Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. My program is not listed correctly.  Who should I contact?
  2. What if I want to formally change my major?
  3. What if I want to explore other majors without formally changing my degree program?
  4. When I open my on line audit no information appears. Who should I contact?
  5. My audit indicates that I only need 30 credits to reach the 124 minimum, but when I add up my remaining coursework it’s more than 30 credits. How many credits do I need to complete my degree?
  6. Under Basic Skills Reading my audit lists all of the courses as incomplete. Do I really need to take all of these courses?
  7. I noticed a course required for my major is also a General Education course. Will it complete both requirements?
  8. Do I have to complete all of my General Education courses before I take courses in my major and/or minor?
  9. I transferred to Saginaw Valley and thought that some of my transfer coursework would complete General Education requirements. How can I be sure these credits have been applied to my program?
  10. The Upper-division requirement indicates that 42 credits of 300-400 coursework (junior/senior level) are needed to graduate. My major and minor do not have that many required 300-400 level credits?  Do I really need 42 credits?
  11. Does my major require a minor? How will I know if it does?
  12. How do I know when to take specific classes in my major or minor?
  13. I’ve met with a faculty advisor and the department has allowed for course substitutions within my major, but these aren’t listed on my audit. What should I do?
  14. I think I have some coursework that isn’t showing up in the right places on my audit.  Who should I contact?
  15. I’m almost done with my degree requirements. When should I apply for graduation?

 

1.    My program is not listed correctly.  Who should I contact?
If you need to verify your major and/or minor contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@svsu.edu .  Your catalog year is based on your start term.  All academic years begin with the fall term, so students who started in the Fall of 2008, Winter of 2009 or Spring/Summer of 2009 would follow the 2008 catalog. If you’ve moved to a more recent catalog year please make sure it is listed correctly on your audit.

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2.    What if I want to formally change my major?
To formally change your major you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office. You will need to indicate your major and/or minor that you intend to pursue.

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3.    What if I want to explore other majors without formally changing my degree program?
If you would like to explore other majors you can contact the Academic Advisement Center at aacsvsu@svsu.edu and we can send, to your SVSU email account, an audit report for other majors.  In Cardinal Direct you will only see your declared degree program.

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4.    When I open my on line audit no information appears. Who should I contact?
If you open your degree audit in Cardinal Direct and no information appears, please contact the Registrar’s Office. It may be that some of your records need to be updated in the student information system, but this can be corrected so that you can see your audit on-line.

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5.    My audit indicates that I only need 30 credits to reach the 124 minimum, but when I add up my remaining coursework it’s more than 30 credits. How many credits do I need to complete my degree?
124 is the minimum number of credits needed in order to complete a degree. Some programs require more than 124 credits because of extensive prerequisites, professional study and field work requirements. Changing your major, or adding a second major/minor might require additional credits. So, you may need more than 124 credits to finish your degree. Your “Anticipated Remaining Credits” only indicates the number of credits you need to reach the 124 minimum. It is not necessarily the total number of required credits you have left to complete.

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6.     Under Basic Skills Reading my audit lists all of the courses as incomplete. Do I really need to take all of these courses?
Probably not. A number of criteria are used to determine placement in Basic Skills courses. ACT results, testing at SVSU and transfer credit all influence the course level at which a student has been placed. If you are unsure about your placement level you should contact the Advisement Center before enrolling in any courses in Basic Skill areas.

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7.    I noticed a course required for my major is also a General Education course. Will it complete both requirements?
Specific majors may have course requirements that will also complete certain General Education categories. For example, Nursing and Education majors are required to complete Psychology 100 as a part of their degree programs, and this course also completes General Education Category 6. Pay close attention to the courses in your major and/or minor to see if they appear in the General Education categories.

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8.    Do I have to complete all of my General Education courses before I take courses in my major and/or minor?
No, General Education requirements have to be completed by the time you graduate.

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9.    I transferred to Saginaw Valley and thought that some of my transfer coursework would complete General Education requirements. How can I be sure these credits have been applied to my program?
Students with transfer credit may have waivers or course substitutions that complete some General Education requirements. Check with the Registrar’s Office if you believe these exceptions might apply to your General Education program.

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10.    The Upper-division requirement indicates that 42 credits of 300-400 coursework (junior/senior level) are needed to graduate. My major and minor do not have that many required 300-400 level credits?  Do I really need 42 credits?
Yes.  Not all majors or minors have 42 credits of 300-400 level coursework, but students are still required to complete additional courses in order to reach the 42 credit minimum.

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11.    Does my major require a minor? How will I know if it does?
Most majors at Saginaw Valley require a minor, but not all do. Consult your catalog to see if your program requires a major and a minor, or check with a faculty advisor.  You can also email the Advisement Center to see which programs require a minor.

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12.    How do I know when to take specific classes in my major or minor?
Your catalog course descriptions will list prerequisites, or you can check with a faculty advisor about course sequencing within your major or minor. Students should also check with faculty advisors regarding specific semesters when courses are offered.

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13.    I’ve met with a faculty advisor and the department has allowed for course substitutions within my major, but these aren’t listed on my audit. What should I do?
Some students have course petitions or departmental waivers that address some major or minor requirements. These exceptions have to be manually entered on your audit report.  If you have questions about the status of these petitions or waivers please contact the Registrar’s Office or a faculty advisor in your major.

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14.    I think I have some coursework that isn’t showing up in the right places on my audit.  Who should I contact?
If you believe that some courses are not listed correctly on your audit please contact the Advisement Center and we will review these instances with the Registrar’s Office to determine if your coursework accurately reflects your progress toward your degree.

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15.    I’m almost done with my degree requirements. When should I apply for graduation?
Students should apply for graduation after they register for their final term at Saginaw Valley. The graduation application is available at the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of Wickes Hall.