Students at an Alabama community college may check the STARS web site (Statewide Articulation Reporting System), which lists the courses available at the community college that may be used toward a particular degree program at a four-year school in the state. The AGSC Transfer Guide (Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee) may be printed and used as a guideline for appropriate courses to take.
If you are attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pensacola Junior College, or Okaloosa-Walton Community College, you may print a list of courses available at your school for transfer to South by visiting the USA Transfer Advising Guides page.
Scheduling Classes FAQs
No, it is just a suggested model. Note the prerequisites for the required courses. Many of the general core curriculum courses do not require any prerequisites and may be taken at any time.
Students also should consider other factors when scheduling their classes, such as the number of work hours each week, family responsibilities, the possible need for developmental studies classes to be better prepared for college-level work, etc. These issues can be discussed with your advisor.
A prerequisite is a course that must be taken prior to another course in order to be prepared for it. The PAWS system will block a student from registering for a course if the prerequisite has not been completed. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the department chair or the instructor of the course.
These are general required courses for your degree that may vary from major to major. Check with your advisor if you have questions about course options that may be available. Five areas are included:
|Area I||Written Composition||6 hours|
|Area II||Humanities & Fine Arts||12 hours|
|Area III||Natural Sciences & Mathematics||11 hours|
|Area IV||History, Social & Behavioral Sciences||12 hours|
|Area V||Preprofessional, Major & Elective Courses||19-23 hours|
No, it varies according to the program, particularly the science courses required. For instance, the Radiologic Sciences program does not require any chemistry. The sooner you can narrow down your choices of a program, the better.
If you have a score of 27 or higher on the English section of the ACT (Old SAT-before May 2016-Critical Reading score of 610 or higher or New SAT-after May 2016- Reading score of 33 or higher), you will be exempt from EH 101 and may register for EH 102. Students must replace the 3 semester hours for EH 101 with another course if the minimum 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree are not met. Official scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted.
Currently, Advanced Placement (AP) credit for EH 101 will be awarded with a score of "4" or higher on the Language & Composition or Language & Literature tests. Three semester hours of credit will be granted. Official AP scores must be sent from the College Entrance Examination Board to the Office of Admissions for credit to be awarded.
College Level Examination (CLEP) credit for EH 101 and 102 will be awarded if a student scores "50" or higher on the College Composition test. Six semester hours of credit will be granted. Official CLEP scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Admissions for credit to be awarded.
Students are placed into appropriate math courses based on either their Math ACT score, their Math SAT score, or the Math Placement exam. Please note that students who are admitted as “Test-Optional” will need to either start in MA 110 OR take the Math Placement Test prior to registration. Also, students with math ACT scores of 18-21 may register for MA 112 along with the corequisite math, MTH 100 with the corresponding section number.
|Course||ACT Score||OLD SAT Score
(before May 2016)
|NEW SAT Score
(After May 2016)
|MA 110||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed|
Based on the guidelines listed, you may start with MA 112, Precalculus Algebra, and then take MA 113, Precalculus Trigonometry, which together equate to MA 115. If you are ready to start with MA 113, you may take it and it alone will satisfy the requirement.
Entry-level courses in subjects including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics have specific placement requirements for incoming students.
|BLY 101 & 101L||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed|
|BLY 121 & 121L||22||540||565||MA 112*|
|CH 131 & 131L||24||560||580||MA 112, 113, or 115|
|PH 104 and 104L||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed||Not Needed|
|PH 114 and 114L||25||640||MA 113, 115, or 125|
|PH 201 and 201L||MA 125|
Yes, online availability for specific courses will vary from semester-to-semester. Please view the University’s Schedule of Courses for the most accurate information on which classes will have online options for the term you in which you are interested.
You will have an Honors advisor as a supplemental resource in addition to your academic advisor. Both advisors will assist you with making the most efficient schedule with consideration of the courses needed for your major and the requirements for the Honors College. Go to the Honors College web page for details.
Preparing for Professional Programs FAQs
- Honors College Get a variety of observation experiences in several settings
- Learn as much as possible about the work while you observe a professional in your field of choice
- Learn what is happening in your chosen profession and in the healthcare field in general (check out the web sites for professional organizations in your major)
- Read the catalog to discover what you will studying in the professional component of your program
- Make sure you have thought through the commitment of time and money you will be making to enter the professional component of your program
- Know yourself and what you will enjoy doing for many years to come
- Current students may also schedule mock interviews with the Career Services department.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is required for entry into graduate programs. There are 3 sections: verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.
The verbal score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments as does the quantitative score. The analytical writing score is reported from 0 to 6 in half-point increments. The analytical writing section consists of two tasks: a 45-minute “Present Your Perspective on an Issue” task and a 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task. Students may choose to word process or handwrite their responses. However, score reporting may take up to six weeks if you choose to handwrite the response.
The GRE is given by computer on a regular basis at the Sylvan Learning Center, 820 South University Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36609, (251) 344-6284. Also, you may call (800) GRE-CALL or log on to the GRE website for more information.
A number of books about preparing for the GRE may be found at any bookstore; also software is available. The cost of the test is approximately $115. The highest set of scores will be used if the test is repeated.