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Academic Resources

This is just a sample of great learning tips. For additional learning strategies, please visit the Academic Skills Center's Online Study Skills Library.

Free Departmental Tutoring

For specific days/times, see campus tutoring resource list.

Biology: By Arrangement 
Contact Tri-Beta Club at

Mathematics: All Courses - M-R. Drop-In
(No tutoring during finals week)
Building 38 Room 131

Chemistry: T, W, R. Drop-In
6pm - 7pm 
Building 180 Room 306 
Deptartment also has a list of private one-to-one tutors.

Physics: M - F. Drop-In
(No tutoring during finals week)
Building 180 Room 272

Time Management

Time is of the essence, as all students know. If you're having trouble letting non-negotiable items become negotiable, organize them with efficient and effective time management schedules.

Metacognition and Optimal Student Learning

"Metacognition refers to your awareness of how well you truly understand a concept. Struggling students typically have poor metacognition: they are grossly overconfident in their level of understanding. As a result, they don't study as much as they need to in order to truly understand the material."  -Dr. Stephen Chew, Samford University

How to get the most out of studying: This is a series of five videos developed by Dr. Stephen Chew at Samford University. Dr. Chew is a cognitive psychologist and recognized authority in optimal learning strategies.

Concentration Tips

Don't lose focus when it comes to studying. Check out these resources: 

Block Scheduling (First Year Students)

First year students in each of the majors in the College of Science and Mathematics will receive block schedules for fall quarter. The number of units that students will be blocked into may vary depending on major and course availability. Click here for more information about block scheduling.

Career Services

Career Services can help you explore career options, prepare for your internship/job search, connect with employers, and more! Please visit their website for more information on the services and resources they provide.

Community College Credit and California Virtual Campus is a computerized student-transfer information system that provides students the opportunity to identify transferable courses from California colleges and universities. facilitates the transfer from California Community Colleges to California's public four-year universities by providing course articulation and CSU GE-Breadth certification courses.

California Virtual Campus ( is a tool which provides information about online courses at California Community Colleges. These courses may or may not count as gernal education credit. It is the responsibility of the student to verify campus agreements with to determine course articulation.

Download this helpful worksheet to learn more about Cal Poly and and Assist CSU GE area articulation and utilization of CVC: Worksheet (PDF)

Declaring Your Concentration or Minor

To declare a concentration, send an email to with the following:

Subject:"Concentration/Your Last Name"
Email Body:
  • Full Name
  • Empl ID
  • Major
  • Catalog Year (i.e., 13-15, 15-17, 17-19, etc.)
  • The concentration you wish to follow. Make sure your concentration is available for the catalog you are following.

Click here for the current catalog.

For a minor, obtain the form and appropriate signatures from your minor department before sending the form to the Registrar's Office-Evaluations Unit in Building 1, Room 218.

Degree Progress Report (DPR)

The Degree Progress Report (DPR) is an interactive advising tool that will provide you with an up-to-date assessment of your academic progress to graduation. It will indicate if you have met specific University degree requirements such as:

•Units (minimum and upper division) required to earn your degree
•GPA requirements (excluding major gpa)
•Residence unit requirement
•United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) requirement
•Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

It will also indicate what courses that you have completed or have yet to complete in the following areas:

General Education coursework
• Major coursework
• Support coursework (if required)
• Concentration coursework
• Minor coursework (if declared)

Course credits not used are courses that will count for elective credit or courses that have not yet been applied to any of the above categories.

One caveat: The DPR does not reflect transfer credit taken after entry to Cal Poly, nor does it reflect petitions that have been submitted to the Registrar's Office. This information will be applied at the time of degree posting at the end of your undergraduate academic career.

Also, the DPR will not reflect information that has not yet been provided to the Office of the Registrar-Evaluations unit. Once provided to them, allow at least a week for the information to be reflected in your Degree Progress Report.

To view your DPR:
>Log in to your MyCalPoly Portal account
>Select Student Center
>Under Academic History > select Degree Progress
>Select Degree Progress Report from the Drop Down Menu
> Click GO

Use the legend key at the beginning of the report to help you understand the status of your coursework. Degree Audit Icons: These symbols indicate the status of the student's degree progress.

• Green Circle -Requirement Satisfied
• Red Square -Requirement Not Satisfied
• Yellow Diamond -Course In Progress

Course Enrollment Codes: These codes indicate the source of the credit. See Course History tab and External Credit tab within the DPR for your full history. EN -Courses taken through enrollment at Cal Poly

• TR -Courses transferred from another institution
• TE -Test Credit
• OT-Other Credit

Review the courses you're enrolled in for the quarter (these courses will show as "In Progress" with a yellow triangle).

If you have Advanced Placement Credit, review how your credit has been applied towards your Major/Support/General Education or Course Credits Not Used.

Click here to learn more about the DPR, including an access guide and FAQs. 

Poly Profile

Poly Profile is an unofficial transcript of your quarterly coursework and the grades you've earned. You can also see your term grade point average (GPA), Cal Poly cumulative (CPSLO) GPA and Higher Ed GPA (your Cal Poly cumulative GPA combined with any coursework you may have taken at another university or community college).

To view your Poly Profile:

• Log in to your Cal Poly Portal page > Registration and Enrollment Tab>Student Course Info. "View My Poly Profile"
• Check that your Personal Information (address, phone number) is correct
• Click on "View Test Credit Detail" to see Advanced Placement Credits (if applicable) and course credits/units earned
• Click on "Higher Education Detail" to see coursework transferred from another university or community college and course credits/units earned. 

Registering for Classes

To register for classes, log into your Cal Poly Portal and use PASS to plan your schedule and register using the Student Center.

Read detailed instructions on how to plan a schedule and register for classes at Cal Poly.

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