I need advising, who should I talk to?
Advising in the College of Science is done through the various departments and programs within the college. For a list of advisors, please visit the link below:
I want to check my degree progress before I meet with my advisor, how can I do that?
Degree evaluations are made available for students and provide a mechanism to check on how progression is being made towards degree completion. Note that solely checking degree evaluations should not replace face-to-face advising.
- For students who have a catalog year of Fall 2012 or later:
- View the tutorial on how to use DegreeWorks, the degree evaluation system used by undergraduate students with a catalog year of Fall 2012 or later.
- For students who have a catalog year prior to Fall 2012:
My advisor gave me suggestions on possible courses to take. Do I have to follow his/her advice?
Advisors can give advice based on their experience. However, the final decision and responsibility for class choices ultimately falls to the student.
I need to withdraw from coursework due to a non-academic situation (medical/family emergency, military deployment, etc.). What should I do?
Students seeking a withdrawal from coursework prior to the published last day to drop deadline, can do so themselves via PatriotWeb. Non-academic withdrawals after the published deadline must receive approval from the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
I submitted a request to your office. How long will my request take to be processed?
Our goal is to have requests reviewed within 2-3 business days. For fairness, we review requests in the order which they were received. Certain times during the semester, we have an especially heightened number of requests (especially the beginning and end of the semester) and requests may take the slightest bit longer. This office will be in touch with the student via their masonlive.gmu.edu email address after the request has been either approved or denied.
I signed up for a class, and did not drop it online. I thought I would be dropped because I never attended.
Students are responsible for registering properly and paying by the deadline. Students should confirm the correctness of their enrollments (including drop and add) via Patriot Web. Incorrect enrollments may result in academic and financial penalties.
With a few exceptions, unless your academic standing changes, we will not remove you from a course you have registered for. A request, made in writing, must be made to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. More information on seeking a withdrawal can be found here:
I am a family member of a student enrolled in the College of Science. May I speak to your office about a request for my student?
The staff in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs is always willing to answer and speak to anything in a general fashion. Due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are limited to the amount of information which we can share regarding a student’s private PatriotWeb record. If you are seeking to sit in on a meeting with your student, consent from the student must be provided on a FERPA waiver form. FERPA waivers are only valid for that one particular instance and may only be filled out in person. A link to additional FERPA policies are available below:
I want to take a course at an institution away from Mason during the summer and have the grade and credits come back. How can I do that?
COS students are welcome to take a course away from Mason for credit and have those count towards their degree requirements. The grade for the course, however, will not come back to Mason. Students who transferred in more than 60 or more credits may not take a course elsewhere once they have begun matriculating at Mason. COS students are limited to 9 total credits away from Mason. More information about taking courses elsewhere can be found here: