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General FAQs

Find more FAQs on Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Information Technology programs

I have taken a prerequisite for a course at another school. Why does Panther Soft report that I am missing the prerequisite?

Most likely the transfer course will need to be evaluated.  The system will recognize the prerequisite if the transfer course is found to be equivalent to an FIU course after it is evaluated.

How do I access my Panther Degree Audit (PDA)?

The Panther Degree Audit (PDA) can be accessed on under the ‘Academics’ drop down menu.

MyFIU -> Academic Advising tile -> Degree Audit -> Go to Panther Degree Audit

What is the difference between a dual degree and a second major?

A dual degree is exactly what it says: you get two separate degrees and diplomas. You must complete all the requirements for the two-degree programs. In addition, you must complete at least 30 more credits beyond the minimum required for the first degree. If the first degree requires 120 credits, then you will need at least 150 to earn the second degree. If the first degree requires 128 credits, then you will need at least 158 credits to earn the second degree.

A second major is not always available. Some majors will require a second degree, instead. You must complete all the degree requirements for both majors. The difference is that the minimum number of credits required for the two majors is the same as the number of credits for the first major. If the first major requires 120 credits, then you will need at least 120 to earn both majors. If the first major requires 128 credits, then you will need at least 128 credits to earn both majors.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the two majors, the student will be awarded one degree and a notation denoting both majors will be entered on the transcript.

You may earn a dual degree or a second major in IT and CS.

If you want the second major option, then declare your other major first, then see a Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences adviser to declare the second major.

If you want the dual degree option, then declare one degree first, then see an adviser from the other degree program to declare the second degree.

How can I take a course at another school to meet FIU requirements?

To take a course at another school, you must fill out the Transient Student Application.

  1. Taking a course at another school is only allowed when you will be out of town for a semester or to complete some UCC courses or if there are no class sections open.
  2. Courses cannot be taken at another school during the final 30 credits of your degree.
  3. Go to
  4. Go to “Apply or Check Application Status Now”.
  5. Create the PIN/Password on your My FIU account.
    • Click the ‘Profile’ tile
    • At the Menu select ‘Personal Identification Number’.
  6. You will receive an approval or denial from FIU via email.
  7. Contact the other school to complete the transient student request.

Please be mindful that these transfer courses will satisfy the FIU course requirement with a passing grade but will not affect your FIU GPA.

What is Academic Warning, Probation and Dismissal?


An undergraduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on warning, indicating academic difficulty.


An undergraduate student on warning whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on probation, indicating serious academic difficulty. The College/School of the student on probation may indicate the conditions which must be met in order to continue enrollment.


An undergraduate student on probation whose cumulative and semester GPAs fall below a 2.0 will automatically be dismissed from his/her program and the University. An undergraduate student will not be dismissed prior to attempting a minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework.

The student has ten working days to appeal the dismissal. This appeal must be made in writing to the dean designee of the College or the School in which the student is admitted. The dismissal from the University is for a minimum of one year. After one year, the student may apply for re-admission to the University in the same or a different program or register as a non-degree seeking student. Dismissed students applying for re-admission or registering as non-degree seeking students are placed on academic probation.

What is the Forgiveness Policy?

The Forgiveness Policy allows students to retake a limited number of classes for a higher grade.

Through the Forgiveness Policy, a student may retake a class to earn a higher grade and raise their GPA if the following conditions are met. The student must:

  • Have completed the course earning less than a ‘C’ grade
  • Retake the same course to receive a higher grade
  • Submit the Grade Forgiveness Request on MyFIU once the ew grade is posted

How to Submit

  • Login to MyFIU. See Access MyFIU for help.
  • Select the ‘Student Tools’ tile and then the ‘Student E-Forms’ tile.
  • Select ‘Student Records’ from the menu on the left and click ‘Grade Forgiveness Form’
  • Carefully read the guidelines provided and click ‘I Agree’
  • Under the ‘Grade(s) Forgiven’ section, select the course with the grade you would like to keep from the ‘Repeated Attempt’ dropdown menu and the course with the grade you would like to replace from the ‘Original Attempt’ menu. ‘Total Attempts’ will include the pending attempt you are submitting.
  • Carefully read the information provided at the bottom of the page and click on the checkbox.
  • Click ‘SUBMIT’ button at the bottom of the page.
  • A message will display that the request was successfully submitted.

I have taken some of the UCC courses at another school. Can they be used in place of the UCC courses at FIU?

They can be used if they are equated (are equivalent) to UCC courses.  You could submit the syllabi to your assigned advisor.  Your advisor will send them for evaluation to find out if they could be approved to be equivalent to FIU courses.

