Advising FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How many total hours will be required to graduate?

The total number of hours required for a bachelor's degree at UAB is 120. Students who started under catalogs requiring 128 hours before Fall 2003 will have the option of changing to the Fall 2003 catalog.

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What if a class I need is closed?

Please contact the instructor of the course

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I am on Academic Warning/Probation. What do I need to do to be able to register?

Students who are placed on Academic Warning or Probation must schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor. During this meeting, the student and the advisor will discuss obstacles that may have affected the student's progress toward graduation during the previous semester. Together, they will formulate a plan to deal with these obstacles so that they will not continue to be problematic for the student. Once a plan is agreed upon, it is signed by the advisor and the student and will remain on file in their department. At this meeting, the advisor will also issue the RAC code so that the student can register.

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How do I select a minor?

A minor is not required for the biology major, but many students opt to complete a minor in a related subject area. Your advisor can provide you with information regarding minors and/or can direct you to the appropriate resources.
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When and how should I file my Application for Degree?

The biology Department strongly encourages students to meet with Nate Wade, the advisor responsible for graduation, prior to submitting an application for degree.

The Application for Degree should be filed during the semester before the semester in which you intend to graduate. You may file an Application for Degree on-line through BlazerNET. While you do not have to meet with your advisor to file the Application for Degree, many students find it helpful to schedule an appointment to ensure they have completed the form correctly. This also gives the advisor the chance to verify that all requirements will be met by the intended graduation date. Whether the Application for Degree is completed with the help of the advisor or on-line by the student, it will be submitted to the Registrar's office. A $50.00 application fee will be charged to the student's account at that time.

Once your Application is submitted to the Registrar's office, your total completed and intended credit hours are calculated. The Application is then sent to the Department of Biology, where the Academic Advisor checks to make sure that all major and core curriculum requirements have been or will be met. The Application is then sent to the minor department, if applicable, where those requirements are checked. Then the Application is once again signed and sent for final consideration to the Dean of the School of the College of Arts and Sciences. Assuming approval at all of these stages, your Application is returned to the Academic Advisors in the Department of Biology, who will contact you to inform you your Application for Degree has been approved.


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What is academic advising?

You can rely on your academic advisor for information, assistance, and encouragement throughout your time at UAB. In general, he or she is available to:
  • help you identify your goals and develop educational plans to reach them;
  • help you understand degree requirements, course selection, and schedule planning;
  • refer you to resources across campus that can boost your academic performance;
  • help you understand academic policies and procedures; and
  • provide information about potential areas of study.

You should meet with your advisor well in advance of registration so that you have time to talk about your interests and goals, discuss your degree requirements, and review the courses you have chosen for the next semester. It’s also a good idea to meet with your advisor during each semester if you have questions, want to explore your options, or need to discuss any difficulties.

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Who are the advisors?

The advisors for undergraduate students are Ovuke Emonina, Nicole Gravitt, and Nate Wade. Dr. Stephen A. Watts serves as the graduate program Director.

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Where are the advisors?

The undergraduate advisors are located in suites 100-102 on the first floor of Campbell Hall, which is located at the corner of University Boulevard and 14th Street on the UAB Campus.

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What are the advisors' office hours?

Advisors are available to see students during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.

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How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Biology main office at 205-934-9685.

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How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

Before you meet with your advisor, it is always a good idea to have specific questions in mind. Some students find it helpful to make a list so that they can be sure to discuss all of the issues that concern them. If you are meeting with the advisor to select courses for the upcoming semester, prepare a tentative schedule prior to your appointment. If you don't know what classes you need, consult the UAB Catalog or the appropriate checksheet.

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What if I only have a quick question?
Send an e-mail or just drop by to see your advisor.

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What if I have an emergency?

If you have an emergency, contact your advisor by phone, email or in person. Alternatively call the Biology Department at 934-9685 and leave a message with the administrative assistant.

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What do I do if I can't get in to see my advisor and I don't know what courses to take?

If you are unable to schedule an appointment with your advisor and you need to know what courses you have remaining to meet your degree requirements, you have two options.

You may request a copy of your check sheet from the Biology Department. Check sheets are updated each time you meet with your advisor, so it will have the classes that were current at your last meeting. If you have taken courses since that time, you may fill them in for yourself. If you are unsure where courses go on the check sheet, consult the UAB catalog.

Soon you will be able to check your remaining requirements via the Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) system in BlazerNET. To access this system, go to your Student Resources tab in BlazerNET and look for the CAPP link in the Registration Tools channel in the middle of the page. This system will provide you with a detailed report of your remaining requirements. Check back for further information as this system is developed.

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What if I can't make it to a scheduled appointment?

If you will be unable to make it to a scheduled appointment, please call the Biology office at 934-9685 or e-mail your advisor directly.

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What if I am late for my appointment?

If you find that you will be late for an appointment, it is not necessary to call unless you will be more than 15 minutes late. Appointments are scheduled at 30 minute intervals and those arriving more than 15 minutes late will be asked to reschedule.

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What if there are no appointments available?

You are advised to schedule an appointment well in advance of registration or all available appointments will be taken. It is the student's responsibility to make the necessary preparations for registration including meeting with the advisor. If you don't schedule early you may not be seen. The department accepts walk-in appointments during the week prior to and the week of registration. Students on probation still need to schedule their appointments but all other students can just walk-in during that time.

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