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  • The Biology Department is committed to providing all majors with caring and careful advisement. When students declare their major to be Biology they meet with the Department Chairperson or other designated member of the faculty to discuss career plans and review the requirements of our programs. The student is then helped to select an academic advisor. It is important to visit with the academic advisor at least once a semester before registering for the coming semester. In addition, it is wise to visit frequently to discuss career plans and academic progress. The Department takes pride in its close relationship with its majors and in the outstanding learning community the close relationship between faculty and students has created.

    The following information will help in the advisement process:

    1. Any notices from the University concerning registration procedures should have been reviewed and carefully considered well in advance of the registration period. From time to time changes to campus-wide procedures are made and can have a serious impact on registration if they are not followed carefully.

    2. Some major courses are not offered every semester. The four-year planning schedule used by the Department can be found in the appendix of this handbook and is also available in print from the Department office. It will be useful to long term planning, particularly for part-time students and others with schedule limitations.

    It is important to keep in mind that various circumstances can change the scheduled offerings. Use the four-year sequence as a guide but always check with your advisor when making long-term plans.

    3. Major courses are restricted to small class size. Make an appointment to see your advisor as early as possible in the advisement period to assure your place in the course and/or to register for the section that best meets your scheduling needs. (All faculty will have appointment sheets posted in the Department reception area at least one week before the registration period begins so that students can select a time best suited to their schedules.)

    4. Students MUST have taken the appropriate pre-requisite courses before enrolling in an advanced course. This provides the student with the proper background and keeps seats free for those who need the course for completion of their programs. On occasion the NJCU registration software may not identify certain transferred courses and so registration for that student may be blocked. See the chairperson for help in these circumstances. Please do not ask that an exception be made except in extraordinary circumstances. (Only the Department Chairperson can waive required courses.)

    5. Be sure to look over the Master Course List carefully before arriving for advisement. Students should have a tentative schedule and alternative schedule planned in advance. This allows advisement time to be used for substantive discussion of academic plans and their permutations.

    6. At the advisement visit the student will be asked to sign a form that identifies the courses that have been discussed during the visit and that are the ones recommended by the advisor. The advisor will also sign the form and include notes of the discussion that occurred during the visit. This form is placed in the student’s advisement file and provides a clear record of what was discussed.

    7. The faculty advisor will release the advisement hold on the student’s account at the end of the advisement visit. This allows the student to register on line any time after the hold has been released during the time period to which that student has been assigned. No hold will be released until the student has visited with the advisor and has had a thorough discussion of a course of study with the advisor.

    A reminder: It is essential that students schedule advisement appointments before the advisement period begins and that they register on line as soon as permitted after meeting with the advisor. This increases the likelihood that students will be able to register for their first choice classes.

    8. The advisement appointment will include a review of academic progress, noting courses successfully completed and courses yet to be taken as compared to the requirements for their degree program. This review should include All University Requirements, General Studies requirements and all courses related to the major. The Biology Department keeps track of all coursework so that when a student is ready to apply for graduation clearance they can be confident that all requirements, both for the major and the General Studies program have been completed.

    A reminder: Students taking the Bachelor of Science degree must maintain at least a 2.0 average in biology and in all supporting science and mathematics courses. General studies courses (100 level) in biology are not accepted as part of the major requirements.

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