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orientation essentials Course Prefixes/Building Abbreviations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back of divider Orientation Essentials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 What to Expect During Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Placement Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - 4 Getting Credit Where Credit is Due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Credit Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 - 8

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general education and degree requirements Majors at Appalachian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back of divider Bachelor’s Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The General Education Program Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 General Education Checksheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The General Education Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Components of the General Education Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 -14 Finish in Four! and Choosing Your General Education Themes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Understanding the Undergraduate Bulletin/Catalog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

university resources and language Getting in Touch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back of divider Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 - 23 University Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 - 36

advising, registration, and assessing your progress Fast Facts and Important Dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back of divider Student and Advisor Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Connecting With Your Advisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Preparing to Register for the Next Semester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 - 40 Registration Odds and Ends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 - 42 Predicting Your Grade Point Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Academic Standards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Academic Probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Choosing Your Major. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 - 48 Designing an Academic Plan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 - 50 Major Declaration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Career Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 - 53 Should I Study Abroad? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 - 55

Appalachian State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. Appalachian also actively promotes diversity among students and employees. 4,900 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $22,246 or $4.54 per copy. M o u n ta i n e e r p r i n t i n g A p r i l 2 013

Your guide to your first year and beyond


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Orientation Essentials Your Academic Orientation Orientation is the start of an exciting time for you. You are entering a new stage in your life filled with opportunities for learning and making friends. Orientation is a required program designed to introduce you to the academic community. We think you will find your college experience at Appalachian State University to be rewarding and challenging. Your academic orientation is a time when you and your Advisor work together to make appropriate decisions about courses and academic planning. However, the ultimate responsibility rests with you. Take the time to read and understand the requirements for your degree, plan carefully, and utilize advising and other services available to you on campus. If you do, you will be on your way to academic success.

How To Use Your Advising Planner

D. D. Dougherty Hall is named after one of the University’s founders and used to be the library building. It now houses the Academic Advising Center and the Learning Assistance Program.

Use great caution in accepting peer advice without doublechecking the information.

This Advising Planner is for your use as a supplemental resource throughout your first year at Appalachian and beyond. The “Orientation Essentials” section will help you organize your Orientation information and experiences. The rest of the Planner is divided into segments designed to acquaint you with the academic advising program and campus resources, as well as to assist you in planning your semesters at Appalachian. Please be sure to bring your Advising Planner with you when you meet with your Academic Advisor. You will use the information we have provided as well as information you gather throughout Orientation and your first year to assist you and your Advisor in planning your academic career.

Introduction To Academic Advising An Academic Advisor at Appalachian may be a full-time or part-time professional advising staff member, a faculty member who swapped some teaching duties for advising duties, or administrators who advise as part of their responsibilities. All Advisors have graduate-level training—some have master’s degrees and some have doctorates. Advisors regularly participate in training programs to keep them informed about University policies and new programs. Many Advisors belong to the National Academic Advising Association, which sponsors research on the best advising practices and hosts national and regional meetings for Advisors. Studies show that students generally rely more on advice from friends than from any other source. Since your peers have direct experience with professors, classes, and rules, it does make sense to seek their advice. But use great caution in accepting peer advice without double-checking the information. Rules do change, and other students may not be aware of requirements for new students. Academic myths continue to circulate in spite of the fact that they are not accurate. Protect yourself by getting advice from your official Advisor.

The Academic Advising and Orientation Center is a unit within Appalachian’s University College. University College consists of the University’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, and cocurricular programming—all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside of the classroom.

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What to Expect During Orientation

Orientation allows you to get a feel for campus, meet faculty and an Academic Advisor, and finalize your first semester classes. You will begin your four-year planning process, learn more about your General Education requirements, and better understand requirements for your major. You will also explore other curricular and co-curricular opportunities. You received a detailed schedule at check-in on the first day of your session. All Orientation activities are required. Some components of Orientation require a bit more explanation. These will be highlighted over the next few pages or in your meetings with your Advisor:

Placement Testing Placement testing is important to ensure that you enroll in the appropriate courses. See pages 3-4 to determine if there are any additional placement tests that you will need to take at Orientation. Ask your Advisor if you aren’t sure!

Departmental or Degree Program Meetings Meeting with your prospective major department during Orientation is critical. You will be able to speak with professors who teach in your major, determine what degrees are offered in the department that interests you, and ask for permits for courses you need for your major which are currently full. Don’t forget to ask for a major Program of Study (checksheet) and be sure to bring it to your next meeting with your Advisor!

Meeting with Your Advisor: Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due Finishing your course registration will be much easier if you know how your credits have transferred. Review pages 5-8 to make sure you are getting appropriate credits for AP classes and other transfer coursework. Make sure to talk with your Advisor thoroughly about your transfer and AP or IB credit.

Placement Testing You do not need to take the placement test if you have transfer or AP credit for Math. Disability Services If you have a documented disability, you may request testing accomodation for your placement tests. For details, call the Office of Disability Services at (828) 262-3056 or visit

Math Do I take the Math Placement Test? If so, which one should I take? Take the Mathematics Placement Test if you scored below 520 on your sat math test (or below 22 on your act math test). You do not need to take the placement test if you have transfer or AP credit for math. Take the Calculus Readiness Test (instead of the Math Placement Test) if you are planning to major in computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, or science.

Information for Transfer Students

You do not have to take this test if you have Calculus I (mat 1110 or MAT 1025) credit through either ap or college credit. If you scored below 520 on your sat math test (or below 22 on your act math test) and are planning to major in computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, or science, you must take both the Math Placement and Calculus Readiness Tests.

Where can I take the Math Placement Test? You can find the link to the test at Look for the Course Registration and Placement Testing link. You are allowed to take this test only once.

What if I don’t pass the Math Placement Test? • You will take mat 0010, Developmental Math. • You may not take any math, science, or other Quantitative Literacy course until you pass MAT 0010. MAT 0010, Developmental Mathematics This course teaches basic algebra skills and may be taken by students who do not pass the Math Placement Test. It does not count for credit toward graduation or classification; however, it is a graded course and is included in your grade point average. An additional mathematics course is needed to complete the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Foreign Language Tests are administered online for French, German, and Spanish. Evaluations in Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, or Russian can be arranged by contacting the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, located on the 5th floor of Sanford Hall.

Who should take a foreign language placement test? Did you have trouble getting the classes you needed during Early Registration Advising before Orientation? During Orientation you will have an opportunity to adjust your schedule, find alternative classes, and discuss the best strategies for getting a seat in a course that you really need your first semester. See pages 41-42 for additional tips on getting into classes!

Any student who plans to study a foreign language at Appalachian.

Where can I take a foreign language placement test? The foreign language placement tests for French, German, and Spanish are online at Look for the Course Registration and Placement Testing link. For Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian, talk to the Foreign Languages Department about your placement if you have a background in one of those languages.

Can I just start at the lowest level of a language and not take the test? For French, German, and Spanish, you MUST take the placement test before you sign up for a class, even if you have never studied the language before. For Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian, you may start at the beginning level if you do not have a background in the language. 2

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Placement Testing continued Foreign Language cont. Am I required to take a foreign language at Appalachian? A foreign language is required for all Bachelor of Arts degrees, the Bachelor of Science in English Education degree, and the BSBA in International Business. Other undergraduate degrees at Appalachian do not require a foreign language. Although you may not be required to take a foreign language for your degree, you may want to consider it for the following reasons: Information for Transfer Students

• A foreign language enhances your appreciation and knowledge of other cultures. • A foreign language teaches you comprehension and speaking skills that enhance your knowledge of English. • A foreign language can help you see the similarities between cultures and emphasizes how we are more alike than different. • It’s exciting to learn another language. • New and varied employment opportunities are open to people who converse in more than one language.

I transferred equivalent college credit for foreign language courses and want to continue with the next course. Do I need the Placement Test? No, you can register for the next level of the language.

English Directed Self-Placement Directed Self-Placement is now used to place all new Appalachian students into their first-year writing course (unless those students bring in credit for ENG 1000 such as Advanced Placement credit or transfer credit from a different university). Students will receive information at Orientation that carefully explains Appalachian’s Vertical Writing Model. The Vertical Writing Model requires students to enroll in at least one writing course during each of their four years at Appalachian. Only ENG 1000 fulfills the first-year writing requirement, but some students elect to take ENG 0900 to build the foundation needed for success in ENG 1000 and later writing courses. Students will complete a self-inventory that is designed to encourage students’ honest reflection on their own writing strengths and weaknesses. Finally, students will discuss their choice of writing courses with their Academic Advisors if they still have questions. Faculty members of the Composition Program will also be available for consultation with students and/or Advisors.

A foreign language is required for all Bachelor of Arts degrees, the Bachelor of Science in English Education degree, and the BSBA in International Business.

Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due Petitioning Transfer Elective Credit Credits transfer differently from each institution. You should carefully review your “Transfer Coursework Evaluation” by selecting the “Student Records” link under the “Student” tab in your AppalNET account. If a course is designated as an “elective” that means we do not have an equivalent course here at ASU or that it does not carry the same number of credit hours as the equivalent ASU course. A student may petition to have any course designated as “elective” credit equated to a specific ASU course. If approved, elective credit may be applied towards General Education or major requirements. Request the course change by completing the “Petition for Undergraduate Transfer Credit Form” and attaching all necessary documentation (

Information for Transfer Students

Appalachian’s Office of Transfer Articulation will forward the request to the appropriate department for review. The department chair or designated faculty member will review the petition and determine whether course credit should be awarded based on the external course content. The Office of General Education may consider requests from transfer students for General Education credit on transfer elective courses which meet the spirit of General Education. Students must have conferred with the appropriate department chair(s) or program director(s) prior to making this request and the chair or director must have determined that the course is not the equivalent of any course currently existing in their department or program. For more information about how to request General Education credit, contact the General Education Office at (828) 262-2028 or email

International Baccalaureate Credit The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Diploma Program is a demanding two year, preuniversity course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. Similar to Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program earn credit hours or advanced placement in college courses. Appalachian’s IB Credit Policy undergoes a continual process of evaluation and as a result, the courses and credits received for each subject exam may change. For more information, you should consult

Military Credit Appalachian grants up to eight semester hours of military science credit to most veterans. The University may grant specific course credit for completion of certain types of military schools and for some CLEP work. To obtain an application, students should call (828) 262-6820. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 for review. For more information, visit 4

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Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Information for Transfer Students

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit continued SUBJECT EXAM



  US    (U.S. Government and    Politics)



P S 1100

 Comparative   (Comparative Govern   ment and Politics)



P S 2240





Art History



ART 2030 and 2130

Art: Studio Drawing   (Studio Art: Drawing)



ART 1003

Art: Studio 2-D Design   (Studio Art: 2-D Design)



ART 1001

Art: Studio 3-D Design   (Studio Art: 3-D Design)



(no credit)




BIO1101 and 1102 OR 1801 and 1802 with assessment exam

 European    (European History)



HIS 1130



BIO 1101 and 1102 or 1801 and 1802 – no assessment exam

  United States    (U.S. History)



HIS 1200




CHE 1101 and 1110, CHE 1102 and 1120

 World    (World History)



HIS 1110

Chinese Language and Culture



CHN 1040,1050

Human Geography



GHY 1040

Chinese Language exemption



CHN 1010, 1020 (no credit)

Italian Language and Culture†


Computer Science A



C S 1440


Computer Science AB

3 4 or 5

4 8

C S 1440 C S 1440 and 2440

Japanese Lang/Culture*   (Japanese Language and   Culture)




ECO 2030




ECO 2040

English Lang. & Comp.   (English Language)



ENG 1000

English Lit. & Comp.   (English Literature)



Environmental Science

4 or 5


Government & Politics:


Japanese Language exemption


French Language


French Language exemption French Literature


French Literature exemption German Language German Language exemption


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JPN 1040,1050


JPN 1010, 1020 (no credit)

Latin: Vergil


LAT 3010

Latin: Literature


LAT 4010




MAT 1110

ENG 1000

  Calculus AB



MAT 1110

BIO 1102 or 3 hrs elective biology

  Calculus AB:   Subscore BC Calculus



MAT 1110 and 1120


FRE 1040,1050

  Calculus BC


FRE 1010, 1020 (no credit)

Music Theory


FRE 1050, 2025



MUS 1007


FRE 1010, 1020 (no credit) FRE 1040 (no credit)

Music Theory:   Aural subscore



MUS 1001


GER 1040, 1050

Music Theory:   Non-aural subscore


GER 1010,1020 (no credit)

Physics B



PHY 1101

Physics C: Mechanics

4 5

4 5

PHY 1103 PHY 1150

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism



PHY 1151




PSY 1200




no credit


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Spanish Language



SNH 1040,1050

Spanish Language exemption



SNH 1010, 1020 (no credit)

Spanish Literature



SNH 1050, 2025


SNH 1010,1020 (no credit) SNH 1040 (no credit)



ECO 2100

4 or 5


STT 2820 or ECO 2100

Spanish Literature exemption Statistics

* Students receiving a score of 5 in any foreign language area should consult with the Foreign Languages and Literature Department Chair at (828) 262-3095 for awarding of credit.

