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Planning Your Education

Usually when beginning a journey, it's a good idea to have a map or, better yet, a GPS. The same applies to your educational journey. We encourage you to work with an advisor to create an educational plan or program map.

In completing a program map, you are writing your specific goals for the coursework you want to accomplish and when you want to accomplish them. The program map guides you and increases your chances of successfully completing a degree or course of study at Pierce College.

A program map is a quarter-by-quarter map of the courses needed to complete a degree. It is for planning purposes only and does not constitute a contractual agreement.

A strong educational plan/program map includes the following information:

  • The requirements of the desired degree or certificate at Pierce College.
  • For transfer students, the admission requirements for the four-year college you plan to attend (often, foreign language is required); prerequisite course requirements for your planned major; and graduation requirements at the four-year college, such as additional foreign language requirements.
  • The proper sequencing of prerequisites of Pierce College coursework.
  • Advisor confirmation that critical courses are projected to be offered during the quarters needed.
  • While an educational plan can be a complete map of a degree, from start to finish, it may make more sense to project out only a few quarters if your path is more fluid or uncertain.

Current students can update their educational plan/program map by making an appointment with their assigned advisor. At certain times of the quarter, such as during Advising Weeks, advisors are very busy. Try to request a time other than the peak of advising and registration.

New students will draft their program map with an advisor at their initial advising appointment.