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Spring 2018 Course Registration Guide

Welcome to UB's Student Advising Services and the Major Explorers Program!

You have indicated you are exploratory (undecided) about your major upon entering UB. Our Major Explorers Program is dedicated to assisting you with gaining acceptance to your major by no later than 60 credit hours completed (45 credit hours recommended).

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

  • Complete this Course Registration Guide prior to your academic advising appointment (at least 24 hours in advance of your advising appointment).
  • Attend your scheduled (in-person or phone) advising appointment, in which you will discuss your spring 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
When we do what we are meant to do - money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful and the work we do feels like play. -Julia Cameron

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 or career interests?
5. What hobbies do you enjoy? Name some things you like to do in everyday life.
6. 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?
7. To help narrow down the variety of majors offered at UB, review the Exploratory Tracks and Majors Exploration Worksheet below. Click to enlarge the worksheet and then hit the back button to return to the 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?
8. To help learn more about UB's majors, review the Degrees and Programs section of the Undergraduate Degree and 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 and 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
9. Using the Courses search feature in the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog, type in several Title or Description Key Words that most interest you. List two courses that you want to learn more about (example: ENG 345 Travel Writing). Click to enlarge the image and then hit the back button to return to the Guide.

Course 1
Course 2
10. What would your last math instructor say about your math skills?
11. If you plan to take calculus (MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141), you are required to take the ALEKS Assessment placement test. During your advising appointment, your advisor will determine if a calculus course is appropriate for you. A minimum score of 76 is required for MTH 141; 61 is required for MTH 121 and MTH 131.

As of Monday January 8, 2018, if you are registered for MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141 and have not obtained the required ALEKS score, you will be removed from your calculus class.

For more information on ALEKS visit:, select the Undergraduate tab and ALEKS Assessment for MTH 121, 131 and 141.

Have you completed the ALEKS Assessment placement test?
12. View the UB Curriculum (General Education program). (Particularly, if you are a new transfer student, ensure you are also familiar with the UB Curriculum Pathways via the Path Finder Tool.)

Upon reviewing the UB Curriculum, list one course (course number and title) that meets the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry requirement.
13. The UB Seminar is a big ideas course all entering students must take in their first semester. If you are a first-time freshman, an international student transferring from a foreign institution, or a domestic transfer student with less than 45 completed credits, you will be required to take a three-credit UB Seminar (199). If you are a domestic transfer student entering with 45 or more completed transfer credits, you will need to take a one-credit UB Seminar (198).

The UB Seminar (UBS) is designed to help you explore disciplines. It does not mean you will major in the UBS discipline you select. Determining if you have 45 transfer credit hours completed excludes AP or other alternative credits earned.

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 Choice
14. 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.
15. 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? Click to enlarge the image then hit the back button to return to the Guide.

16. As part of the research you conducted completing the Course Registration Guide, are you now leaning toward a particular major of interest? If so, list the major below. If you remain undecided, list exploratory.
17. On a scale of 0-10, where 0 is not at all confident and 10 is very confident, how confident are you in selecting this major today? Please note this question is for informational purposes only. A discussion with your advisor is crucial before formally declaring a major.


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. How could the Course Registration Guide be improved?
2. What is one thing you learned from the research you conducted while completing the Course Registration Guide?
3. What questions or concerns about your academic options are still on your mind after having completed this process? List your question(s) here.