Students may be eligible for up to nine (9) credit hours, including some credit beyond the level of 1040/1050 depending up the exam taken.

† For Italian credit hours, consult the Foreign Languages and Literature Department Chair at (828) 262-3095. ** Further evaluation by the School of Music is not required, but is recommended to ensure a good “fit” into the curriculum.

*** Students receiving a score of 3 can receive credit for STT 2820 provided they complete STT 3820 with a grade of C or better.

Taking 12 hours makes you a full-time student, but to graduate in four years, you’ll need to take 15-16 hours per semester.

Degree granting academic departments at Appalachian are organized into six colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Hayes School of Music, the College of Health Sciences, the Reich College of Education, and the Walker College of Business. These colleges, departments, and the majors and degrees they offer are listed on the back of the tab to this section. Appalachian offers several types of Bachelor’s degrees (see page 26), but the two most common are the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. A major difference between the two is that all BA degrees require a foreign language and a minor in another subject. BS degrees typically do not require a foreign language (there are a couple of exceptions), and they usually require a career-oriented concentration. Always consult the Program of Study (checksheet) for the major and degree you are interested in earning to find out the exact requirements. You can access these online at

Here’s a breakdown of the different parts of your Bachelor’s Degree: General Education: These courses are the broad foundation of your academic program. They include 44 hours of interdisciplinary courses in a variety of areas in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and math. Major: These courses provide you with a depth of knowledge in at least one field of study. The number of hours required for a major can vary widely (from 30 to over 70 hours), although the total number of hours required for a degree is still 122-128. The Program of Study (checksheet) for your major will give you a breakdown of how many hours are required for each part of your specific degree. Minor: All Bachelor of Arts degrees require a minor, but sometimes Bachelor of Science degrees do as well. If a minor is required, it will always be indicated on your major Program of Study (checksheet). A minor is typically about 18 hours of coursework in a particular subject. For a list of minors offered by Appalachian and what courses to take to complete them, visit and look for the link to “Minors at Appalachian.” You can also access minor checksheets at Concentration: Some majors require a concentration, a grouping of courses from several disciplines with a specific career-oriented focus. Sometimes you can choose the courses in your concentration (in consultation with an Advisor in your major area) and sometimes they are already determined for you. Always check your Program of Study (checksheet) to find out what you need to do if you have a required concentration. Free Electives: These are courses that do not fit into any of the above categories. They can be fun to take, but they also help you earn the minimum number of hours you need to graduate. You can take virtually any class as an elective, but note that some majors require you to take some of your free electives at the 3000-4000 level. Sometimes AP or transfer credits may count as electives if they do not fit into the major or General Education requirements. The number of required free electives will vary widely depending on your major, so examine your Program of Study (checksheet) carefully.


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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION 2012-2013 (44 Semester Hours) (Revised: 3/11/13)

The General Education Program Model General Education Program

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (required) ____UCO 1200 or HON 1515 or WGC 1103 (3 s.h.) or ____UCO MET* (0 s.h.) *open to students who transfer at least 30 s.h. AND are at least one year out of high school. Students using this option will have 41 s.h. of General Education. WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (6 s.h. required) ____ENG 1000 or LLC 1000 or WGC 1103 ____ENG 2001 or WGC 2001

44 semester hours total

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS ____Junior Writing in the Discipline** ____Senior Capstone Experience** (**These hours count in the major requirements, not the 44 hours of General Education requirements.)

First Year Seminar 3 hours

Quantitative Literacy

2 hours

Aesthetic 6 or 9 hours

3 hours


AESTHETIC PERSPECTIVE (6-9 s.h. from one theme; with the exception of “Creative Expressions of Culture,” students must take courses from at least two disciplines in their chosen theme) Analyzing Style and Form: ____DAN 2010 (FA), ____MUS 2011 (FA), ____PHL 2013, ____THR 2010 (FA) The Body: Expression, Presentation and Representation: ____DAN 3430 (FA), ____DAN 3534 (FA), ____IDS 2210, ____THR 3640 (FA) Creative Expressions of Culture: ____, ____WGC 2300-2399, ____, ____WGC 3300-3399 (Check online course listing for information on specific courses offered each semester.) Cultivating Creative Expression: ____ART 2022 (FA), ____MUS 2022 (FA), ____THR 2022 (FA) Expressions of Belief: ____ANT 2300, ____COM 3315, ____REL 2010 (LS), ____REL 2020 (LS) How We Tell Stories: ____ENG 2170, ____IDS 3210, ____LLC 2025 (LS), ____PHL 1502, ____REL 2020 (LS), ____THR 2005 (FA), ____THR 2610 (FA) Shaping the Human Environment: ____COM 3531, ____FCS 1000, ____IND 2012 Social Change Through the Arts: ____ART 2019 (FA)/SOC 1100____, or ____THR 2017 (FA)/SOC 1100 ____ (Linked classes (must be taken together) – Check online course listing for details), ____MUS 2613 (FA) Traditions and Innovations: ____ART 2130 (FA), ____ENG 2050 (LS), ____HIS 1110 (HS), ____MUS 2611* (HS), ____MUS 2612* (HS), ____MUS 3611* (HS), ____PHL 2013 (*These courses are 2 semester hours.)

Sophomore Writing 3 hours

29 hours

Historical & Social

Local to Global

Science Inquiry

6 or 9 hours

6 or 9 hours

8 hours

Senior Capstone Experience in the major

____DAN 1410 ____DAN 2420 ____MSL 1101 ____NUT 2202 ____P E 3008

PERSPECTIVES: Choose one theme (underlined) from each of the following three Perspectives. Complete at least 6 semester hours in each of the themes and 9 semester hours in one of the themes (21 total s.h. required). Within the three Perspectives, you must have 3 s.h. in each of the three Designations: Fine Arts (FA), Historical Studies (HS) and Literary Studies (LS). Italicized courses appear in multiple themes; however, courses may only be applied to one theme.

First Year Writing

HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE (6-9 s.h. from one theme; with the exception of “Understanding Culture Through Social Practice,” students must take courses from at least two disciplines in their chosen theme) Ancient Worlds: ____ANT 1420, ____ART 2030 (FA), ____HIS 2312 (HS), ____REL 2010 (LS) Appalachia: Life, Culture, and Land: ____A S 2200 (LS), ____A S 2411, ____A S/GLY 2301, ____COM 3118, ____HIS 3726 (HS), ____A S/MUS 2016 (FA), ____SOC 3710 Capitalism and Its Critics: ____ECO 2030, ____FIN 2860, ____HIS 3524, ____MGT 3040, ____P S 3410 Cultural Diversity: ____ANT 1415, ____ART 2011 (FA), ____GHY 1040, ____HIS 1120 (HS), ____MUS 2023 (FA), ____REL 1110, ____SOC 4560, ____W S 2421 Individual and Society: ____ ANT 2420, _____ ENG 2120 (LS), ____FCS 2111, ____PHL 2000, ____PSY 1200, ____RM 2100, ____SOC 1000, ____W S 2400 Mind: ____HIS 3923 (HS), ____IDS 3260, ____ LLC 2050, ____PHL 1501, ____ PSY 1200 Religion, Myth and Society: ____ANT 2430, ____ART 2030 (FA), ____IDS 3261, ____REL 1110, ____THR 3730, ____WGC 3301 (FA) Revolutions and Social Change: ____COM 3532, ____HIS 1501 (HS), ____IDS 2200 (HS), ____MUS 2015 (FA), ____PHL 3030, ____REL 2120, ____SOC 1100 This American Life: ____ECO 2030, ____ENG 2350 (LS), ____HIS 1200 (HS), ____IDS 2000, ____MUS 2014 (FA), ____P S 1100, ____P S 3722, ____S W 2020 Understanding Culture Through Social Practice: ____, ____WGC 2100-2199, ____, ____WGC 3100-3199 (Check online course listing for information on specific courses offered each semester.)

Within the Perspectives, students must complete at least 3 hours in each course designation: historical studies, literary studies, & fine arts

Information Communication Technology Literacy

WELLNESS LITERACY (2 s.h. required)- Choose from the following: 1 s.h. courses: ____, ____P E 1530-1545, P E 1700-1877 2 s.h. courses: ____H P 1105 ____HED 1000 ____DAN 1400 ____DAN 1420 ____DAN 2400 ____DAN 2410 ____DAN 3280 ____DAN 3480 ____DAN 3580 3 s.h. courses (additional hour counts as elective): ____DAN 4460 ____P E 1718 ____P E 1768 ____P E 1769

DESIGNATIONS in Perspectives (3 s.h. of each required): ____Fine Arts (FA), ____Historical Studies (HS), ____Literary Studies (LS)

4 hours

Wellness Literacy

QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (4 s.h. required) ____MAT 1010 ____MAT 1030 ____C S 1445 ____STT 2810*** ____MAT 1020 ____MAT 1110 ____ECO 2100*** ____STT 3820*** ____MAT 1025 ____STT 2820 ____STT 1810*** (***These courses are 3 s.h. courses and do NOT fulfill the Quantitative Literacy requirement on their own. All other courses listed above are 4 s.h. courses and will fulfill the Quantitative Literacy requirement by themselves.)

LOCAL TO GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (6-9 s.h. from one theme; with the exception of WGC 1104 in “Investigations Global,” students must take courses from at least two disciplines in their chosen theme) Democracy and Personal Life: _____COM 2112, ____ENG 2130 (LS), ____P S 1200, ____SOC 1110, ____SOC 1530, ____W S 2600 Empire, Colonialism, and Globalization: ____ANT 1415, ____ART 2130 (FA), ____ENG 2040 (LS), ____GLS 2000, ____HIS 1400 (HS), ____HIS/MSL 3823 (HS) Global Resources: ____ECO 2620, ____GHY 1020, ____IDS 3010, ____NUT 2351, ____TEC 2601 Identity, Culture and Media: ____ART 2011 (FA), ____COM 3130, ____COM 3531, ____ENG 2170, ____MUS 2018 (FA), ____MUS 2615* (FA), ____ MUS 2616* (FA), ____PHL 1503, ____REL 1100 (*These courses are offered in alternate years.) Investigations Global: ____WGC 1104 (6 s.h.) (This course is available only to Watauga Global Community students.) Origins and Migrations: ____ENG 2030 (LS), ____FCS 2103, ____GLS 2000, ____HIS 1600 (HS) Performance of Culture: ____COM 3535, ____DAN 2020 (FA), ____DAN 2030 (FA), ____ARB/CHN/FRE/GER/JPN/POR/RSN/SNH) 1050, ____ (FRE/GER/SNH) 1060**, ____MUS 2018 (FA), ____THR 2020 (FA) (**FRE/GER/SNH 1060 are 6 semester hours. Only 3 semester hours count in General Education.) Regions in Global Context: ____ENG 2040 (LS), ____ (ARB/CHN/FRE/GER/JPN/POR/RSN/SNH) 1050, ____ (FRE/GER/SNH) 1060**, ____GHY 1020, ____HIS 1130 (HS), [NOTE: ____HIS 1520(HS), and ____HIS 1525 (HS) give Honors credit for HIS 1130. Do not take HIS 1130 in addition to either of these.], ____R M 2140 (**FRE/GER/SNH 1060 are 6 semester hours. Only 3 semester hours count in General Education.) Sustainability and Global Change: ____FCS 2110, ____GHY 1010, ____PHL 2015, ____PHY 1830, ____SD 2400, ____TEC 2029

Junior Writing in the major

The SCIENCE INQUIRY PERSPECTIVE requires 8 semester hours from one theme (underlined). Courses in themes marked with an * must be taken sequentially. Check the course descriptions for any pre and co-requisites. Italicized courses appear in multiple themes; however, courses may only be applied to one theme.


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Visit generaleducation. for an interactive version of this diagram.

