Visit the Advising Office!
The Assistant Director of Advising is one of the best resources when it comes to planning and other academic concerns. This person can:
- Help you answer basic registration and curriculum questions
- Help you plan a workable schedule for the semester
- Teach you how to use UD's online resources such as UDSIS and Courses Search
- Help you know the major curriculum
- Talk about being a major in our department
- Answer questions about workload in different classes
- And much more to help you develop the tools for you to take charge of your own success!
In your first semester, get to know the planning tools available to you.
- Sample PSYC B.A., PSYC B.S., and NSCI B.S. 4-year plans — these documents offer one potential sequence of courses. Use them as templates to plan your own semesters!
Courses Search — the list of courses offered in upcoming semester and sessions, and to see the number of seats still available
UDSIS — UD's self-service system where students can register for classes, see their schedules,
grades, degree progress, transfer credit, and many other useful
reports. Click here to learn more about the features of UDSIS.
UD Registrar's website — From the academic calendar to registration to transfer credit,
this website can probably answer it all! The most useful sections for undergraduates
are: (1) Course Information & Class Registration and (2)
Academic Catalog — The catalog contains complete academic program and course information for each academic year.
During your time here, keep in mind:
- You need at least 124 credits to graduate. To graduate in four years, students need to take about 15 to 16 credits per semester. If you take fewer than 15
credits, you will need to make up the difference in a later semester or
during Winter or Summer sessions. Students who come in with AP credit have a bit more flexibility.
- The maximum number of credits you can take are 17 for Freshmen and 18 for upper-classmen. If you want to take more then 18 credits, contact Undergraduate Academic Services for the College of Arts & Sciences for approval.
- You need to meet the residency requirement. This requirement is not about where you live; rather, it refers to where you earn your credits. The residency requirement states that you need to complete either (1) at least 90 of the first 100 credits, or (2) at least 30 of the
final 36 credits at UD to be eligible to earn a UD degree.
- By the end of sophomore year, you should have completed PSYC/NSCI100, PSYC207, and PSYC209 with a C- or better to be considered on track. For Neuroscience majors, you do not need to take PSYC207 but you will need NSCI320. Pre-med students may end up taking NSCI320 during junior year because of science core requirements for MCATs. Pay close attention to course prerequisites if you intend on taking upper-level BISC courses.
- Use Degree Audit in UDSIS to track your degree progress. The Degree Audit gives you a really good idea of where you stand and what requirements you still have left. If you consider changing or adding majors and minors, use the "What-if" Report feature to get a mock Degree Audit reflecting the possible changes.
- Plan ahead to fit in extracurricular activities that will enhance your education at UD. Consider getting involved with research labs, studying abroad, clubs, and many other options.
During Senior year, you'll get a Senior Checkout.
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