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Frequently asked questions

The following is a list of questions that students have consistently asked the Advising Center staff.  If you do not find the answer to your question or you would like more information, please make an appointment to visit with an academic advisor in the College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center.

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When does the Advising Center offer orientation sessions and what topics are discussed in these sessions?

The freshmen and transfer orientation sessions are scheduled by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  Freshmen students are seen by the PACE Advising Center during orientation. Transfer students are seen by the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center.

During the academic portion of the transfer orientation session, the academic advisors and departmental advisors are available to discuss the College of Science and Engineering degrees, academic services, university policies, degree requirements, answer questions, and assist each student in choosing courses for the upcoming semester. 

Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office website for orientation session times.

If I transfer from another institution and my transcript shows that I am “core complete,” will I still be required to meet the Texas State general education core requirements?

According to the 2015 Undergraduate Catalog:

Students transferring from Texas public institutions of higher education may have to fulfill only those portions of the general education core curriculum not completed at their previous institutions. Students from private or out-of-state institutions or those who took coursework before this core curriculum was put into place (Fall 2014), will have their coursework evaluated to determine if it is equivalent to that required at Texas State.

For all undergraduate students, specific major requirements may override those in the core curriculum. Those who have completed the core requirement for college math, for instance, may have to complete Calculus if such is required by their major. In all cases, the major and core requirements applicable are those in the catalog year to which the student is assigned. A list of general education core requirements at all Texas public institutions of higher education is available online at

Will my coursework from another institution count toward my degree requirements at Texas State?

This will depend upon the courses you took at the other institution.  Courses taken at other institutions that are direct equivalents to Texas State courses will appear on your Texas State transcript with our institutional course name and number.  Please refer to Transfer Equivalencies for designations of courses offered at other Texas colleges and universities.  Courses that do not have a direct equivalent at Texas State are assigned one of the following designations:

  • ELNA (elective non-advanced) for freshman or sophomore (1000-2000) level courses.
  • ELADV (elective advanced) for junior or senior (3000-4000) level courses.
  • Courses evaluated as NT (non-transferable) or T&V (technical and vocational) will need to be re-evaluated on a case-by-case basis to see if they can be used for degree credit.

It is important that you speak with an academic advisor during your first semester at Texas State to find out how your transfer courses will apply toward your degree.

How do I declare a major or minor? How do I change my present major or minor?

To change/declare your major in the College of Science and Engineering, you will need to make an appointment to meet with an advisor. An appointment is necessary, as we will discuss degree requirements specific to your new degree.

If you are currently a major in the College of Science and Engineering and would like to change your minor, you may fill out a change of minor form.

If you would like to change your major to something other than science, you need to contact the specific advising office:

University College
ASBN 100

  • General Studies
  • Undecided
  • Undecided-professional

College of Applied Arts
AG 201

  • Agriculture
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Occupational Education
  • Social Work

McCoy College of Business Administration
MCOY 115

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management with Entrepreneurial Concentration
  • Management with Teacher Certification
  • Marketing

College of Education
ED 2143

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Recreation Administration

College of Fine Arts & Communication
OM 110

  • Art & Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Music

College of Health Professions
HPB 207

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Communication Disorders
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Health Information Management
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Care

College of Liberal Arts
FH 322

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology 

If you are having trouble choosing a major or minor, make an appointment to visit the Advising Center for help or contact the school or department you are interested in to schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor.

What scholarships are offered in the College of Science and Engineering?

Please see Scholarships on the College of Science and Engineering homepage.

My child/significant other/etc. is a science major at Texas State. Can you give me information on their classes or grades?

No. We cannot give out the personal information of students, even if a student is under 18 years of age. This is because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of a student's educational records and guarantees students access to their own records.

If students have placed a "privacy hold" on their account, we cannot even give out their major or minor information.

As a parent, if you claim your child as a dependent on your federal taxes, we may be able to release some academic information about your child if it is deemed relevant and/or necessary. In order to prove that you claim your child as a dependent, you will need to bring in the top copy of your federal income taxes of the most recent tax cycle and fill out the "Parental Affidavit of Dependacy Form". You can black out sensitive information, such as social security numbers and income brackets. Claiming a child as a dependent does not mean you automatically have access to their records.

Any student has the right to allow any other person to view their records. The student can do so by filling out a "Grant Access to Student Records Form." The student can specify how long another person has access to his/her records.

For more information on FERPA, please visit the Registrar's website.

If I am a parent/significant other, what information can you give me?

While we cannot give you specific information about a student, we would be glad to give you information on university policies, major/minor requirements, and probation/suspension policies. We are happy to help you interpret the Undergraduate Catalog and direct you to appropriate offices.

Can I make an appointment for my child/significant other?

The College of Science and Engineering Advising Center strongly encourages students to make appointments themselves.

We encourage students to be an active participant in their education. This includes contacting appropriate offices and making appointments.