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    K-State Undergraduate Catalog 2000-2002

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    Glossary and Abbreviations
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    Glossary and Abbreviations

    A/Pass/F: A grading option in which a student earning a grade of A in a course will have an A recorded for that course; a grade of B, C, or D will be recorded as a Pass; and a grade of F will be recorded as an F.

    Academic load: The total number of credit hours enrolled in during one semester.

    Academic warning: (W) An indication that a student is in academic difficulty which could lead to dismissal from the university.

    Advanced standing: Having credit awarded for previous work or testing.

    Advisor: A department or college-based faculty member who helps students achieve their educational goals by providing guidance on courses, program requirements, prerequisites, programs of study, and policies and procedures.

    Audit: To attend a course regularly without participating in course work and without receiving credit.

    Bachelor of arts degree: (B.A.) Courses selected from a variety of disciplines with concentrations in one or two areas. A modern language is required for a B.A. degree.

    Bachelor of science degree: (B.S.) A specified program of required courses with fewer electives than the B.A. A modern language is not required.

    Baccalaureate: Refers to the bachelor's degree.

    Classification: Level of progress toward a degree with classifications of freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, depending on the number of semester hours completed.

    College: An academic unit of the university. Kansas State University has nine colleges.

    Cooperative education (co-op): The integration of academic experience with planned employment experiences that relate to a student's academic major or career goals. The work experience supplements and complements the curriculum.

    Concurrent enrollment: (Conc.) Taking a course during the same semester as another.

    Course: A unit of study a student enrolls in during a semester.

    Credit by examination: Credit received when a student takes an oral or written examination without enrolling for a course.

    Credit hour: (Cr.) A unit of measurement used in determining the quantity of work taken. Each credit hour is roughly equivalent to one hour of course time per week. For example, a course meeting three hours a week would be a three-credit-hour course.

    Credit/No Credit: (C/NC) A grading option with successful completion of a course recorded as Credit and failure as No Credit. No other grades are given for such courses and they are not figured into the grade point average.

    Curriculum: A program of courses that meets the requirements for a degree in a particular field of study, also referred to as a major.

    Degree program: Courses required for completion of a particular degree.

    Department: A unit within a college representing a discipline.

    Discipline: An area of study representing a branch of knowledge, such as mathematics.

    Dismissal: (D) A student who neglects his or her academic responsibilities may be dismissed on recommendation of an academic dean.

    Double major: Having two programs of academic study.

    Drop/Add: Changing the student's course schedule by adding and/or dropping a course.

    Dual degrees: A student may elect to pursue two degrees at one time.

    Electives: Courses chosen by a student that are not required for the major or minor. The number of hours of electives required varies according to student's major.

    Enrollment: The process of selecting courses and having courses reserved.

    Equivalent: Equiv.

    Extracurricular: Activities such as band or debate for which a student may earn credit toward graduation. Extracurricular activities are counted as electives.

    Financial aid: Help for a student who lacks funds to pay for college. Aid is available from grants, loans, scholarships, and work/study employment.

    Grade point average: (GPA) A measure of scholastic performance. A GPA is obtained by dividing the number of grade points by the hours of work attempted, where an A = 4 points, a B = 3 points, a C = 2 points, a D = 1 point, and an F = 0 points.

    Hour: The unit by which course work is measured. The number of semester hours assigned to a course is usually determined by the number of hours a course meets per week.

    Intersession: Courses offered between fall and spring semesters, and after spring semester and prior to summer semester.

    Lecture: (Lec.) A course wherein the teaching is done primarily through oration.

    Major: The subject or subject areas upon which a student chooses to place principal academic emphasis, also referred to as curriculum.

    Minor: A systematic program of study in an area of emphasis outside a student's major.

    Option: An approved group of courses creating a specialty within a major field of study.

    Orientation: Activities designed to help the new student become acquainted with the university.

    Prerequisite: (Pr.) A requirement, usually credit in another course, which must be met before a particular course can be taken.

    Recitation: (Rec.) A small section usually taken in conjunction with a lecture.

    Scholastic honors: An award an undergraduate receives based on the excellence of K-State academic work.

    Secondary major: Interdisciplinary major which must be completed along with a first major course of study.

    Special student: An undergraduate student taking courses at K-State but not regularly enrolled in work toward a degree.

    Transcript: An official copy of a student's permanent academic record.

    Transfer student: A student who terminates enrollment in another college or university and subsequently enrolls at K-State.

    Undergraduate student: A university student who has not received a bachelor's degree.

    Variable: (V/Var.). The credits earned in some courses may vary.

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    Kansas State University
    November 10, 2000