College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Policies

The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts provides students throughout the university with the knowledge and skills to comprehend and effectively engage the changing world of the 21st century at local, national and global levels. The college offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that prepare students for a rapidly changing marketplace and offers foundational instruction in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, sciences and professional fields. The college also affords an ASU student with fewer than 45 college credit hours the opportunity to explore all ASU degrees as an exploratory student.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, projects, partnerships, internships, academic transactions, and records. Possible sanctions include appropriate grade penalties, loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts adheres strictly to the student code of conduct regarding academic dishonesty. A copy of the student code of conduct may be obtained online at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

To be considered in academic good standing in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.

Probation

Students who do not achieve a 2.00 GPA will be placed on university academic probation and must meet with an advisor to discuss academic success strategies. Students on academic probation will be required to take UNI 220 Mindset Connections. UNI 220 will appear on the students' DARS as a graduation requirement. In addition, students who have fewer than 24 credit hours will be required to participate in the ASU PASS program.

Within one semester, a student on academic probation must do one of the following:

  1. Raise their ASU cumulative GPA to 2.00 or higher, to return to academic good standing.
  2. Obtain a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher, to be continued on probation. Students on continued academic probation may continue for as many semesters as needed to achieve academic good standing.
Disqualification

Students who fail to meet the criteria for continued probation may be disqualified from ASU. Students who have been disqualified may attend summer sessions but not fall or spring sessions.

Once readmitted, the student may be placed on academic probation for at least one semester. Students on probation will have one semester to raise their cumulative or semester GPA to meet ASU academic good standing (2.00). Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the university.

Academic Policy Appeals

Academic appeals regarding college policies or other variances or exceptions should be discussed with the student’s Academic Success Specialist, and students may be required to submit a College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Standards Committee petition. Some petitions may require a secondary review by the ASU University Undergraduate Standards Committee. For more details, students should visit https://cisa.asu.edu/standards_petitions.

Academic Advising

All students are encouraged to seek advising from their Academic Success Specialist (academic advisor) prior to registration. Students must review the academic calendar each semester for information and deadlines pertaining to enrollment including course adds, drops and withdrawals.

The ASU academic catalog is the governing source for all degree requirements. Students are expected to read the requirements for university general studies, college graduation and major degree requirements. Academic Success Specialist will provide guidance.

Advising Information: https://cisa.asu.edu/advising

Mandatory Advising

The following students in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts must receive advising clearance prior to course registration:

  • new students in all exploratory tracks
  • new students in their first semester of attendance
  • readmitted students in their first returning semester
  • students on academic probation or continued probation
  • students who have been disqualified
  • students who are off track for graduation

Students are encouraged to use My ASU to check their advising status requirements each semester before attempting any registration transactions.

Credit/Registration

Students enrolling in courses offered by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are expected to follow the rules and deadlines specified in this catalog and the current registration and tuition payment guide. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Success Specialists before registration.

Course Load

Students may enroll in a maximum number of 18 credit hours per fall or spring semester, with a maximum number of nine credits taken in session A or Session B. Students may enroll in a maximum of 14 credits for a summer session, with no more than seven credits in session A or B. Students may enroll in a maximum of 9 credits for the summer session C (eight weeks).

  • First-semester freshmen and entering transfer students are not permitted to register for more than 18 credit hours in the initial 15-week semester or 9 credit hours in session A and 9 credit hours in session B.
  • Any student wishing to enroll in more than the 18 credit hour limit in the fall or spring (or 14 in summer) or more than the nine credit hour limit in an A or B session (or seven hour limit in summer) should first meet with their Academic Success Specialist to discuss a course overload. Some overload requests may require College of Integrative Sciences and Arts standards petition approval.

For more details on credit hour limits, students should visit https://catalog.asu.edu/course_load. More details on the petitioning process are available at https://cisa.asu.edu/standards_petitions.

Repeat/Replace Policy

Students wishing to repeat courses and possibly replace prior course grades must follow the repeat/replace policy stated in the University Student Services Manual regarding the number of credit hours that can be repeated and the types of courses that are eligible for a grade replacement.

Students wishing to repeat a course for a third time must petition the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Standards Committee.

Pass/Fail Grade Options

A grade of “Y” (satisfactory) contributes to a student’s earned hours but does not affect the GPA. A failing grade of “E” is calculated into the GPA.

The pass/fail grade option may be used under the following conditions:

  • Approval has been granted from the instructor and college offering the course.
  • Enrollment for the pass/fail option must be indicated during registration and may not be changed after the drop/add period.
  • A maximum of 12 hours taken for pass/fail may be counted toward graduation.

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts students may not enroll under the pass/fail option in the following courses:

  • first-year composition requirements
  • major, minor, concentration area, or certificate program
  • honors credits
  • language proficiency requirements
  • general studies requirements
Audit Grade Option

Students may choose to audit certain courses in which they attend regularly scheduled class sessions but earn no credit. Students should obtain instructor approval before registering for the courses. The option to audit is not available for all courses. This grade option may not be changed after the drop/add period.

Degree Requirements

All candidates for graduation are required to complete at least 120 credit hours, of which at least 45 hours must consist of upper-division courses. A minimum ASU cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation. All new College of Integrative Sciences and Arts freshman students are required to enroll in an ASU 101 course during their first ASU semester.

Minors

The college offers minors in many of its disciplines. All minors must entail a minimum of 18 hours in the discipline with at least 12 of those hours as upper-division courses.

  • Six of the upper-division hours must be taken from courses offered by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
  • Students may not use courses in their minors toward major core requirements and, similarly, students may not use courses in their major core requirements to fill the requirements of their minors. Students should see an academic success specialist for more details.
  • Some disciplines are too close in content for a student to choose a particular combination of minor and major.
Concurrent Degrees

The college allows students to request approval from the college to pursue a concurrent degree if they have completed at least 30 graded credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Concurrent degrees may not be from the same discipline or have overlap in the courses required for each major. Students must earn at least 30 unique credit hours for each degree.

To request a concurrent degree, students must meet with an academic advisor in each degree program and complete a College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Standards Petition form available at https://cisa.asu.edu/standards_petitions.

Critical and Necessary Requirements

All undergraduate majors at ASU provide an eight-term course plan leading to four-year graduation; it is called a major map. College of Integrative Sciences and Arts students must meet the critical and necessary requirements listed on their major maps.

A student who does not comply with the critical requirements is off track and will have a hold placed on their record, and the student will be required to meet with a College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Academic Success Specialist to discuss their progression toward graduation. For more information about critical requirements, students should refer to the corresponding major map or eAdvisor https://eadvisor.asu.edu/.

Exploratory Tracks

All first-year students who choose to become an exploratory student are required to declare an exploratory track in one of four areas:

  • exploratory social and behavioral sciences
  • exploratory health and life sciences
  • exploratory humanities and fine arts
  • exploratory math, physical sciences, engineering and technology

Each of these tracks is designed to provide students with introductory courses in a field of choice (e.g., introduction to psychology, introduction to environmental design), General Studies education and elective courses that reinforce student interests. Each exploratory track is composed of a three-semester major map, culminating in the declaration of a major no later than the completion of 45 credit hours.

All exploratory students are required to enroll in a major and career exploration class (UNI 150, 250, or 270) each semester the student remains designated as an exploratory student.

Readmission

Students who have been disqualified from ASU may be readmitted to the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts for a fall or spring semester if they complete one of the following:

  1. Raise their ASU cumulative GPA to 2.00 by taking ASU summer session courses.
  2. Complete 12 or more transferable credit hours at a community college or university with no grade lower than a “C” and a GPA of 2.50 or better. Courses in which the student failed or received a “D” at ASU should not be repeated at another institution.

Once readmitted, the student may be placed on academic probation for at least one semester. Students on probation will have one semester to raise their cumulative or semester GPA to meet the required 2.00 GPA to remain at ASU. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the university.

Graduate Policies

Students should review graduate policies at https://graduate.asu.edu/policies-procedures.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those established by the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.