SCIENCE INQUIRY PERSPECTIVE (8 s.h. from one theme) NOTE: A 1 hour lab option may be available for students who have transferred in a 3 hour science course. Please Biology and Society: ____BIO 1101, ____BIO 1102 contact the Office of General Education at (828) 262-2028 or for more information. The Blue Planet: ____GLY 1104, ____GLY 1105 *Chemistry Connections to Our Changing World: ____CHE 1101/CHE 1110 ____, ____CHE 1102/CHE 1120 ____ Global Environmental Change: ____BIO 1103, ____GHY 1011, ____GHY 1012, ____GLY 1104 *How Things Work: ____PHY 1101, ____PHY 1102 Life, Earth and Evolution: ____ANT 1430, ____BIO 1102, ____GLY 1102 *The Physics of Our Technological World: ____PHY 1103, ____PHY 1104 *Physics of Self Expression: ____PHY 1101, ____PHY 1810, ____PHY 1812, ____PHY 1814 *Physics with Calculus: ____PHY 1150, ____PHY 1151 Restless Planet: Earth, Environment and Evolution: ____GLY 1101, ____GLY 1102, ____GLY 1103 *Voyages Through the Cosmos: ____AST 1001, ____AST 1002

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The General Education Program

Components of the General Education Program

A college education does more than train students for a career. It helps them develop intellectual skills that will enhance their professional, civic, and personal life for years to come. Students will learn how to analyze the world around them from different perspectives, how to communicate their ideas and understand the ideas of others, how to solve problems, and how to apply their knowledge to real-world projects. Employers repeatedly tell us that they value these skills in employees as much as or more than skills specific to their field. Information for Transfer Students

First Year Seminar Appalachian’s First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) introduces students to the General Education Program and the rigor of academic study at the university level. These small seminar-style classes are taught by experienced faculty who will help you make the transition from high school to college by developing creative and critical thinking abilities, cultivating effective communication skills, and learning to use a variety of research tools and methods. Each First Year Seminar focuses on a different topic. To see the topics offered, visit

This approach to learning is called “liberal education.” In this usage, the word liberal refers to the ancient Roman word meaning “free, unrestricted.” A liberal education is designed to introduce students to new ways of understanding and interacting with their world so they can think more freely and develop abilities to their fullest potential.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Liberal education at Appalachian begins with the General Education Program. About one-third of the courses taken during the college years will be General Education courses from across the university. In them, students will encounter new perspectives on important subjects and explore connections between different areas of study. The General Education Program is designed to help students achieve four goals:

Writing skills are essential for effective communication and learning, so the General Education Program includes a writing curriculum that spans all four years of college. In your first year, you will take an introductory writing course in which you will learn the basics of the writing process and how to conduct effective research (ENG 1000, LLC 1000, or WGC 1103). In your sophomore year, you will take a writing across the curriculum course that will help you build on the skills you have developed and apply them to writing in specific academic disciplines (ENG 2001 or WGC 2001). You can view a film explaining the curriculum at and learn more about the specific courses at

1. Thinking Critically and Creatively 2. Communicating Effectively 3. Making Local to Global Connections 4. Understanding Responsibilities of Community Membership

Major Requirements

You can also find out more about General Education at

Required coursework for General Education • First Year Seminar (UCO 1200 or equivalent) 3 semester hours * • First Year Writing (ENG 1000 or equivalent) 3 semester hours • Sophomore Writing (ENG 2001 or equivalent) 3 semester hours • Quantitative Literacy 4 semester hours • Wellness Literacy 2 semester hours • Perspectives 29 semester hours** TOTAL 44 semester hours *First Year Seminar is optional for transfer students (at least one year out of high school) who enter ASU in Fall 2012 or after and who have earned 30 or more hours prior to entering ASU. ** Must include 3 semester hours each in fine arts, historical studies, and literary studies

Need help with writing? The University Writing Center (008 Belk Library) can help you at any stage of the writing process from planning to drafting to revising. Call 2623144 to make an appointment.

In addition to the two General Education writing classes, your Junior Writing in the Discipline course and Senior Capstone course will help you hone your advanced writing skills within the context of your major discipline. The hours earned for these two courses count in the major, not as part of the General Education requirements. You will see them identified on the Program of Study (checksheet) for each major with the labels “WID” (Junior Writing in the Discipline) and “CAP” (Senior Capstone).

Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy courses help you develop your ability to use numbers and mathematical functions as part of the reasoning process. In these courses, you will analyze, synthesize and represent quantitative information from real-life problems and experiential data. When choosing which Quantitative Literacy course you will take, it is important to remember that your major may dictate which Quantitative Literacy course you need. You should always talk to your Advisor about which Quantitative Literacy course is appropriate for you.

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Wellness Literacy is “the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions” (adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Wellness Literacy courses help you develop a greater awareness of your own health and give you valuable tools for sustaining your health and well being. There are a few ways to meet this requirement. You may take one of the 2- or 3-hour courses listed on the checksheet on page 11. You also may take two 1-hour Physical Activity (PE) courses that each include a required online wellness unit. appalachian state university

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Finish in Four! Use DegreeWorks

Perspectives The majority of the General Education courses you will take at Appalachian fall within the part of the curriculum known as the Perspectives. The courses in this part of the curriculum allow you to explore connections between different areas of study. There are four Perspectives total: Aesthetic, Historical and Social, Local to Global, and Science Inquiry. You will choose one theme from each of these four Perspectives and, within each theme, choose 6-9 semester hours from at least two different disciplines (except in some of the Science Inquiry themes and the Watauga Global Community themes noted on the checksheet, which require students to take two courses from the same discipline). The goal of this multidisciplinary, thematic structure is to help you develop the intellectual habit of seeking out diverse perspectives on issues or problems. The current themes are underlined on the General Education Checksheet on page 11.

Aesthetic Perspective The word aesthetic means “relating to perception by the senses” or “relating to the perception, appreciation, or criticism of that which is beautiful” (Oxford English Dictionary online). Aesthetic interpretation and creative expression are fundamental human activities. In your Aesthetic Perspective theme, you will engage in these activities as you study a variety of art and literary forms, as well as other forms of creative expression.

Historical and Social Perspective Throughout our lives, we encounter a broad range of complex social, cultural, behavioral, economic, and political issues. We need various intellectual tools to help us understand, analyze, and navigate these issues. The themes in the Historical and Social Perspective will help you develop these tools as you explore social phenomena in their historical contexts.

The courses in the Perspectives allow you to explore the connections between different areas of study.

During Orientation, you will be introduced to DegreeWorks, an online tool you and your Advisor will use to track your progress towards graduation. Although you’ll still need to use your Advising Planner, the Undergraduate Catalog, and your Program of Study (checksheet), DegreeWorks offers some interactive features that you’ll want to take advantage of like a GPA calculator and a “What If” option that lets you compare requirements for different majors. Your Advisor can also make notes in DegreeWorks that you can access later. DegreeWorks can help you understand what you need to do to finish your degree in four years! For more information about DegreeWorks and to access tutorials, visit

Choosing your General Education Themes For DegreeWorks to work best for you, you’ll need to choose your General Education Themes in Appalnet. It’s easy. Login to Appalnet, go to the “Self Service” tab, and then choose the “Student” tab and look for the “General Education Theme Selection” option. You can always change your selections later if necessary. DegreeWorks is a valuable tool, but it’s no substitute for a face-to-face meeting with your Advisor! Remember that DegreeWorks is also not an official graduation audit, nor is it an official transcript.

Local to Global Perspective The individuals, cultures, economies, and ecosystems on our planet are becoming increasingly interconnected; therefore, it is vital that you learn how to recognize existing connections between your local environment and its global context and forge new ones. The themes in the Local to Global Perspective help you understand these connections and think critically and creatively about how to effectively interact in our global community.

Science Inquiry Perspective Science provides us with knowledge about the natural world. The process of gaining this knowledge involves a systematic method of inquiry recognized as science. To understand important issues related to your health, environment, and the universe in which you live, you need to understand the scientific process. In your Science Inquiry theme, you will use a scientific approach to examine natural phenomena relevant to your life and learn the value of systematically addressing questions, conducting investigations, and interpreting results.

Designations A strong liberal education needs to include the study of human cultures through time. To insure that you will experience different perspectives on human culture, the 29 hours of courses you take in the Perspectives must include at least 3 hours of coursework with a Fine Arts designation (FA), a Historical Studies designation (HS), and a Literary Studies designation (LS).


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Understanding the Undergraduate Bulletin/ Catalog

Resources Successful students use campus resources! There are many resources and support services to help you at Appalachian. These services are available to all Appalachian students at any time in their college career. You don’t need a referral to take advantage of the services the University offers—JUST GO!

The Undergraduate Bulletin (also sometimes called the Undergraduate Catalog or General Bulletin) is available exclusively online, saving lots of trees but still very accessible to you! It is your user’s manual for college, helping you understand requirements and policies. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the information in your Undergraduate Bulletin so make sure to READ IT. It can answer almost any question you have about prerequisites, majors, minors, General Education, class descriptions, and more. Here’s how you can access it online and use it to your advantage. To find the Bulletin online, go to the Registrar’s homepage at and click on the “Catalogs” link. Choose the link for the year you entered Appalachian. The first part of the Bulletin covers university policies, with important information about student life, financial aid, and the General Education requirements. The rest of the Bulletin is divided into sections by the six colleges at Appalachian: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Walker College of Business, the Reich College of Education, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the College of Health Sciences, and the Hayes School of Music. You can find information about your major by looking under the appropriate college. Course number and title Number of semester hours you’ll earn

Academic Support Services You don’t need a referral to take advantage of University Resources!

Academic Services for Student Athletes 230 D. D. Dougherty (Learning Assistance Program)

(828) 262-4038 ssa.appstate

Academic Services for Student Athletes helps students prioritize academics by providing a comprehensive support system throughout the college career. Components include academic advising, counseling, tutoring, assistance with registration and orientation, progress reports, and NCAA eligibility information. A required study hall is coordinated for selected student athletes.

Academic Services for ACCESS Students 222 D. D. Dougherty (Learning Assistance Program)

(828) 262-3053

ACCESS is a commitment from the University to insure that students from qualifying low-income families in NC can attend Appalachian debt-free. Along with the financial assistance for students, a comprehensive program of academic and personal support is a part of Appalachian’s ACCESS program. Services include long-term academic advising through graduation, early assessment of academic progress, mentoring for freshmen, technology assessment and support, financial aid assistance, tutoring, career decisionmaking, college transition seminar, and social events. ACCESS is open to first-time freshmen only.

Semester(s) the course is offered

Learning Skills Services

general education requirements the course meets

Learning Skills Services offers a number of ways to help students improve their study strategies. Students can enroll in elective courses or sign up for individualized appointments. Typical topics include time management, note-taking, effective reading and study skills, organization, managing test anxiety, standardized test preparation, etc.

What the class covers

246 D. D. Dougherty (Learning Assistance Program)

Library Research Assistance Library Reference Desk

(828) 262-3044

(828) 262-2820

The reference librarians are here to help you find articles, books, and other information sources you need for your research. In addition to in-person service, you can e-mail your questions (or participate in a “live chat” during certain hours) or call the reference desk. An Assignment Calculator is also available via the website to guide you through the research process and to avoid procrastination. The Research Advisory Program (RAP), available at, provides students the opportunity to meet with a librarian for in-depth reference assistance to identify appropriate sources for a research topic. RAP sessions will give students uninterrupted time with a librarian to learn about reference materials and databases in a specific field or discipline. The session can last from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the student’s research needs. You will need to fill out an application form at least 48 hours in advance of your RAP session, including as much information as you can provide about your research topic and specific needs in terms of research materials.


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Services for Students with Disabilities Suite 003 Anne Belk Hall

(828) 262-3056

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) assists eligible students and employees with documented disabilities by determining and coordinating reasonable academic or workplace accommodations. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, it is the policy of Appalachian State University that “no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.” It is the student’s responsibility to provide the Office of Disability Services with a Disability Disclosure Form and current, in-depth documentation to support the request for accommodation(s). Due to the confidential nature of such documentation, individuals are responsible for showing their individual Accommodation Plan to their instructors or supervisors and discussing how to access the requested accommodation(s) within the university classroom, program or place of employment. It is the responsibility of the Office of Disability Services to determine eligibility based on current in-depth documentation, meet with the individual, and create an Accommodation Plan which reflects reasonable accommodations. It is the responsibility of the university to provide the reasonable accommodations stated in the Accommodation Plan. Visitors who need accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services directly.

Student Support Services 224 D. D. Dougherty (Learning Assistance Program)

(828) 262-3046

The Student Support Services program provides services to moderate income and/or first-generation college students. Services include long-term academic advising, early assessment of academic progress, one-on-one and small group tutoring, graduate student mentoring for freshmen, technology assessment and support, as well as help with course selection, financial aid planning, and career decision-making. Contact this office if you think you might qualify for these services.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) 2nd floor, D. D. Dougherty – (Learning Assistance Program)

(828) 262-6809

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program provides collaborative learning review sessions for challenging courses such as mathematics and chemistry. Upper class students attend course lectures and then facilitate three interactive reviews per week. Attendance is voluntary; students may attend as often as they wish. Research suggests that attending SI about once a week helps students earn higher grades than those who do not attend. In courses that offer SI, the SI leader will introduce the program during the first week of classes, then advertise the times and locations of SI sessions by the second week of classes. Additional information and support can be found on the website.

Technology Support Services (TSS) 1022 Anne Belk Hall

(828) 262-8324

Technology Support Services provides computing service, support, and consultation to the students of Appalachian State University. TSS provides many services including helping students, faculty, and staff configure a new system, resolve warranty issues, and troubleshoot a wide range of general computer problems. This service is free to all ASU students. Hours of operation are: Sunday 2pm-9pm, Monday – Thursday 8am -9pm and Friday 8am – 5pm.


