Advising & Degree Completion Planning

Advising

Your assigned faculty adviser is committed to guiding you in selecting classes to fulfill your degree requirements and to providing advice on research opportunities, how to apply for a job or graduate school, and any other challenges or concerns you may be facing. Students cannot register for classes without first meeting with their adviser.

Degree Completion Plan

Degree completion planning is a new advising process designed to more efficiently map your path towards graduation. It is required by Maryland Senate Bill 740, the Career and College Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013, which requires all students to file an Individualized Degree Completion Plan (IDCP) by the time they complete 45 credits.

An IDCP takes the suggested degree completion plan of your major (or concentration) and personalizes it for your academic career given your unique needs, goals and aspirations. This plan could help you save time and money by highlighting a more direct route towards degree completion and graduation.

  1. Open Your Academic Requirements

    Go to Towson Online Services, click on "Self Service," and then "Student Center." On the left hand side, select "Academic Requirements" from the drop-down menu.

  2. Write Down All Non-completed Courses

    Using your academic requirements, write down all required and "Gen Ed/University Core" courses that you have not completed.

  3. Check Your Prerequisites

    Using the Prerequisite Checking Guide (PDF) write down the prerequisites for the courses you have not completed. Check to see if you have completed the prerequisites; if so, cross them off. If not, this will aid you in deciding which courses need to be completed first.

  4. Review the Four-year Plan of Study for Your Major

    Suggested plans for completion of degree requirements in four years provide a potential template for your degree completion plan. View the four-year plan of study in the online undergraduate catalog:

    Chemistry Major
    Chemistry Major — Professional Track
    CHEMISTRY - SECONDARY EDUCATION
    Forensic Chemistry Major
  5. Create a Degree Completion Plan

    Using the spreadsheet below, create an academic plan with the courses you need to complete in order to graduate. Keep in mind your prerequisites.

    Select the spreadsheet below to open it in Microsoft Excel or save it to your computer.

    Degree Completion Plan
      1. After the spreadsheet is open in Excel, fill in the top information.
      2. Input the total earned units up to today ("Total Units Earned" box).
      3. Input the number of units you are currently enrolled in ("Total Enrolled Units" box).
      4. Fill in the remaining schedule by term. Use the Course Offerings by Term (PDF) guide to see when courses are offered.
      5. Make sure you have a minimum of 120 credits in the Total Academic Units box when completed.
      6. Make sure you have a minimum of 32 units of upper-level (300-400) courses.
  6. Email Degree Completion Plan to Adviser

    Save the file as "TUID#_LastName" (example: 1234567_Doe). Email the file to your adviser as an attachment.

  7. Meet with Your Adviser

    Schedule a meeting with your adviser. Bring a copy of your plan with you to the meeting. You and your adviser will review the plan and when finished and approved, you will both sign the plan. Both you and your adviser will keep a copy of the signed and approved plan.
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