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    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
   
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catalog Year for Degree Requirements


Catalog Year is a term that refers to a set of degree requirements as they apply to individual students in their progress toward earning a degree from USciences. Catalog Year starts with the fall term of each academic year. For example, the 2016 Catalog Year starts with the 2016 fall semester (16/FA).

Generally, students are responsible for the degree requirements in force for their major at the time when the student initially enrolls as a first-year (U1) student. Catalog Year is used by the Degree Audit system to evaluate a student’s progress toward meeting the degree requirements that apply to them in their current major. Certain circumstances listed below have special rules governing Catalog Year.

  • Transfer Students—Catalog Year for transfer students will be backdated to the Catalog Year when they would have started attending the University as a first-year student. Special Note: Effective with the 2007 fall semester, students entering with a prior bachelor’s degree are considered to have met the requirements of either the Core Curriculum or General Education, whichever applies to them, and do not have to satisfy the specific requirements of the Core Curriculum or General Education.
  • Change of Major—If a student changes his/her major, his/her Catalog Year will remain the same as his/her original entering year.
  • Leave of Absence—Students who return from an official Leave of Absence retain their original Catalog Year, which is based on their original entrance to USciences.
  • Readmitted Students—Students who are readmitted after having been separated from the University should have the same Catalog Year as a normally progressing student in the Class Level into which the student is readmitted. This is the same as a transfer student.
  • Readmitted Students (Academic Fresh Start)—Students who are readmitted under the Academic Fresh Start program are treated as new first-year admissions. They will have the Catalog Year appropriate for a first-year (U1) student entering USciences in the semester in which they reenter the University.
  • Double Degree UG/GR—Students enrolled in double degrees that involve one undergraduate/first professional degree and one graduate degree (e.g., BS/MS, PharmD/MBA) will have Catalog Years assigned to each academic program as appropriate, based on original matriculation at each academic level.