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Tutoring and Departmental Help Labs 208 D. D. Dougherty (Learning Assistance Program)

University Tutorial Services offers help with a variety of classes in individual and group settings.

(828) 262-3060

University Tutorial Services (UTS) offers a variety of tutorial services in a number of different settings. In the tutoring lab, 208 D.D. Dougherty, individual and small group tutoring is available for most introductory and some specialty courses, depending on demand. Interdisciplinary tutoring is also available for students seeking general help. These sessions are scheduled for regular weekly or twice weekly one-hour appointments. The purpose of tutoring is to assist students in learning the concepts and skills necessary for success in a specific subject area by actively discussing and interacting with the tutor, a college student who has done well in the subject. Students are encouraged to sign up for tutoring early in the semester, before falling too far behind or developing academic problems. Students may request a tutor during the following scheduling hours in Room 208 D. D. Dougherty Hall: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm, and on Fridays 9 am–5 pm. Students may also take advantage of the Departmental Help Labs which do not require a regular appointment. These labs are excellent places to “drop-in” and work on your daily assignments with help available as needed. Help Labs are available for General Math, Math 1030 (Business Calculus), accounting, and physics. Times for these help labs can be found by going to the website.

Writing Center 008 Belk Library and Information Commons

(828) 262-3144

M-Th 9 am-9 pm, Fri 9 am-1 pm The University Writing Center offers assistance by appointment for students to get feedback on ways to improve and revise their written work. Appointments can be scheduled as needed by phone. Drop-ins are also welcome. Additional resources are available on the website.

Advising and Career/Major Choice Help Academic Advising Center, University College 101 D. D. Dougherty Hall

(828) 262-2167

The University College Academic Advising Center assists students from Orientation until they declare their majors. Your Advisor can help you explore majors and choose courses for the next term. Your Advisor can also help you by making referrals when you need additional help on campus. Always be prepared for your advising appointment by bringing this book, a copy of your major requirements, and a list of courses you are interested in taking for the next term.

Career Development Center (Job research) 3rd floor, John Thomas Building

(828) 262-2180

The Career Development Center provides career services to current and former Appalachian State students. From career counseling to job search tools, they offer many resources to help you launch and manage a successful and satisfying career. Walk-in hours are Monday–Friday 2–4 pm, first come, first served; for other times, call to make an appointment with your career counselor (appointments available Monday–Friday 8 am–5 pm).

Catalog/Undergraduate General Bulletin

The Undergraduate Bulletin (aka General Bulletin or Undergraduate Catalog) is available exclusively online, saving lots of trees but still very accessible to you! The Undergraduate Bulletin is your user’s manual for college, helping you understand requirements and policies. It can answer almost any question you have about prerequisites, ma-

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Financial Support

jors, minors, Gen Ed, class descriptions, and more. To find the Bulletin online go to the Registrar’s homepage and click on the “Catalogs” link in the upper right corner. Choose the link for the year you entered Appalachian. Helpful Hint: Use Internet Explorer, then download the entire Catalog. This browser will show bookmarks for simpler navigation. For Macs, Safari has a search option.

Information for Transfer Students

Health Professions Advising, University College


102 Edwin Duncan Hall

Financial Aid 2nd floor, John Thomas Building

The Financial Aid Office administers financial assistance programs for students. The website lists a great deal of information as well as forms and deadlines. The Student Resource Room (272) provides computer access to complete and file the FAFSA, perform scholarship searches, and complete online entrance loan counseling. Counselors are available to meet with students Monday–Friday (except Thursdays) 8:30 am–noon, and 1:30–4 pm. Counselors are assigned by the first initial of your last name.

The HPA office provides a centralized point of contact for all pre-health students regardless of major. From orientation to graduation (and beyond when necessary), HPA helps students navigate the process to be competitive applicants for graduate and professional degreed Health Programs (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine, etc.). Services provided include individual counseling, competitive applicant workshops, admission representative visits, and referrals to campus and community resources.

Internship Office

International Education and Development (Study Abroad)

(828) 262-2046

The Office of International Education and Development is the place to start for students considering an international experience. During the semester, the office sponsors weekly sessions that go over the basics of planning a trip, including how to finance it and transfer coursework back to Appalachian. Visit the website for more information or go by the IED office to sign up for a session. See pages 54-55 for more information about the types of international experiences available.

Peer Career (Major and Career Assessment and Exploration) 2nd floor, Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-2029

Peer Career provides individual professional career counseling and peer to peer guidance on major and career decision making by offering self-assessment inventories and resources for exploring majors and careers. You may call or stop by to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome and based on availability of staff. Hours are 10 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday and 10 am-12 pm on Friday.

Transfer Articulation (OTA) 134 John E. Thomas Building

3rd floor, John Thomas Building

An internship combines work and learning in a possible career field, offers on-the-job training, and is a great resumé builder. Call to make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator.

Suite 321 Plemmons Student Union

Student Employment

(828) 262-2180

Career Development Ctr., 3rd floor, John Thomas Bldg.

(828) 262-7077

(828) 262-2190

Peer Career is a great place to begin exploring majors and career opportunities.

Appalachian has over 200 clubs you can join to make friends, learn about yourself, and try out your leadership skills!

(828) 262-4099

Part-time job opportunities for students on and off campus are publicized through this office. The website is frequently updated to provide job listings and job information, on and off campus. A new listserv has also been created for students who are looking for odd jobs—announcements for one-time jobs are sent out across the listserv. Please note that the best time to find an on-campus job is toward the end of one semester as departments plan for next semester.

Social Involvement APPS (Appalachian Popular Programming Society)

(828) 262-2855

233 Plemmons Student Union

This student-run organization selects, plans, and presents popular, cultural, educational, and social co-curricular programming for Appalachian students, including concerts, plays, movies, etc.

Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (Clubs and Organizations) 244 Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-6252

Joining a club or organization is an excellent way to learn about yourself, make friends, develop new interests, and try out your leadership skills. Appalachian has over 200 clubs for a wide variety of purposes or interests—a complete listing and contact information can be found on the website.

Outdoor Programs Student Recreation Center

(828) 262-4077

Outdoor Programs introduces students, no matter what level of experience, to various outdoor opportunities such as rock climbing in Linville Gorge, whitewater rafting on the French Broad River, kayaking, hiking, and climbing.

The goal of the Office of Transfer Articulation is to ensure that the credit evaluation process for transfer students is seamless and student-friendly. They can answer your questions regarding the transfer of credit and can provide you with resources that will aid in your course selection at other institutions.


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Student Programs 231 Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-3032

Student Programs provides a variety of co-curricular programs, services, and facilities to encourage student involvement in the campus community, such as the Appalachian Popular Programming Society, Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) (community service opportunities), the Plemmons Student Union, the Legends Social Center (location for small bands/dance parties), and The Looking Glass Gallery.

Student Development Office of the Dean of Students

(828) 262-2060

Room 109, B.B. Dougherty Administration Building

The Office of the Dean of Students operates as an advocate for students and as a clearinghouse for questions regarding student life. This includes student health (extended illness, death in the family, etc.), extended absences, safety issues, conduct violations, and on and off campus behavior. It should be noted that while this office cannot excuse absences, information can be sent to professors and other university personnel about a student’s need to be away. University personnel, community members, and parents/family members also use this office for similar questions and issues.

The Office of Student Conduct 320 Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-2704

The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to educate students about community standards, promote student learning, and facilitate the development of thoughtful and responsible citizens through a fundamentally fair process, as set forth in the Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct. Students have special rights and responsibilities as members of the Appalachian State University community, and the University has expectations regarding the behavior of its members which extend beyond the classroom into all aspects of life. The office also provides a free Student Legal Clinic to help answer students’ questions about minor legal issues.

Recreation Facilities

(828) 262-2100

Various locations

Three fitness centers are available to students (please bring your ID). The Quinn Center, located on Stadium Drive across from the Stadium, offers a choice of racquetball courts, exercise equipment, weight machines, aerobics classes, and a gym track. The Mount Mitchell Life Fitness Center, located on the third floor of the Student Union, offers exercise and weight machines and aerobics classes. See the website for hours. Tennis courts and an Alpine Climbing Tower are also available to students, as is the new Student Recreation Center on Bodenheimer Drive.

University Police Rivers Street Parking Deck

(828) 262-2150

The University Police Department is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck and is ready to assist students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. To report a crime or suspicious activity call 828-262-2150 or send us an anonymous e-mail by going to our website. For police emergencies on campus dial 8000 from any on campus phone or use one of our over 75 Blue Light Emergency phones located throughout campus. For all other emergencies call 911.

Wellness Center 2nd floor, Miles Annas Student Support Bldg

(828) 262-3148

Learn healthy stress management methods and approaches toward the prevention of psychological and physical problems due to stress. The Wellness Center also provides alcohol and drug assistance programs through individual and group counseling. You can call or drop by to sign up for these services.

Wellness and Safety Counseling and Psychological Services/Wellness Center 1st floor, Miles Annas Student Support Building

(828) 262-3180

The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group programs, and family/couples counseling. Additional information is available online. Walk-in hours are Monday–Thursday 1:00–4:00 pm, and Friday 1:00–3:00 pm. Call for possible morning hours. For after-hours emergencies, counselors can be reached via campus police at 262-2150.

Health Services 2nd floor, Miles Annas Student Support Building

(828) 262-3100

The Mary S. Shook Student Health Services exists to meet the health needs of the students of Appalachian State University. Services include appointments, walk-in clinic, inpatient and outpatient services, laboratory services, x-ray, physical therapy and pharmacy services. Most services are free or at greatly reduced cost to full-time students. Students can walk in or call for appointments at 262-6577. Limited services are available on the weekends and during after-hours clinics. See the website for hours of operation.


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University Language

AppState-ALERT Emergency Notification System AppState-ALERT is the University’s official emergency messaging system consisting of voice and text alerts, outdoor sirens, computer pop-ups, and web messages. Students can sign up to receive emergency voice and text messages by visiting or during the registration process. To learn more about the AppState-ALERT system and emergency preparedness, go to and click on the AppState-ALERT system link.

Academic Integrity The Appalachian Academic Integrity Code sets forth the standards of academic integrity and describes student and faculty responsibilities. It is the responsibility of every student to abide by the Academic Integrity Code. The code can be accessed on the web at or you may call (828) 262-2704.


Academic Probation and Suspension If a student fails to maintain the required 2.0 GPA (see page 44), he or she will be placed on academic probation for the semester that follows (summer sessions never count as probation terms). Students are allowed to enroll for a maximum of two semesters of academic probation. Once these two semesters have been used, if the student has not met the required GPA, he or she will be placed on academic suspension from Appalachian State University. The exception to the minimum GPA policy applies to some students earning a 0.0 GPA. Any undergraduate degree-seeking full-time student enrolled in his/her first fall or spring semester at Appalachian State University will be academically suspended if he/she receives a GPA of 0.0 (including I-incomplete grades) for that semester and must return under the forgiveness policy. Full-time students are defined for these purposes as students who are registered for 12 or more hours at the end of drop/add.

All students are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good academic standing.

AppalNet is the Intranet for the University. Through AppalNet you will access your email, student account, class schedule, student records (transcripts), final grades, student elections, and the registration system. Campus-wide and personal announcements are also posted on AppalNet. While you may still choose to use other email accounts, you should check your AppalNet email at least once a day because that is how your Advisor and other university personnel will contact you. You will most likely find that electronic communication between you and the university is easiest to accomplish using AppalNet. You can link to AppalNet from the ASU homepage, or directly at appalnet.

ASU Homepage

If you are placed on academic suspension, there are forgiveness options that allow you to return to Appalachian. Consult your Advisor for more information or visit the website at

Appalachian’s homepage is a tool for finding answers to almost any questions you have while you’re here. You can link to Appalnet, the library, and a wealth of other information. Search the website for links to the websites of departments and university offices. You can also check the homepage for announcements about weather-related university closings and the latest ASU news. The homepage is

Adding a course


If you are placed on either academic probation or suspension, please contact your Advisor to discuss your options and strategies for improving your academic standing.

You may add a course that has an open seat anytime during the first five days of classes of the fall and spring terms. If a class you need is full and that course offers waitlisting, you can add yourself to the waitlist to potentially reserve a seat and receive notification if a seat opens. If a class is full and does not offer waitlisting, you can sit in on the first day and ask the professor for permission to add the course. If the professor agrees, the professor should notify the office of the department in which the course is offered so that the chairperson or his/her representative can enter the permit. You will still need to log into the registration system to add the class.

AP Credit For each AP course taken at a participating high school, an AP Exam is administered. Each AP Exam is graded 1-5, with 5 indicating a student who is extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement. Appalachian does not accept any scores lower than 3 and many departments now require scores of 4 or 5. AP Grade Reports are automatically sent in July to you, your high school, and the colleges you designated on your answer sheet when you took the exam. Each report is cumulative and includes grades for all the AP Exams you have ever taken. If you did not have your scores sent to Appalachian, you can order them from College Board. If you have questions concerning your AP scores, contact the Office of Admissions or visit the College Board’s AP Central website at Check your schedule carefully to be sure you are not enrolled in a class for which you have AP credit.


