Schedule planning for undecided students is more complex and more involved than for students that have a clear idea of what they want to do. This webpage provides information and techniques that will help undecided students plan carefully.
There are two important principles to keep in mind as an undecided student:
Going through the process of deciding – take these actions as soon as possible:
Building a freshman undecided schedule
First determine what kind of undecided student you are.
Generally safe course choices for undecided students who have not completed ENG 151
What consists of a typical undecided student’s first or second semester?
A typical undecided student’s first or second semester 5-course schedule would probably be selected from the following elements:
Special undecided student scheduling issues
General Electives – Often being undecided means that courses taken to sample a topic, or taken based on a plan that changes, will end up being “general electives” in the major that the student finally selects. Some majors have as many as 8-10 general electives, some have none, most have 2-4. Students and advisors should know that majors with one or zero general electives will be difficult to switch into and finish in 8 full-time semesters if the first semester schedule includes such courses as IS 134, ACC 121, or any LAW class. ENG 148 is always a general elective.
Math Courses – Majors vary in what math courses are required yet many freshmen should take the math course that is appropriate to their placement. The first math course should either be delayed until the major has been decided, or selected based on a combined assessment of appropriate placement and likely eventual major. Students with low math placements who intend to pursue a major that requires a high level math should know that they may have to use 1-2 general electives or Core electives (if available) to set up the prerequisites for the math that is required.
Other general issues related to undecided students
STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PURSUING ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM MUST CONTACT NURSING ADVISOR KAREN MURPHY-KEDDELL AT 443-334-2906.
Students who are “undecided interested in nursing” – here are the principles to keep in mind:
Undecided students who express an interest in nursing should know that they should get B’s or better in all science, math, and English courses, and maintain a 3.0 GPA overall, to be admitted to the major. These students should not take CM 101 since NURS 101 covers their communications requirement, but they can not take NURS 101 until they have been admitted into the major. However, they can take BIO 108/CHEM 108 as UNDEC students, and if they do not eventually succeed in becoming nursing majors that course could serve as their required lab science in many other majors. Students who do not become nursing majors often choose to major in Human Services, Psychology or Interdisciplinary Studies.