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Fall 2017 Course Registration Guide

Welcome to Student Advising Services!

UB's Major Explorers Program is dedicated to assisting exploratory/undecided students in selecting a major by 45 completed credit hours.

To begin the process of registering for fall classes, you MUST:

  • Complete this Course Registration Guide prior to your academic advising appointment.
  • Attend your scheduled (in-person or phone) advising appointment, in which you will discuss your fall course selection and registration.

If you haven't yet contacted Student Advising Services at 716-645-6013 to schedule your in-person or phone appointment, please do so immediately.

All fields are required.

First NameLast NameEmailCell/Phone Number

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1. If time, money or outside influences were no object, what I would like to do is...
2. When I think about leading a meaningful life that includes my strengths and interests, I would like to make a difference/serve the world by...
3. My favorite academic subjects - that I also excel in are ...
4. What experiences outside the classroom have helped you learn about your major and/or career interests?
5. Most majors do not relate directly to specific careers. The marketable skills you gain from any major can lead to a multitude of careers. A philosophy major, for example, could lead to a career in artificial intelligence, consulting or law (to name a few).

What skills/knowledge do you want to learn next?
6. To help narrow down the variety of majors offered at UB, review the Exploratory Tracks & Majors Exploration Worksheet below. Click to enlarge the worksheet and then hit the back button on your browser to return to this guide.

Which track most appeals to your interests and strengths, keeping in mind that this is an exploratory exercise and you are not formally choosing a track?
7. What would your last math instructor say about your math skills?
8. As a new student, you are required to take the ALEKS Assessment placement test if you plan to take calculus (MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141) in your first semester. A minimum score of 76 is required for MTH 141; 61 is required for MTH 121 and MTH 131.

Have you completed the ALEKS Assessment placement test?
9. To help learn more about UB's majors, review the Degrees & Programs section of the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog. An example of how to use the catalog to research an anthropology major has been provided below. Click to enlarge the images and then hit the back button to return to the Guide.

Step 1: Select the Degrees & Programs tab.

Step 2: Choose your major of interest.

Step 3: Review the requirements for your major of interest.

Step 4: Read the course descriptions for your major of interest.

List 3 majors that sound most interesting to you.

Major One
Major Two
Major Three
10. View UB's Curriculum (General Education program). (Particularly, if you are a new transfer student, ensure you also are familiar with the UB Curriculum Pathways via the Path Finder Tool.)

Upon reviewing UB's Curriculum, list one course that meets the Scientific Literacy & Inquiry requirement.
11. The UB Seminar is a "big ideas" course all entering students must take in their first semester. If you are entering UB with under 45 transfer credits, you will need to take the three-credit UB Seminar (199). If you are a domestic transfer student entering UB with 45 or more transfer credits, you will need to take the one-credit UB Seminar (198).

Based on your entry status to UB, review the applicable list of UB Seminars and list the top 3 Seminars that most interest you.

First Choice
Second Choice
Third ChoiceHint

12. I attest that any college credits I earned prior to coming to UB (Advanced Placement (AP), alternative credits or college coursework) will be sent to UB as soon as possible.

13. The principle way UB communicates with students is through their official UB email account. It is important that you begin checking your UB email account immediately and frequently. Have you successfully accessed your UB email account?


Student Advising Services is always looking for ways to improve the information we provide to students. We would appreciate if you would complete the brief survey below.

1. Did you find the information on the Exploratory Tracks & Majors Exploration Worksheet helpful?

2. Did you find it helpful to use the UB Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog to learn more about UB majors?
3. How could the Course Registration Guide be improved?
4. What is one thing you learned from the research you conducted completing the Course Registration Guide?