1. One of the most common mistakes made by students is dropping a class without consulting their advisor first. It is highly recommended you speak to your instructor AND an advisor before withdrawing from a course in order to avoid potentially adding a year to your graduation date.
2. Financial Aid generally considers 12 hours to be full time. However, completion of the required 120 hours in a 4 year period requires an average of 15 hours each semester (unless several summer courses are taken).
3. Pre-requisites are another area students sometimes falter. Be sure to double check not only department pre-requisites but also individual course pre-requisites.
4. Changing the order of classes you take is generally ok, however it should never be done without consulting your advisor. This is mainly because some courses are only offered once per year, few every other year and it could significantly impact your graduation date.
5. Some students near the end of their degree plan and realize they would like to earn the GIS certification also. While this is absolutely acceptable, if this decision is made early on it can save a student an extra semester or two.
6. Graduation does not happen automatically after you complete your degree requirements. Details on when and how to apply for graduation can be found at Graduate Information.