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October 26, 2009 10:06 PM

Some suggestions on how to tackle the issue of scheduling class and graduating on time

Hey everyone, I hope you have all met with your faculty advisors and have made up a tentative class schedule for upcoming spring semester. Under the influence of budget cut, you may not be able to take all the classes you have planned. It is a good idea to prepare some alternatives and try to accommodate the change with the following semesters. If it is possible, try to plan for summer schedule along with spring semester schedule. When it comes to the classes only being offered once a year, it is best to check the prerequisites in advance.

For nutritional sciences major students, it is very important to get into all the required major classes in fall or spring semester when they are being offered, since most of the upper division required classes will be only offered once a year. Most of these classes are not available for summer session as well, with the exception of MCB 102, PH 162A. I would recommend taking MCB 102 during summer prior to junior year, in order to alleviate some work load and schedule conflicts for the proceeding fall semester, since it is a required prerequisite for NST 103, which is only taught in the fall. Other upper division classes will be built on these two classes. Therefore, to avoid falling behind schedule and not being able to graduate on time, try to pick up some prerequisites over summer would be a consideration. It is very important to be prepared and be proactive. As for physiology and metabolism track students, first priority of making four year plan is to take all the major core classes during the semester that are allotted, and then spread out the electives with considerations of difficulty, work load, personal interests, and final exam schedule. The listed electives are who faulty believe they might compliment the learning experience for major classes, but they are not the only classes that can fulfill the requirements for elective units. Students can take any upper division biological science classes based on personal interests and availability. Stay flexible and plan ahead are keys to graduate on time and enjoy your college experience at Cal. I think this is true for everyone, every major.


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