Welcome to CBU School of Sciences by zhouwenjuan


									       Welcome to CBU
                and the
      School of Sciences
            Biology Department
           Chemistry Department
Mathematics & Computer Science Department
   Physics & Natural Science Department
   Freedom and Responsibility
College will be different than high school.
• You will have less formal class time each week.
• You will have to make your own choices about
  what major to pursue, what courses to take, and
  when and how to study.
With this added freedom comes the responsibility
  for making your choices. You will have to live
  with the results of those choices. We have an
  obligation to help you, but we do NOT have an
  obligation to pass you. It is your responsibility to
  learn and succeed.
•   Choosing (and changing) Majors
•   Paradigms (they are on the web)
•   GER’s (General Education Requirements)
•   Health Career Information (on the web)
•   Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
•   Labs
•   General Course Information for Registration
•   Homework, Assignments, and Study Skills
•   Student Groups
          Choosing Majors
biology heavy                   math heavy
Biology        Computer Sci Mathematics
Biomedical Sci Chemistry       Engr Physics
Biochemistry                   Physics
Ecology                  all engineering majors
             Changing Majors
         You can change majors anytime.
It is easier to finish in four years if you decide on your area
     of interest early in your career.
1. Going into your freshmen year, it is helpful (but not
     absolutely necessary) if you can decide among:
     Arts, Business, Engineering/Physical Sciences, or Life
2. Going into your sophomore year in Science, it is helpful
     (but not absolutely necessary) if you can decide among:
         2a. Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry,
     Chemistry, Ecology or Natural Science; or
         2b. Computer Science, Math, Physics, or the
     various areas of Engineering (EE, ME, CE, ChemE).
           Changing Majors
Choosing a major for the first semester does
   not lock you into that major for your
   college career. Keep talking to your
   professors and your fellow students about
   their courses, and try to find a field that is
   both interesting and fits your talents.
If you want to change your major, all it takes
   is for you to investigate a new major (talk
   to a faculty member in that area), and then
   see the Dean of Academic Advising about
   the formal process.
Paradigms for all of the Science majors are on the
   web. They will be more easily accessed from the
    Sciences’ main web page in the future, but for now:
•   Go to www.cbu.edu
•   Click on Academics
•   Under School of Sciences click on
    Undergraduate Programs
•   Click on the degree, concentration, option, or
    minor that you are interested in.
• All paradigms start with English and Math.
• Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, and
  Ecology all start with BIOL 111 and lab.
  Chemistry may also start with BIOL 111 and lab
  if you are interested in the health area.
• All paradigms with the exception of Computer
  Science and Math start with Chemistry.
• Social Sciences, Religious Studies, and free
  electives can be moved around to different
        Advanced Placement (AP)
                 Dual Enrollment
If you have credits you are bringing in from AP or Dual
    Enrollment, you may be able to jump ahead of the
    suggested paradigm for your major that is on the web.
    You might be interested in:
• taking a lighter load (due to sports or work)
• pursuing courses outside your major,
• pursuing a dual degree, or
• graduating in less than four years.
Be sure to talk to your advisor about these possibilities if
    you have credits coming in. Possibilities for dual
    degrees are not listed yet on the new CBU web design,
    but I hope to have them listed soon.
 General Education Requirements
A college degree indicates to society that the person has
  received a well-rounded education in addition to
  receiving job/career preparation skills. A professional
  has to communicate with a lot of different people and so
  must have a base of knowledge to do that. At CBU all
  majors require the following:
      Two courses in English composition
 Math 105 or higher      One science course with lab
 One literature course   Two social science courses
 One Ethics course       Two Religious Studies courses
Be sure to check with the catalog and/or your academic
  advisor about which courses satisfy the GER
 General Education Requirements
To see a listing of the specific courses that count
  for the individual requirements,

