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Academic Year

The academic year consists of two semesters, August through December and January through May, and a summer session in June and July, with Intersession classes between semesters.

Semester Hour

A semester hour consists of one class period per week in a subject for one semester, with the exception of laboratories, practicums, or activity classes in which two periods per week is a semester hour. In the summer session, the period of class contact per semester hour is doubled. It is the University's policy that each semester hour represents 16 faculty-student contact periods per term, or 32 hours of regularly scheduled laboratory, or other formal course activity per term.

Course Numbering System

Courses are numbered to indicate the degree of advancement. The first digit indicates level of study; 1000 freshmen level; 2000 sophomore level; 3000 junior level; and 4000 senior level.  In general, courses numbered lowest are those that should be completed first. The last digit of the course number indicates the amount of semester credit hours awarded for the course. For example, ENGL 1113 is a freshman level, three-hour course.

Students with less than 45 credit hours are encouraged not to enroll in 3000 and 4000 level courses. Second semester sophomores may take 3000Ėlevel or 4000Ėlevel courses with caution.  

All students who enter Rogers State University must enroll in the appropriate composition course and remain enrolled continuously until the composition sequence or the equivalent is complete. Students should complete their general education math course within the first 45 hours. Students should complete all general education requirements within their first 60 hours.

Academic Load

The maximum load that an undergraduate student will normally be permitted to carry is 18 hours during fall and spring semesters, and nine hours during the summer term. Students attaining a retention/graduation grade point average of 3.0, and having completed a minimum of 15 semester hours, will be permitted to enroll in a maximum of 24 hours during fall and spring semesters and 12 hours during the summer term.

A student exceeding the maximum load, up to but not more than 21 hours for the fall and spring semesters and 12 hours for summer term, must have permission of the Department Head and the Dean of the School within which the student is majoring. A student wishing to carry an academic load in excess of 21 hours must have the permission of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Office of the Registrar will provide verification that the above criteria have been satisfied.

In the event of dual enrollment by a student at more than one institution, the preceding load limits apply to all college courses in which the student is enrolled.

Program of Study

A major is a set of courses in a studentís declared area of primary academic study that, when accompanied by appropriate supporting courses, leads to a degree. The bachelor degree is based on a minimum of 30 semester hours credit in the area of specialization. A major in an associate degree has a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit. Majors are recorded on the studentís permanent record. The requirements for a major are specified in the Bulletin in effect at the time of the studentís initial continuous enrollment at Rogers State University or an Oklahoma educational institution governed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Specific courses are required for the major, but electives may be selected from a range of alternatives prescribed by the department. Some majors have options. An option area includes specified courses that provide a coherent group of courses within a major. Option areas for majors are recorded on the studentís permanent record.

Students who are undecided on a major may enter the University as ďundeclared.Ē Students are strongly encouraged to choose a major by the time they have completed 30 credit hours. Students may transfer from one major to another by filing a ďChange of Major/MinorĒ form available from departments.

In contrast with a major, an academic minor involves less extensive concentration in a discipline but still imposes specific requirements. An undergraduate minor is a specific set of courses in a subject area or academic discipline. A minor alone does not lead to an academic degree, but may be required by some majors. A minor differs from an option area in that a minor is not a coherent group of courses within the studentís major. The requirements for a minor are specified in the Bulletin in effect at the time of the studentís initial fulltime enrollment at Rogers State University. Minors are recorded on the studentís permanent record.

When applicable, no more than a single course (up to four hours) may apply toward general education requirements in either a major or a minor without additional courses being required in that major or minor. In such a case, the major or minor requirement and the general education requirement will be considered met, the credit hours toward graduation, however, count only once.

When a course can be counted toward both the major and the minor, that course must be replaced with a course from one of either of the two areas and must be at the same or higher level.

When an Associate Degree Candidate (AA/AS/AAS) has accumulated 30 hours, or a Bachelor Candidate (BA/BS/BIT) 60 hours, the student, in conjunction with his/her advisor, should request a General Education Check from the Registrar. To complete a major or a minor from RSU, students must meet all requirements and pass all courses required by the school and department from which they select a major or a minor. These requirements vary and are specifically stated in the section of this Bulletin that summarizes each academic departmentís offerings including its major and minor programs.

Each undergraduate student is strongly encouraged to work closely with his or her assigned advisor in selecting General Education courses, major and minor offerings, and elective courses from other disciplines. However, students must bear primary responsibility for their program. It is the studentís responsibility to understand general education and program requirements.