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More and more courses are being offered online or as “hybrid” courses that combine classroom learning with online components. AsULearn is the University’s official online course management system. It allows instructors to post course information like handouts or video, make assignments, give quizzes, and hold class discussions. AsULearn allows students to easily access class information, submit assignments, and communicate with the instructor and other students in the class. Although not all faculty use AsULearn, you are likely to have at least one course every semester that uses it. To log into AsULearn, visit

ASU Post Office Box Whether you live on or off campus, you will assigned a post office box at Appalachian. An email containing your box assignment info will be sent to you when you are assigned a mailbox. You can also access your box number through your AppalNet account under the Student Services tab. Your combination will be provided with your box number in AppalNet. You should check your ASU box at least twice a week because mail from many campus offices is sent to that address. In the near future students living

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Every student at Appalachian is assigned an email address. Since all electronic communication between you and the University is conducted through this email address you will need to check this account regularly (even if you have additional email accounts). You can access your email account through AppalNet (available from the Appalachian website using a standard web browser. For additional information, please contact Technical Support at (828) 262-6266, email at, or consult the website at

off campus will be allowed to opt out of having a university mailbox. When this change occurs notification will be given through various venues. The post office is located behind the Student Union in the Miles Annas Building. For more information, call (828) 262-2242.

BA/BS/BM/BFA/BSBA/BSCJ/BSW/BSN These are abbreviations of the degrees offered at Appalachian. They represent the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. There are different requirements for each degree. In addition to major requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minor in another subject area and a foreign language through the intermediate level. With the exception of the Bachelor of Science degree in English and the BSBA in International Business, the Bachelor of Science degrees have no foreign language requirement. Instead of a minor, the B.S. degree typically requires the completion of a career-oriented concentration.

Co-requisites Co-requisites are courses you must take in the same semester, such as Chemistry 1101 (lecture) and Chemistry 1110 (lab). Because you can’t take one without the other, be sure to register for both courses at the same time. Always check the Undergraduate Bulletin to find information on which courses require co-requisites.

Course Numbers What do all the numbers mean? As a general rule, the 1000 and 2000 level courses are freshman and sophomore courses, the 3000 level are junior courses, 4000 are senior courses, and 5000 are for graduate students. These are general guidelines. Students sometimes take courses higher than their level of classification if they’ve met prerequisites (courses required prior to taking other courses). If you attended a community college prior to coming to Appalachian, your courses were typically 1000 and 2000 level. You may have transferred courses at the higher levels if you come from a four-year college or university.

Chancellor’s List The Chancellor’s List recognizes full-time students who receive a grade-point average of 3.85 or higher in any semester. (Semester hours must earn grade points and credit toward graduation.)

Classification At the end of each semester, students are classified based on the number of hours earned. Classification affects your declaration of major, your assigned registration time, your housing and parking assignments and financial aid, but it does not affect continued enrollment at Appalachian. The classifications are listed below. Freshman Sophomore Junior


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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) The CLEP is a series of examinations in 35 introductory college subjects that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they already know regardless of how that knowledge was acquired—through advanced coursework, independent study, work experience, professional development, or extracurricular activities. CLEP exams make it possible for you to save time and money in your college career and to advance to higher level classes. The 90 minute exams are administered via computer at the Testing Center. Contact the Testing Center (828-262-6801) to make an appointment for an examination and to inquire about fees. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam. You can view Appalachian’s CLEP testing policy at

Computers Many students choose to bring a computer to Appalachian; however, there are numerous computer labs on campus, some even open 24 hours a day. A listing of all computer labs, their locations and software is located at The Appalachian Campus Computer Program is administered by the University Bookstore. You can see recommended systems provided to the University by Apple and Dell through technology partnerships at special educational pricing. Additional information is available at

Some programs (like some Technology majors) may require that students have laptops. Contact your major department for more information.

Information for Transfer Students

Credit by Exam Students who wish to challenge a regularly listed course should consult the appropriate department chairperson. If arrangements can be made, a moderate fee is charged for each examination. If the examination is passed, credit without a grade is noted on the student’s transcript.

Dean’s List The Dean’s List recognizes students who carry 12-14 hours of coursework and attain a grade point average of 3.45 or higher. A student with 15 hours or more of coursework who attains a grade point average of 3.25 or higher is also recognized for the Dean’s List. (Coursework must receive grade points and count toward graduation.)

DegreeWorks DegreeWorks is a web-based tool designed to help students monitor their academic progress towards degree completion that can be accessed through the student’s AppalNet account. Students will be able to view courses they have completed and see what requirements still need to be completed before they can graduate. DegreeWorks also allows students and their Advisors to plan courses to be taken in future terms to meet those requirements. The goals of having a degree audit system are to encourage students to complete their degrees in four years by making it easy for students to monitor their own progress and to make it easier for the university to anticipate course demands and certify degrees. DegreeWorks should also help Advisors and other university personnel move towards a paperless campus. For more information about DegreeWorks visit

All of the residence halls have access to the Internet through Appalachian’s Ethernet system. If you are in one of these residence halls, you do not need an outside Internet provider. Additional information can be found at


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Drop/Add Period


Students may drop courses through the first five days (or other designated Drop/Add Period) of a fall or spring semester and during the first two days of a five-week summer session. The Drop/Add Period is posted each term on the University Registrar’s website under the Detailed Registration Calendar ( After the designated Drop/Add period, a student will only be allowed to drop a total of four courses during his or her undergraduate career at Appalachian.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, sometimes known as the Buckley Amendment, mandates that, with the exception of “directory information,” no student data can be released without the written permission of the student. Parent access to information can be granted through an option on your AppalNET account. You may grant your parents access to some or all of the following types of information: Academic Records, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Housing and/or Conduct Records.

A course dropped after the Drop/Add Period will use one of your four career drops. The class must be dropped by the end of the ninth week of the regular academic term (or by the last day to drop a class as published in the Summer Schedule of Classes). Exceptions to Drop/Add Period policy are granted only under extenuating circumstances and require the signatures of the instructor, the chairperson, and the dean of the college/ school in which the course is offered. Students seeking exceptions should go to the dean’s office of the college/school in which the course is offered.

Financial Aid

Dropping a Course You may drop a course from your schedule after the designated Drop/Add Period up to four times, but with careful planning and a willingness to seek out academic assistance, you shouldn’t need to drop any courses. Remember, to stay on track to graduate in 4 years, you will need to take 15-16 hours each semester. The following rules apply to dropping courses after the designated Drop/Add Period: • If you decide to drop a course, you must officially drop the course or you will receive an F. You may drop a course by using the Web Registration System, or by assistance in the Registrar’s Office. • The class must be dropped by the end of the ninth week of the regular academic term (or by the last day to drop a class as published in the Summer Schedule of Classes). The last day to drop a class is posted on the Detailed Registration Calendar each term (

It is your responsibility to ensure that the courses you are enrolled in are required for your degree program as listed on the appropriate degree program of study (checksheet). Courses not required for your degree program may not be counted in the enrollment status for financial aid eligibility. If you are registered for courses that do not meet your degree requirements, your financial aid will be adjusted or canceled accordingly.

Forgiveness If a student leaves Appalachian after experiencing academic difficulty, they may be eligible to return under a forgiveness policy after one or two years without enrolling at ASU. Contact the Office of Admissions or Registrar’s Office for information on how to return to Appalachian under a forgiveness policy. See registrar.appstate. edu/records/probation.html for the complete Academic Probation and Suspension policy.

ERA: Early Registration Advising

Graduation Requirements

New students are required to complete ERA before they arrive on campus for Orientation. Early Registration Advising is an online course that helps you get familiar with your degree requirements and lets you register for classes before you even step on campus for Orientation. If you did not complete ERA before arriving at Orientation, you will be expected to complete it on the evening of your first day of Orientation. Completing ERA will help you get more out of your time with your Academic Advisor.

The minimum number of hours required for graduation is 122, although some majors may require up to 128 hours. You probably entered college with a goal of graduation after four years of collegiate work. This means you need to take 15-16 hours of appropriate coursework each semester in order to graduate in four years. Students enrolling in more than 140 semester hours for the first baccalaureate degree will be assessed a 50% surcharge on the excess hours, so it pays to plan your degree program carefully.

Electives Free electives are classes that do not fulfill requirements for your General Education, major, minor, or concentration.  All majors require at least two hours of free electives, but some majors may have room for many more.  Some majors or minors include required electives that need to be chosen in consultation with an Advisor in the appropriate department.  If you’re not sure you have room for electives in your degree program, discuss your options with your Advisor before signing up. Express Accounts You can establish an Express Account, which is a debit account, so that you can use your Appalachian ID card in the University Bookstore, all food services and vending areas, and in some campus laundry facilities. There is no fee to open an Express Account. For further information please contact Food Services, (828) 262-6141 or visit foodservices.


Make sure you understand how your financial aid works by keeping in touch with your financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid in the John E. Thomas Building ( Keep in mind that your financial aid can be affected if you drop below 12 hours (full-time status) or if you withdraw. Failure to attend class can also affect your aid as can a low GPA and failure to make adequate progress toward a degree. To avoid problems, make sure you understand the terms under which you are receiving aid and contact the Financial Aid Office at (828) 262-2190 if you have any questions about your status.

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Some of the factors that might increase your length of time to graduation are listed below: • Taking fewer hours than advised per semester • Changing majors • Dropping, failing, and repeating courses • Taking unnecessary or inappropriate courses • Transferring from one institution to another • Adding a second major or minor • Delaying entry into specific degree-granting programs

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• Withdrawing from school for a semester or more • Entering Appalachian with an incomplete academic background therefore requiring developmental courses Please note that to graduate from Appalachian, an undergraduate student must complete the following in residence: • as a minimum, the final thirty (30) semester hours (students who study abroad on an Appalachian approved exchange or study abroad program are excluded from this provision); and, • a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in the major and (if applicable) nine (9) semester hours in the minor; and, • at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree. • In addition to these residency requirements, at least 50 semester hours must be taken at a senior institution (a four-year college). Consult your Undergraduate Bulletin at for more information about graduation requirements.

Health Insurance Requirement In August 2009, the UNC Board of Governors approved the implementation of a student health insurance requirement on all sixteen 4-year campuses beginning in fall 2010. Any student meeting three specific criteria is required to show evidence of an existing “creditable coverage” health insurance policy OR enroll in the UNC system-wide plan. The three criteria that invoke the requirement to have health insurance and also define a student as eligible to enroll in the system-wide student health insurance plan are: • enrollment in a degree-seeking program, AND • enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours, AND • eligibility to pay the campus student health fee. Any student meeting all three criteria above who has an existing creditable coverage health insurance policy is able to waive out of the UNC system-wide plan easily and quickly online. No paperwork is required. A student who meets the three criteria above is automatically enrolled in the UNC system-wide plan each semester and is obligated for the cost of the plan for that semester--unless the student submits a waiver request that is successfully verified as creditable coverage. The UNC system-wide plan’s premium is included in the “cost of attendance” used for financial aid consideration.

Institutional Credit Developmental courses, such as ENG 0900 and MAT 0010, count toward determining full-time status, but they do not count in the hours earned toward graduation. If you placed into one of these courses, consider it a help. We are pleased to be able to offer these courses which help ensure your success in the courses that follow. The hours in these courses do not count in figuring classification such as freshman, sophomore, etc.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Diploma Program is a demanding two year, pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. Similar to Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program earn credit hours or advanced placement in college courses. IB grade reports are automatically sent in July to you, your participating high school, and the colleges you designated when you took the exam. Appalachian receives these scores via email and posts them to your student records. If you did not designate Appalachian as a score recipient, you can order your scores from the International Baccalaureate Organization at

Major Declaration You may have indicated an intended major when you applied for admission to Appalachian. However, to officially declare your major, you must: • Have 30 earned hours • Have earned credit for ENG 1000 • Have a 2.0 GPA (or be a first semester transfer student) • Have earned credit for or currently be taking First Year Seminar (UCO 1200 for most students; HON 1515 for Honors students; or WGC 1103 for students in Watauga Global Community) • Transfer students, entering in Fall 2012 or after, with 30 or more earned hours are not required to take First Year Seminar (UCO1200). Note: Transfer students must make sure that Admissions has received a final copy of all transcripts before they can declare. If you have not decided on your major, ask your Advisor for advice on how to begin making that decision. Pages 46-48 in this Planner may also be helpful. Students who have not declared by the time they have 60 earned hours will have a hold placed on their accounts and will have to meet with an Advisor to declare before they can register for classes.

