College of Science

Near Graduation Info

To prepare for graduation, you should:

  1. Print your unofficial transcript on BroncoDirect.
  2. Compare your transcript against your Program of Courses ("GS-101"). Make sure that everything listed on your program has been completed.
  3. All program courses must have a grade of at least a "C". A course with a "C-" or lower has to be repeated or replaced (by petition) on the program. BIO 693 should appear on your transcript as "CR" (credit), and is not included in the GPA calculation.
  4. The GPA for all courses listed on the program must be at least 3.00.
  5. Make sure you have grades on the necessary 600-level units (see below).
  6. If you have not yet turned in your Program of Courses, you are very, very late. Get this done immediately.
  7. Students in all graduate programs (except Masters of Arts in Education) do not have to complete a Request for Graduation Check form. In lieu of having a graduation check, students in these programs will be able to access their Degree Progress Report. Once the approved Program of Study "Contract" has been received in the Registrar's Office from the Graduate Studies Office it will be reviewed by an evaluator and noted on the Degree Progress Report as the graduation check.
  8. Apply to graduate (done online using BroncoDIrect) at the beginning of the quarter in which you intend to graduate. Check the schedule of classes for the last date to apply to graduate. You must be enrolled in the quarter you graduate.
  9. You need to be enrolled in units and pay fees during the quarter in which you graduate. Rare exceptions are allowed. The exception involves a waiver of residency (PDF).
  10. Check the University Graduate Studies Office web page for the procedures and guidelines for completing your thesis .
  11. Make sure you know what a style manual is, and be familiar with the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Manual, "Scientific Style and Format", 7th edition, June 2006. You’ll find it at the Library.
  12. At the start of the quarter in which you intend to graduate, check with the Graduate Analyst (CLA Building, 98 - T7 - 18) concerning due dates for thesis and binding instructions.
  13. Please be advised that the University Catalog states: "Graduate students who have not completed all of the graduation requirements, including the GWT, may not participate in the commencement ceremonies." This means that graduate students are not allowed to participate in Spring commencement unless they are actually graduating that Spring quarter, or have graduated in a previous quarter. "Summer walks" are not allowed for grad students.

  YOUR GRADUATION MAY BE DELAYED!  

Important Information Concerning BIO 694, BIO 696 and other 600-level courses

While your research and thesis work are in progress, you will normally be assigned a grade of RP (report in progress) or SP (satisfactory progress) for any units of research (BIO 694) or thesis (BIO 696) in which you are enrolled. These RP/SP grades must be changed to actual letter grades on 6 units of BIO 694 and 3 units of BIO 696 before you graduate (grade changes are done by the Thesis Advisor, but you must request that the changes be made). Be advised that BIO 694 units must be changed to a grade within one year; and BIO 696 must be changed within two years. If the changes are not made, the grades stay as RP/SP forever (RP/SP grades do not affect your GPA). You will have to enroll in any additional units in order to obtain grades before you graduate. This may delay your graduation, and result in you paying additional fees for additional quarters of enrollment. The one-year policy also applies to RP/SP grades in any other 600-level courses (e.g. BIO 691, BIO 692, BIO 693). BIO 693 should appear on your transcript as "CR" (credit).

Degree credit in BIO 694 is limited to 6 units, and 3 units in BIO 696.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW YOUR ACADEMIC HISTORY AND INSURE THAT YOU HAVE GRADES FOR SIX UNITS OF BIO 694 AND THREE UNITS OF BIO 696.

IF YOU NEED GRADE CHANGES, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REQUEST THEM FROM YOUR THESIS ADVISOR, AND TO PROVIDE THE QUARTER, SECTION NUMBER, AND COURSE NUMBER FOR ALL REQUESTED GRADE CHANGES.