Student Academic Success Center

Frequently Asked Questions 2

There are many questions students have about college.  This list will provide some of the information you may need. 

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS

  1. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree?
  2. Where can I find a transfer class equivalency guide?
  3. How do I apply to take a class credit/no credit?
  4. How do I drop a course?
  5. Where can I get help for my learning disability?
  6. What happens when I repeat a course?
  7. What is an SWS designated course?
  8. How do I calculate my GPA?

ADVISING QUESTIONS

  1. Where can I get help planning my class schedule?
  2. How do I add or change my major?
  3. Where can I get tutoring help?

  1. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree?    Back To Top

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree requires a student to complete 3rd semester (201 level) proficiency in a foreign language.  The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree requires a student to complete 3 semester sequence of courses with a natural science or a social science emphasis.  Each department determines the courses that satisfy the B.S. component.

     2.     Where can I find a transfer class equivalency guide?  Back To Top

             For students transferring into Grand Valley, utilize the course equivalency guide   
             found on the Registrar's Office website. 

     3.     How do I apply to take a class credit/no credit?  Back To Top

Submit the Credit/No Credit form to the Registrar's Office (150 Student Services 
Building) before 5 p.m. on the fifth day of classes in the semester you are taking the course.  Students must get approval from their academic advisor if the desired course to be taken credit/no credit is within their major or minor.  General education courses do not require additional approval.  Credit/No Credit forms can be found at the Registrar's website.

    4.     How do I drop a course?  Back To Top

A course may be dropped online through My Banner or in person at the Student Transaction Centers.  See deadlines to drop a course at the Registrar's Office website under the Academic Calendar link.  Before dropping a course, students should talk with an academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office to determine the consequences of not completing the course.

    5.     Where can I get help for my learning disability?  Back To Top

The Disability Support Resource (DSR) Office is available to provide support services and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities.  The full list of services can be found on the DSR website at www.gvsu.edu/dsr.

    6.     What happens when I repeat a course?  Back To Top

Students who repeat a course will have only the last grade counted towards their GPA, whether or not the last grade is higher. Students must submit a Repeat Grade Form to the Registrar's Office during the semester in which the course is being repeated.

     7.     What is an SWS designated course?  Back To Top

There are many requirements that a course has to fulfill in order to meet the SWS designation.  For the list of guidelines go here.

     8.     How do I calculate my GPA?  Back To Top

There are two available calculators students can use to calculate a semester, cumulative or repeat GPA.  Students can access calculators within MyPath (located in MyBanner) or the GPA Calculator on the Financial Aid website.

     9.     Where can I get help planning my class schedule?  Back To Top

There are a number of academic advising centers on campus.  For a detailed list, click here.

     10.   How do I add or change my major?  Back To Top

Students can add or change their major (and minor) through MyBanner.  Follow this list of selections after logging in:  Student, Student Records, Change Major. 

     11.   Where can I get tutoring help?  Back To Top

Grand Valley provides a number of FREE tutoring opportunities for students.  The Tutoring Center, Science Success Center, Math and Stats Centers, and the Writing Center

Page last modified March 10, 2014