Students planning to register for Spring courses in November must be aware of prerequisites and course requirements before making appointments with advisors.
The purpose of prerequisites and degree requirements is to insure that the Lindenwood graduate is a well-rounded, educated citizen. This is achieved through admission standards, placement tests, course prerequisites, and the Writing Proficiency Assessment.
As all current student are aware, admission to Lindenwood is granted based upon past academic performance. This is determined through review of high school transcripts, ACT scores, and the admission interview. This is intended to determine if a student has a basic level of achieved knowledge and logical reasoning before beginning college-level courses.
Additionally, placement tests are important. Students who did not complete the Math Placement assessment upon arrival at Lindenwood must do so before enrolling in any math course above Intermediate Algebra (MTH 10000). Due to the progressive nature of mathematics courses, it is crucial that students have prior knowledge when entering a course. Without that foundation, the success of the student would be limited.
In lieu of taking the placement test, students may enroll in Intermediate Algebra as a refresher course before continuing to higher courses.
For some students, placement tests would be ideal in other disiplines as well. One student, Abby Edele, says,
“I wish there was a way to test out of the composition classes. I completed higher levels of English in high school, yet I am still forced to sit through two semesters of these classes. Also, I am unable to take higher level classes until I complete ENG17000, which makes scheduling my courses difficult.”
As noted within the Course Catalog and outlined on each Bingo sheet, each degree at Lindenwood is achieved through a series of classes, beginning with introductory courses and culminating in upper-level, specialized courses.
Courses labeled 10000-19999 are described in the Course Catalog as, “Introductory courses open to all students without prerequisites”, while those labeled 20000-29999 are, “Specialized courses normally open to all students”. Courses exceeding a 30000 level often require prerequisites.
Students must be aware of the prerequisites for courses. If a student manages to avoid any lower level degree-specific courses, he may find himself unable to complete all of the upper level requirements in time for graduation. This is not the ideal situation.
While most prerequisites are designated as necessary prior to the start of a course, there are some instances in which the courses may be taken simultaneously. This decision may fall to the professor, and is not a route that a student should count on.
In addition to prerequisite courses, business students may find themselves unable to register for advanced courses if they have not completed the Writing Proficiency Assessment. This measure is an effort by the School of Business to ensure its students complete the assessment and meet a basic communication standard.
While this may seem unfair to business students, they may rest assured that all students must complete the assessment prior to graduation. This is a part of Lindenwood’s guarantee that its graduates are able to succeed at written communication in the professional world.
Any student who is unsure if he has met all course requirements may locate more information through the Course Catalog or degree-specific Bingo sheets. Individual questions should be directed to that student’s advisor.