Independent Study or Course Replacement

What is the difference between an Independent Study course and a Course Replacement?

Independent Study

This is what you take when you are creating a new course with your professor that does not currently exist in the academic catalog. The course will show up on your schedule as 497, 498, or 499, and will not automatically fulfill a degree requirement unless the requirement specifically states that it can be fulfilled by a 497, 498, or 499 course.

Course Replacement

This is what you take when the course already exists in the academic catalog, but you will take it one-on-one with the professor instead of sitting in the class. The course will show up on your schedule exactly like the real class.

How to Enroll in an Independent Study or Course Replacement.

Register for an Independent Study or Course Replacement by filling out the Independent Study or Course Replacement (PDF) with your professor and turning it into One Stop before the Add/Drop deadline. You must attach the course syllabus and any other material that was created for the course. All necessary signatures must be collected before submitting to One Stop. If the application is approved, it will be added to your schedule for you. This process can often take 1–2 weeks to complete, so plan ahead!

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