For more information about this policy and for a link to the opt out site, visit

Identification Cards The Appalachian ID card, called the AppCard, provides admission to campus events and fee supported services (use of the library, admittance to athletic events, etc.). In addition to the official identification function of the AppCard, it also manages two separate debit accounts – the Meal Account and the Express Account (see Meal Account and Express Account for further information). If you run out of money in any of your accounts, you may add to your accounts at any time during the semester. Food Services, located in Trivette Hall, handles all ID card matters including the Meal Account and the Express Accounts. You may get your ID card whenever you have time during your Orientation session. ID cards are made on the bottom floor of Trivette Hall, Monday-Friday, 8–5 p.m. The cost of your first card is included in your fees. There is a replacement fee of $15 if you lose your card. For additional information, contact Food Services, (828) 262-6141.


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Information for Transfer Students

MAP-Works MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) is an online tool that helps students be successful in college. Students respond to an online survey that identifies campus resources that may be helpful to them. Faculty and staff are able to interact with students and each other through MAP-Works and help students connect to other areas on campus that can contribute to their success. Students will receive more information about MAP-Works and when to take the survey early in their first semester. More information is available at

Meal Accounts The money in the meal account can only be used to purchase food and drink in any of the food facilities and through any of the vending machines located on campus. Additional amounts may be added to your meal account throughout the semester. For further information, contact Food Services, (828) 262-6141. appalachian state university

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Military Credit Appalachian can award up to eight semester hours of miliary science credit to most veterans. The University may grant specific course credit for completion of certain types of military schools and for some CLEP work. To obtain an application, contact the Office of Transfer Articulation at (828) 262-7877. Your DD214 will be reviewed to determine whether credit can be awarded.

Online Courses Before you decide to register for an online section of a course, there are several things you need to consider and some questions you need to ask yourself. You should know, for instance, that it is a common misconception that online courses are easier than “regular” classes—they are not, in general, at all easier. The truth is that students who tend to rely on having someone available for frequent face-to-face contact are likely to have trouble in the online environment where that kind of interaction is not available. On the other hand, students who are highly self-motivated and independent tend to flourish with the freedom offered by this type of course. Here are some general rules of thumb for success in online courses: • You must be able to motivate yourself to work on a regular schedule; • You must take responsibility to focus on your studies without someone looking over your shoulder; • You must have access to and familiarity with a reliable, modern computer, either your own or one in a university lab; and • You must be comfortable with and proficient in using the Internet for communication and research. These are not the only considerations, but if you can’t truthfully say that you meet these four criteria, an online course may not meet your need and you may want to consider whether a “regular” class wouldn’t serve you better.

Parent Access to Student Information To grant a FERPA release to your parents, guardians, or spouse to access your student information, you should log into your AppalNET account, click on the Student tab and then click on the Parent Access link. You then must enter the First Name, Middle Name and Last Name of the parent, guardian or third party to whom you are granting access. You then need to choose and enter a 6-digit pin for your designee to use to access your information.

Parking You may register your car for campus parking over the web by accessing this site: www. All students registered for classes are eligible to apply for a permit. The parking area depends on your class standing and availability of spaces. All campus parking lots are located on the AppalCart route, our local bus service. The Parking and Traffic Department is located on Rivers Street in the parking deck. Call (828) 262-2878 for additional information.

required to take the Praxis I are strongly encouraged to take a free practice test as soon as possible to find out how much preparation may be needed. To find out more, go to

All first year students, including transfer students who do not declare their majors right away, have required advising with their University College Advisor.

Prerequisites A prerequisite is a requirement that must be completed before taking a course. A prerequisite could be a class, a certain grade in a class, or a placement test, for example. Similarly, a co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time that you take another class. Prerequisite and co-requisite requirements help you succeed by making sure you have the appropriate knowledge and background to do well in more challenging courses. To find out whether a course has a pre- or co-requisite, look it up online in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Program of Study/Checksheet Each major has a Program of Study that lists all the requirements for earning a degree in that major. Sometimes the Program of Study is also called a checksheet. Programs of Study are updated every year, but students follow the Program of Study from the academic year that they entered Appalachian. Current Programs of Study as well as ones from previous years are archived online at Always have a hardcopy of your Program of Study with you when you meet with your Advisor, and make sure you become familiar with your degree requirements!

Information for Transfer Students

Registration Hold A registration hold may be placed on a student’s account to deny him/her access to the Web Registration System. All holds must be cleared by the appropriate office(s) before access can be granted. You can check your Registration Status through the AppalNet Self Service tab in order to determine if you have any outstanding holds.

Repeat Policy When a course is repeated, the grade earned in the initial attempt can be excluded from computation in your GPA for a maximum of four courses. You must file a Repeat Form with the Registrar’s Office indicating which courses are to be excluded from GPA computation. You must submit the Repeat Form before the last day of classes during the term in which you repeat the course. The initial grade remains on the transcript, but is no longer part of your GPA calculation.

Required Advising All first year students have required advising starting their first semester and until they have 30 earned hours. New transfer students who do not declare their majors right away will also have required advising, regardless of how many hours they transfer in to Appalachian. These students will have to see their University College Advisor to get the PIN

Praxis I Test for Education Majors The Praxis I standardized test consists of three sections: Reading, Writing and Math. Students at Appalachian must earn a composite score of 522 on the Praxis I test in order to be admitted to the College of Education, or they must have earned high enough scores on the SAT or ACT tests to be exempt. Passing the Praxis I is part of the overall admission process in the College of Education. Until this process is completed, students cannot take some of the key classes to complete their majors in education. Students who are


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number which will allow them to access the registration system. When students declare, they should contact their major departments to inquire about how advising is done in that department—some departments have required advising. Students who have not declared by the time they have 60 earned hours will have a an advising PIN placed on their account that will deny them access to registration until they have seen an Advisor to declare or explain why they have not yet declared.

Transfer Articulation

Second Advising

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Students who intend to major in one of the natural sciences are required by their major department to see an Academic Advisor in that department prior to early registration for the next semester. Students who plan to major in Social Work, Physical Education, and Art are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor in their major prior to each early registration.

A Transfer Credit Evaluation lists all the courses that you took prior to attending Appalachian and indicates how the courses transfer to the Appalachian curriculum. You may have a transfer credit evaluation that does not include classes in which you are still enrolled or have just finished. If your evaluation still does not include all of your courses, you should contact the Office of Transfer Articulation at (828) 262-7877. You may need to contact the Registrar at your previous school to request that a complete transcript be sent to Appalachian. You may access the course equivalencies database at You can view your credit evaluation on your First Connections account or via AppalNet.

The goal of the Office of Transfer Articulation is to ensure that the credit evaluation process for transfer students is seamless and student-friendly. They can answer your questions regarding the transfer of credit and can provide you with resources that will aid in your course selection at other institutions. You can contact a Transfer Credit Evaluator at (828) 262-7877.

Semester Hours A semester hour indicates the number of credits you earn for a particular course and an approximate number of hours you spend in that class each week. We recommend that you take 15-16 semester hours of appropriate coursework each term in order to graduate on time. Full-time status is 12 hours and the maximum is 18. As a general rule, you should plan to spend two hours of study time outside class for every hour in class. If you take 16 hours and you follow this general rule, you should spend 48 total hours per week on your academic work!

Transfer Credit Maximum

Syllabus A syllabus is an outline or summary of a course of study. Each professor provides a syllabus, usually on the first day of class, which outlines for you the areas of study, required texts, extra items needed for the course, conduct policies and other policies such as grading and attendance. Be sure to review the syllabus of each of your courses to ensure that you understand what is expected of you.

Taking Coursework at Another School Students sometimes attend universities or community colleges in the summer near where they live to earn additional hours towards their degrees. However, before you enroll at another school, you must get approval from Appalachian’s Registrar and you must be in good academic standing. The courses you plan to take at the other institution must be approved before you enroll in them to ensure that they will transfer back to ASU. Students also cannot be concurrently enrolled at Appalachian and at another school without prior approval. To request permission, fill out the “Visiting Course Request” form which can be found on the Office of Transfer Articulation website ( under the “Forms” link.

Textbook Rental Appalachian operates a textbook rental program that saves you money. The only books you have to purchase are paperbacks or other supplemental texts required by your professors. All rental textbooks may be picked up in the University Bookstore, top floor, at the beginning of each semester. The Bookstore is open Monday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 262-3070.


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Information for Transfer Students

Appalachian operates a textbook rental program which saves you money.

Coursework with a “C” or better from a regionally accredited institution that is comparable to the course offerings at Appalachian State University is acceptable as transfer credit. ASU accepts credit under the guidelines of the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. ASU accepts a maximum of 72 semester hours of transfer credits from two year institutions and a maximum of 90 semester hours from a combination of two and four year institutions (4 year defined as awarding a baccalaureate degree). AP, IB, CLEP, and military credit are included as a part of the 72 and 90 total hours. For more information, see “Transfer Credit Policy” at Transfer Petition Transfer students who receive elective credit for their transferred coursework may petition to have that work re-evaluated by the chair of the relevant department if they feel the course they took is similar to a course offered at ASU. Sometimes elective credit can be applied to the General Education Program and such a request should be directed to that office. For complete information about the transfer petition process and to download the form, visit

Tuition Surcharge Undergraduate students who initially enrolled at Appalachian in the Fall, 1994 and thereafter, must comply with North Carolina Session Law 321-89 (Senate Bill 27) and 769-17.10 (Senate Bill 1505). In 2009, the General Assembly (Senate Bill 202 - Section 9.10b) increased the surcharge rate from 25% to 50%, beginning Fall 2010. This legislation requires a tuition surcharge on: • all credit hours in excess of one hundred and forty (140) when taken as part of student’s first baccalaureate degree; and • all credit hours in excess of one hundred and ten percent (110%)

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Student and Advisor Responsibilities

of the number required for a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree. Included in the calculation of credit hours will be: • all coursework attempted at Appalachian (i.e., courses earned, courses failed, courses repeated, and courses dropped after the UNC system “census” date published in the academic calendar), and • all coursework transferred to Appalachian from other collegiate institutions. Excluded from the calculation will be: • credit by examination, • advanced placement credit, • military credit, and • credit earned through an extension program or during the summer. (Note: Every baccalaureate degree at Appalachian requires a minimum of 122 credit hours; Appalachian does not offer a baccalaureate degree that requires more than 128 credit hours.) To view this policy online, visit

Undergraduate Bulletin/Catalog The Bulletin (also sometimes called the Undergraduate Catalog or General Bulletin) contains information about policies, degrees, majors, minors, course descriptions, and more. It is organized alphabetically by college and then department. While other resources may summarize the Bulletin, it is the official source for policies that affect students. You can easily access the Bulletin at the Registrar’s website: Look for the “Catalog” link in the upper right hand corner. Always remember to use the Bulletin that corresponds with your catalog year.

Visiting Coursework Students can request to take courses away from Appalachian. Failure to request prior permission may result in the course(s) not being accepted. Please visit current-students/visiting-coursework-0 for more information.

Waitlisting Some course sections will offer a waitlist option that students can sign up for via AppalNet once the section is closed. The purpose of waitlisting is to allow students the ability to more easily monitor courses they need that are closed without having to frequently checking back on AppalNet. Visit for more information about the waitlisting option.

WEB Registration System (WRS) The WEB Registration System (WRS) is a computerized system that allows you to access, through AppalNet, options on the WEB such as registering for classes, adjusting your class schedule, changing your address information or password, paying by credit card, and checking your grades.


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Every degree at Appalachian requires between 122 and 128 hours to complete.

Meet with your Academic Advisor at least once a semester.

As a student admitted to Appalachian State University, I will • Enroll in appropriate courses as indicated by test results, discuss academic requirements with my Advisor, and understand who I am as a learner. • Consult with my Advisor a minimum of once per semester before registering. (See page 38.) • Come prepared for my academic advising appointment(s). (See page 39.) • Become knowledgeable about Appalachian’s policies and procedures which are outlined in the Appalachian Undergraduate Bulletin and understand my major, minor, and the requirements to graduate. • Talk to my instructors if I have any questions or concerns. • Consult with my Advisor to declare a major when eligible to do so. (See page 51.) • Make and keep appointments or call to change or cancel an appointment. • Attend class. • Make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses. • Take responsibility for decisions. • Learn about and use campus resources. (See pages 17-23.) • Let my parents know, in a timely manner, what’s going on with me.

In return, my Academic Advisor will • Help with course selection for General Education and my major. • Answer questions regarding University requirements, policies and procedures. • Refer me to University resources (such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, career services, and others as appropriate) that can help me. • Help me explore courses, majors, career plans and alternatives. • Encourage my individual, academic, and personal development. • Make and keep appointments, or call or e-mail to change or cancel an appointment. • Provide accurate and specific information. • Listen to me. • Have available resources to assist me with academic planning. • Communicate with my parents in an appropriate way. (See FERPA, page 29.) Your Academic Advisor may not be the same Advisor you work with during Orientation. You will receive notification, if there is a change, of your new Academic Advisor’s name and contact information.

