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Geography & Environment: Academic Programs

Advising Guidelines

As you approach graduation, you're probably filled with excitement and anxiety. Make the graduation process as smooth as possible for yourself and your advisors by adhering to the following graduation and advisement checklist.

  1. Understand the course requirements for your program(s):

    1. Use the most recent departmental program guides.
    2. These forms are PDF files with fillable forms.
    3. Right-click on the program guide link for your program and select "Save Link As".
    4. Save the PDF file using a file name that includes your user name and the current semester as well as the program. For example, smith57_S14_Geography.pdf

    NOTE: You must Save the file as a .PDF in order to fill it in using Adobe Reader. If you fill in the form within a web browser, you can only print your info but it will not allow you to save. Adobe Reader is available for free download.

  2. List Completed Courses under the Sem Completed column filling in the semester in which they were completed and the grade. Use TRANSFER in the column for courses that you had transferred. You can use your transcripts and GRAD available in Banner for determining which courses you have had.

    NOTE: GRAD is sometimes WRONG and NOT OFFICIAL. GRAD does not consider substitutions, changed course numbers or other factors and in some cases is just wrong. The departmental program advisors/chair are the ones who approves your final graduation.

  3. Fill in the "Sem Planned" Column - to the best of your ability, fill in the semester in which you plan to complete the remaining outstanding courses in your degree program.

    1. Consider the semester in which courses are planned to be offered: Use the G&E 5 Year Course Rotation Chart to Understand when the Courses that you Need are Planned to be Offered (Note: this 5 year chart is our best estimate but is occasionally subject to change do to unpredictable circumstances)
    2. Consider any prerequisites that are necessary for a given courses
    3. Consider when it would make sense for you to complete any given course in order to make your graduation goals.
    4. Consider balancing the difficulty and total credits for any given future semester
  4. Complete your program guide form to the best of your ability. Save the form for your own records using the convention described above. (for example, Smithj34_S14_Planning.pdf)

  5. Email the form to geostudentinfo@rowan.edu. To make it easier on the advisors to locate emails, please make sure your subject line follows this pattern: "Advisement Information for [Name] - [Semester] - [Program]"

  6. After you have completed the program guide to the best of your ability, meet with your advisor for guidance on selecting courses for the following semester.

Notes on Advisement for Academic Year 2014/2015

  1. GEN ED and Rowan Experience requirements: Section Tally now allows you to search by GEN ED and Rowan Experience designation by selecting the ATTRIBUTE field. So for example, if you want to see what Literature Courses (LIT) are offered next semester, select the LIT on the ATTRIBUTE field and leave all other fields blank to have a listing of all the courses that fulfill the literature requirement.

  2. Professor Crumrine Sabbatical (Fall '14 - Spring '15): Dr. Crumrine will be on sabbatical next year. This will require some adjustments to the ENST program especially for seniors.

    1. ENST Senior Seminar will be held in the Fall 2014 taught by professor Jordan Howell
    2. ENST Field Methods will NOT be held in the Fall 2014
    3. Substitution Options:
      1. ENST students can take GEOG 16350 Quantitative Methods in Geography as a substitute for ENST Field Methods followed by ENST Senior Seminar in Fall 2015
      2. ENST students can take GEOG 16290 History and Methods of Geography as a substitute for ENST Field Methods followed by GEOG 16490 Senior Seminar in Geography as a substitute for ENST Senior Seminar. The advantage of this option is that Geography History & Methods and Geography Senior Seminar are offered every semester including a Senior Seminar section online in the summer.
  3. What if Requirements Change during my time in the program?
    If program requirements have changed since you became one of our majors, you are entitled to use either the most current guide or the requirements that was in place when you declared. You can see past requirements by looking up your program in the official Rowan course catalog that was in place when you declared. You can find the current official Rowan catalog at http://www.rowan.edu/catalogs/ . Click on the "Past Catalogs" link to search for the catalog in place when you declared your major.

Good Luck!