Frequently Asked Questions

**DROP: The deadline to drop courses in the School of Physical Sciences is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Drops can be made in WebReg.

**CHANGE: The deadline to change grade option or variable units is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Changes can be made in WebReg.

**ADD: The deadline to add courses in the School of Physical Sciences is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Adds can be made in WebReg.

An online petition will be used for adds, drops, and changes after the listed enrollment deadlines have passed. Log into STUDENT ACCESS to submit an enrollment exception request. Requests to change the grade option for a course are never approved after Week 6 (this applies to all majors in the School of Physical Sciences). Late enrollment exceptions requests are not typically considered except in cases of a documented emergency beyond the control of the student.

**(Some departments within the School of Physical Sciences have deadlines earlier than those for the School. Please see the comments in the SOC for details)

Math – RH 340
Chem – NS2 1101
ESS – CH 3200 B
Physics – FRH 4109

For all classes at UCI, you may repeat only if your most recent grade was C- or below.

For the first 16 units you repeat, the new grade replaces the old grade in the calculation of your GPA(even if the new grade is lower). The old grade still shows up on your UCI transcript, but it no longer affects your UC GPA. After the first 16 units of repeat, both grades are averaged. 

Many classes restrict repeating students from enrolling until later in the registration period. Some classes will require you wait until Open Enrollment to enroll as repeat, some will make you wait until the first day of class before you can enroll; check the SOC comments for details about the department repeat policy.

You need the Instructor’s Permission to Enroll form, in this situation. Print this form and bring it to your Instructor. Once it is signed, bring it to the enrollment office for the class.

                Math – RH 340
                Chem – NS2  1101
                ESS – CH 3200 B
                Physics – FRH 4109

Yes. Physical Sciences majors can take courses off-campus, even degree required courses, except for lower- and upper- division writing. To help you find appropriate classes, please come visit our office (RH 134) and use www.assist.org.

Some Schools on campus do not allow their majors to take classes off-campus. It's always a good idea to check with your Counseling office if you are not a Physical Sciences student, or if you are a double major.

You may take an average of one per quarter, by the time you graduate. Classes offered as "P/NP Only" do not count toward this limit.

Yes, but only if the class is being used for your GE requirements. You cannot take major classes as P/NP unless they are offered as P/NP Only.

Enrolling in more than 18 units requires permission from the Student Affairs office and is normally allowed only in special circumstances by students who have proved that they can handle the rigorous course load. Visit our office in RH 134 to request an exception.

**For all undergrads, the Registrar's office raises the 18 unit cap to 20 units. Check the Registrar's Calendar for the specific date when this happens.

You might qualify to be a part-time student (if you work 25+ hours per week, have family obligations, or health issues). You should speak with us about this. Please come in to RH 134.

Attend class starting on the first day of instruction (for Math classes, also get on the ACCESS waiting list as soon as possible, available in RH 340, and go to this website). Let the Instructor know that you are trying to enroll thru ACCESS UCI, be sure they put you on the email list, so you get important class announcements. Bring the ACCESS UCI Enrollment Form to the department office at the appropriate time (2nd week for Math classes, 2nd Thursday for Physics classes, first day for ESS classes, first day for Chem classes). If there is sufficient space in the class, the department will sign your form. Take it to UCI Extension, pay the fee and you're enrolled!

click here for the ACCESS UCI website

 

Every quarter, the Physical Sciences Academic Counselors, Associate Dean and Faculty Advisor for each department review files for students with low cumulative or quarterly GPAs. All students are reviewed individually and all decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Students are either placed on Academic Probation (see below) and/or are warned that they are Subject to Disqualification (see below). The School of Physical Sciences does not currently have an appeal process, all decisions by the Associate Dean are final. If your cumulative GPA or your quarterly GPA ever fall below 2.0, you are strongly encouraged to come in to the Physical Sciences Student Affairs office and speak with an Academic Counselor (RH 134, 949-824-6507, pssazot@uci.edu). We understand that there are many factors that could be affecting you and your academic performance, please contact us right away so we can help you get off of probation. 
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Physical Sciences students are placed on Academic Probation if one (or more) of the following happens:

  1. Low quarterly GPA:  your grade point average for the preceding quarter is below a "C" average (2.0).
  2. Low cumulative GPA:  your overall University of California GPA is below 2.0, the total GPA in your major is below 2.0, or the upper-division GPA in your major is below 2.0.
  3. Lack of normal progress: you successfully completed fewer than twelve (12) units the preceding quarter or you are not making steady progress toward completing the required courses in your major.

