A... You should make an appointment with your academic advisor at least once a term (semester). Some departments and some programs require that students see their advisor more frequently. You should check with your advisor about their policy.
A... Use the Advising Directory to find contact information for your academic unit and advisor.
A... If you have extenuating documented circumstances that impact your academic performance, you must talk with an academic advisor immediately. Extenuating circumstances would include medical problems, death or illness of an immediate family member, or military orders. Supporting documentation would need to substantiate your circumstances and must be from a third party such as a health care professional or doctor. To submit a withdrawal request for extraordinary circumstances, you only have until the end of the following term.
A... You must complete a General Education program, the requirements for your major (including GPA requirements), obtain at least 120 units (credits), and have a grade point average of at least 2.0. Your personalized Academic Advisement Report will provide ongoing information about how far along you are toward your degree. For more information review the detailed University Degree Requirements section in the Undergraduate Catalog.
A... No, you cannot graduate with fewer than 120 units (credits). This is an absolute minimum.
A... In general, students who enter UB as freshmen are required to complete the World Civilization General Education requirement. Requirements, however, may differ by student status. It is best to meet with an academic advisor to gain assistance in selecting appropriate General Education courses.
A... Yes you can, if the fields of study are significantly different. If you wish to obtain two different degrees, such as BA, BS, BFA, or Mus.B., you will have to complete the requirements for each major and obtain a minimum of 30 units (credits) accrued beyond the first degree or 150 units (credits) total, whichever is greater. In general, there can be no overlap of upper-division courses. It is important that you meet with an academic advisor early in your undergraduate career to review your academic plan to be sure that you are intending to pursue significantly different fields of study. The rules for combining majors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Examples: Acceptable: BA English/BS Biology, BFA Music/BS Biochemistry
Unacceptable: BA Psychology/BS Psychology, BS Mechanical Engineering/BS Aerospace Engineering
A... Yes, you can under certain circumstances. The Eligibility Criteria can be found in the Registration in Graduate Course for Undergraduate Credit section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Completion of the Petition for Course Credit Outside Your Primary Academic Career form is also required. The department offering the course will implement the registration only when permission is granted. Consult with your academic advisor for more information.
A... A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, a resignation, or to seek to improve the student’s record when the student’s first enrollment resulted in a passing grade. However several conditions apply, for complete information review the Repeat Policy in the Undergraduate Catalog and consult an academic advisor. Students should be aware of the Course Enrollment Control Policy, which restricts repeating courses that have been identified as controlled enrollment (impacted).
A... If the course is required for your major or required to fulfill General Education requirements, you may not take the course on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis.
A... In certain instances students may recover the letter grade earned in a course graded S/U. Once recovered, the letter grade will stand; that is, the student will not be able to change back to S/U grading. Complete information about Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading can be found in the Explanation of Grades section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
A... Incomplete grades are given by the instructor of the course. You usually have to have completed a portion of the coursework and have a passing grade in the course. The instructor will tell you what you need to do to complete the course. You have a limited period of time (12 months) to complete the course. You should NOT reregister for the course but follow the instructor's direction. It is at the instructor's discretion to grant you a grade of incomplete. For further information review the Explanation of Grades - Incomplete Grades section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
A... Your overall grade point average includes both your units (credits) at UB and your average at other colleges you may have attended. Your UB grade point average includes only grades from coursework completed at UB. To graduate from UB both your UB and overall grade point average must be at least a 2.0.
A... Course units (credits) earned at accredited institutions as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog can, generally, be accepted. Faculty approved articulation will determine how the units may be applied to your degree requirements. You will see the application of transferred course work in your Transfer Credit Report. If you are considering taking courses elsewhere to complete requirements you should consult the UB Course Equivalencies Guide to view existing course articulation. You should also speak, in advance, with your advisor. While the grades for transferred course work will not affect your UB grade point average, these grades will be a part of your transfer grade point average and your overall grade point average (which includes both your credits at UB and your average at other colleges you have attended).
A... You should consider what you enjoy doing, such as whether you enjoy working with people or with things and processes. Then you should realistically consider the areas in which you excel and then consider where these two things overlap. Working with your academic advisor and an advisor from Career Services will help you to discover the array of job opportunities for each of your choices. If you have two areas that seem right for you, consider two majors or a major and a minor.
A... Review the Acceptance Criteria for the major you are interested in applying to. This information can be found in the Degrees & Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog for each Academic Program (major) offered at UB. You can also visit the academic department directly, and talk with your academic advisor.
A... Some majors admit freshmen concurrent with admission to the university. For others, admission to a major occurs after enrollment and completion of some coursework. Depending on the major, you are eligible to apply to a department when you have successfully completed or are in the process of successfully completing all of the prerequisite courses required for that major. It is strongly recommended that you be accepted into a major upon completion of 60 units (credit hours). You should talk with an academic advisor about any application procedures and whether there is a special deadline to apply for your intended major.
A... It is possible to create your own major (Special Major) with the guidance of two faculty members and an academic advisor. To familiarize yourself with the guidelines and steps necessary to complete the program review the Special Major information and then consult with the special major advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A... Yes you can. You will have to complete the requirements for each major. You can also major in one department and do a minor in another department. Further information can be found in the Major Requirement/ University Degree Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
A... You may be surprised by the type of jobs that are out there for people who have degrees in many of these areas. You should consult with Career Services, an academic advisor, and a faculty member.
A... You should be careful to not overload yourself in any one term. If you take an average of 15 units (credits) each term for 8 terms you will have the required 120 units. If you complete fewer than 15 units a term, consider enrolling in summer session courses.
A... Registering for more than 19 units (for a fall or spring term) or 14 units (for a summer term) requires the approval of an academic advisor. It is recommended that you be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average. Further information about Class Registration is also available on the Registrar website.
A... You may resign from your coursework by using the HUB Student Center via MyUB. If you would like to resign from a course, it is recommended that you first speak with an academic advisor and financial aid advisor to understand how resigning from a course could potentially affect your academic and/or financial status. There are deadline dates within each semester for resigning a course, consult the Student Academic Calendars for semester deadlines. Prior to resigning a course you should also determine if the course is identified under the Course Enrollment Control Policy, these courses have limited future enrollment possibilities.
A... MyUB (http://www.buffalo.edu/aboutmyub) is a web-based, personal portal to UB's online resources. It provides links to important UB information and tools (like e-mail, the HUB Student Center, etc.). "Views" of MyUB are available for various audiences: faculty, staff and students. In addition, it delivers customized information based upon the academic profile and interests of individual users.
UBlearns is a web based course management and delivery application using the e-Learning software platform known as "Blackboard". It is the center of the University's on-line learning system. UBlearns is where faculty post course documents and PowerPoint presentations, host discussion boards or post links to websites that relate to information relevant to their course. They may even use UBlearns to give assignments and tests.
Both of these online tools are valuable and should be checked on a regular basis.
UBLearns is one way that communication reaches you as a student, but many important and official communications to students are sent to their university email address. Some examples of official university communications that are sent via e-mail: Mid Term Review evaluations, Academic Warning and Academic Probation notices and lack of Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive financial aid. So it's wise to check both on a regular basis.
The HUB Student Center is UB's student services website where students have one-stop access to academic, financial, and university account transactions. Students access their HUB Student Center via a tab in MyUB.
Last updated: April 30, 2013 4:08 pm EST