Published on June 19, 2007
Slide1: The Lower Division Curriculum Presented by the Academic Advising Center Please click 'NEXT SLIDE' to advance through the presentation. The information will load automatically once you move to the next slide. What is the Lower Division Curriculum?: What is the Lower Division Curriculum? The Lower Division Curriculum at FIU is made up of the classes every student must take to meet General Education requirements set forth by the State. Currently, there are two models of the Lower Division Curriculum in use. Both curricula require students to complete specific requirements in their first 60 hours of coursework at FIU. NEXT SLIDE… Which Curriculum Should You Complete?: Which Curriculum Should You Complete? If you began at FIU prior to Summer B 2003, you are under the 'Core Curriculum.' If you began at FIU, as a freshman, in Summer B 2003 or later, you are under the 'University Core Curriculum.' (UCC) NEXT SLIDE… What Does the Core Curriculum Consist of?: What Does the Core Curriculum Consist of? First Year Experience English Composition (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) Mathematics (2 courses – at least one 'pure' math) Natural Sciences (2 courses - 1 physical science with lab and 1 biological science with lab) Social Sciences (2 courses) Arts (3 credits required) Historical Foundations (1 course required) Critical Inquiry (1 course required) Comparative Culture andamp; Gender Studies (1 course required) NEXT SLIDE… What Does the UCC Consist of?: What Does the UCC Consist of? First Year Experience English Composition (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) Humanities with Writing (2 courses – at least one must be historically oriented) Quantitative Reasoning (2 courses – at least one 'pure' mathematics) Social Inquiry (2 courses – 1 from Foundations of Social Inquiry and 1 from Societies and Identities) Natural Sciences (2 courses - 1 physical science with lab and 1 biological science with lab) Arts (3 credits required) NEXT SLIDE… Where Can You Find Out What Classes Meet Requirements for Core and UCC?: Where Can You Find Out What Classes Meet Requirements for Core and UCC? Check-off Sheets are available for both the Core and the UCC on the Academic Advising web site at: http://www.fiu.edu/~advising/curriculum.htm NEXT SLIDE… What Else Should You Know About the Lower Level Curriculum?: What Else Should You Know About the Lower Level Curriculum? Gordon Rule Requirement Exemptions from lower division curriculum classes Electives CLAST Exam Taking Classes at FIU and/or another school (Transient forms) NEXT SLIDE… Gordon Rule: Gordon Rule What exactly is the Gordon Rule? The Gordon Rule requirement is in two parts – Communication and Computation. The Communication portion requires students to complete 24,000 words of writing with grades of C or better in the appropriate classes. The Computation portion requires students to complete 6 credit hours of mathematics (at least one 'pure math,' and a second math related course).* *See Curriculum Check-off Sheet for a list of appropriate courses. NEXT SLIDE… How Do You Earn Gordon Rule Communication Credit?: How Do You Earn Gordon Rule Communication Credit? Complete, with a C or better, classes that include a total of 24,000 words of writing For the Core, this is done by taking 2 English classes and 2 Historical/Critical Inquiry classes (1 of each) For the UCC, this is done by taking 2 English classes and 2 Humanities with Writing classes Remember to check the Plan of Study for your major to see which specific classes, if any, you need to fulfill the Gordon Rule requirement. NEXT SLIDE… How Do You Earn Gordon Rule Computation Credit?: How Do You Earn Gordon Rule Computation Credit? Complete, with a C or better, 2 math classes including: At least one 'pure math' (higher than MAC 1105) A second math class which may be selected from certain statistics, computer and logic courses Remember to check the Plan of Study for your major to see which specific classes, if any, you need to fulfill the Gordon Rule requirement. NEXT SLIDE… What Exemptions Are Possible?: What Exemptions Are Possible? If you were fully matriculated at another institution and transferred to FIU with lower division curriculum courses already completed, you may be exempt from certain requirements under the UCC: Quantitative Reasoning: MAC 1105-College Algebra successfully completed prior to transferring to FIU will count toward the Gordon Rule Computation requirement. Natural Sciences: Physical and/or Biological Sciences (without corresponding labs) successfully completed prior to transferring will fulfill the appropriate Natural Science requirement without requiring students to complete a lab at FIU. NEXT SLIDE… What Exemptions Are Possible?: What Exemptions Are Possible? In addition, students in the Honors College may be eligible for some exemptions: Honors College: Students in the Honors College may substitute certain Honors Courses for specific sections of the Core and UCC. These students should speak with an advisor for clarification. NEXT SLIDE… What are Electives?: What are Electives? At the lower level, electives are ANY courses that do not otherwise satisfy Lower Division Curriculum, Courses into Major, or Major requirements. For example, a course taken from a section of the curriculum that has already been completed will count as an elective (e.g. you have taken PSY 2020 to meet Social Foundations; SYG 2000 becomes an elective if also taken) NOTE: Some colleges will not accept certain courses for elective credit toward degree hours. For example, Judo, Karate or other sports classes may not be accepted. Check with your department for more information. Some majors require a large number of electives to reach 60 credit hours, others will have few or none. Consult your Plan of Study for more information. NEXT SLIDE… CLAST Exam: CLAST Exam Before you complete the Lower Division Curriculum, and a total of 60 credit hours, you must either pass or apply for an exemption from the CLAST exam. Please see our Advising Presentation on the CLAST Exam for detailed information about this requirement. NEXT SLIDE… What If You Want to Take Classes Somewhere Other than FIU?: What If You Want to Take Classes Somewhere Other than FIU? In order to take a class at another school in Florida you must get a Transient Student Form signed by the Academic Advising Center. Pick up two (2) copies of the form at the Office of the Registrar in PC 130. Bring the completed forms to the Academic Advising Center in PC 249. Pick up your signed form. (Transient Student forms will be reviewed and ready for pick-up in approximately two (2) business days.) Take the signed form to the Office of the Registrar to be stamped. Bring the signed and stamped form to the school at which you plan to enroll in the class(es). NEXT SLIDE… What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU?: What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU? There are three categories of classes: Lower Division Curriculum, Upper Division/Prerequisite Courses into Major, and Electives. LOWER DIVISION CURRICULUM Once you have been admitted to FIU, you may only take a lower division curriculum class (EXCLUDING Gordon Rule) elsewhere if you are going to be away from the local area for a semester. (National Student Exchange, Study Abroad, or returning home outside of local area) You MAY NOT take any lower division curriculum classes at a local community college or university such as MDC, BCC, FAU, etc. once you are admitted to FIU NEXT SLIDE… What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU?: What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU? UPPER DIVISION / PREREQUISITE COURSES INTO MAJOR Upper Division and/or prerequisite courses into major must first be approved by the department through which they are offered. Example: You want to take CHM 2210 (Organic Chem. I), for a Chemistry major or Pre-Med track, outside FIU. You must go to the Chemistry Department for approval first and then come to PC 249 to get the Transient Student form signed by the Associate Dean. NEXT SLIDE… What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU?: What Classes Can You Take Somewhere Other than FIU? ELECTIVES You must go through the same approval process as for Lower Division Curriculum classes. A Transient Student Form is still required. Electives may be taken outside of the university almost any time. NEXT SLIDE… How Do Classes Taken Somewhere Else Affect Your GPA??: How Do Classes Taken Somewhere Else Affect Your GPA?? PLEASE NOTE!! Classes taken away from FIU will NOT have any impact on your FIU GPA!!! You will receive credit through the Transient Student Form, but the grades will not be averaged into your overall FIU GPA. Also, classes taken elsewhere may not be used for the Grade Forgiveness Policy!! NEXT SLIDE… What About Classes Taken Through Special Programs?: What About Classes Taken Through Special Programs? Courses taken through National Student Exchange and Study Abroad will require different paperwork and forms for approval. See the appropriate department to obtain these forms. NEXT SLIDE… For More Information: For More Information If you need assistance with planning your schedule or would like to discuss taking classes outside of FIU for any reason, please make an appointment to speak with an advisor in PC 249. Good Luck completing the Lower Division Curriculum!!