Staying on Track

Staying on track with your program doesn't have to be a guessing game. You have multiple resources available to plan each semester and finish your program in a timely manner. Make informed decisions by consulting these resources.

Basic Requirements for All Majors

All FSU students must meet basic requirements regardless of major. Be aware of and talk with your advisor about these requirements. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Successful completion of at least 120 hours of academic coursework
  2. Completion of the General Education Program
  3. Completion of at least 39 credits at the upper division (300-400) level
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher


4-Year Plan (aka 8 semester plan)

This is a simple roadmap of suggested courses tailored to your program of study. This plan can help you make wise choices about what to take each semester and can give you a back-up plan for courses if something is unavailable.

Plans are based on the year you entered the program, usually as a first-year student. Be sure to use the plan that correlates with that year. If you are unsure, contact your advisor and simply ask which year you need to use.

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Undergraduate Catalog

The Undergraduate Catalog is a wealth of information. In addition to outlining your required courses, you can find course descriptions that are especially helpful in understanding what you'll be learning in each class.



You have an academic advisor to help you plan your 4 years at FSU and to interpret degree requirements and academic regulations.

Stay in contact with your advisor. Your advisor will provide the best, most current information possible, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to request and use this advice wisely to meet graduation requirements and academic regulations.

Toward the end of each semester, meet with your advisor to discuss and get approval to register for the upcoming semester. Come prepared with a list of classes you would like to enroll in based on your program requirements and classes being offered.


The single best way to accurately track your academic progress is by regularly examining your "academic requirements" available in PAWS.

Your academic requirements will tell you

  • what you have taken,
  • what you are taking, and
  • what you still need to take.

It will tell you how many hours you have earned and need to earn before graduating. As a basic rule, the areas on the academic requirements page that are not collapsed are the areas you still need to fulfill.


If you have any questions regarding your degree progress, please feel free to contact your advisor by phone or e-mail, or by setting up an appointment.