Guidelines for Advising and Registration

Summer Advisor

Your registration email includes the name of your summer advisor. Your advisor will contact you in early June to give you guidance and help you plan the rest of your fall schedule.

Registration

You will be able to register online after speaking with your advisor. Your registration time and instructions for registering on PRISM are included in your email. Please note: You may register at your assigned time or any time after that until July 1.

Choosing Courses

We want you to explore what interests you with a freedom that you probably didn’t have in high school. Choose courses you will like for the first semester. If you are interested in a particular major, take a course in that subject.

If you are undecided but considering a major in business administration, fine arts, or a science, you should follow the first-semester program for these intended majors as they are explained in the next section. Students do not officially declare a major until the end of their sophomore year.

If you do not have a major in mind, please do not worry — you have time to explore. Nevertheless, if you are considering a major, it is important to take any prerequisite courses so you will know if the major suits you.

Students should complete a Critical Thinking Seminar, a modern language, a writing proficiency course(W), and mathematics by the end of their first year. Except for the modern language requirement, these courses are all one-semester courses and they can be taken in the fall or the spring semester.

The usual course load for a first-semester student is five courses (15–18 credit hours). If you want a lighter course load, discuss that with your advisor. You must have at least 12 credit hours to be considered full-time, and 128 credit hours are required for graduation.

All first-year students are enrolled in the following course with their First-Year Faculty Advisor and Peer Mentor for the first half of fall semester:

SPLL 101  First-Year Common Course  (1)  

This one-credit course offers you a basic introduction to many facets of your academic experience at Saint Mary’s College. In it, we will discuss a variety of topics: practical tips such as course selection, registration, time management, and learning strategies; techniques for finding a major; information about unique opportunities and important resources on campus; and, of course, deeper questions about the value of the liberal arts, integrative learning, and higher education. Many of these conversations will build on ideas generated from our course readings.

Students who are pursuing STEM degrees can elect to take the following course for the second half of fall semester:

SPLL 190 Special Topics (1)
Highly recommended for students intending to pursue studies in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or the dual-degree engineering program.  This course aims to help students integrate into the STEM community at Saint Mary's College.  Students are introduced to faculty and mentors and given practical information about expectations, scheduling, research, internships, and other opportunities.

Major Course Recommendations and/or information on the following majors:

Art
Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing or Economics
Biology
Chemistry (Includes Biochemistry)
Dual Degree Program in Engineering with the University of Notre Dame
Education
Mathematics, Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics, Computing and Applied Mathematics, Physics and Applied Mathematics
Music, Music Education
Nursing Science
Physics
Pre-Health Professions
Speech Language Pathology
Undecided
 

Undecided but not considering any of the majors below

Register for five courses. There are no specific courses required in the first semester, so please choose your courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings. We recommend the following:

  • Critical Thinking Seminar
  • Modern Language
  • Three additional Sophia Program courses

If you are interested in a specific major, take a course in that subject. Choose courses you will like. Do not take a class that you suspect will be very difficult for you

Art, Concentration in Studio Art, Design, or Applied Arts and Design

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 103Design Lab3
Choose three additional courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings

Art, Concentration in Art History

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 241Art History Survey I3
Choose three additional courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings

Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing or Economics

ECON 252Principles of Microeconomics3
Choose four additional courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings

To be officially accepted into the BBA programs at the end of sophomore year, a student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in the following courses:

BUAD 201 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
BUAD 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
BUAD 221 Principles of Management (3)
BUAD 231 Principles of Marketing (3)
ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

Biology

BIO 155Foundations of Molecular Biology2
BIO 156Foundations of Ecology and Evolution2
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I4
If you are not calculus ready, take all three of the following:
MATH 103Precalculus (in the fall)3
W class in the fall or spring
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I (next year)4
If your math background is strong or you are also considering a chemistry major, take the following:
MATH 131Calculus I4
Choose one to three additional courses (one should be your modern language) from the Sophia Program Course Offerings

Chemistry (Includes Biochemistry)

Fall (First) Semester
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I4
Select one of the following by placement:4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Theory and Application of Calculus
Calculus III
Modern Language4
Select a Sophia course (preferably W course) or for the biochemistry or pre- health professional (e.g. medical school) track select:
BIO 155
BIO 156
Foundations of Molecular Biology
and Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
4
Spring (Second) Semester
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry II4
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves4
Select one of the following by sequence:4
Calculus II
Calculus III
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Modern Language4
If you are not calculus ready, then take all three of the following:
MATH 103Precalculus (in the fall)3
MATH 131Calculus I (take later)4
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I (take later )4

Education

Education majors must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to be admitted to the major. For additional information, please see the College Bulletin for 2020-2021.

