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The College of Arts and Sciences has two types of advisors: the general academic advisors and faculty. The general academic advisors are full-time advisors who specialize in the freshman and sophomore advising.
Advisor assignments for the B.S. in Biology are determined in the following manner:
Advisor assignments for the B.S. in Chemistry are determined in the following manner:
Because of the important role of the advisor for transfer programs and their high complexity, faculty advisors are assigned to Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy students.
Biology students pursuing the Chemistry minor should consult with their normal advisor. Other students desiring to minor in Chemistry should contact the Head of the Department of Natural Sciences for assignment of an advisor.
If you have questions about professional or graduate schools or career options in various scientific areas please make an appointment to speak with one of the faculty members listed in this document.
The course requirements for each of these programs are provided in program worksheets. These worksheets are available at the following links:
*Students who declared Biology as their major after the summer term of 2010, must follow the 2010 curriculum.
**Students who declared Biology as their major after the summer term of 2009, may choose to graduate under the 2009 or 2010 curricula.
B.S. Chemistry and Chemistry Minor
The program map provides the terms in which courses within the program will be offered in future terms. The program map for the courses within the B.S. in Biology are provided by this link. The program map for the courses within the B.S. in Chemistry and Chemistry Minor are provided by this link. Most course in the Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy programs are included in this list; however, some course options are not. Program maps for other courses taught by the Department of Natural Sciences are provided by this link.
Course sequencing plans provide recommendations for the order in which courses within a program should be taken. The sequencing plans take prerequisites and co-requisites into account. For the B.S. in Biology, the sequencing plan is designed to provide the ability to graduate within four years without attending during summer terms. For the A.S. in Integrative Studies - Pre-Engineering and the A.S. in Integrative Studies - Pre-Pharmacy, the course sequencing plans are designed to provide the ability to graduate within two years without attending during summer terms. Students who desire to take fewer courses per term will have individualized course sequencing plans developed by their advisors. The course sequencing plan for the B.S. in Biology is provided in the Academic Catalog applicable to the date when the student declared Biology as his or her major. The current (fall 2010 curriculum) sequencing plans are available from the following links:
Course sequencing plans for the Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy programs are provided by the following links:
Advising Handbook. The University maintains an online Advising Handbook, which provide information on advising for advisors. Each new advisor is required to read the Advising Handbook prior to being assigned advisors.
Mentoring Program. Each new faulty member is assigned a another faculty member as his or her mentor. One role of the mentor is to help prepare the new faculty member to advise students. Typically, new faculty members will be required to shadow experienced advisors to see real advising situations and questions.
Workshops. Workshops involving advising are often provided by the Office of Academic Affairs during Faculty Development days. Additionally, the College of Arts and Sciences has provided workshops on the Core Curriculum. Also the Advising Council presents workshops on advising topics.
Webinars. The Office of Academic Affairs sponsors Webinars on advising topics which are open to faculty.
Participation in these training opportunities is reported to the department head annually and is plays a role in the annual faculty evaluation process.
Advisement Survey. An assessment survey on advising is conducted annually. Results of that assessment are provided to deans and department heads to assist them in making improvements in their advising programs.
Faculty advisement questionnaire. After each advising session, the student completes as short survey to provide feedback on the quality of advisement.