OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Student FAQ

How do the UESP advisors help me find a major?

Advisors can work you through different ways of achieving your goals, finding a major that fits your interests and your skills. It is very important that you try to establish a relationship with your advisor. The more you get to know them, the more they will get to know you and your interests. That is a great benefit as your advisor may be able to direct you towards some coursework that you will particularly enjoy. Also, your advisor:

  • may recommend exploratory courses for the areas you are considering.
  • may discuss various resources available to help you through the decision making process.
  • may recommend ALS 114 - Career Decision Making.

Who is my advisor, and will I always see the same advisor every term?

You are randomly assigned to one of the UESP advisors - it may be the person you meet with during START (the summer orientation program) or it may be the person you meet with Fall Term. We make every effort to schedule you an appointment with the same person each term, but due to differences in your schedule and your advisor's schedule each term, that can often be difficult. Check the full time advisor list or additional advisors list to see if you recognize your advisor's name.

Why do I have to see an advisor every term?

Your advisor is here as a resource for you. We believe it is important that you meet with an advisor each term so that you can discuss how your career exploration is going and work on finding classes to help you choose a major. At your regular advising appointment, you will be given a registration PIN, a number that you need to access the registration system by web or phone. Without your PIN you can't add or drop any classes, so it is important you come in to see your advisor prior to the day you are able to register.

Also, going in every term helps you and your advisor get to know each other. Your advisor is a person who is willing and able to assist you beyond just planning a schedule. He/she can help out with academic problems, give you information on campus resources and extracurricular activities and just be someone to talk to - whether you have a question about school, want to celebrate a success or need help with a problem.

How do I make an advising appointment?

Stop by 102 Waldo or call 737-8144 in order to make an appointment with a UESP advisor. It will be a quicker process if you know who your advisor is, so try to remember his/her name.  Please note that we currently do not schedule appointments through e-mail.  If you e-mail your advisor about scheduling, he/she is just going to suggest you stop by 102 Waldo or call our front desk.

What do I bring to my advising appointment?

At START you received a folder in which to keep all of your registration information. Bring that with you. Also, look through the Schedule of Classes and come up with some classes you might want to take next term. Most importantly, bring yourself and your ideas for how to proceed with your major exploration!

How long can I stay in UESP?

UESP does not impose a deadline on our students; we want you to go through the process of deciding on a major at the pace that is best for you. Many UESP students declare at the end of the first year or the beginning of the second year, but some declare as early as a couple weeks in to the term. It's all up to you. When you feel ready, declare. There is one limitation though, you can't graduate from OSU with a UESP major, so eventually you will need to choose a path.

How do I learn more about majors at OSU?

It's important that you know all the options available to you so check out this admissions web site for a comprehensive list of OSU majors. If you see some majors that you want to talk about further, feel free to make an appointment with your UESP advisor or meet with an advisor for the major you are interested in. Use the web to locate the department and learn about the requirements and possibilities for that major.

Should I finish my Bacc. Core classes before I declare a major?

The Baccalaureate Core is made up of 51 credits that every student needs to complete before graduating from OSU. However, it isn't always a good idea to only take those classes. Instead, you should be taking exploratory courses in different majors, or requirements for different majors you are considering. This way when you are ready to declare you aren't playing catch up and taking longer than necessary to finish.

I'm concerned that the major I'm considering won't lead to a good job?

Not all majors have obvious career paths to follow after you graduate from OSU. The following Career Development Center web site is a great resource to see some of the career possibilities open to students in various majors and the steps you can take now to reach those goals.

It is also important to realize that the skills you are gaining through your Bacc. Core classes at OSU are those you will be using once you get in to the working world. Some of these skills are mastering the ability to read and analyze information, thinking through theories and ideas, and articulating your thoughts and findings to others. These skills can be learned in any major and will serve you well in any career you choose.

And believe it or not, not all students pursue careers in the majors they have been studying. Everyone is different and people change over the course of their lives. What is important is that you are taking courses you enjoy and learning valuable transferable skills along the way, and that you know How To Explore when the time may come for you to change career paths.

How do I transfer out of UESP to a declared major?

In order to declare a major, you must complete a Change of Undergraduate Academic Program Form and have it signed by the college in to which you are transferring (offices and phone numbers below). The forms are available at the Registrar's office, college advising offices, and the UESP office. The form is very easy to fill out, but each college has somewhat unique procedures and requirements for switching in -- consult the list below for more information:

Agricultural Sciences

  1. If major is known, go directly to the departmental lead advisor's office to receive advising. List of Agricultural Sciences advisors.
  2. After receiving advising and obtaining the departmental head advisor's signature, take the form to Student Advancement Office in Strand 147 for college head advisor's signature stamp and recording.
  3. There are no GPA restrictions for declaring a major, except Fisheries & Wildlife requiring a 2.00 GPA. If unsure about a major, make an appointment with someone in the Academic Programs Office in Strand 147.

Business

1.    Must complete an online major orientation session before declaring.  The College of Business web site has an online form that students can use to sign up for an orientation.
2.    Effective fall 2016, Merchandising Management will be a business degree and interested students will follow the same orientation process as other business majors.
3.    If the student meets eligibility requirements, then he/she will be directed toward steps to declare business via message in MyDegrees Checklist notes.
4.    Need to complete certain core classes, with 2.5 GPA
5.    Advisors are not available to see non-Business majors during/around priority registration time, but they will consult with non-majors the first half of term.  The College of Business advising is located in Austin 122
6.    Design majors are advised in Austin 122. “Declaring to explore” is a strong suggestion for any interested student. Admission to pre-apparel design is suspended for fall 2016. Interior Design, Graphic Design require students maintain a minimum 2.50 for admission to the program.

Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science

1.    Students need to schedule an advising appointment to declare – instructions on how to request an advising appointment are available here.
2.    No restrictions to declare.

Education -- Double Degree Program -- Supplements your primary major which will come from one of the other colleges.

1.    Attend an Education Double Degree info session held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11 AM to get info on how to declare pre-education, or make an advising appointment by calling the main office at 541-737-4661.   Refer students to Furman Hall 104 for more info on these sessions and advising appointments. 

Engineering

1.    First-Year student would go to 151 Batcheller Hall to declare.
2.    Second year students and beyond would go directly to the school advising offices to declare the major.

Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering
Civil and Construction Engineering Management
Ecological Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Energy Systems Engineering
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics


3.    Student meet with an advisor prior to having the forms signed/process triggered.
4.    Any student can declare pre-engineering.  Pro-school majors cannot be changed with “undergraduate change of undergraduate program” form.

Forestry


1.    Students wanting an overview of all COF majors may schedule an appointment with Brittany Goltry (Manager of Recruitment) 
2.    Students interested in a specific major within Forestry should schedule an appointment with a major advisor, listed here: http://undergrad.forestry.oregonstate.edu/advising/academic-advisors.  Change-of-major process will be completed during the appointment.
3.    Must have a 2.0 OSU cumulative GPA to declare.
4.    Must also be currently in Good Academic Standing to declare. Example, if a student has a 2.30 OSU cumulative GPA, but their record shows Academic Warning (individual term below 2.00 GPA), they will not be able to declare until they return to Good Standing.

Public Health and Human Sciences

1.    PHHS programs require an overall OSU GPA of 2.0 to declare.  Some programs incorporate higher GPA requirements (see MyDegrees or department websites)
2.    During weeks 1-5, PHHS will see students who want to join the college on an individual basis: http://health.oregonstate.edu/students/current/undergraduate/advising/make-appointment
3.    During weeks 6-10, students must sign up for and attend a CPHHS change of major workshop by going to this link: http://health.oregonstate.edu/students/current/undergraduate/resources-for-success

Liberal Arts

1.    Go to the College of Liberal Arts Student Services office in Gilkey 213 to declare.
2.    No GPA restrictions to declare, except for Liberal Studies & Digital Communication Arts – but to graduate may need to repeat any D’s in a major
3.    To declare Liberal Studies, you must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and you must submit a Liberal Studies plan of study for approval
4.    Digital Communication Arts, requires a cumulative 2.0 GPA to enter the program
5.    Art and Music, see Felix Oliveros in 105 Fairbanks

    Science

    1.    No restrictions to declare.
    2.    Student should contact Chief/Primary Advisor within the major for intake and signature.  Consult this site for specific locations

      Where are the various advising/student services offices located? (links take you to the College home page)

      COLLEGE LOCATION PHONE
      Agriculture Sciences Strand 147
      737-2211
      Business Austin Hall 122
      737-3716
      Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric Science Wilkinson 104 737-1201
      Education Furman 104
      737-4661
      Engineering Batcheller 151 737-5236
      Forestry Peavy Hall 248
      737-1594
      Public Health & Human Sciences Women's Building 105
      737-8900
      Liberal Arts Gilkey 213 737-0561
      Science Kidder Hall 128 737-4811
       

      I'm undecided - how do I know what math to take?

      OSU requires that every student take one college level math class (105 or higher) to graduate. You will take a math placement exam at the time of your first advising appointment. This test will recommend where you should begin. The chart on page 16 of your 2014-15 UESP Handbook (given to you at START or also available here) graphically depicts the different pathways that you can take and is followed by a description of the courses and their corresponding majors.

      MTH 065 & 095 are pre-college level math classes that may be recommended for you to take in order for you to be successful in higher level math courses. If MTH 103, you can substitute this course for MTH 095

      MTH 105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics: Course meets requirement for Bacc. Core but does not prepare students for the higher math required by some majors. Appropriate for most Liberal Arts majors if the student is willing to take foreign language classes through the second year, or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in a second language.

      MTH 111 College Algebra: The foundation course for most future math classes. This is your safest bet if you are not sure about a major (assuming you place into this level).
      MTH 112 Elementary Functions: Necessary for some majors and to continue on to Calculus.
      MTH 241 Calculus for Management and Social Science & MTH 245 Mathematics for Management, Life and Social Sciences: Required if pursuing a business major. Can be taken out of order.
      MTH 231 & 232 Elements of Discrete Mathematics: Required for computer science majors.
      MTH 251, 252, 253, 254 Calculus: MTH 251 & 252 are required for all science & engineering majors. Many of these majors require further math coursework.
      MTH 211, 212, 390: Foundations of Elementary Mathematics: Required for those interested in teaching elementary school.

      I just got my midterm back, and I didn't do so well. What are my options?

      You have a couple of options if you are worried about the grade you are going to receive in a class. You can drop a class until the end of the second week of the term. If you miss that deadline, you can still withdraw from the class until the end of the seventh week of the term. The difference is that if you drop a class, it disappears from your transcript. If you withdraw, you receive a 'W' in place of a letter grade. Neither affects your GPA.

      Your other option is to 'S/U' the class. S/U stands for satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The 'S' grade corresponds to a letter grade of 'A' through 'C-'. The 'U' grade corresponds to a letter grade of 'D+' or lower. So, if you receive a grade higher than a 'C-' in the class, you will receive credit for it and get an 'S' on your transcript. If you get a 'D+' or lower, you will not get credit and a 'U' will appear on your transcript. S/U grades are not calculated in with your GPA. Students have until the end of the seventh week to change a class to, or from, S/U grading. In order to do so, you need to fill out a form available at the UESP office or the Registrar's and meet with your UESP advisor for approval. The form is then taken to the Registrar's so they know to change the grade they receive from your instructor to an 'S' or a 'U'. Up to 36 credit hours may be taken S/U, except those courses required for major and/or minor options. Your UESP advisor will help you determine which courses are required for major areas you are considering.

      How do I calculate my G.P.A.?

      This GPA Calculator, which comes from OSU's Office of the Registrar is merely a tool for your personal reference and information and the results should not be considered an official Oregon State University calculation. It will help you figure out what GPA you need this term in order to reach the cumulative GPA you are seeking. Remember, if you are repeating a class, the grade you get the second time (no matter how many times you repeat the course) stays in your grade point average and the grade you got the first time comes out of your GPA, but stays on your transcript.

      I'm on Academic Warning/Academic Probation/Academic Suspension. What does that mean?

      Here is a link to a listing of OSU's Academic Regulations. AR 22 deals with Satisfactory Academic Standing (for Undergraduates). Please read the descriptions carefully, and note that you can be placed on Probation without ever having been on Warning. Talk with your UESP advisor about ways to help yourself if you are in academic difficulty. Also check out the Academic Success web site for study tips.

      How many OSU credits will I be granted as a result of my AP scores?

      The Admission's website contains information on which OSU courses and how many credits you will be granted based on your various Advanced Placement test scores. Follow this link to access OSU's Advanced Placement credit information.

      What is the Degree Partner Program and how do I sign up?

      The Degree Partnership Program (DPP) promotes educational attainment and bachelor's degree completion by allowing students to be jointly admitted and concurrently enrolled at Oregon State University and Oregon community colleges. Previously referred to as the "Dual Enrollment Program", the DPP was established in 1998 by Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College and now includes 12 other Oregon community colleges.
      We encourage you to consider applying to DPP. Many OSU students find it useful to be dually enrolled at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) because it gives them access to smaller classes, less expensive classes, or classes that fill up quickly. Transfer of credits from LBCC is done electronically, and financial aid covers full time enrollment spread across both institutions (e.g. a student can take 9 credits at OSU and 3 at LBCC and be considered a full time student for financial aid purposes). LBCC has campuses in Albany and Corvallis (the Benton Center just off of 9th Street), and they even offer a handful of classes on the OSU campus. There is a bus system called the Linn-Benton loop that runs between OSU and these campuses.

      Applying to the DPP is easy! As a current OSU student, use your student ID and GAP (even though the box says "PIN") to access the on-line applications. Once you have gained access to the application page, select the school you want (e.g. LBCC) and then select the DEGREE PARTNERSHIP FOR CURRENT OSU STUDENTS application. You'll then be prompted for your OSU student ID and GAP to verify your status as an OSU student. Click here to apply.