Information for Undergraduate Students
As a student, you have
an advisor assigned to you to help you with various issues:
- To help you to integrate into the SPSU academic
- To help you to develop the
understanding and skills needed to succeed at SPSU
- To help you to understand the curriculum, both in
your major and to meet overall Univeristy requirements (the "CORE"),
including helping you decide what courses need to be taken and in what
- To help you to set and to meet intermediate and
long-range academic goals
- To act as a mentor in connecting you to your major
field and its resources
- To help you to solve any academic problems that may
arise, or refer you to those who can help
- To help you graduate from SPSU in a timely fashion
and in a way consistent with your goals.
Ultimately, you are responsible for the decisions you make about your
academic career. Your advisor can help you to make those
How do I know who my Advisor Is?
You can find out your
advisor's name in your banner web
account. You will need your ID number and pin to get into
banner web. Once you have logged in, click on the following:
Depending on what else you have been doing in Banner, you may be asked
to select and submit a term from a drop-down box.
- "Student Services and Financial Aid"
- "My Advisor"
available at SPSU?
Yes--tutoring is available in English (Composition), Mathematics,
Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science. The Tutoring Center is
located in the basement of Howell Residence Hall. Tutoring hours
do I choose a Major?
If you come to SPSU as
an "undecided" major, you will be assigned to the "undecided student
advisor, Jon Lindsay.
Many students come to SPSU "knowing" what
they want to major in. Those students are assigned an advisor
from their major field. It may be, though, that you decide that
your original major is no longer what you want.
In both cases, the person to talk to is
your advisor. Your advisor can help you evaluate your interests
and strengths, and help you select a major that is right for you.
If you need to change majors, go to the Registrar's Office (Building B)
and ask for a "Change of Major" form. Once the form is processed,
you will also be assigned a new advisor from the new major.
How do I choose what Courses I should take next term?
All majors have a list
of required courses, which can be found in the University
Catalog. Many also have flowsheets (available at the
Department Office) that tell you what order you should take
courses in. These can be very helpful in plotting out your
next several semesters. Each term, the schedule of courses being
offered can be found online.
Remember that not all courses are offered
every semester, and some alternate being offered in the daytime and in
the evening. Your advisor can help you to prepare a schedule that
meets your needs and lets you move toward graduation in the most
If you are undecided, you will probably
want to take courses from the CORE, and perhaps sample some
introductory courses in areas that you may wish to consider majoring
in. Again, your advisor can help you to make these decisions, and
can also help you to assess your strengths and interests in the
interest of selecting what courses to sample.
What is the CORE?
All students are required to take a set of courses that will provide a
broad background and context to support their studies in their major
discipline. These courses include essential skills (such as
English Composition and Mathematics--Area A), as well as courses in the
humanities and fine arts (Area C), sciences (Area D), and social
sciences (Area E). Basic courses related to your major are also
in the CORE (Area F), and will be different for each major.
Each University can also require
courses that emphasize its mission, and are in Area B of the
CORE. At SPSU, we require two such courses--Public Speaking (COMM
2400) and Science, Technology and Society (STS 2400).
For more information about CORE
requirements, click here.
I exempt CORE requirements?
In general, the answer is no. All students must satisfy CORE
If you took an AP or IB course in high
school, you may be eligible for credit for the related CORE
course. Evaluation of AP, IB, and transfer courses is usually
done at the time when you first register at SPSU. You will need
to submit a transcript from high school (showing the AP or IB courses)
or from another college (listing the courses you wish to transfer) to
the Registrar's Office. They will evaluate the courses, and let
you know how and if they will transfer to SPSU.
Useful web links:
I have a question
that wasn't answered on this page:
If you have a question that wasn't answered on this page, your best bet
is to speak with your advisor. If, for some reason, that doesn't
submit your question by clicking here
and we will try to answer it within 24 hours.
(information about financial aid, course registration, who your advisor
is, billing status, and many other useful things)
University Undergraduate Course Catalog:
University Graduate Course Catalog:
List of Courses Being Offered:
Information About Testing and Tutoring:
Information About Counseling:
Information About Career Services: