Advising Tips

If you are unable to get an appointment with a business advisor prior to your registration time, we recommend that you make an appointment for the earliest available time and use the advising tips below to assist you with registration.  Register at your assigned time and then, once you meet with an advisor, you can make adjustments if necessary.

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ADMISSION TO THE WALKER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (BSBA STUDENTS)
If you are not yet admitted to the WCOB, we recommend that you make admission requirements a priority.  You can find the admission requirements for your catalog online at http://advising.business.appstate.edu/student-handbook/admission-wcob or on your DegreeWorks audit.  Remember that ACC 2100 and 2110 are sequential and ECO 2030 and 2040 are sequential.  Also, we typically recommend that students spread out calculus and the first statistics course across two semesters, if possible.  If you haven't passed the computer proficiency requirement yet, please plan to take the test as soon as possible (information online at http://cis.appstate.edu/academics/computer-proficiency-test).

GETTING STARTED IN YOUR MAJOR - BSBA MAJORS
If you have finished or will be finishing your WCOB admission requirements and will have enough hours to start taking 3000-level business courses (54 hours), we recommend that you get started in your major.  Some beginning major courses are in the COB Additional Core and others are listed first in the major block of your DegreeWorks audit.

GETTING STARTED IN YOUR MAJOR - BA-ECO MAJORS
Students working towards a BA-ECO major must pay close attention to the foreign language requirement.  This should be started early, especially for students who have to take the two semesters of beginning language courses prior to the two semesters of intermediate language courses.  In fall semester, French, German and Spanish typically offer a six hour accelerated beginning language course (1030) which covers both parts of begining language.  In the spring semester, French, German and Spanish typically offer a six hour accelerated intermediate language course (1060) which covers both parts of intermediate language.  BA-ECO majors should remember that both ECO 3010, ECO 3020, and a minimum grade of C in a WID (Writing in the Discipline) course are prerequisites for ECO 4810.

USE DEGREEWORKS, FOUR YEAR GUIDES AND PREVIOUS ADVISING MATERIALS TO ASSIST YOU
Your DegreeWorks audit, the online four-year-guides and your previous advising materials (progress sheets and plans) can help you to select the courses you need.  Four-year-guides are online at http://fouryearguides.appstate.edu/guides/colleges/walker-college-of-business.  Be sure to select the one for your catalog.  If you previously met with a business advisor and cannot find your advising plan, progress sheet or senior check, you can stop by the COB Advising Center for a copy. 

CHECK COURSE PREREQUISITES
Use the General Bulletin to check for course prerequisites.  When checking for prerequisites, it is best to use the most recent General Bulletin since current prerequisites apply to everyone and prerequisites listed on an older Program of Study may be out of date.  This can be found at https://registrar.appstate.edu/resources/course-catalogs/undergraduate-bulletin

UNDERSTAND RESTRICTIONS ON BUSINESS COURSES AT THE 3000 LEVEL OR ABOVE
In addition to course prerequisites, be sure you are familiar with other restrictions on business courses at the 3000-level or above.  These are listed at http://advising.business.appstate.edu/students/restrictions-30004000-level-business-courses.

PAY ATTENTION TO SECTIONS RESERVED FOR DISTANCE ED OR HONORS STUDENTS
Some courses have certain sections reserved for COB Honors students (section 410) or Distance Ed Management students (sections 350 or 351).  You will not be able to register for these courses if you are not in the designated program.  

LEARN ABOUT OTHER REGISTRATION ISSUES THAT MIGHT OCCUR
Check online at http://advising.business.appstate.edu/students/registration-problems for other common registration issues you may encounter.

MGT 4750 AND BUS 4000
Business majors approaching their last year should remember that all 2000/3000 level business core courses must be completed PRIOR TO taking these two courses.  These prerequisites are BE 3340 or ENG 3100 with a minimum grade of C in either, CIS 2050, ECO 2200, FIN 3680, MGT 3630, MKT 3050 and SCM 3650 (previously POM 3650).  MGT 4750 and BUS 4000 are taken in the final semester.  A senior check and, usually, a graduation application are required prior to registering for these two courses.

STUDY ABROAD COURSE PRE-APPROVAL FORM ADVISOR SIGNATURE
If you are going abroad in an upcoming semester, you will have to get an advisor to sign off on your course pre-approval form.  The advisor does not simply sign the course pre-approval form, but rather reviews the courses with you to assure you understand how they will count, so this is not a quick process and forms cannot be dropped of for advisor signatures.  An appointment must be made to complete this process.  Be sure to check with OIED for course pre-approval form deadlines and make your advising appointment well in advance of that deadline.  

PIN NUMBERS AND OTHER REGISTRATION HOLDS
The WCOB does not assign PIN numbers.  Business majors or BA-ECO majors who have a PIN number assigned have gotten it through another unit and must contact that unit to get the PIN number.  Business majors and BA-ECO majors who are on probation will have a registration hold until they have met with an advisor (after Drop/Add).  Students on probation for the first time must also complete an Academic Success Workshop with the Office of Student Success.