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 today’s changing world 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.
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 and disqualification. The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts adheres strictly to the ASU Academic Integrity Policy, and all concerns related to academic integrity must be reported to the college's academic integrity officer.
To learn more about academic integrity for CISA students or to report a concern, students should refer to the college's student academic integrity site.
Notice of nondiscrimination
ASU prohibits all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Students should review ASU’s policy ACD 401: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation.
Title IX protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. As required by Title IX, ASU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that we operate, including in admission and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the ASU Title IX coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or to both. For more information, Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 480-965-0696, or visit the office located at 1120 S. Cady Mall, INTDSB 284. For information on making a report, students should reference the Report It website.
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.
Students who do not achieve a 2.00 GPA at the completion of their first term of study will be placed on academic warning. Upon the completion of a second term, students who achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher will be placed in university good standing. Students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher after the completion of a second term will be placed on university academic probation.
All College of Integrative Sciences and Arts students who are not in good standing, including students on academic warning, are required to complete the CISA Rising Scholars Online Workshop. This workshop provides additional information on academic standing status and helps students explore strategies to return to good standing.
Students who do not achieve a 2.00 GPA will be placed on university academic probation and must meet with an academic success advisor to discuss academic success strategies. Students on academic probation are required to take UNI 220 Mindset Connections. UNI 220 will appear on the students' DARS as a graduation requirement.
Within one semester, a student on academic probation must do either of the following:
- Achieve a cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 or higher, to return to academic good standing.
- 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.
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 will 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 advisor, 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.
All students are encouraged to seek advising from their academic success 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.
The following students in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts must receive advising clearance prior to course registration:
- 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 and 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 advisor prior to registration.
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 credit hours for a summer session, with no more than seven credits in session A or B. Students may enroll in a maximum of nine credit hours for the summer session C (eight weeks).
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 advisor to discuss a course overload. Some overload requests may require College of Integrative Sciences and Arts standards petition approval.
The ASU Catalog has further details on credit hour limits. Students should refer to the CISA petitioning process prior to submitting a standards petition.
Students wishing to repeat courses and possibly replace prior course grades must follow SSM 203-06, 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 “P” grading option is used to indicate a passing grade of “D” or higher in a class when an individual student receives permission from both the class instructor and their college or school. If the student earns a “P” grade, they will earn credit hours, but the grade is not used for computing GPA. If requirements for the “P” grade are not met, a failing “E” grade is applied. The failing grade of “E” is calculated in GPA. The “P” grade does not meet requirements for course or program progression where a “C” or better is required.
The pass/fail grade option may be used under the following conditions:
- The pass/fail option is available for the specific course.
- Approval has been granted by the instructor and the college offering the course, prior to the start of class.
- 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 credit 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 required courses
- honors credits
- language proficiency requirements
- General Studies requirements
Satisfactory (“Y”) grade option
The "Y" grade is generally used as a grade for successfully completed internships, projects, reading and conference, research, seminars, theses, dissertations and workshops. Students earn credit hours for a "Y" grade, but the grade is not used for computing GPA. If requirements for the "Y" grade are not met, a failing “E” grade is applied. The failing grade of "E" is calculated into GPA. The "Y" grade may meet requirements where a "C" or better is required. However, there may be some exceptions. For more information about the "Y" grade option, students should contact their academic advisor.
The "Y" grade option only may be used under the following conditions:
- The "Y" grading option is available for the specific course.
- Approval has been granted by the instructor and the college offering the course.
- The "Y" grading option was chosen during initial registration for the course, if available.
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.
All candidates for graduation with a bachelor's degree 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 first-year students are required to enroll in an ASU 101 course during their first ASU semester.
Students in the Associate of Arts programs should refer to their major map and the University Associate Degree Graduation Requirements Policy for minimum credit hour, GPA and other degree requirements
The college offers minors in many of its disciplines. All minors must entail a minimum of 15 credit hours in the discipline, with at least 12 of those hours as upper-division courses.
- Six of the upper-division credit 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 advisor for more details.
- Some disciplines are too close in content for a student to choose a particular combination of minor and major.
The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts allows undergraduate students to request approval to pursue a concurrent degree through the university approval process. Students must 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 success advisor in each degree program as part of the approval process.
Critical and necessary requirements
All undergraduate majors at ASU provide an eight-term course plan (major map) leading to four-year graduation. 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 preventing enrollment. To remove the enrollment hold, the student will be required to meet with a College of Integrative Sciences and Arts academic success advisor to discuss their progression toward graduation. For more information about critical requirements, students should refer to the corresponding major map or eAdvisor.
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 either of the following:
- Achieve a cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 by taking ASU summer session courses.
- 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.
Students should review the ASU Graduate College policy manual.
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.