Exceptions are considered only for documented, extenuating,
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