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Connecting With Your Advisor Academic advising in college is not exactly like your experience with counseling in high school. Students and Advisors together contribute to successful advising. You must take the initiative in contacting your college Advisor and assuming the responsibility for your schedule of classes. As in any counseling relationship, what you discuss with your Advisor is confidential information and is treated as such. • You are very much in charge of the relationship with your Academic Advisor. While your Advisor may contact you, it is up to you to use your Advisor’s services. • Know a variety of ways to communicate with your Advisor. Know your Advisor’s name, phone number, e-mail address, and office location. • Introduce yourself when you call or visit. Your Advisor may work with up to 400 students, so it is hard to recall names and details spontaneously. Even if you think your Advisor knows you, giving your preferred first name and your last name is a polite and helpful gesture. • Don’t be shy about saying hello or introducing yourself when you see your Advisor crossing campus, at a sports event, cultural performance, grocery store, or on the ski slopes. • Start with your Advisor when you are seeking help to solve problems that affect your academic performance. Be open and honest with your Advisor. The main goal of advising is your academic success. Your Advisor is committed to that goal. However, you are responsible for your education. You need to decide what you want and learn the requirements that must be met to achieve your goal. Your Advisor is just that, an Advisor, and, as such, is an important resource for your academic success. Contact your Advisor whenever you have questions or concerns. Visit

The easiest way to make an appointment with your Advisor is online through your AppalNet account. Look for the link to “Make an Appointment with Your Academic Advisor.”

Preparing to Register for the Next Semester It’s important to remember that preparing for the next semester starts very early in the current semester. You will receive a message from your Advisor asking you to make an appointment to discuss your registration for next semester. Schedule this appointment promptly. To schedule an appointment, log into Appalnet and look for the “Make an appointment with your University College Academic Advisor.” You can also come by or call the Academic Advising Center at 828-262-2167 for help scheduling an appointment. Be prepared for your meeting with your Advisor. Before your advising appointment: • Use this Advising Planner to review the General Education requirements. • Obtain a Program of Study (checksheet) for your major. Visit • Compare Gen Ed requirements and major requirements: Do some of your Gen Ed classes also count towards your major? Check DegreeWorks for a thorough breakdown of what classes you still need and of how your current and completed classes are being applied to Gen Ed, your major/minor/concentration, or electives. (Be sure to go online and choose your Gen Ed themes if you haven’t done that step yet. See page 15.) • Create a list of courses you are interested in taking and list alternates in case your first choices are full. • As you prepare your list of classes, jot down any questions that come to mind so that you can ask your Advisor when you meet. Coming to your advising appointment prepared lets you and your Advisor get some real work done together!

Campus Communication—It’s Your Responsibility. The university will contact you through these three communication methods: ASU email, your P.O. Box, and PANS (Personal Announcements). Check these three important sources of information regularly. • Check your ASU email at least once a day. If you organize your emails into folders, you will be able to access information more quickly and efficiently. Do not forward your ASU email to another account—it may end up in a spam box! • Check your post office box once or twice a week. Mail will not be forwarded to an alternate address. The university often sends important documents to your post office box; if you don’t check it regularly, you could miss out on important deadlines. • Check your PANs every day. These Personal Announcements from university officials are found on your AppalNet account webpage. PANs are timed messages and will delete automatically, so read them promptly.


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Preparing to Register for the Next Semester continued Who has required advising and who will have alternate PINs? • All first year freshmen with fewer than 30 earned hours • All first semester transfer students who do not declare a major during their Orientation Session • Students who are on academic probation • Students who are advised in special services programs (LAP) • Undeclared students with 60 or more earned hours • Voluntary advising is for all other undeclared students in University College. Those students will not have to have an alternate PIN in order to register.

What is the alternate PIN and where do I get it? To register for classes, you must enter an “alternate PIN”. Without this six digit number, you cannot register. If you have required advising, you MUST meet with your Academic Advisor to receive your PIN for registration.

What is Second Advising? All natural science departments (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology) require their undeclared majors to be seen by an Advisor in that department prior to early registration for the next semester. See your University College Academic Advisor early so you will be able understand this process and allow plenty of time for this extra step.

Registration Odds and Ends How do I register for classes? The ERA (Early Registration Advising) course took you through the registration process. You also may have used the system during Orientation. If you’ve forgotten, there is a Web Registration Tutorial that is also available on the Registrar’s homepage. If you need more help, you can visit the Registration Center at the Registrar’s Office in the John E. Thomas building or call their hotline at (828) 262-3135.

How do I know when I can register? Registration times for individual students are determined by earned hours. You can view your earned hours total on your unofficial transcript through Appalnet. (Earned hours do NOT include the hours in which you are currently enrolled.) Then, go to the Registrar’s homepage ( and look for the link to the registration access times for the relevant term. That link will have a chart in which you can look up your registration time according to your earned hours. Another way you can find out the exact date and time you should register is to log into your Appalnet account upon return from the mid-semester break. Click on the Self Service tab, then Registration, then Registration Status. This will tell you the exact date and time registration opens for you based on your earned hours (hours you have already completed). Always check the Registrar’s website for dates when the Registration System is open.

What are registration holds? A “hold” may be placed on a student’s account to deny him/her access to the Web Registration System. All holds must be cleared by the appropriate office(s) before you can access the system. You can check your Registration Status through the AppalNet Self Service tab in order to determine if you have any outstanding holds. The most common are parking tickets, transcripts, or library fines. Even required advising is viewed as a hold. Your alternate PIN will clear the hold for required advising.

What are section numbers and what do they mean? A course can have multiple sections. ENG 1000, for example, may have well over 50 sections taught at different days and times by different professors. You and your roommate could both be enrolled for ENG 1000 yet have different professors and meeting times. The section number always follows the course number. If you are enrolled in ENG 1000130, then you are in section 130 of Expository Writing. Each section “level” indicates the type of course: • 100-level sections: lecture courses • 200-level sections: laboratory courses • 300-level sections: off campus programs/distance education • 400-level sections: honors courses • 600-level sections: “linked” courses (For example: the Aesthetic Perspective theme “Social Change through the Arts”)

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It’s possible that you have not met the prerequisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) for th course. If you’re trying to register for a lab science, you MUST enter the CRNs for both the lecture AND the lab during the same step. If you try to register (separately) for one and then another, you will get the “error” message listed above.

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Registration Odds and Ends continued What should I do if the classes I need are full? Keep checking the online registration system for any openings! During registration and drop/add periods, people are changing their schedules all the time. The class you need could suddenly have a seat in it. However, be wary of an opening if the class has a waitlist. See for more information on the waitlist option. During early registration, talk with the instructor or department chair and see if you can get a permit to add the class. The department issues a permit by going into the system and saving a seat for you, but you MUST log into Appalnet and enroll in the class. Make sure you remember the course registration number (CRN) for the section you want to add! Students who don’t pay their bills will have their schedules automatically dropped in early August and late December, which will make a few more seats available during advanced drop/add in August and January. Remember to pay your bill on time so that your classes won’t be dropped! During the first week of classes, you may also attend the class you want to add and ask the instructor for a permit to add the class. If you are granted a permit, you will still need to go online and register for the course once the permit has been issued.

I got a permit for a class—why won’t the registration system let me add it? To add a class that you have a permit for, go to the Drop/Add Classes page and enter the CRN. Don’t forget to hit Submit and then double check to see that you are enrolled in the course! If you still have trouble, check with the instructor or department chair to make sure your permit was entered into the system.

Why can’t I get into this class? • There are a number of reasons that you may not be able to add a particular class: • You haven’t taken the prerequisite or co-requisite. Check the Undergraduate Bulletin to find out about pre- or co-requisites for courses. • Some courses are only for certain populations like Heltzer Honors Program students or students taking courses at a satellite campus. Sometimes, a note below the course listing will tell you of any restrictions, but not always. • There could be other reasons—you’re already registered for the maximum of 18 hours, for example, or there could be a time conflict with another class. If you’re still in doubt, call the Registration Hotline at (828) 262-3135.

Don't miss class. You'll get behind and then have to work twice as hard to catch up. If you must miss class, let your professor know, preferably in advance.

Predicting Your Grade Point Average (GPA) You can predict your semester GPA if you understand quality points, GPA hours, and how they are figured. You earn quality points and GPA hours for each course in which a grade is given. Your GPA is the total number of grade points you’ve earned divided by your GPA hours. Grade points are awarded for each course graded A, B, C, D, F or WF. GPA hours are semester hours attempted which receive a grade of A, B, C, D, F or WF. Courses which are graded S/U, P/F or audit do not earn quality points. Using the scale and table below, figure out your predicted grade point average for this semester. For example, if you think you will receive a B in English 1000, you would give yourself nine quality points for that course (B in a 3 semester hour course = 3 × 3 = 9 quality points). If you think you will earn a D in Biology 1101, you would put down 4.0 grade points for that course, because Biology is a 4 semester hour course. Remember, include only courses that give a grade of A, B, C, D, F or WF. An online GPA calculator is available at If you are not doing well academically, get help. Very few students get through college without assistance. Do not make excuses or blame others for your academic problems. Take charge of your education. You will make mistakes, and it’s okay, because you will learn from them. Keep your emotional balance because a high level of stress and worry can block you from studying and learning. Take time out for recreation, quiet time and reflection, and just getting away from the pressure of the academic routine.

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Academic Standards

Information for Transfer Students

To continue at Appalachian in good academic standing, you must maintain a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA . Students who fall below this standard will be placed on academic probation. (The exception to this policy is that students who earn a GPA of 0.0 their first semester will automatically be suspended, not put on probation. See page 24.) You can always view your grades and cumulative GPA at the end of each semester by looking at your final grade report or your unofficial transcript on Appalnet. DegreeWorks also displays your overall GPA and grades for each class you have completed. There are a lot of reasons to stay above “C” level! Keep in mind that the more hours you earn, the harder it will be to raise your cumulative GPA if it falls below a 2.0. Some majors at Appalachian require a minimum 2.5 GPA, and of course employers want to hire students with evidence of strong academic performance, so maintaining a solid GPA is always a good idea. Talk to your Advisor if you are concerned about your GPA.

GPA Information for Students with Transfer Credit The GPA standard is the same for students who bring in transfer credit. You may transfer appropriate courses to Appalachian if you made at least a C in the course at another institution, but the grades you made there do not affect your GPA here. You will establish your GPA at Appalachian at the end of your first semester. All students must achieve and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to avoid being placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation Four Point Plan for Academic Success: • Go to class. • Turn in your work on time. • Talk to your instuctors. • Treat school like a full-time job!

You may repeat up to four different courses in which the new grade replaces the initial grade in your GPA.

If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, your grade report will indicate one of the following: Academic Probation (First probation semester) Continued Probation (Second probation semester) Suspended (Suspension from Appalachian) If you use both of your probation semesters and your grades are still not high enough to meet the academic standards or if you make 0.0 GPA during your first semester, you will be suspended. We hope you won’t need to know about probation policies, but here are some things to keep in mind in case you find yourself in academic difficulty.

Effective strategies to get off academic probation £ Reflect Examine the factors that led to your academic situation, and reflect on ways to adopt more effective behaviors. £ Meet with your Academic Advisor Develop a plan for academic improvement that might include repeating a course, taking a study skills course, limiting the number of hours in your job, or taking a reduced course load. £ Utilize the resources on campus Refer to the section on University Resources and Academic Support Services on pages 17-23. £ Repeat required courses as soon as possible You may repeat up to four different courses in which the new grade replaces the initial grade in your GPA. This is the fastest way to improve your grade point average. You must fill out a Repeat Form with the Registrar’s Office during the semester you are enrolled in the repeat course to indicate that you plan to use a repeat substitution. The Repeat Form is available from the Registrar’s website,, under “Electronic Forms.” £ Attend summer school Summer sessions do not count as probation semesters for GPA purposes. You may always (even if you’ve been suspended) attend summer sessions at Appalachian to try to improve your grade point average. Caution: Always consult your Academic Advisor before enrolling in summer school to regain good standing. If you are seeking to return under the one- or two--year forgiveness policy, you must not attend summer school at Appalachian. Courses taken at other schools do not affect your grade point average, because only hours transfer, not grades. All course repeats for initial grade replacement must be done at Appalachian. You must be in good academic standing to receive permission to take summer courses for credit at other schools.


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4 repeats + 4 drops = 8 second chances

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Choosing Your Major Determine your major and career goals Think carefully about how you want to spend your time at Appalachian. It is difficult to do well in courses in which you really aren’t happy. Utilize the resources on campus to help you decide about your major. Information about resources to help you with major and career decisions is in this booklet in two sections, “Major Decisions” (below), and “University Resources and Academic Support Services” on pages 17-23. The right major will play to your strengths and engage your intellect.

Major Decisions If you haven’t made a decision about a major, you should begin the process as soon as you enter Appalachian. While your major choice is important, don’t confuse choosing a major with choosing a career. Your major is less restricting on a career than you might think. Well-educated people with marketable skills can work successfully in a variety of fields. Discover and develop your skills and enjoy the process of finding the major that is right for you. Keep in mind the following tips when making a decision: • College isn’t designed as four years of specific job training. It is a time for you to gain a breadth of knowledge through a variety of learning experiences. • Employers want to hire people who have performed well in college and who can talk knowledgeably and enthusiastically about a variety of subjects. Become actively involved in all of your courses and learn as much as you can. • Employers look for marketable skills when hiring new personnel. They want employees who can communicate well and have analytical and technical skills combined with an appreciation for diverse experiences and cultures. The University requirements are designed to increase your skills in these areas. Combined with your own talents and strengths, your education gives you a solid foundation on which to build your career. • Choosing a major only because it seems directed toward plentiful and/or high-paying jobs doesn’t guarantee that you will get one of those jobs. Your major should reflect your interests. • Your major should incorporate courses and activities you enjoy and in which you can perform well. In addition to making better grades in such a major, you will enjoy the process of making those grades. • You may change jobs and careers throughout your life. Many people have 7–10 different jobs and just as many different careers, so your major doesn’t determine the rest of your life. Your major won’t just happen! Take an active role in making the decision. Have a goal in mind when you plan your classes. Fortunately, there are many resources on this campus to help you. The first step in deciding is to assess your values, interests, work preferences, abilities and skills. Information about helpful resources can be found on page 47. 46

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Choosing Your Major continued The right major will play to your strengths and engage your intellect.

Peer Career (Major and Career Assessment and Exploration) Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-2029

Peer Career provides individual professional career counseling and peer to peer guidance on major and career decision making by offering self-assessment inventories and resources for exploring majors and careers. You may call or stop by to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome and based on availability of staff. Hours are 10 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday and 10 am-12 pm on Friday.

Belk Library

(828) 262-2186

At the library, you will find resource books with information about careers, graduate education, trends in the work place, and how to find a job. Librarians are always happy to help you find the information you need.

Fall Family Day/Spring Open House

(828) 262-2120,

Fall Family Day and Spring Open House, held in the Convocation Center, are excellent resources to help you decide on a major. Every academic department on campus will have faculty representatives to answer your questions and information to give to you about their programs.

ACT (Appalachian and Community Together) Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-2193

This campus organization makes arrangements for you to do volunteer work at Watauga County agencies. Community service experience is frequently one of the best ways to determine your career choice.

Service Learning Plemmons Student Union

(828) 262-2193

Service-learning integrates academic study with community service so that learning is more intentional, using service as “text” and earning you academic credit.

Introductory Courses Some departments offer courses designed to give you a broad overview of that major: for example, Criminal Justice 1100, Health Education 2100, and Business 1050. These and other courses give you an opportunity to learn about a major area you are considering. Even if you ultimately decide you want a different major, you will still learn something new.

Summer Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Work What you do outside of the academic classroom can also provide you with experience that help you learn about the work world. Practical experience has few equals when it comes to gaining information about potential careers. Don’t be reluctant to ask questions and seek out ways you can explore vocations that interest you.

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Still undecided? Are you still undecided about your major course of study? Try this: 1. Review the list of majors offered at Appalachian (see back of the yellow section tab, or, and think about which majors would fit in with your career goals and plans. Then complete the following items. 2. Cross off any major you would NOT consider as meeting your career needs. For example, if you’re sure you do not want to be a music major, cross off all degrees from the School of Music. 3. Make a separate list of the majors you did not cross off. This will be your Potential Majors List. (You may use the space below or a separate sheet of paper for your list.) 4. Review the Potential Majors List and think about what those majors have in common. For example, do most of the majors deal with children, or do many of them tend to be careers which involve working outdoors? 5. From your Potential Majors List, choose the ten most appealing or interesting majors and list them below. This will be your Short List of Majors.

£ Undergraduate Bulletin In the Undergraduate Bulletin, you will find requirements for all majors, information about Special Designators, and a brief description of the content of each course. Prerequisites and co-requisites are listed, as well as the term(s) the course is offered. The Bulletin is now online (see page 16). £ General Education Information Use the General Education information provided in this Advising Planner and online at to decide what themes you will complete in each perspective. Once you have decided, you can officially choose those themes online in Appalnet. See pages 10-15 for more information.





£ Checksheets A Program of Study (checksheet) lists all the requirements for each major. Programs of Study for each major are online at



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£ Planning Booklets and Concentration Sheets Some departments provide suggested courses of study and requirements for concentrations. Contact the department for more information.

6. Prioritize the ten majors on the Short List of Majors (#1 top choice, etc.).











7. Write a job description for your potential career. Don’t be concerned with whether your description exactly fits a particular career; rather, describe your ideal career. 8. Compare your job description with the prioritized Short List of Majors. What skills and abilities do you have which are common to both the job description and the majors? 9. Find out about the majors on your prioritized Short List of Majors by: a. Getting Programs of Study (checksheets) online at b. Reading the course descriptions in the Appalachian Undergraduate Bulletin c. Talking to professors in the department(s) d. Talking to students in the major(s) e. Taking an introductory course in the department(s) f. Discussing career trends with someone in the Peer Career Center 10. Schedule an appointment with a professional career counselor in Peer Career to take an advanced career assessment and discuss career and job trends for majors.


Creating an academic plan is an excellent way to make sure you can graduate on time.

Creating an academic plan is an excellent way to see how your program will develop. Even if you aren’t sure of a major, you will gain valuable information about how to understand the Undergraduate Bulletin and how to find prerequisites, and major and minor requirements. You already have many of the tools you need to begin working on your individual plan. Helpful resources are listed below.

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DegreeWorks also lists all major and General Education requirements.

£ Your University College Advisor Your Academic Advisor is glad to help you with this planning process. A meeting to begin discussing your four-year plan can be excellent preparation for your early registration advising meeting in your second or subsequent semesters.

Gather all the information you need and follow these steps to make an academic plan (see Four year planner form on next page). 1. Decide on your major and write it at the top of the page. Be sure you know the exact name and whether it is a B.A. or B.S. or other degree. (See list of majors on the back of this section tab.) 2. At the bottom of the page, list any AP or IB credit, placement testing credit, or other previous college credit that you have. List current courses in the appropriate square. 3. Refer to the major checksheet and fill in your General Education courses. Remember, if those courses are not prerequisites for courses in your major, you can distribute them over your college years. 4. Look at the major requirements. Are there any that you must take this year? Will any of them count for both General Education and the major? 5. Fill in the major requirements. Make sure you check for prerequisites. They are included in the course description. Look also for the term(s) the course is offered. (F=Fall, S=Spring) This is very important in the sequencing of your courses. 6. Do you need a minor with this major? If so, fill in the courses for your minor. The index of the Undergraduate Bulletin will help you find which majors are offered and what the requirements are. 7. Is an internship required? What about student teaching? Make sure you plan for these. 8. Total the hours you’ve planned. You need a minimum of 122–128 to graduate. If you don’t have enough hours on your plan, you need to fill in with electives. 9. Look at all the courses you have listed. Have you met all the requirements? If not, go back to your plan and change courses where you can. appalachian state university

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Four year planner Major____________________________________________ Minor_______________________________ Concentration_____________________________________

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Keep in mind that a few programs require that you be admitted before you can declare. These include Art, Athletic Training, Communications, Music, and Nursing.

Major Declaration You can declare your major after earning 30 semester hours which must include ENG 1000. You must also have an overall GPA of 2.0 and have earned credit for or currently be taking UCO 1200*. And, of course, you need to know which major you want to study! Once you’ve met these criteria, you can declare your major by filling out the major declaration form online at Your records will then be sent to your college and major department, where you will go for advising until you graduate. Some departments require advising and some don’t, but advising is always recommended! Keep in mind that a few majors require that you be admitted to that program of study before you can declare: Art, Athletic Training, Communications, Music, and Nursing. Also note that if you haven’t declared your major by the time you have 60 earned hours, a hold will be placed on your registration for the next term and you will be required to see your Advisor before you can register.

Information for Transfer Students

Note For Transfer Students Semester hours ________

Semester hours ________

Semester hours ________

Fall ____________

Spring ____________

Summer ____________

In addition to the above declaration criteria, you must make sure that Admissions has a final transcript for you. If you have questions, call Admissions at (828) 262-2120. * UCO 1200 is waived for transfer students who enter ASU with 30 or more earned hours.

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Career Planning is a 4-year Process

Career Planning is a 4-year Process continued

The average person will spend 86,000 hours working from the time he/she graduates college to the time he/she retires. How much time are you willing to spend determining what you will do for those 86,000 hours? Start planning for your career as soon as you get to campus!

Junior Year • •

Freshman Year • • • • • • •

WORK one-on-one with a Career Guide or Career Counselor in Peer Career to help you identify interests, abilities and values. COMPLETE a self-assessment inventory in Peer Career that will match you with majors and careers. SPEAK with departments about academic majors, minors, & concentrations. DISCOVER major and career information resources at Peer Career. EXPLORE related career titles for ASU majors on Peer Career’s website, RESEARCH careers via O*Net Online, UTILIZE student employment job board to identify local summer opportunities,

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CONTINUE to meet regularly with your University College Academic Advisor if you are undeclared. If you declare a major, meet with your new departmental Advisor. VISIT Peer Career and take additional self-assessments and explore majors and careers if you are undecided. JOIN a club and/or organization related to your major and interests. UTILIZE the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) office to identify local volunteer opportunities that are related to your major and interests. DEVELOP your collegiate resume. EXPLORE the internships website, ATTEND the Internship Fair held in January. COMPLETE an informational interview and/or job shadow with two individuals. PURSUE summer volunteer and work opportunities.

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SEARCH for information on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking and job searching. SCHEDULE an appointment with your career counselor via Career Gear, careergear. to discuss internship opportunities within your major and perfect your resume. UTILIZE for resources in finding and applying for internships. UPDATE your resume to apply for internships. EXPLORE research opportunities, TAKE on a leadership role within clubs and organizations, JOIN a regional or national professional organization in your field of study, ATTEND workshops, events and career fairs to seek information on internships. ATTEND the Graduate and Professional schools fair if applying for graduate school. ATTEND the Internship Fair. COMPLETE a practice interview through Interview Stream, an online practice interviewing software. KEEP a journal of your internship experience so you can easily update your resume. GAIN experience through volunteering and working.

MEET with your career counselor for feedback on your resume and assistance with your job search. ATTEND an ASU, regional, or national professional organization workshop and/or conference within your major. RESEARCH company and organization information for your field via UPDATE resume to include internship, volunteer, leadership, involvement, part time work and professional organizations. UTILIZE Career Gear,, to sign up for on campus interviews and search for jobs. ATTEND CDC information sessions, workshops and career fairs. MAKE a list of references/professional contacts you have made through internships, volunteering, professional organizations, or part time jobs. RESEARCH and conduct site visits to graduate programs. TAKE graduate school admissions test (if applicable). APPLY to graduate school (if applicable).

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Should I Study Abroad?

Should I Study Abroad?

In our increasingly interdependent world, gaining an international experience is a vital aspect of being a productive and responsible citizen. The careful selection of a study abroad program provides an invaluable, authentic, international perspective in your field of interest. Studying abroad fosters personal and academic growth, and helps you build cultural and language skills that many employers look for. Appalachian offers two types of Study Abroad programs. Like many of your peers, you may find yourself taking advantage of both programming options.

Faculty-Led, Short Term Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP) offers students a wide selection of academic programs sites around the globe. The programs are designed and taught by Appalachian faculty who guide student groups through their international endeavor, and provide hands-on, stimulating learning experiences fostering global awareness. Students have the opportunity to live and study abroad (2-8 weeks) in an academically enriching environment while earning ASU academic credit (1-9 credit hours) easily applied to degree requirements. With the exception of some language programs, courses are taught in English. For more information on past and current programs, please visit the AOEP website at

Alternative Service Experience (ASE) Appalachian’s Alternative Service Experience program offers service experiences led and created by trained student Peer Leaders that travel to local domestic and international communities. Despite the differences from program to program, each experience focuses on a specific social issue such as the environment, youth, and poverty. These programs are considered alternative in nature because they focus on serving others instead of serving self, are drug and alcohol free, and are carbon neutral, practicing simple living. Programs are offered during fall, winter, spring and May breaks and are one way to take your education beyond the walls of the classroom.



Note that studying abroad does not have to be expensive, and if you are eligible, you may be able to use financial aid to offset the cost. Careful planning is required! South Africa

Study abroad can be good for you academically and personally no matter what your major. Returnees routinely report their experience abroad as life changing. This is a unique opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in another culture, so plan to take advantage of the many international options you have during your career at Appalachian. Explore study abroad now–your personal development and professional future may depend on it! Visit the website at international.

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