Fall 2019 Course Registration Guide

Welcome to UB's Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (EPAC) 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 fall 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 fall course selection and registration.

If you haven't yet contacted the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center at 716-645-6013 to schedule your in-person or phone appointment, please do so immediately.

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Any family, childhood, or community experiences you would like to share? What hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

2. 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 

If time, money or outside influences were no object, what I would like to do is...

3. 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...

4. My favorite academic subjects - that I also excel in are...

5. What experiences outside the classroom have helped you learn about your major or career interests?

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 Major Exploration & Focus Area Worksheet below. Click to enlarge the worksheet and then hit the back button to return to the Guide.

Which Focus Area most appeals to your interests and strengths? Keep in mind this is an exploratory exercise and you are not formally choosing an area of focus?

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 African-American Studies major has been provided below.

Step 1: Select the Degrees & Programs tab.

Step 2: Choose your major of interest from the alphabetical listing.

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

Step 4: Select the Program Requirements tab and 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 (example: cities). Then list two courses that you want to learn more about (example: ECO 209 Introduction to Urban Economics).

Note: Freshmen typically take courses numbered 100 - 200.

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 ALEKS score of 76 is required for MTH 141; 61 is required for MTH 121 and MTH 131.

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 before classes begin.

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 UB 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. While speaking a foreign language is a very marketable skill, it is not required of all students. Are you interested in taking a foreign language your first semester?

15. I attest that any college credits I earned prior to coming to UB (Advanced Placement (AP), alternative credits or college coursework) will be shared with my advisor, as prior credits can impact my UB class schedule.

16. 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?

17. 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.

18. 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.


The Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center is always looking for ways to improve the information we provide to students. Thank you for completing the following two questions.

1. What is one thing you learned from the research you conducted while completing the Guide?

2. What questions or concerns about your academic options are still on your mind? List your question(s) here.