Other College Information

Catalog choice

A student registering in the College of Information Science and Technology for the first time will work with an adviser to develop a matriculation form based on the current printed catalog. The matriculation form used to develop a plan of study for students in the College will be the primary source for a student’s most current academic plan provided the student has continuous enrollment. It is important for all new and current students to seek undergraduate advising to establish as early as possible a matriculation form that outlines their plan of study. The College reserves the right to institute and make effective, after due notice, during the course of a student’s work towards a degree, any new ruling which may be necessary for the general good of the College, and to substitute courses currently offered for those no longer offered.

It is the responsibility of each student admitted to the College of Information Science and Technology to become familiar with the procedures and regulations in the undergraduate catalog and program brochure.

Academic Advising

The College of IS&T’s Academic Undergraduate Advising office recognizes that students have individual academic, career and sometimes personal needs which might require special assistance. Following are some guidelines on how your academic adviser can help you. To ensure better service, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their adviser regularly.

What do the advisers do?

The advisers can explain the rules and requirements for the IS&T programs and help you figure out how they apply to your situation. The adviser will actually prepare your records so that you meet all the requirements for the degree in the “final audit” process. The chairs of each program will then sign off on your record. The most useful thing the advisers can do is provide advice about what degree program specific courses, or scheduling would be most helpful to you. They can also help with difficult situations in which you have a concern with your grades, course instruction, time management, scheduling conflicts, or other academic issues you might have with your courses and the program.

When should I see an adviser?

During your freshman and sophomore year, you are required to check with your adviser every semester. After that, it’s a good idea to check in with your adviser at least once per semester, to make sure that your record is up- to-date and to catch any problems early. Seniors are required to schedule a meeting for a senior check, when they reach 90 earned hours.

Dean’s List

A full time student will be placed on the Dean’s List with a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. A part time student will be placed on the Dean’s List after having completed 12 hours of semester course work with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Once a part-time student is placed on the Dean’s List, the accumulation of the 12 hours starts over. No SPU’s (special undergraduates/second degree seeking) or Graduate Students can be on the Dean’s List.

Senior Check

After students reach 91 hours of course work completed, they must request a senior check to be done by their academic adviser. Assuming satisfactory completion of all approved courses, this process will assure the student’s graduation date. Should this procedure not be followed, responsibility for meeting graduation requirements falls on the student; if errors are made they can prevent graduation at the anticipated date.

Application for degree

Each student who expects to receive a diploma must file an application for degree. The application for degree is available online via the Web by logging into mavlink. Announcements about deadline dates are posted upon bulletin boards and printed in the Gateway.

It is the responsibility of the students to inform the Registrar’s Office of their graduation plans including their address and the manner in which they are completing their requirements. Failure to meet these stipulations may necessitate postponement of graduation until the next semester.

Honors Program

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) actively supports the University of Nebraska at Omaha University Honors Program. The purpose of the College of Information Science and Technology Honors Program is to provide a challenging opportunity to dedicated students in an effort to broaden their abilities.

In order to meet the graduation requirements of the UNO Honors Program aspiring students may choose from the following options:

  • Option I shall be known as University Honors with Distinction and will require 30 hours of Honors work and thesis. The recommended Curriculum is for students to take 6 to 9 hours of Honors work each of the first two years and 6 hours each of the last two years.
  • Of the total hours, 6 hours should be colloquia; 3-6 hours should be Thesis/Creative Activity/Departmental Capstone with contract. Up to 9 hours of AP can be used, and up to six hours can be TAG, Internship, or similar activity.
  • Participants who complete a minimum of 30 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher) and whose overall GPA is as determined by the appropriate college, will have the notation “University Honors Program” printed on their diplomas, on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program. These titles will also be printed in the Commencement Program.
  • Option ll shall be known as University Honors and will require 24 hours of Honors Work and no Thesis. The recommended curriculum is for students to take 6 to 9 hours of Honors work the first year and 6 hours each the last three years. Of the total 24 hours 6 hours must consist of two colloquia; there may be 3 to 6 hours of Internship, TAG, Service Learning, or Tutoring. Up to 6 hours of AP credit may be accepted.
  • Participants who complete a minimum of 24 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher) and whose overall GPA of 3.50, will have he notation “University Honors Program” printed on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program. This option may not be available in all colleges.
  • Option III Shall be known as University Honors with Service Learning/Study Abroad/Capstone Option and it will require 30 honors hours. 
  • 6 hours of Colloquia required; no waivers
  • Presentation of the thesis/creative activity required in Option I, the student may substitute one of the following:
    • A study abroad experience of at least one semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned  and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
    • A two-semester off campus internship at the middle management or above level and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
    • Two service learning courses and submission of a written paper that would be the basis of the required presentation may, with a approval of Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I
    • COE and Engineering students may substitute students teaching and the Engineering capstone project, respectively, along with presentation, for the thesis in option I.                                  

Transfer Students and Junior Entrants

Transfer students entering the honors program must complete 15 hours of Honors work, to include:

  • 6 credits of senior thesis or project.
  • At least 6 credits (two courses) of honors colloquium credit.  The college honors coordinators and honors committees may grant exceptions to this requirement.
  • Either one or two honors courses or internship, or 35 hours of  verified and supervised community service, volunteerism, or relevant work experience.

The IS&T Honors Program is a part of the University Honors Program. All students entering or enrolled in good standing in the College of Information Science and Technology may be considered for membership to the CIST Honors Program. Students on their own initiative may apply for admission or they may be invited to apply by the Program Director.

The minimum requirement for admission to the CIS&T

Honors Program is:

  1. for entering freshmen: A composite ACT score of 26 or above.
  2. for transfer and current students: A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above for at least twelve credit hours at UNO. Applicants must submit an Honors Program application and return it to the Honors Program Office. The application can be obtained at the Honors Program Office. The Program Coordinator retains the application for his/her records and returns an acceptance/rejection to the Honors Program. If more specific information is desired, contact the Academic Advising Office at 402-554-3819.

Challenge Program

The College of Information Science and Technology is committed to a complimentary CIST Challenge Program that extends the opportunities for student enrichment and autonomous learning experiences to all CIST students whether or not the student is formally enrolled in the University Honors Program. The CIST Challenge Program encourages the development of these opportunities throughout all disciplines within the college. This multi-faceted program spans the learning spectrum of exploration, investigation, and in-depth studies through innovative, student-centered strategies integrating academics, research, and service experiences. The goal of the CIST Challenge Program is to facilitate our students’ achievement of the highest levels of excellence possible to include the essential skills for effective life-long learning. Each CIST faculty is a willing mentor who will encourage students to investigate and pursue the opportunities available through the Honors and Challenge Programs.

CIST faculty may develop an Honors section within the courses they teach in accordance with the University Honors Program guidelines and faculty have the option to include other participants based on student interests and qualifications.

The college goal is to offer Honors sections and Challenge options for as many CIST core courses as possible and to encourage similar goals throughout the college disciplines.

CIST faculty may also offer Honors contracts with interested students in accordance with the University Honors Program guidelines and they may develop similar Challenge Program contracts with CIST students to foster and facilitate the pursuit of in-depth studies in areas of specific student passions.

CIST faculty may also sponsor CIST student participation in Challenge Program research activities commensurate with student skills and learning objectives. They may also provide opportunities for student involvement in Challenge Program out-reach and community service-oriented learning experiences. This aspect may be associated with Challenge Program research opportunities and may include the role of more advanced students serving as mentors for their less experienced fellow students.

CIST is committed to seek and pursue additional avenues to facilitate and recognize our students’ Challenge Program achievement of autonomous learning skills and life-long excellence. There is a continuing effort to develop appropriate procedures to implement and support the efforts of both students and faculty in pursuing the goals of the CIST Challenge Program. For more information contact the Academic Advising Office at 402-554-3819.

Academic Amnesty and Appeals

The following policies shall apply to academic amnesty, appeals of course grades and appeals of academic suspension.

Academic Amnesty

In order to petition for Academic Amnesty, the student must meet the following conditions:

  1. Have completed 24 semester hours (12 semester hours if the student is part-time) of course work at UNO, UNL or UNK with a GPA of 2.5 or better
  2. A student may remove 1 or 2 consecutive semesters (does not have to be 1st and 2nd) from UNO, UNL or UNK
  3. Must be removed 4 years from the semester or year to be deleted
  4. If the committee agrees, those courses that were completed with “C-” or better may count toward hours for graduation
  5. Student may not graduate with academic honors.

Appeals for Course Grades

Students who wish to appeal a grade which they feel was erroneously given shall first discuss the matter with the instructor and/ or the department chairperson. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Dean within 30 days of receipt of the grade report from the Registrar’s Office. The Academic Evaluation Committee of the College of Information Science and Technology will hold a hearing to make a final determination based on the facts presented.

Appeals for Academic Suspension

Students who wish to appeal a grade which they feel was erroneously given shall first discuss the matter with the instructor and/ or the department chairperson. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Dean within 30 days of receipt of the grade report from the Registrar’s Office. The Academic Evaluation Committee of the College of Information Science and Technology will hold a hearing to make a final determination based on the facts presented.

For more Information...

contact the academic advising office at 402-554-3819.