Jan 22, 2022  
Advising Handbook 
Advising Handbook

Chapter 2 - Plan Your Semester

This chapter details how to determine your next semester’s courses. It features resources to help you determine courses that will satisfy your degree requirements, as well as tips to guide you through the process of course selection.


1.) Review your degree audit and identify the course(s) you still need to take. 

In Progress Courses

2.) Determine which courses you still need to take and what semester you plan to take them.  Don’t forget to pay attention to prerequisites and corequisites when selecting the semester you will take your remaining courses. 
  • For full-time status, select 12-18 credits (generally 4-6 courses).
  • For part-time status, select 1-11 credits (generally 1-3 courses).
Want to Learn more about which courses will fill the requirements for the a category listed on your degree audit?    See our understanding General Education Courses Worksheet below.

Understanding General Education Courses   

  • Tip: Need help figuring out what courses are social/behavioral sciences vs. fine arts? General Education Options and Requirements  
  • ¹ NOTE: New guidelines for humanities-eligible courses went into effect for students in the spring 2018 semester. Students who have completed current humanities-eligible courses prior to 12/15/2017 will be permitted to apply that credit toward graduation until 12/15/2019.


3. Check Course Equivalencies. 
The courses listed below are equivalent courses.  This means a student cannot receive credit for both courses.  
ACCT 2101* and ACCT 2102* Equivalent to ACCT 2103
AERO 1150 Equivalent to AERO 1151
AERO 1250 Equivalent to AERO 1251
ARTS 1010 Equivalent to DGMD 1010
ARTS 1140 Equivalent to DGMD 1140

BIOL 1000 (non-science majors)

Equivalent to BIOL 1010 (science majors)
BIOL 1002 (non-science majors) Equivalent to BIOL 1020 (science majors)

CCFS 1003 or COLS 1001 or SFSE 1002*

Equivalent to SFSE 1003
CHEM 1010 (non-science majors) Equivalent to CHEM 1030 (science majors)
ECON 2010 Equivalent to ECON 2020, 2030 and 2040
ECON 2020 Equivalent to ECON 2040
MATH 1100 Equivalent to MATH 1105
SPCH 1010 Equivalent to CMCN 1013
SPCH 1020 Equivalent to CMCN 2213
SOCI 2010 Equivalent to  SOCI 1010

* Credit hours are not equivalent.

4.) Check your Placement Scores with our Placement Guide for English and Math

(only if you have not already taken a Math or English at SLCC).

5.)Be Thoughtful.  Download our Time Management  Worksheet

Keep in mind many factors can impact the success of your semester.   Consider the following when planning your schedule:

  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • Do you work?  How flexible is your work schedule?
  • Have you allowed time for lunch or breaks?
  • Do you need to work around childcare, transportation, or other obstacles?
  • Be realistic.  Don’t expect that you will make it to class at 8:00 a.m. if you know you like to sleep late.
  • Have balance.  Try to balance the type of classes you take each semester to stimulate all parts of your brain.
  • Be honest.  If you hate writing, don’t try to take a fast-paced, 6 hour-a-week writing course.  
  • Don’t procrastinate.  Popular classes fill early.  Plan accordingly.

Tip: Have a few back-up courses you wish to take if your preferred courses are full.


Next: Chapter 3 - Search for Classes