2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 07, 2023  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registration Information

All continuing students are expected to early-register by consulting with their faculty advisor during the period designated for this procedure. Early-registration greatly facilitates the registration procedure, and priority in registration will be given to those students who have early-registered. Early registration also assures financial aid and scholarships are available at the beginning of the term. All students not early-registered are expected to register on the designated days of general registration at the beginning of each semester and each summer session. Late registration is permitted within prescribed limits and a late registration fee of $30 is assessed. Financial aid may impacted for the students who register late.

Academic Advising

All students should meet with their advisor prior to registering. Academic advisors will provide information regarding specific advising requirements. If you have questions, please call the Advising Center at (304) 327-4444.

Student Academic Advisors

Each degree-seeking student who is admitted to the College is assigned a faculty advisor in her/her major field of study. The advisor is expected to provide the student with careful guidance in the pursuit of his/her degree. The duties of the advisor are to render academic assistance, prepare students’ course schedules, explain academic regulations and degree requirements, and maintain academic records for each advisee. The student advisee is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor for all academic issues. The advisee is expected to consult with the advisor during posted office hours at least two times per semester. The advisor is expected to give the advisee careful guidance in the pursuit of his/her studies at the College.

The method for changing an advisor is to consult with the Dean of the discipline the student wants to pursue, or with Enrollment Services to complete the change of major form. Any advisor changes are processed in the Counseling Center.

All undeclared majors and students requiring 101L courses are advised in the Counseling and Advising Center. Special attention is given to provide career exploration for these undecided students.

Degree Works Academic Audit

Bluefield State College provides an on-line degree audit program for the use of students and faculty advisors. DegreeWorks is a web-based tool to help students and advisors monitor a student’s progress toward degree completion. Degree Works combines Bluefield State College’s degree requirements and the course work students have completed with an easy- to-read worksheet that lists courses that have been completed and how they count toward degree requirements. The requirements are displayed in blocks and have a different look than the original check sheets. The program is accessable 24/7 through Web Self-Service module from myBSC. Students are advised to seek guidance relative to their degree requirements for graduation from their academic advisor and not to rely solely on the Degree Works audit. Questions concerning the use of this program should be directed to the Registrar’s Office

Updating your Address

It is the responsibility of every student to ensure that an accurate permanent address is on file in the Office of the Registrar. Address information may be updated in person or by written notification mailed to the Office of the Registrar. Additionally students must provide updated phone contacts for purposes of communication.

Schedule Changes

Bluefield State College reserves the right to alter this publication and to cancel a course when the enrollment is not sufficient to warrant its continuance, divide a class if enrollment is too large for efficient instruction, change the meeting time or day(s), or change instructors if necessary. Should schedules be changed the students will be notified prior to the start of the term in which the change occurred.

After registering for the semester, a student may neither add nor drop courses, change hours or day of recitation, change instructors or make any other changes in this schedule without permission of his/her advisor or the Dean of the respective school. All changes must be made by the fifth instructional day of the Fall/Spring semester or second instructional day of the summer term. After the add/drop period has ended, a student must also obtain the signature of the course instructor (or appropriate Dean, if instructor unavailable), and of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, for adding or dropping courses.

Students are reminded that courses are not automatically added to or dropped from their course load merely by their attending or ceasing to attend the course; the appropriate form must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the student.

Adding Courses

Adding of courses prior to the deadline date for adding courses as published within the academic calendar is accomplished by securing an add form and having it signed by appropriate persons. Blank copies of the add form are available in the offices of the Registrar, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean, and the advisor. After obtaining the advisor’s signature and course instructor, and Dean if the class is full, the student must submit the add form to the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date.

Numbering of Courses

Courses are numbered at the 100 level (freshmen), 200 level (sophomores), 300 level (juniors), and 400 level (seniors). All general education requirements are numbered at the 100 and 200 levels and should be completed during the first two years of study. Most courses numbered at the 300 level and 400 level make up the fields of specialization. Courses with a 101L designation require academic advising to be conducted within the office of counseling and advising.

Pre-requisite and Co-requisite

The Catalog lists in each course description the course or courses that are required as prerequisites or co-requisites for the described course. It shall be the responsibility of the student to have successfully completed prerequisite courses and to be enrolled in co-requisite courses when enrolling for any course. (Exceptions to this rule may be made only with the approval of the instructor, or the Dean of the School in which the course is to be taken. Failure to comply, without approved exceptions, with pre- and co-requisite requirements reflected in the edition of the Catalog to which the student is subject may result in the assignment of a grade of “W” for the course. Note that courses designated as 101L in English and mathematics courses specify the exact course sections in which the student should be co-enrolled.

Academic Credit Load and Definition of Credit Unit

The basic unit of college credit at Bluefield State College is the semester hour. Generally, a semester hour is equivalent to one hour per week for a semester in a lecture section. The standard academic load is 15-18 hours. To be considered a full-time student, one must be enrolled for at least 12 semester hours. The maximum standard load is 15 hours per semester. During the summer term, the maximum permissible load is 7 semester hours for a five-week term and 14 semester hours for a ten-week term. Students who have a 3.0 or better average overall may request permission from the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to carry one or two additional hours. Although student loads may exceed 18 credit hours in regular semesters when justified and approved, students are advised to refrain from registering for credit loads in excess of 21 hours.

Classification of Students
Regular students are classified as follows:
Freshmen Completed fewer than 32 semester hours credit
Sophomores Completed a minimum of 32, but fewer than 64 semester hours credit
Juniors Completed a minimum of 64, but fewer than 96 semester hours credit
Seniors Completed a minimum of 96 semester hours of credit