Global Studies

Students must have an average grade of C+ (2.33/4.0) or better in Sophia modern language courses at the intermediate level for French, German, Italian, or Spanish and at the introductory level for Arabic or Chinese, or equivalent to be accepted into the global studies major.

Mathematics, Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics, Computing and Applied Mathematics, Physics and Applied Mathematics

Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Theory and Application of Calculus
Calculus III
If you are not calculus ready take the following:
MATH 103Precalculus (this fall or summer)3
Choose three to four additional courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings
Physics and Applied Mathematics majors should take the following:
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves (in the spring semester of their first year)4

Music, Music Education

MUS 181Theory I: Fundamentals of Music3
MUS 102Class Piano - Proficiency1
MUS 100Recital Forum0
Select one to two hours of applied music lessons, indicate the instrument or voice in which you intend to major1-2
Select one hour of choir or instrumental ensemble1
Select three additional courses from the Sophia Program Course Offerings
A Music Education major who is concentrating in Voice may want to take Vocal Techniques, MUS 250 if she has room in her schedule as it will eventually be required
If a Music major has room in her schedule and is interested, she may want to take MUS 243 Latin American and Latino Popular Music, as it will eventually be required

Nursing Science

BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I (required for first semester to be on track for completion of major in four years)4
Modern Language4
Critical Thinking Seminar or W course3 or 4
Select one of the following (based on placement) or a Sophia course:3
Problem-Solving Strategies in Mathematics (must take first semester)
Liberal Arts Mathematics (must take first semester)
Finite Mathematics
If your math recommendation is MATH 100 or MATH 102, you must take math first semester.
CHEM 118 and BIO 142 will be taken spring semester.
At the end of the first year, you should have completed the two-semester modern language requirement, critical thinking seminar, writing proficiency requirement, and MATH 104 or higher.

Admission to the Nursing Science Major

To be officially accepted into the nursing science major at the end of sophomore year, a student must achieve a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 2.8 cumulative grade point average in the science and nursing prerequisites. In order to maintain the quality of the nursing science program and provide the necessary clinical experiences for each nursing student, the size of the class or cohort admitted to the major is limited to 56 students. In the event that there are more qualified students than can be accommodated, students will be admitted based on who has earned the highest science and prerequisite GPA.

Physics

CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I4
Select one of the following by placement:4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Theory and Application of Calculus
Calculus III
Modern Language4
Sophia course (preferably ENLT 151W Language and Literature)4
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves (take during spring)4

Speech Language Pathology

Criteria for acceptance into the speech language pathology (SLP) major include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the end of the sophomore year. Additionally, the student must earn a minimum prerequisite SLP GPA of 3.25. For additional information, please see the College Bulletin for 2020-2021.

Dual Degree Program in Engineering with the University of Notre Dame

Engineering majors must also have a Saint Mary’s major, which is typically chemistry (CHEM), mathematics (CAM, MATH, PAM), or physics (PHYS).

Fall (First) Semester
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I4
Select one of the following by placement:4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Theory and Application of Calculus
Calculus III
Modern Language4
Select one of the following:4
ENLT 151W Language and Literature
PHIL 110W Introduction to Philosophy
Spring (Second) Semester
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry II4
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves4
Select one of the following by sequence:4
Calculus II
Calculus III
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Modern Language4
Sophia Course3

DUAL DEGREE IN ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame offer a Five- Year Dual Degree Program in Engineering, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s at the end of the fourth year, and a second bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in one of the engineering programs at the end of the fifth year. To be eligible for the five-year program, the student must be calculus ready as a first-year student.

Saint Mary’s students who participate in this program work with the program director. They take pre-engineering courses (e.g., calculus, physics, chemistry) at Saint Mary’s and engineering courses at Notre Dame, in addition to the courses required to satisfy degree requirements of a major at Saint Mary’s College. At the end of her fourth year, the student applies for transfer to the College of Engineering at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame courses are used as electives to satisfy Saint Mary’s degree requirements, and Saint Mary’s courses are used as electives to satisfy Notre Dame’s degree requirements. Some related options include: a chemistry major at Saint Mary’s and a chemical engineering major at Notre Dame, a computer and applied mathematics major at Saint Mary’s and a computer science engineering major at Notre Dame, a physics and applied mathematics major at Saint Mary’s and an electrical engineering major at Notre Dame, and a physics major at Saint Mary’s and a mechanical engineering major at Notre Dame.

A Saint Mary’s student must have completed at least 96 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (technical and overall) for acceptance to Notre Dame at the end of her fourth year. For this reason, to be “accepted” into the engineering program at the end of the sophomore year a student must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above (technical and overall) and must maintain a 2.8 cumulative GPA to remain in the program. This strenuous program will demand the best effort of well-prepared and well-motivated students. Consultation with the program director and careful scheduling of courses on both campuses must be conducted each semester. For additional information, please see the College Bulletin for 2020-2021.

Pre-Health Professions

Students can enter a health professions graduate program from a completed major in any discipline at Saint Mary’s College as long as they do well. Students should strive for a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better to be competitive. All graduate health professions programs require an admission test in spring of the junior year or fall of the senior year. These include but are not limited to the MCAT for medical school, DAT for dental school, GRE for vet school, OAT for optometry, PCAT for pharmacy, PA-CAT or GRE for physician assistant studies, and GRE for most of the others.

Once students have established themselves academically (typically after the first full year of course work), they should begin to get involved in on or off-campus activities where they are truly contributing. Leadership and service are important. This includes demonstrating an ability to work with all kinds of people. Most of the health professions programs do want some hours of shadowing or volunteering in a medical setting similar to their interests. Research experience is strongly encouraged for many health professional programs. Students should be aware of any such requirements.

A basic core of courses is required for health professions programs, all of which can be taken at Saint Mary’s College. Following are the ones most commonly found among the list of prerequisite courses for most schools/programs. It is very important that students be responsible for their own research regarding classes required for admission to the graduate health professions program they desire as some programs have unique requirements.

Biology
BIO 155
BIO 156
Foundations of Molecular Biology
and Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
4
BIO 157
BIO 158
Foundations of Cellular Biology
and Foundations of Form and Function
4
More programs are requiring a course in microbiology which requires genetics as a prerequisite.
Chemistry
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II
8
CHEM 221
CHEM 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
6
Some programs no longer require the second semester of organic chemistry, so students should check to be sure
Math
Select one of the following:7
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Theory and Application of Calculus
and Foundations of Higher Mathematics
Theory and Application of Calculus
and Introduction to Statistics
Some programs require statistics, so students should check to be sure.
Physics
PHYS 121
PHYS 122
General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves
and General Physics II: Temperature, Electricity, and Light
8
Many programs no longer require physics, so students should check to be sure.
English
One year of English (some schools, not all); demonstrated proficiency in writing
Psychology and Sociology
Six to nine hours - the following courses are recommended:6-9
PSYC 156Introduction to Psychology: Culture and Systems3
or PSYC 157 Introduction to Psychology: Science for the Citizen
SOC 153Sociological Imaginations3
More programs are requiring at least a psychology and a sociology course and sometimes more, so students should check to be sure.
Biochemistry
CHEM 324Biochemistry3
More programs are requiring a course in biochemistry

The MCAT now requires at least one course in psychology and one in sociology (dealing with human behavior) as well as biochemistry (CHEM 324 Biochemistry). Other programs require anatomy (BIO 213 Introductory Human Anatomy) or a 300-level Comparative and Vertebrate Anatomy if a biology major, and physiology (BIO 214 Human Physiology ;  BIO 328 General Physiology if a biology major). Students can get all these courses at Saint Mary’s, but some may have prerequisites, so students should plan ahead. Some programs also want a course or demonstrated proficiency in communications. Students should research the programs they like keeping in mind that becoming familiar with the prerequisites is the student’s job.

Once students have completed at least two years of sciences and are in their junior year, they should contact the pre-health professions advisor at Saint Mary’s College to discuss completion of prerequisite courses, taking that program’s entrance exam, and beginning the application process. Most applications for graduate or professional programs in the health professions are submitted between June and September of the year prior to your desired matriculation into the program. Thus, most students apply for programs with six semesters of grades and an entrance exam score at the end of the junior year/beginning of the senior year.

An important part of student preparation for entrance into a health professions graduate program is finding activities that will help mature them into a unique candidate with something to offer the profession they desire to enter. These college years are extremely important to this process. Grades, personal attributes (such as dependability, cooperation, and the ability to think creatively and problem solve), entrance exam scores, contributions to clubs and extracurricular activities, shadowing hours, research, and service are all part of the portfolio a student develops as she completes her degree at Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary's College is an affiliate in the Lake Erie College of Medicine Early Acceptance Program in which students can be accepted early into either their medical, dental, or pharmacy programs.  Saint Mary's College students can apply for this program as incoming first year students through the end of their sophomore year.  Applicants must meet theses general requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students may apply to Pharmacy);
  • Must not hold a bachelor's degree or higher;
  • Must have at least two years remaining as a full-time student at the undergraduate institution;
  • SAT score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam taken before 3/1/2016, a SAT score of 1240 or higher on a single exam taken after 3/1/2016 or an ACT composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam;
  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • Students already attending the affiliate institution must have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 or higher and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher.

All interested students should contact Dr. Versagli (cversagli@saintmarys.edu) as soon as possible.