The Chemistry Department at Buffalo State is committed to an undergraduate and graduate advisement program that is personal, relevant, and supportive. The Chemistry Department advisement program is sensitive to the needs of the diverse nature of our students.
Undergraduate advisement should provide each student with a clear roadmap for timely completion of degree requirements and career opportunities. Graduate advising may focus more intensely on research, guidance, and professional development. The college has two advisement systems in place: Degree Works, which generates student audit sheets (a list of the courses the student has taken and the degree requirements that the student has met), and Banner, which is the online course registration system. Both of these systems empower and involve the student in the advisement and registration process.
Each Chemistry Department major is assigned a faculty adviser. While our website lists the courses needed to meet the requirements for chemistry majors and recommends course sequence, student advice properly goes beyond course selection to include all aspects of advising: program education, career counseling, mentoring, personal support, and/or referral to appropriate campus offices. Our advisers help students plan a course of study based on aptitudes, life goals, career interests, academic performance, and the frequency of course offerings. We are available to work with each student advisee to achieve an academic program consistent with the student's academic preparations and plans for the future (to the extent that the student is able to articulate his/her interests and plans), and to assist students in exploring course and program offerings and career choices.
We encourage students to not wait until registration to become acquainted with their Chemistry Department advisers. Along with the Academic Commons, Career Development Center, Counseling Center, and other College offices, we are here to be a resource for our students.
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