I have an AS degree. Will I need to take courses other than those required for the major?

Yes. The AS degree does not require students to take enough classes outside their area of concentration to meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements. Please review the UCC in your Panther Degree Audit (PDA) or contact your assigned advisor.

How many of my credits can be transferred from a two-year school?

From a two-year school, like a state college, it is possible to transfer 60 credits.

All of your transfer courses will transfer if you earned at least a D, but they will only count as 60 credits. In other words, if you took 80 credits worth of courses and they were all equivalent to FIU courses, then all the courses would be applied to your FIU transcript, but they would only count as 60 FIU credits.

This means that you would still need to complete at least 60 credits at FIU in order to graduate with a degree from FIU.

I do not speak a foreign language, but I took foreign language classes in High School. Do I need to take foreign language classes at FIU?

Any student who was admitted with a foreign language deficiency must successfully complete two semesters of sequential instruction in one foreign language prior to graduation. So, if you passed two years of one language in High School, then you do not need to take any foreign language classes at FIU.

How can I view the list of courses that are being offered for the upcoming semester?

Courses that are being offered for an upcoming semester are only searchable when the schedules are posted.  Do a class search in Panther Soft.

To see the classes that you need to finish your requirements, use the Panther Degree Audit (PDA).

MyFIU -> Academic Advising tile ->Degree Audit -> Go to Panther Degree Audit


From the PDA, click on a course that you need. From the next page, click the View Sections button, then select the desired semester.

I already speak a foreign language; will this fulfill the language requirement?

If you are proficient in a foreign language (can read, speak, and write) then there are several options available for fulfilling the language requirement.

  1. You may take the German, French or Spanish CLEP exam.
  2. You may take the FLATS exam (for most foreign languages).
  3. You may take an intermediate course in your language.

I transferred over 60 credits. Why were only 60 credits accepted?

The maximum amount of transfer credits that can be applied toward the credits counter is 60.  Since students must complete at least 120 credits this means that you will need to earn at least 60 credits at FIU.

What happens when my GPA falls below 2.0?

When your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for the first time you will be placed on Academic Warning. If your cumulative GPA does not reach 2.0 at the end of the next semester then you will be placed on Academic Probation.

If you are on Academic Probation then you must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above for the courses you take that semester. If your semester GPA falls below 2.0, then you will be dismissed from FIU.

How can I find the UCC requirements online?

You can find the University Core Curriculum in the FIU Undergraduate Catalog at .

  • Select the ‘Course Catalog Year’
  • Select ‘Undergraduate
  • Select ‘Admission and Registration Information’
  • Select ‘Academic and Career Success’


The UCC can also be found at .


 You can also find the UCC at

How can I find the FIU Undergraduate catalog online?

I am transferring from another school. Do I have to complete all the prerequisites before being admitted to FIU?

You can be admitted to FIU without completing all prerequisites. Any missing prerequisites become additional required courses.

I can’t register because I have a hold, but my GPA is above 2.0.

You may have a Preliminary Degree Check or Advising hold. Please contact your assigned adviser through PSN for assistance.

After I complete all the courses required for my major and UCC requirements, will I be able to graduate?

Please meet with your assigned adviser to make sure that there are no missing requirements  like upper division credits, Global Learning, or other FIU graduation requirements.

Once your adviser confirms that you could graduate you will need to apply for graduation through your MyFIU portal.


MyFIU -> Academic Records tile -> Apply for Graduation

What is the Panther Degree Pathway (PDP)?

It is a guided degree plan to help students stay on track and graduate on time. It uses a sophisticated algorithm to generate your personalized educational plan.  Can be accessed at MyFIU -> Academic Advising tile-> Degree Pathway-> Panther Degree Pathway


The PDP Student Manual can be found at

What is the Panther Degree Audit (PDA)?

It is a record of the student’s academic progress toward completion of their academic degree program.  Can be accessed at:

MyFIU -> Academic Advising tile -> Degree Audit -> Go to Panther Degree Audit


The PDA Student Manual can be found at

What is the Panther Success Network (PSN)?

It is a system that will allow students to get connected with members of their FIU success team such as their academic advisor, success coach, career coach and tutor.  Students can also:

  • View class information
  • Schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor
  • Access quick links, such MyFIU, OneStop, etc.
  • View information about their upcoming appointments
  • View records of advising reports and notes


PSN can be accessed at MyFIU -> Academic Advising tile -> Success Network -> Go to Panther Success Network

The PSN Student Manual can be found at

Students are encouraged to download the Navigate app.