Course Substitutions and Waivers
A substitution is intended as individual exception to major or minor requirements in situations where it is not appropriate to establish a course equivalency. They should only be explored when an equivalency isn’t an option.
- A substitution/waiver does not follow a student if they change catalog years, majors or minor
- The registration system does not recognize substituted courses as pre-requisites, so students will need to seek overrides each time that course is used as a pre-requisite
- Departments can substitute non-department courses for their major/minor requirements
- Substitutions cannot be used to fulfill general education requirements
A waiver is intended as individual exception to major or minor requirements. This may include waiving a class, credit, or program requirement that is part of the major/minor requirement.
Departments cannot waive fundamental graduation requirements. In addition, please note the following.
- Waiving a course does not waive credits associated with the course.
- If a major course is waived, the student could need additional credits to complete their major, or an additional waiver
- The student would need to plan carefully to ensure they reach the total credits required for graduation
- The registration system does not recognize waived courses as pre-requisites, so students will need to seek overrides each time that course is used as a pre-requisite. Equivalent courses are considered pre-requisites.
Requests for substitutions or waivers: Substitution and/or Waiver E-Form.
Substitutions and waivers are processed through a secure online workflow, and the submission is uploaded to the student's file for record keeping. Paper and PDF copies are no longer accepted. The secure e-form is live. More information can be found here.