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On Thursday, Sept. 17, the University Senate voted to extend the pass/non-pass option to include General Education courses, and to extend the deadline for choosing this option for most classes until Friday, Nov. 20. (Please note there is an earlier deadline, Oct. 2, for first-term (7-week) classes only.)
Unlike in the spring, continuing students electing this option must have a GPA of at least 2.0 (new first-year students and transfers do not yet have an Ohio State GPA, but are eligible), and the hours taken are not excluded from the university cap of 20 PA/NP credit hours. That means the total number of credit hours taken PA/NP, excluding those taken in the spring 2020 semester, cannot exceed 20.
Pass/non-pass option in BSPS major courses
Last week, the Undergraduate Studies Committee recommended that the PA/NP option also be made available for majors in our college. The committee carefully weighed the implications of this recommendation for student mental health and academic success, for the work of our colleagues in advising, and for the integrity of the undergraduate educational experience. In the end, the committee felt the extension would help those in the most precarious circumstances to get through these challenging times. The college has now adopted that recommendation.
The same requirement of a minimum GPA of 2.0 for continuing students will apply (this is a university requirement), and any major or minor course will also count toward the 20-credit cap.
The College of Pharmacy Office of Academic Affairs recommends that you weigh the PA/NP option carefully and in consultation with your advisor. There are several factors to keep in mind; the choice of PA/NP may have implications for:
- Financial aid eligibility. While electing PA/NP will not lower your GPA, it also cannot raise it to levels that might be required for eligibility for some scholarships.
- Progress in a major or minor program. A low passing grade in a major or minor class may not adequately prepare you for future coursework that builds on that class.
- Post-graduate education plans. Unlike in the spring, many of Ohio State’s peer institutions have not (or at least not yet) decided to make the PA/NP widely available. As a result, it is more difficult to predict the ways graduate and professional schools will evaluate your decision to use this option.
- You have time to decide. We also recommend that you do not make a decision now but instead wait until you have a better sense of your academic performance in the classes you are currently taking. For example, many students in the spring who opted for PA/NP would have earned As or Bs. Once selected, the PA/NP option cannot be reversed.
Undergraduate Advising will be holding walk-in advising hours on Friday, Nov. 20, to answer any last-minute questions regarding PA/NP decisions. Please be on the lookout for more information to come.
If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please reach out to your Academic Advisor via email or schedule an appointment through OnCourse.
The College of Pharmacy is excited to offer free tutoring to BSPS students enrolled in CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II and CHEM 2520 Organic Chemistry II during the spring 2021 semester.
Weekly individual sessions via Zoom are available during morning, afternoon, and evening time slots to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Follow the links below to sign-up for tutoring:
Interested in tutoring but none of the session times fit your schedule? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your upcoming availability and we will find an alternate time for you to meet with your tutor.
After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link listed as the location. Use this Zoom link to connect at your scheduled session time.
Preparing for tutoring
When signing-up, you’ll be asked to list which topics you’d like to cover during your session. Be as specific as possible and include chapter numbers, if working from the textbook.
During your Zoom session, have any problems you’d like to work through pulled up and ready to share with your tutor through the Screen Share feature.
Our tutors can also provide background information and tips on studying, if you’re looking for more general recommendations beyond specific course content.
Cancelling less than 24 hours in advance, arriving 15 minutes late, or failure to attend a session are considered a “no-show.” Three (3) no-shows during the semester will result in termination of tutoring privileges for the remainder of the semester.
To cancel a session at least 24 hours in advance, delete your sign-up through the "View My Sign Up" link in your confirmation email.
If cancelling less than 24 hours in advance, email your respective tutor (Gen Chem – Chris La Rosa at email@example.com or Organic Chem - Eli Lind at firstname.lastname@example.org) and tutoring coordinator Polly Carlson at email@example.com.
Meet your tutors
Chris is a third-year graduate student in the College of Pharmacy's Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. He works in the Werbovetz lab and his research is focused on anti-leishmanial drug discovery. Chris grew up in Dublin, OH and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The Ohio State University. He has previously tutored students in chemistry and says, "I really enjoy helping others understand chemistry! It's not an easy topic to learn, so I do my best to make sure students understand key concepts that are built upon in this course."
Eli is a first year PhD student in the College of Pharmacy’s Medicinal Chemistry program. He was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and completed his undergraduate studies at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, where he majored in Biochemistry and Exercise Science. While at Lindenwood, Eli tutored NCAA athletes in various chemistry and biology courses. Eli says, “I enjoy tutoring because it allows me to help others further their knowledge and understanding of chemistry, in addition to helping me stay up to date on information that lays the groundwork for upper level chemistry.”
Forms and Documents
The following documents will help you as you move forward in your academic journey. Checklists and sample plans have been created to assist with your ongoing degree audit and meetings with your academic advisor.
Requirements for completing an undergraduate student research project and graduation with distinction include:
- Students begin their project by submitting the BSPS Graduation with Distinction Initiation Form to their academic advisor for approval by the BSPS Program Committee
- Students must participate in research for at least two semesters with an average commitment of two to three credit hours of PHR 4998
- Students must present their work at an Undergraduate Research Forum
- Students must complete a written document (10 to 15 pages in length) describing the research they conducted
- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
A variety of project activities are acceptable provided the activity falls within the life sciences or healthcare field. Projects may be completed under the direction of mentors outside of the College of Pharmacy. In this situation, students should register for research hours in the mentor’s department.
The deadline to submit your graduation application is the 10th Friday of the term you intend to graduate. However, we recommend that students submit their graduation application one year prior to when they intend to graduate.
NOTE: Any student who misses the deadline must speak with their academic advisor to discuss the late add protocol.
At the end of each term, academic performance will be reviewed by the Program Director of Undergraduate Studies to ensure that each student is making satisfactory academic progress and meeting college and university standards.
If at the end of their first semester of enrollment a student has earned a GPA below 2.0, they will be placed on academic warning. In order to be removed from this status, the student will need to raise their cumulative GPA above a 2.0 the following term. If the student is unable to raise their cumulative GPA above a 2.0, they will be placed on academic or special action probation.
If at any time the preparation, progress, or success of a student is determined to be unsatisfactory, the college shall be empowered to place the student on special action academic probation. In order to be removed from this status, the student will need to meet the terms of their special action probation as determined by the BSPS Committee.
Any student (not in their first term at the university) with a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. In order to be removed from this status, the student will need to meet the following terms:
- Raise cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above, or earn term GPA of 2.3 or above
- No E or EN grades are permitted
- A grade of Incomplete is permitted by petition only
- May not be enrolled in more than 12 credit hours
- Complete academic success workshop with academic advisor
When a student is placed on academic warning, academic probation or special action probation their student account will be locked (no enrollment activity) until they complete an academic success workshop with an academic advisor. In this workshop students and their advisor will discuss strengths and challenges/barriers to academic success and appropriate support resources, create goals for the upcoming semester and set follow-up meetings to discuss progress. Once this workshop has been completed, the lock will be removed from the student’s account.
If a student is on probation for two consecutive terms and does not meet the terms of their probation, the BSPS Program Committee has the option to either Program Dismiss the student from the BSPS program or Academically Dismiss from The Ohio State University. If a student is dismissed, they will receive a letter notifying them of their dismissal.
Students may petition for reinstatement no-earlier than two semester from the date of their dismissal. Any student who may be reinstated by the College of Pharmacy shall be subject to special requirements as determined appropriate by the BSPS Committee. If the performance record of any reinstated student does not meet the conditions of probation specified at the time of reinstatement, then the College of Pharmacy shall determine whether the student is to be dismissed or continue on probation.