FAQ

General Information
How was my class schedule created?
How many credits and classes are in a typical schedule?
Why am I registered for more than 18 credits?
What are typical first-semester courses?
What would my schedule be if my interests change?
Can I change my schedule?

AP-IB Exam Scores and Transfer Credits
Are my Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits included?
How do I request that my official AP or IB scores be sent to CSB/SJU?
Why are my classes/credits from other colleges not showing up?
How can I transfer the college credits I have earned elsewhere?

Specific Courses
Why am I in a language course?
I am bilingual.  What are my options for meeting the language requirement?
What is FYS?
Do I need a math class in my first semester?
What is the math pre-requisite?
Why am I enrolled in CHEM 125 if I have post-secondary credit for General Chemistry at another college?
I am in Chamber Choir.  Can I be in a science lab during choir?
Can I take honors courses?

Learning about majors, courses and requirements
How can I learn more about possible majors at CSB/SJU?
How do I know what my major/minor classes will be about?
What is a pre-professional program? 

 

How was my class schedule created?

The information you noted in your online Advising and Registration Form is the basis for your schedule.  You are enrolled in courses that allow you to explore your areas of interest while fulfilling Common Curriculum Requirements.

Among the majors/pre-professional programs you listed, the most highly structured program received priority.  This strategy allows for greater flexibility should you ultimately opt for a less structured program or later choose to study abroad for a semester.  

Refer to Sample Schedules on the Academic Advising website to see the recommended first semester course work for majors and pre-professional programs.

How many credits and classes are in a typical schedule?

Most schedules include four classes that are four credits each. Music ensembles and labs (for science, math and social science classes) are included depending on students’ interests.  A full-time schedule is 12-18 credits.  Minnesota State Grant recipients must be in a minimum of 15 credits to receive their full grant awards.

Why am I registered for more than 18 credits?

This may be due to credit earned via AP or IB exams.  If the course section is 99Z or the course title is “AP…” these are credits you have earned by exam.  They are not classes you will need to attend in the fall.  Students in ROTC may also exceed 18 credits due to Military Science course work.

What are typical first-semester courses?

  • First-Year Seminar, a required year-long course for all new college students.
  • Introductory courses in your areas of interest.  Note that some majors and pre-professional areas (sciences, global business leadership, pre-health, and education) require specific coursework in the first semester for a smooth four-year plan.
  • Coursework toward meeting the Global Language Requirement.
  • Additional course to explore other interests and/or fulfill Common Curriculum requirements.

What would my schedule be if my interests change?

Sample Schedules based on major, minor and pre-professional interests are available at the Academic Advising website.

Can I change my schedule?

Yes, students may work with an academic advisor to make schedule adjustments through the first week of the semester.  If your interests are different from what you noted on your Advising and Registration Form, we would like to know about that right away.  Please call the Academic Advising office (CSB: 320-363-5687; SJU: 320-363-2248) to speak with an advisor. 

 

AP/IB Exam Scores and Transfer Credits

Are my Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits included?

If CSB/SJU has received your official exam results, credits earned via Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores appear on your fall schedule.  If the course section is 99Z or the course title is “AP…” these are credits you have earned by exam; they are not classes you will need to attend in the fall.

Not all departments award academic credit for AP or IB scores.  Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate policies are available online. 

How do I request that my official AP or IB scores be sent to CSB/SJU?

Instructions and information about requesting official scores is available at the Registrar’s Office Website. 

Why are my classes/credits from other colleges not showing up?

Post-secondary or College in the Schools courses do not appear on your fall schedule though they were taken into consideration if you noted them on the online Advising and Registration form. 

If you have provided official transcripts reflecting completion of course work through other colleges, the Registrar’s Office will send a transcript evaluation to your CSB/SJU email address.

Credits earned through other colleges will be posted to your CSB/SJU transcript after the 10th day of the semester. You will be notified via email when final evaluations are complete and records are updated so you may then review your transfer credits on Banner Web.

How can I transfer the college credits I have earned elsewhere?

If you have not already done so, request that official transcripts be sent to the Office of the Registrar:

College of Saint Benedict
Office of the Registrar
37 College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374

For questions regarding transfer credits, contact Barbara Novak, Assistant Registrar, at [email protected]

 

Specific Course Questions

Why am I in a language course?

Second-language proficiency through the intermediate level is required in the Common Curriculum.  If beginning a new language, three semesters of study (beginning I, beginning II and intermediate) is needed to complete the requirement.

At the time of registration, advisors reviewed the language interest and background information you provided in the online Advising and Registration form as well as online language placement exam scores (French, German and Spanish) to determine your best starting point toward completing the Global Language Requirement. 

Most students begin language study in the first year of college.

I am bilingual.  What are my options for meeting the language requirement?

Bilingual students may meet the language requirement through language course enrollment (including English Reading/Composition for Bilingual Students) and/or by proficiency assessment.  If you noted on your Advising and Registration Form that you are bilingual, you will receive additional information via email. 

What is FYS?

First-Year Seminar (FYS/HONR 100) is a required year-long course for all new college students at CSB/SJU.  Faculty from a variety of academic disciplines teach this seminar with the common goal of furthering students’ critical thinking, writing, research and discussion skills.  Readings and discussion topics will vary across seminar sections. 

Your seminar instructor will be your faculty advisor for the first year. 

Though First-Year Seminar is your only year-long course some courses, particularly in the sciences, are sequential (e.g., BIOL 101 in fall, BIOL 201 in spring). 

Do I need a math class in my first semester?

Math courses in the first semester are typically reserved for students whose majors/minors require a math course in the first semester.  Other students will take a math course later in their education.  Note that there is a pre-requisite for taking a math course.

What is the math pre-requisite?

Math courses have a prerequisite of an ACT math sub score ≥ 21 or SAT math score ≥ 530.  Students who have not met the math prerequisite via ACT/SAT scores must successfully pass the Quantitative Skills Inventory (QSI) exam.  This exam is administered through the Math Skills Center and may be taken early in the fall semester.

Students who wish to review math concepts in preparation for the QSI may enroll in a one-credit ACSC 111 Math Preparation course.  Contact Academic Advising if you wish to enroll in this course for fall semester.

Why am I enrolled in CHEM 125 if I have post-secondary credit for General Chemistry at another college?

CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structures and Properties is included in your schedule if your major, minor or pre-professional interests require it in your first semester.  This course is not the same as General Chemistry and is not replaced by general chemistry AP, IB or post-secondary credits.

I am in Chamber Choir.  Can I be in a science lab during choir?

Chamber choir students may miss class once a cycle if needed to accommodate a required science lab.

Can I take honors courses?

Honors courses are open to students who have accepted the invitation to participate in the honors program.  Honors program students will be registered for honors FYS and/or other honors courses as schedules allow.

Learning about majors, courses and requirements

How can I learn more about possible majors at CSB/SJU?

Review the list of available majors and minors.

Use the link above or the A-Z index to link to departmental web pages.  The landing page typically includes an overview of the program.  Options at left will include links to course requirements or curriculum for detailed information about required course work.

How do I know what my major/minor classes will be about?

Read through course descriptions and take note of your interests.  The Academic Catalog includes descriptions for all classes.  Banner Web also has a “Course Catalog” option for reviewing course descriptions.

What is a pre-professional program? 

These programs are designed to help students prepare and meet the pre-requisites for specific graduate programs.  For some, the pre-professional course work will overlap with their chosen majors though it is typically not required that this be the case.  Use the A-Z Index (P) on the CSB/SJU website to access information about pre-professional programs.