To get off of Academic Probation you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Take at least twelve (12) units per quarter.
  2. Take ALL classes for a letter grade, unless the course is only offered on a Pass/Not Pass basis.
  3. Earn a quarterly GPA of at least 2.0.

If you remain on Academic Probation for two consecutive quarters and have not yet attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or a satisfactory rate of progress, then you may be subject to disqualification.  In addition, it is recommended that you utilize appropriate academic support services (LARC, departmental, or private tutoring, Learning Skills workshops, Study Strategies workshops, etc.).

Tutoring info

In addition to being on Academic Probation, students are Subject to Disqualifiaction when one (or more) of the following happens:REMEMBER:  Academic Probation means that your academic status is in jeopardy.  Failure to achieve good standing within a reasonable time period could result in disqualification from the University. 
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  1. Low quarterly GPA:  your grade point average for the preceding quarter was below 1.500.
  2. Consecutive quarters on Academic Probation:  you were placed on Academic Probation for two or more consecutive quarters and have not yet achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or a satisfactory rate of progress in your major.

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Please come in and speak to an Academic Counselor if you have any questions about your academic standing. We are here to help. 

Log in to Student Access and view your Degree Audit. If you have any questions about your Degree Audit, please email us or come see us. pssazot@uci.edu or RH 134. You can also view your degree checksheet for more great info.

Yes. Physical Sciences majors can take courses off-campus, even degree required courses, except for lower- and upper- division writing. To help you find appropriate classes, please come visit our office (RH 134) and use www.assist.org.

Some Schools on campus do not allow their majors to take classes off-campus. It's always a good idea to check with your Counseling office if you are not a Physical Sciences student, or if you are a double major.

For all classes at UCI, you may repeat only if your most recent grade was C- or below.

For the first 16 units you repeat, the new grade replaces the old grade in the calculation of your GPA(even if the new grade is lower). The old grade still shows up on your UCI transcript, but it no longer affects your UC GPA. After the first 16 units of repeat, both grades are averaged. 

Many classes restrict repeating students from enrolling until later in the registration period. Some classes will require you wait until Open Enrollment to enroll as repeat, some will make you wait until the first day of class before you can enroll; check the SOC comments for details about the department repeat policy.

‘NR’ stands for No Report. You were not assigned a grade for this course. You should contact your Instructor right away. An ‘NR’ turns into an ‘F’ after one quarter. (http://www.reg.uci.edu/grades/gradingpolicy.html)

‘W’ grades are assigned for any drop approved after Week 6. It stands for Withdrawal. ‘W’ grades do not affect your GPA.

You may take an average of one per quarter, by the time you graduate. Classes offered as "P/NP Only" do not count toward this limit.

Yes, but only if the class is being used for your GE requirements. You cannot take major classes as P/NP unless they are offered as P/NP Only.

D- and above is passing, for all classes on campus, except for writing classes*. Certain classes, however, require a minimum grade in a previous course as a prerequisite, such as many Chemistry or Biology sequence courses (which require a C- or better in the previous course before you can continue onto the next course in the sequence).

*Most writing classes require at least a 'C' or better to be considered a passing grade.

**DROP: The deadline to drop courses in the School of Physical Sciences is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Drops can be made in WebReg.

**CHANGE: The deadline to change grade option or variable units is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Changes can be made in WebReg.

**ADD: The deadline to add courses in the School of Physical Sciences is the end of Week 2 by 5:00PM. Adds can be made in WebReg.

An online petition will be used for adds, drops, and changes after the listed enrollment deadlines have passed. Log into STUDENT ACCESS to submit an enrollment exception request. Requests to change the grade option for a course are never approved after Week 6 (this applies to all majors in the School of Physical Sciences). Late enrollment exceptions requests are not typically considered except in cases of a documented emergency beyond the control of the student.

**(Some departments within the School of Physical Sciences have deadlines earlier than those for the School. Please see the comments in the SOC for details)

There are several options for obtaining your diploma. Once it's ready, the Registrar's office will contact you. Click here for more info.

You should submit it at least 2 quarters before your graduation date. Do this thru Student Access.

