Academic Planning

Effective academic scheduling and planning is a major element of your academic success. When considering your academic present and future, you should use thoughtful and informed planning. Some of the tools assembled here may be of service to you when developing your academic plan.

Sample 4-year Academic plan (by semester)

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: General Education (GenEd) requirement completed; Harpur writing requirement completed; major courses completed; 44 upper-level credits and a minimum of 44 Harpur credits (your last 30 taken in residence); overall minimum 126 credits; 2.0 GPA minimum

First semester

  • Begin/complete GenEd courses
  • Explore courses for a possible major
  • Learn to read the degree audit
  • Learn to understand the academic calendar and deadlines (add/drop, grade option change, and withdraw)
  • Identify University resources
  • Begin a portfolio of achievements and activities using B-Engaged
  • Strengthen oral and written communication and computer skills
  • Build a personal support network
  • Enroll in WRIT 111 either first or second semester
  • Consider 3-2/ Fast-Track programs

Second SEmester

Third SEmester

  • Continue with GenEd courses
  • Review choice of major
  • If pre-health or pre-law, attend meetings and consult with pre-professional advisors
  • Investigate career possibilities
  • Participate in volunteer, internship, leadership and related activities
  • Build a career/graduate school support network

fourth semester

fifth semester

  • Reassess choice of major
  • Check progress in major and other requirements
  • Discuss graduate school possibilities with faculty, advisors and career counselors
  • Update portfolio of achievements and experiences

sixth semester

seventh semester

  • Complete a graduation check with a Harpur advisor – understand your remaining requirements before pre-registration for Semester 8
  • Prepare applications for graduate or professional school
  • Learn job interview skills from Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

eighth semester

  • Complete Application for Degree through BU Brain  
  • Complete major and remaining credits
  • Participate in recognition and Commencement ceremonies
  • Celebrate!

SUMMERS

  • Develop transferable job skills through work
  • Take courses to move ahead or to catch up
  • Review each year to make plans for the fall semester
  • Visit graduate schools
  • Look for internship experiences
  • Develop a sense of the job market
  • Identify ways to “refresh” yourself

 

Tips for Scheduling & Registration
Take a look at these tips when creating your schedule and preparing for registration. 

College Scheduler
Access College Scheduler through BU Brain (Under Student > Registration). Use the College Scheduler to help you create the perfect schedule! Not sure how to use College Schedule? Watch this video to see how to get started!

Planning Worksheets
These planning worksheet may be helpful in planning out your schedule and your approach to requirement completion in Harpur College programs.

The Harpur Degree Requirements
Be aware of the requirements which are in place for Harpur College students (in addition to General Education and your major).

Last Updated: 3/1/17