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All students should have a program plan on file as soon as possible after declaring a psychology major. The academic advisor will work with you to develop a program plan that both satisfies departmental requirements and fits your interests and educational/professional goals. Students may also see the academic advisor for course request forms, graduation checks, information about Graduate School and professional opportunities.
Advising begins the third week of class each semester. Using the CougarNet self-registration system, students with 90+ hours may begin to enroll in classes during the 9th week of the semester. Students with 60-89 hours may enroll during the 10th week. Students with 30-59 hours may enroll during the 11th week. Students with 0-29 hours may enroll during the 12th week.
All students must meet with the advisor prior to receiving an alternate PIN number that permits enrollment through Cougarnet. Schedule your appointment early to avoid delays.
You will get much better help during your advising appointment if you come prepared. If you are not familiar with the requirements for your degree please carefully review this information prior to your appointment.
Before each advising appointmen, review the SIUE class schedule or look on CougarNet for a list of available courses. Also check CougarNet to find out which courses you have already taken or are currently taking. As you determine which requirements you still need to fulfill for your degree, consider your career goals. If you have questions, write them down to discuss them with your advisor.
Remember, the final responsibility of a successful path to graduation rests with you. You can avoid many problems by learning about your requirements, policies relevant to your degree, advising dates and deadlines, making and keeping your advising appointments, and registering as early as possible for your classes.
Early application for graduation will help you avoid several problems. Application for graduation should be made the semester after you earn a total of 90 semester hours. At this time you should receive a letter (including a graduation application) from Admissions and Records requesting that you apply for graduation. On the Graduation Application you will be asked to indicate the semester you plan on graduating. If for any reason you have not met all the necessary requirements at that time, your graduation date will be rolled over to the next semester (you only pay the graduation fee one time). However, before sending the form to Admissions and Records stop by the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office to check that your degree has been properly entered in the system. If the system does not match your application, unnecessary delays will likely occur.
The most important aspect of the application for graduation process concerns your graduation check. In response to your application for graduation, a graduation check will be completed and sent to your home. The graduation check clearly specifies any remaining requirements you must complete before officially graduating. A letter will be sent concerning your major, minor, General Education requirements. It is essential that you bring these letters to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office in order to have your graduation status checked.
If you are interested in attending graduate school after completing your Bachelors degree, you should start preparing immediately. Graduate school preparation includes, but is not limited to, taking specific courses, getting involved in certain student groups and department activities, getting research experience and preparing for any required standardized tests (such as the GRE). Inform the advisor of your graduate school plans as early as possible so that you can be assigned an appropriate faculty mentor and get the best possible advice. Also visit our careers and graduate school preparation pages.