It is an expectation of the University that students are active and informed participants in their education. Although advisors are available for support and guidance, students are responsible for monitoring their degree progress and having an awareness of univeristy policies. Students should be knowledgeable on the policies outlined below. All course related policies can be found here, and all university policies can be reviewed in the undergraduate catalog.
- A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in all major requirements.
- University General Education courses can be completed with a D- or higher, except for FSAW, FSPW, FSMA, and those double-counting as a major requirement.
- No courses used to satisfy a GenEd or major requirement may be taken Pass/Fail.
- An overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is necessary graduation.
- All KNES major coursework must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
- Please note the university operates on a weighted GPA scale, meaning a C- is equivalent to a 1.7 GPA.
- Pre-requisites are listed under a course on the Schedule of Classes in Testudo. The department strictly enforces pre-requisites for all KNES students, and will administratively drop you from a course you have registered for if you do not meet the pre-requisites.
Courses Away from UMD
- Students can request to take a course at another instituion by submitting an exception to policy form to CASA.
- All KNES major requirements must be completed at UMD.
- All candidates for undergraduate degrees from University of Maryland, College Park must take a minimum of 30 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park. These must include a minimum of fifteen credits in courses numbered 300 or above, including at least twelve credits in the major field.
- Normally these 30 credits will be the final 30 credits counted toward the degree. However, credits from University-approved study abroad and internship programs, and a maximum of six credits that are not part of such programs, may be included in the final 30 if approved in advance by the dean of the academic unit from which the student expects to receive the degree.
- Students who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be placed on Academic Probation.
- Policies regarding probation and dismissal vary based on the number of cumulative credits a student has. These policies can be reviewed here.
- Students on Academic Probation will have mandatory advising with an advisor in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.
Registration and Scheduling
- Students are responsible for checking their appointment date, time, and registration blocks on Testudo.
- Students are encouraged to register on time to increase the likelihood of having access to the courses they need.
- Students can register for up to 17 credits during the early registration period. Beginning on the first day of classes, students can register for up to 20 credits without needing any permission.
- Adding and dropping courses, and changes to grading method, must be done within the Schedule Adjustment Period. For standard courses during the fall and spring semesters, this is first 10 days of classes. Students are responsible for knowing if they are registered for a non-standard course, which may have a different Schedule Adjustment Period. Those deadlines can be viewed here. Student Athletes and those with special circumstances may need special permission to make schedule changes.
- If you are waitlisted for a course, you are responsible for checking in to the waitlist every day on Testudo throughout the Schedule Adjustment Period.
- Each course can only be attempted two (2) times (i.e. repeated once)
- Withdrawing (W) from a course and failing (F) a course counts as an attempt
- Students may repeat no more than 18 credits total during their time at UMD
- Some courses at UMD have different course titles, but contain duplicate content (DupCr). This will be noted under a course in the Schedule of Classes on Testudo. Students will not earn credit for both courses if they are listed as DupCr. Example: MATH120 and MATH140.
Incomplete "I" Grades
This is an instructor option given only when very unusual circumstances prevent a student from completing a small portion of the class and the majority of the work completed is passing. To receive a grade of "I", the student and instructor must sign an "Incomplete Contract" that is filed in the Departmental Office. The student must complete the work specified in the next semester that the course is offered; otherwise, the "I" becomes terminal ("F"). It is the student's responsibility to arrange for the completion of the work.
Current KNES undergrads should refer to the Kinesiology Handbook to review degree requirements and policies.
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