Quarter Curriculum vs Semester Curriculum: Which One Should You Choose?
Our new semester curriculum is better than the quarter system. The more of your classes follow that curriculum, the better. But if you already took a lot in the quarter system, it might be too cumbersome for everyone for you to change now. Here are some guidelines that we will adhere to.
- IF A STUDENT IS GRADUATING IN Summer, Fall 2019, or SPRING 2020, then the student should stay on quarters if she/he is already in that curriculum.
- IF A STUDENT ENTERED AS A FRESHMAN IN FALL 2018, OR LATER, then the student has no choice. She/he is on the semester system and must stay on the SEMESTER curriculum.
- IF A STUDENT WANTS TO BECOME A MINOR, OR CHANGE THE OPTIONS WITHIN OUR MAJOR, then that student must take the SEMESTER curriculum.
- IF A STUDENT FAILED THE QUARTER CLASS PHY309, that student should change to the semester curriculum.
- IF A STUDENT FAILED THE QUARTER CLASS PHY308 OR NEVER TOOK IT, the student should change to the semester curriculum.
- If a large number of the curriculum has been satisfied by TRANSFERRED classes from other schools, then the student should DEFINITELY stay on quarters. If, for example a student transferred into Cal Poly with many or all of her/his general-education courses transferring-in and fulfilling quarter courses at Cal Poly, that student should stay on quarters.
- The department will petition away (liberally) discrepancies from
- unit deficiencies in upper division courses.
- BIO and/or CHEM courses missed.
- Upper-division labs missed.
- Students in upper-division have nothing to gain by switching to semesters, and everyone has much work to do to accommodate that. It won’t get done.