Majors at UMBC
General Education / GEPs
Our office is located in Sherman Hall, B-Wing on the 2nd Floor, Suite 224. Click here for the campus map.
Our office is open from 8:30 until 4:30 every day Monday through Friday when the campus is open. Peer Advisors (trained undergraduate students) can answer quick questions at any time. Walk-in advising with a professional advisor is available from 10am to 2pm. More complex situations, including registration advising, require an advance appointment. Call 410-455-2729 to make an appointment. When you call, you will be able to talk to an actual person.
Degree seeking students must meet with their Academic Advisor prior to being able to register for the fall and spring terms. When you meet with your advisor, he/she will talk with you about your proposed schedule, answer any questions you may have and at the end of the meeting provide an electronic clearance that will then allow you to register at a specific time based on the number of credits you have earned.
If you still can’t register after you have advising clearance, you may have a financial hold or an administrative hold. Follow the instructions in the attempted registration error message to resolve the issue.
The Schedule of Classes will be available approximately one month prior to Advanced Registration. You may visit the the Registrar’s Office website for the most recent Schedule of Classes, or navigate through my.umbc.edu under the topic Classes & Grades.
To learn more about your financial aid options, visit their website to find out who is your assigned Financial Aid Counselor. If adding a class is absolutely essential, an internship or independent study class may be added for several weeks after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Check the academic calendar on the Registrar’s website for the exact date.
All new students will attend New Student Orientation prior to the semester you plan to enroll. On this day, you will meet with your Academic Advisor and register for classes. New Student Orientation is mandatory, and you have choice of dates to attend. Learn more by visiting their website.
In rare cases, a student may be allowed an exception to drop a course after the published deadlines. To apply for this type of exception, complete the online form on the website of the Office of Enrollment Management Division. Look for Exception to Enrollment Policyfor complete instructions. Be sure to follow through as quickly as possible because there are time limits for such exceptions.
Students register based on the number of credits they have earned. Prior to Advanced Registration, students will receive an email with a link to a chart showing which day they can register based on their earned credits. Students are not eligible to register prior to this day/time, and must have already met with their Academic Advisor to receive their Advising Clearance.
The Pre-Professional curriculum at UMBC is a set of specific coursework designed to guide you towards meeting the entry requirements of the particular type of professional school you wish you attend. Students may choose to follow a Pre-Professional curriculum in addition to their academic major but pre-professional courses cannot stand alone as their major. Students who wish to receive a bachelor’s degree from UMBC need to complete an academic field major such as Biology, History, or Chemistry.
Our office has trained advisors who can help students interested in not only Physical Therapy, but Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Dental Hygiene & Medical Technology reach their goals of applying to professional school. Please see Allied Health Programs for more information on contacting an advisor in these areas.
The Pre-Law Advising Office is located within the Policital Science department, Public Policy Building, Room 357. More information can be found here.
Students who are interested in going to Medical, Dental, Podiatry, Veterinary, or Optometry school are advised by the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office. Click here for more information.
For a comprehensive list of all student clubs and organizations, visit their website. You can also visit the individual Pre-Professional Programs under the Allied Health section to get more information on any related clubs and organizations.
Students who are pursuing Pre-Professional programs that require you to graduate first from UMBC (such as Physical Therapy) must pursue an academic major in addition to their professional program. For those programs that do not require a degree (such as Pharmacy), academically strong students may be admitted directly into that program prior to completing their bachelor’s degree at UMBC. For more information, visit the individual Pre-Professional Programs pages in Allied Health Programs.
Majors at UMBC
To declare your major (or to change your major), you must fill out a Declaration of Major form, available in the Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising, the Registrar’s Office, or online here. Completed forms may be turned in to either office. As indicated on the form, a few majors will require an advisor signature from your new major department.
Even though your Pre-Professional program is not a declared major, you can list the program under Major on the Declaration of Major form. This will allow us to have a record of which program you are following, and it will be listed on your transcript under your academic major. If you have a declared major, feel free to list your pre-professional program in the second column (where a second major would be entered).
You may list multiple majors/minors/certificates on the Declaration of Major form by entering them in separate columns. The major you list first will become your Primary Major, the program that you will be earning your degree in and will be listed on your diploma. Completion of the second major will be entered on your official transcript.
Yes, Every student suspended or dismissed will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. Specifically, a student can appeal if there were unusual or extenuating circumstances that influenced academic difficulty. Students are expected to submit an appeal by the deadline established by the Academic Actions & Reinstatement Committee.
