Glossary of Terms

Alternate Pin: A six digit number used to access Banner registration by students during their first year. You'll get this from your pre-major advisor.

B.A.: Bachelor of Arts degree. If your major does not have a significant science component, you will graduate with a B.A.

B.S.: Bachelor of Science degree. If your major is in a science, or has a significant science component, you will graduate with a B.S.

Banner: the program where you register for classes, check your grades, or verify your personal records and financial information.

Catalog: The undergraduate catalog is your official "contract" with the W&M. You will fulfill general education requirements detailed in the catalog in effect at the time you matriculate into W&M. You will fulfill major requirements detailed in the catalog in effect when you declare your major. You are responsible for knowing the in-formation contained in the catalog.

Concentration: A structured course of study within a major. For example, you may get a B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Public Health.

Continuance Requirements: To continue as a full-time undergraduate student, you will need to meet these minimal requirements.

Co-requisite: A course that must be taken at the same time as another course. Many laboratory courses have the associated lecture course as a co-requisite

Course Attribute: A tag placed on a course that indicates which requirement it fulfills. It identifies courses that fulfill specific curricular requirements. COLL100 is an attribute of courses that fulfill the COLL 100 requirement.

CRN (Course Reference Number): Each section in the course schedule has a unique number attached to it.

Dean's List: W&M's honor roll. For students earning a 3.6 GPA in a semester.

Department: This is an academic unit at the College that offers classes and majors. Each department has a main office where you can ask for information or be referred to faculty in your interest area.

Elective: a course that counts toward the 120 credits needed for graduation but does not fulfill proficiencies, major, or minor requirements.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records.

Grade Mode: The way in which a course is graded. The most common grade modes are standard grade (letter grade from A to F) and pass/fail (either a P for pass or an F for fail is assigned).

Hold: An administrative "hold" on your student record that can prevent registration, receipt of transcripts, etc. The most common holds are for overdue student accounts, parking fines, library fines, health services fees, tele-com charges, etc.

Honor Code: The Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing in a student's academic and personal life.

Incomplete Grade: An incomplete grade indicates that an individual student has not completed essential course work because of illness or other extenuating circumstances. This includes absence from the final examination and postponement of required work with approval of the instructor.

Independent Study: A course involving structured independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent Study courses usually culminate with a research paper or other project.

Internship: A period of work for which a student might receive course credit. Internships are arranged or approved through an academic department or program and must complement the student's program of study.

Knowledge Domain: An attribute of courses that meet certain requirements of the COLL curriculum, including COLL 200 and the knowledge domain elective requirements. Domains at W&M are ALV (Arts, Letters, and Values); CSI (Cultures, Society, and the Individual); and NQR (Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning).

Level: Indicates the level of the student and the level of coursework. At William & Mary we have the following levels: Undergraduate (U), Law (LW), Graduate Business (GB), Graduate Education (GE), Graduate Arts and Sciences (GA), Graduate Marine Science (GM).

myWM: Your portal for W&M digital resources. It includes links to email, Banner, and Blackboard.

Overload: When a student enrolls in more than 18 credits during an academic semester

Plagiarism: A form of academic dishonesty that consists of using someone else's words or ideas without clearly identifying the source of this words or ideas. Plagiarism is a violation of the Honor Code.

Prerequisite: A course that must be completed before you enroll in another course. The prerequisite covers knowledge or skills you need to have mastered before taking the second course.

Probation: students whose academic work falls below the minimum continuance requirements will be placed on probation for the following semester.

Proficiency: A requirement whose fulfillment demonstrates skill in a given area.

Program: This is an academic, interdisciplinary unit within Arts & Sciences that offers classes and majors. Each program has a main office where you can ask for information or be referred to faculty in your interest area.

Reinstatement/Re-enrollment: The return to good standing of a student who has been suspended for academic reasons.

Restricted Courses: Courses open only to students in certain majors or only to students at certain academic levels.

Restricted Majors: Majors for which students must meet certain criteria in order to declare. Restricted majors are usually in high demand, and the admission process can be competitive. Example: Business majors

Self-Designed Major: A major constructed by a student under the supervision of a faculty member and ap-proved by the Charles Center.

Suspension: an academic suspension constitutes a complete severance from the College

Syllabus: A course outline, given to students at the beginning of each semester.

Underload: When a student takes fewer than 12 credits during an academic semester.

Variable Credit Course: A course that can be taken for a variable number of credit hours. A variable credit course could be from 1 to 3 credit hours, for example. The student can chose whether she/he takes the course for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours.