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Advisement Period Procedures

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  • At least one week in advance of the registration period posters will be prominently displayed in the Science Building reminding students of advisement procedures. These posters should be carefully read to identify any changes from past advisement patterns.

    Following is the general pattern students will follow during advisement:

    1. Visit the Biology Department main office to sign-up for an appointment with an advisor. 

    • Appointment sheets will be posted for each faculty member identifying days and times of availability.
    • Students may choose any advisor with some exceptions related to special programs or circumstances including:
    • All new majors and graduating seniors must see the Chairperson of the Department,
    • All students in University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey programs may see any advisor but must see the coordinator of the UMDNJ programs when they have completed 90 hours toward the degree.
    • All transfer students must see the designated transfer advisor.

    2. Review departmental requirements for the degree and the course offerings in the Master Course List and plan a tentative schedule before arriving for the advisement appointment.

    3. Be on time. When signing for an appointment note when the next appointment will occur. An advisement appointment will generally be scheduled for 30 minutes. A student who comes late will have only the remaining time of the appointment in which to talk with the advisor. Note well: If an advisor’s schedule is completely booked, a student who misses an appointment or is late and has insufficient time for advisement will need to make another appointment, HOWEVER the original advisor may not have any openings in the schedule and a different advisor must be sought.

    4. The faculty advisor will have the student’s advisement file for use during the visit and will  

    • Ask the student to check the personal data sheet, making any necessary changes.
    • Review the general studies and major tracking sheets
    • Discuss and suggest appropriate courses with the student
    • Complete the Departmental Advisement sheet, identifying courses that were recommended, sign the sheet and ask the student to sign. This becomes the record of the discussion.
    • Answer any questions related to major courses and degree programs.

    5. The student will use GothicNet to register for courses for the coming semester

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