No. If your term GPA is above a 2.0, and you’ve been on probation for two consecutive semesters, you will not be reviewed for suspension. You will remain on probation until your cumulative GPA is above a 2.0.
Yes. Both probation and suspension are noted on a student’s transcript for each applicable semester.
It depends… If it is your first semester on academic probation, LRC 101A is recommended, but not required. However, it is required if it is your second time on academic probation.
We only review for academic probation in the regular semesters (i.e. Fall and Spring). Therefore, if you were on probation in Fall, took a winter course, and brought your GPA above a 2.0, you will still be on probation for Spring semester. After spring semester review, if you were still a 2.0, then you would be moved off probation.
All undecided and exploratory students will be advised in our office. To learn who your advisor is, contact our front office at 410-455-2729.
Start by navigating to your myUMBC account and looking under the topic Advising and Student Support. Then click on the blue link My Advisors. You will find either the name of your advisor or a link to a table showing the Advising Coordinators for all departments. In addition, some departments have provided more detailed information about how advisors are assigned.
The Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising primarily advises students who are undecided/exploratory or who are pursuing professional school programs as well as certain students experiencing academic challenges. However, we can answer general requirement and other related questions from all students. Students who do have declared majors must receive their advising clearance for registration from their academic major advisor. Students who are interested in changing majors may make an appointment to be advised in our office. When appropriate, completing an updated Declaration of Major form may become part of that advising session.
Academic Advisors can answer some general questions prior to your enrollment, but you will not be able to receive in-depth individual advising or register for classes without attending New Student Orientation. During this day you will meet one-on-one with your Academic Advisor and register for classes.
Academic Advisors can make recommendations about specific classes, but only the specific instructor of a course (or their designee) can authorize permission if the class is closed or requires special permission.
Absolutely! If you have a declared major, we recommend that you meet with that advisor prior to your Pre-Professional advising so that you understand how your major requirements will compare to your professional school requirements.
This depends on your major. If you have a declared major, you should contact the Advising Coordinator for that department to learn how to switch advisors by visiting Departmental Advising List. For students assigned to the Office for Academic & Pre-Professiional Advising, you are able in most cases to choose a different advisor when you make your advising appointment. It is important to note that many times students pursuing Pre-Professional programs are assigned an advisor based on the advisor’s area of expertise and it is recommended that you meet with that advisor.
The Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication department works with students to determine their 201 language proficiency. Their office is in Fine Arts (FA) 463. Forms and policies can be found online. For International Students, click here. For questions about proficiency and high school language levels, click here.
For questions regarding your general education program, please submit a help ticket through the Registrar’s Office website. The help ticket submission box is on the right side of the page, and you can select Degree Audit. Note that students who have had a two year or longer break in college enrollment will enter (or re-enter) UMBC under our current general education program rules.
Yes, any student under pre-GEP rules may elect to graduate under the current GEP program. The first step is to discuss the decision with your academic advisor to be sure the switch is in your best interests. Then complete and submit the Election of the GEP Program form, which is available from our office or in the Students : Student Forms. Note that your advisor’s signature is needed on the form, just to show that you did discuss the issue before submitting your election form.
In order to graduate from UMBC, all students must complete general core requirements. Depending on when the student entered higher education, they may fall under our General Foundation Requirements (GFR), or General Education Program requirements (GEP). Although the two programs are very similar, there are a few key differences. You can click on the links to view the individual requirements for each program in the Students : Student Forms.
Link to all GFR/GEP courses under Students : Student Forms. Although we update these lists regularly, the most up to date source for courses with general education designations is the undergraduate catalog on line at Undergraduate Catalog.
The maximum amount of credits you can register for during the fall/spring semester is 19.5. During the winter it is 4.5 and the summer is 16 (a maximum of 8 credits in each of the two summer terms). For information on requesting approval to exceed these limits, please click here Students : Student Forms.
You should request excess credits permission as soon as you know that your plans call for a course overload. You may submit a form even before Advance Registration begins for the upcoming term. Your request must be for a specified set of courses and not a blanket permission to take lots of credits as the mood strikes. Excess Credit forms must be turned in 24 hours before the posted add/drop deadline.
The decision on your excess credits request will be communicated to you in an e-mail from this office. If you have follow up questions or concerns, simply reply to that e-mail and you will be contacting the person who knows your case.