For info on your diploma, visit the Registrar's website.

For Math majors, go to the Math Department in RH 340. And click here for more info.

For Physics majors, be sure to attend Faculty Advising this spring with the Professor who oversees that track. And click here for more info.

For Chem and EES, visit our office, RH 134.

Log in to Student Access and view your Degree Audit. If you have any questions about your Degree Audit, please email us or come see us. pssazot@uci.edu or RH 134. You can also view your degree checksheet for more great info.

Maybe. For most minors, just take all of the right courses (requirements in the General Catalogue) and you get the minor upon graduation (which you indicate to us when you file a graduation application). Some minors, however, such as EducationManagement, and Accounting, require students to apply for the minor in advance.

You should speak with an Academic Counselor or Peer Advisor in the student affairs office for the School you are trying to change to. Then, you apply online thru Student Access.

Here is a list of Academic Counseling offices... http://ps.uci.edu/~stuaff/ac.html

And here is more info on changing your major.

For Math majors, go to the Math Department in RH 340. And click here for more info.

For Physics majors, be sure to attend Faculty Advising this spring with the Professor who oversees that track. And click here for more info.

For Chem and EES, visit our office, RH 134.

Log in to Student Access and view your Degree Audit. If you have any questions about your Degree Audit, please email us or come see us. pssazot@uci.edu or RH 134. You can also view your degree checksheet for more great info.

Maybe. For most minors, just take all of the right courses (requirements in the General Catalogue) and you get the minor upon graduation (which you indicate to us when you file a graduation application). Some minors, however, such as EducationManagement, and Accounting, require students to apply for the minor in advance.

Probably not. The Academic Counselors and Peer Advisors are available to assist walk-in students from 9:00a-4:00p, Mon-Fri.

No. As a Physical Sciences student, you can see any of us here in the office. Rowland Hall, room 134. Contact info.

 

Every quarter, the Physical Sciences Academic Counselors, Associate Dean and Faculty Advisor for each department review files for students with low cumulative or quarterly GPAs. All students are reviewed individually and all decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Students are either placed on Academic Probation (see below) and/or are warned that they are Subject to Disqualification (see below). The School of Physical Sciences does not currently have an appeal process, all decisions by the Associate Dean are final. If your cumulative GPA or your quarterly GPA ever fall below 2.0, you are strongly encouraged to come in to the Physical Sciences Student Affairs office and speak with an Academic Counselor (RH 134, 949-824-6507, pssazot@uci.edu). We understand that there are many factors that could be affecting you and your academic performance, please contact us right away so we can help you get off of probation. 
___________________________________________

Physical Sciences students are placed on Academic Probation if one (or more) of the following happens:

  1. Low quarterly GPA:  your grade point average for the preceding quarter is below a "C" average (2.0).
  2. Low cumulative GPA:  your overall University of California GPA is below 2.0, the total GPA in your major is below 2.0, or the upper-division GPA in your major is below 2.0.
  3. Lack of normal progress: you successfully completed fewer than twelve (12) units the preceding quarter or you are not making steady progress toward completing the required courses in your major.

To get off of Academic Probation you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Take at least twelve (12) units per quarter.
  2. Take ALL classes for a letter grade, unless the course is only offered on a Pass/Not Pass basis.
  3. Earn a quarterly GPA of at least 2.0.

If you remain on Academic Probation for two consecutive quarters and have not yet attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or a satisfactory rate of progress, then you may be subject to disqualification.  In addition, it is recommended that you utilize appropriate academic support services (LARC, departmental, or private tutoring, Learning Skills workshops, Study Strategies workshops, etc.).

Tutoring info

In addition to being on Academic Probation, students are Subject to Disqualifiaction when one (or more) of the following happens:REMEMBER:  Academic Probation means that your academic status is in jeopardy.  Failure to achieve good standing within a reasonable time period could result in disqualification from the University. 
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  1. Low quarterly GPA:  your grade point average for the preceding quarter was below 1.500.
  2. Consecutive quarters on Academic Probation:  you were placed on Academic Probation for two or more consecutive quarters and have not yet achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or a satisfactory rate of progress in your major.

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Please come in and speak to an Academic Counselor if you have any questions about your academic standing. We are here to help. 

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There are several options for obtaining your diploma. Once it's ready, the Registrar's office will contact you. Click here for more info.