• Go to the CBU home page at www.cbu.edu
• Click on Academics
• Click on Academic Catalog under Academic
  Support heading
• The courses that satisfy the different areas of
  the GER’s start on page 24 (scroll on the
  bottom for faster page changing).
             Health Careers
All the professional health schools have their own
     sets of requirements. None of them specify a
     particular degree, but they do specify certain
     courses. Our Pre-Health Director has placed
     this information on the web.
• Go to the CBU home page at www.cbu.edu,
• Click on Academics,
• Under Sciences, click on Undergraduate
• Scroll down and click on link under Pre-Health
     Programs heading
Most of the science and math courses depend on
 previous coursework either in the field or in a
 supporting field.
For example, BIOL 311 Genetics has a prerequisite of BIOL 112 and
   CHEM 212; CHEM 212 has a prereq of CHEM 211 which has a
   prereq of CHEM 114 which has a prereq of CHEM 113.
It is important to learn the material in the prereq
    courses well so that you can do well in the follow
    -on courses.
The paradigm for your major helps you keep on
    track and manage all of the prerequisite
Most science classes have a lab attached, and the
 lab is almost always a corequisite for the course.
 This is done so that separate grades may be
 given to each – which is useful in the case of
 multiple labs where the lecture teacher and the
 lab teacher may be different. It is also useful to
 students if they want to repeat one part but not
 the other.
Note that BIOL 111 has a corequisite of CHEM
 101 or higher, as well as a corequisite of the
 BIOL 111 lab.
         Pre and Co-requisites
To see the prerequisite and corequisite
   requirements for any course,
• Go on the CBU home page on the web at
   www.cbu.edu ,
• Click on Academics,
• Under Sciences, click on the department (e.g.
• At the top of the page, click on the link
   Courses, and scroll till you find the course you
   are interested in. It will list the prereqs near the
   end of the description.
                 Science Labs
Many of the Science courses, including some math
  and computer science courses, have labs.
• It is important to be on time and prepared for labs –
  for safety sake and to be fair to your lab partner.
• Labs are hard to make up – it takes time to prepare
  labs and then to take them down, and some require
  time sensitive materials so it may not be possible to
  make up some labs.
• For athletes (and others)
  – Some labs (not all) have sections offered in the mornings
  – some labs have multiple sections, so sometimes athletes
    can come to a different section if a game happens on a
    lab day, but check with your instructor about this
  – classes & labs take precedence over practices – always.
Course Information for Registration
College classes do NOT meet every day like most high
  school classes.
• TR means Tuesday and Thursday
• MWF means Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
• BIOL 111 has three lecture meetings PLUS a discussion
  section (on Tuesday or Thursday at 8:30 AM)
• CHEM 101 does not have a lab with it, but CHEM 113
  does have a lab
• CHEM 113 labs meet every other week, so there are two
  sections of CHEM 113 labs that appear on the schedule
  to meet at the same time
• Math placement tests can be repeated later if you want
  to try to place higher. For now, though, register for the
  MATH course you placed into. We’ll adjust your
  schedule later if you place higher.
• Chemistry placement tests can NOT be repeated.
       about back-to-back classes
It may (or may not) be possible to take all of
   your classes on MWF or all on TR, and it
   may be possible to take several classes
   back-to-back. This may seem attractive to
   commuter students. However, be aware
   that on some days (especially near mid-term
   and near the end of the semester) you may
   have tests in some or all of these classes
   and you may appreciate a break between
   classes to re-focus and prepare for those
       Chemistry planning
The normal paradigms that require
   chemistry start with CHEM 113 in the fall
   and CHEM 114 in the spring.
If you are placed into CHEM 101 instead of
   CHEM 113, you can catch up by taking
   CHEM 101 in the fall, CHEM 113 in the
   spring, and CHEM 114 during the summer.
       Homework and Study
All of the courses in the School of Sciences require
  outside study and/or homework – some of it is
  graded and some of it is not. It is important to
  do the readings and homework in all cases since
  homework and outside study assignments both
  support material covered in class and cover
  additional topics not covered in class.
Homework and study provide you with reasons
  and material to talk about with your instructor, so
  take advantage of these opportunities to get to
  know your subject and your instructor.
        Homework and Study
Rule of thumb: On average, you should study
  two hours outside of class for every hour you are
  in class. This translates into a 45 hour work
  week for a 15 credit course load. College is a
  full-time job!
Beware of one of humanity’s greatest weaknesses:
  procrastination. It is hard or impossible to seek
  good help on the night before an assignment is
  due, so do it early and seek help if you need it.
               Study Skills
There are two important study skills:
• HOW you study and
• WHEN you study.
If you are having problems with a subject, talk to
   your professor and/or advisor and see what it
   takes to study the subject efficiently.
Time management is the key to WHEN you study.
   Some of our athletes with all of their practices
   and games turn out to be some of our better
   students because they have learned how to
   manage their time.
          Student Groups
Think about joining the student group in your
  area AND those close to your area:
• Beta Beta Beta in Biology
• Student Members of the American
  Chemical Society
• Student Chapter of the Mathematical
  Association of America
• Society of Physics Students
We are here to help you get a great education.
  We cannot do it for you, we can only help you.
• Do not expect to pass if you don’t do the work.
• Do expect help if you ask for it.
  (Note: help doesn’t mean we simply give you the
  answers. Help means we guide you in the ways of
  understanding the questions as well as figuring out the
We offer you a great opportunity – take full
 advantage of it! Take ownership of your
 education and your life.

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