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Phone  850.599.3115
Fax  850.561.2428

Registrars Office
1700 Lee Hall Drive
105 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center
Tallahassee, FL. 32307

The University Registrar is the official custodian of academic records and the keeper of the university seal at Florida A&M University. The general functions of the University Registrar are to assist in planning and executing academic policies and programs; provide for administration of policies and regulations pertaining to the academic status of students; provide for planning and executing orderly registration and graduation of students; develop the academic calendar, semester schedule of classes and final examination schedules; maintain and secure student records; and provide counseling and certification to students and dependents of veterans receiving veteran benefits.

The specific responsibilities of the office include to collect and maintain academic information; conduct registration for regular degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students and continuing education students; process requests for veteran benefits; process the graduation of degree-seeking students; process grading, change of grades, and acceptance of transfer credits; prepare and release transcripts; maintain accurate academic, historical, biographical, and directory information; provide information and data for use and review by college deans, planning directors, vice presidents, the President, the Board of Governors, U.S. Department of Education, and other authorized personnel and agencies.


Curriculum Changes – Catalog Year 5

In response to changes in education and consistent with occasional changes in certification requirements, the curriculum of one or several divisions or departments may change; such changes may extend the normal time of course requirements for a degree. A student who has been in regular attendance and has taken and passed the prescribed program of work each term may expect to obtain a degree normally in eight semesters. Any other student may be required to spend longer periods of time and must meet any added requirements introduced in the curriculum, including but not limited to non-credit requirements, grade point average and total number of credit hours required

The curriculum in the catalog of the year in which the student enters the university or a Florida public college is the one under which he or she should normally obtain the degree if there has been no break in enrollment. Students are encouraged to consult their academic chair/advisor for more information.


Course Designation. 5

Courses are identified with an alphabetic and numeric coding system. The alphabetic abbreviation (which is composed of three letters) identifies the FAMU academic area (i.e., ENC = English), and the numbers have the following meaning: 1000 series-freshman level courses; 2000 series-sophomore level courses; 3000 series-junior level courses; 4000 series-senior level courses; 5000 series and above- professional or graduate level courses.


Postsecondary Credit Definitions for Florida A&M University. 6

 The definitions herein apply to instruction at Florida A&M University.

Florida A&M University adopts the Federal definition of a credit hour as interpreted by the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Credit is a unit of measure assigned to courses or course equivalent learning. Credit is awarded if the learning activity it represents is part of, or preparatory for, an organized and specified program leading to a postsecondary certificate or degree. Credit is a device which indicates to the learner, to educational institutions, to employers, and to others how much of the program the learner has completed. The credit awarded may be independent of where the learning occurs. If a learning activity does not meet these requirements, credit shall not be awarded. The only types of postsecondary credit authorized are:

(a) College Credit

College credit is the type of credit assigned to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to a graduate, baccalaureate, or associate degree. Consistent with the Federal definition, one (1) college credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of a fifty-minute period of classroom instruction and a minimum of two (2) hours per week of non-classroom instruction including group and independent study, outside assignments, and other activities, for approximately fifteen (15) weeks. Where the aforementioned does not hold true, such as laboratory instruction, internships, clinical experiences, studio practice, practicums, or student teaching, the maximum of credit hours may be significantly less than the weekly number of fifty-minute contact periods. For programs with required external standards, such as accreditation or licensure requirements, credit is awarded in compliance with respective agency.

(i)              For courses taught in a “modular” classroom format taking only a portion of a I5-week semester, the number of credits to be assigned is obtained by prorating the guidelines above. These courses are prorated so they contain the same number of hours as if the course were scheduled for a full semester.

(ii)            For courses taught an electronic and/or asynchronous format, when there is an analogous course taught in a traditional or modular format the number of credits is computed from the traditional or modular format. When there is no analogous course taught in a traditional or modular format, the instructor is required to write a syllabus describing the structure of the course in a traditional format. The maximum number of credits is then computed as in a traditional format.

(iii)          In on-line, blended/hybrid courses, for each one (1) semester credit hour awarded, it is expected that students will spend fifty minutes directly engaged with the course material using either synchronous and/or asynchronous methods for the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction. Students will also engage in a minimum of two (2) additional hours of "out-of-class" work for each one credit hour that is to be awarded.

(b) Developmental Credit.

Developmental credit is the type of credit assigned by the University to courses that provide degree seeking students who wish to enroll in college credit courses with additional academic preparation determined to be needed pursuant to Statute 1008.30. These credits do not count toward graduation requirements. One (1) developmental credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction. Students are expected to engage in a minimum of two (2) additional of "out of class" work for each one credit hour that is to be awarded. Developmental courses provide competency-based instruction to develop college entry competencies in the communication and computation skills described in Rule 6A-1 0.0319, FAC.

(c) Noncredit.

Noncredit is a term indicating that credit, as defined herein, is not awarded. It applies to the instructional classifications of noncredit continuing education. The unit of measure is hours of instruction.


Academic Load. 7

Some colleges/schools have a maximum or minimum load which is stated in the respective curriculum sections of this catalog. The normal load for a student is 15-18 credit hours.

Academic Status

For the Fall and Spring terms, undergraduate students are considered full-time if they are enrolled for 12 hours or more. For the Fall and Spring terms, graduate students are considered full-time if they are enrolled for 9 hours or more. During the Summer term, undergraduate students are considered full-time if enrolled for 9 hours or more; graduate students are considered full-time if enrolled for 6 hours or more.

All students who are recipients of financial aid may be required to maintain a full-time load as indicated above. The minimum load for full-time benefits from the Veterans Administration is 12 credit hours.


Classification of Students. 7

Undergraduate students not enrolled as Non-degree seeking students are grouped in four classes according to total credits earned in semester hours on their record in the Office of the University Registrar:


                                                              i.     Freshman-earned 0 to 29 semester hours

                                                             ii.     Sophomores-earned 30 to 59 semester hours

                                                            iii.     Juniors-earned 60 to 89 semester hours

                                                            iv.     Seniors-earned 90 or more semester hours

                                                             v.     Professional students must be fully admitted to the pharmacy and law program

                                                            vi.     Graduate Students-earned the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and/or meet the university’s requirements for admission to graduate studies (for further details, see graduate admissions requirements elsewhere in this catalog for admission to the department.

                                                          vii.     Non Degree Seeking-those not admitted to a regular degree program.

Major and Minor Fields of Study
Every student fulfilling the requirements for a degree from the university is required to earn a “major.” The major must meet the approval of the department in which it is earned. Students seeking double majors must meet the requirements of both departments. Courses to be counted for the minor must be approved by the division chairperson and the dean of the school.

Major Changes
tudents may transfer from one department to another or from one school to another with the written approval of the department chairs and deans concerned.
If a student intends to change his/her major within his present School/College or to a different School/College, he must first meet with his current advisor and complete a change of Major Form.  Then meet with an advisor in the department of his/her intended major. If accepted by the new College/School, the new Dean or his designee will complete the Change of Major form.  The designated Major Change person in the academic area will complete the process in the system.  If the student has not been accepted into the new department by registration time, the student must seek advisement from his/her current faculty advisor.

The list below shows academic areas and requirements for a change of major;





Admission GPA/Course Requirements



Allied Health Sciences










Limited Access – Minimum  GPA:  2.5


Arts and Sciences


African-American Studies

















Computer Info. Science






Computer Info. Systems





Criminal Justice












“B” average in ENC 1101 and 1102. 



Fine Arts















Jazz Studies












Entrance examination



Philosophy and Religion










Political Science












Social Work





Arts and Sciences













Theatre/Visual Arts




Business and Industry


Accounting and Business Administration


“B” or better in: ENC 1102 or equivalent , Financial Acctg. and Business Calculus













Statutory Requirement

Minimum GPA:  2.5






“C” or higher in:  EGN 1004L, Calculus I & II, General Chemistry I & General Physics I

(For Chemical and Biomedical Eng.,  General Chemistry II is required instead of Physics I)


Environmental Science


Environmental Science







Journalism and Public Relations (not Graphic Comm. or Graphic Design)


Limited Access -

Minimum GPA:  2.5 & 2.5 in Freshman Composition






Limited Access -

Minimum GPA:  2.7, complete all General Education courses






Minimum GPA:  2.75 and “C” or better in pre-requisite courses


Double Major
tudents are permitted to declare double majors by obtaining a memorandum from the second major department signed by the department chair indicating that the student has been accepted in the program.  Students must satisfy requirements for graduation in each major in order to receive degrees in both majors.


1.                        Student meets with his/her academic advisor to review student’s academic work.  The advisor would determine if the student can successfully complete two majors.

2.                        Student seeks approval from the department that he/she wishes to seek a second major.

3.                        A memorandum from the chair of the second major department is sent to the appropriate person at the student’s primary major for their record


NOTE:  The memorandum must include the student’s name, FAMU ID, second major name, and major code


The appropriate person a the second major area updates the student’s record in iRattler