Academic Advisors are a great resource and should be utilized early and often in your academic career. Ultimately, it is your responsibility, not your advisors, to ensure that all courses have been taken so that you may graduate in a timely manner from LSSU. By working closely with your academic advisor, potential scheduling and graduation pitfalls can be kept to a minimum.
Prior to each semester registration, you will need to meet with your academic advisor. If you don’t know who this is, simply go to your My.LSSU account and under student information, your advisor will be listed. Prior to visiting your advisor, print a degree audit sheet for your current degree or the degree you might be interested in perusing. If you have taken classes at LSSU, or have transfer/AP credits on your transcript, fill these in on your degree audit.
1st week of November for the Spring Semester
Last week of March for Fall/Summer Semester
More information can be found at the LSSU Registrar homepage: http://www.lssu.edu/scheduling/
Advisors by Program
- Dr. Heth - Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Secondary Education
- Dr. Iretski - Chemistry
- Dr. Johnson - Biochemistry (Pre-Med, Pre-Pharm), Forensic Chemistry
- Dr. Kelly - Chemistry (environmental science minor)
- Dr. Mosey - Chemistry
- Dr. Werner - Biochemistry (Pre-Med, Pre-Pharm)
- Dr. Wright - Chemistry (environmental science minor)
Our Biochemistry Degree is specifically designed to prepare students for admission to Medical and Pharmacy Schools, and other professional degree programs. However, students should be aware that each school sets its own admissions requirements, so it is important to work closely with an advisor (Dr. Johnson or Dr. Werner) to ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements of your program of choice. Medical Schools often require a 4 year degree for admissions, but you can apply to many pharmacy schools after 2-3 years of preparatory coursework at LSSU.
Medical School Admissions:
Most medical schools require that you apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). You will also need to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and show a history of volunteer and service activities. The average GPA for students admitted to US medical schools is ~3.68, while the average MCAT score is 31 (10.8 Biological Sciences, 9.8 Verbal Reasoning, 10.4 Physical Sciences). Most US applicants apply to 10 or more medical schools (the average is ~13).
Regional Pharmacy School Admissions Requirements:
- Ferris State University
- University of Michigan
- University of Toronto
- University of Waterloo
- Ohio State University
- University of Wisconsin
- Wayne State University
- University of Minnesota
Many pharmacy schools also use a centralized application service, PharmCAS. You will also need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT scores range from 200-600 with a median score of ~400. The 90th percentile is typically a 430. Individual pharmacy schools often require that you score above a particular level, so it is important to review the admissions requirements of the schools that you are interested in attending.
Many Pre-Professional students also belong to the LSSU Pre-Professional Society. Visit us on Facebook.
Registration for courses is performed by you, the student. Upon meeting with your advisor, you will need to do the following:
- Ensure that your "Web Advisor Hold" has been removed by your advisor after you have met with him/her. This hold is in place to ensure that you meet with your advisor prior to registration. This type of hold is different from other holds such as unpaid parking tickets, tuition holds, etc. If any of these other types of holds are placed on your account, go to the Fletcher Center and inquire about the hold. To register, no holds may be on your account.
- View the Tentative Course schedule in Anchor Access for the upcoming semester and lay out your proposed schedule. Download the blank weekly schedule to assist in planning your semester.
- On the day that you are allowed to register (i.e. 1st- Seniors and Athletes, 2nd Juniors, 3rd Sophomores, 4th Freshman, 5th New Students) log onto Anchor Access to register for your classes. Do this ASAP so that you will ensure that the lab classes you might need do not fill up and restrict your scheduling options.
- If a course you want to register for will not allow you to do so (for reasons such as, insufficient course pre-requisites, times overlap, course enrollment is full, etc.), you may request an “Instructor Override”. These overrides are only granted by the instructor scheduled to teach the class and are granted only in extreme cases. Course pre-requisites are in place for very good reasons. Do not expect an override to be granted because you have not planned your course sequence for your degree properly. If an instructor is listed as TBA, you may make a request for an instructor override to the School Chair or College Dean.
Course Substitution/Waiver Form
From time to time, courses for a particular degree may need to be either substituted with an alternative course or waived from the degree audit. The University is required to keep detailed records of any variations from the approved degree audits. There is a special carbon copy form used to make such changes called a "Course Substitution/Waiver Form". These can only be obtained filled out by an academic advisor in your discipline, the Chair of your discipline, or the Dean that oversees your discipline. You may not simply fill out one of these forms yourself and turn it into the registrar. Once this form has been filled out and submitted you will receive a copy for your records. Keep this copy for future reference when you submit your application for graduation to the Registrar.
Change Major/Minor/Advisor Form
If you wish to change your degree program, major, associates, or minor, a form called the “Change Major/Minor/Advisor Form” can be used. This form can be obtained from the College secretary in room 236 of Crawford Hall or from the Registrar. Bring this form to an academic advisor in the new discipline you wish to study to have them sign the form. If they are willing to be your new academic advisor, they may place their name on the form. You can check what your current major, minor, and advisor is by going to your My.LSSU account under student information.
Application for Graduation
In the Semester before you plan to graduate, the Registrar will send notification that you must submit an “Application for Graduation.” This application includes a signed form indicating your intent to graduate in a particular semester, along with a signed audit sheet, signed by your academic advisor. This application is submitted to the Registrar in the Fletcher center, who will then issue a preliminary evaluation of your application. You will be notified if additional coursework is required to complete your degree. Do not wait until the semester of your graduation to submit this form. If you wait too long, you may need to take additional courses that you may not be expecting which could delay your graduation. Working closely with your academic advisor will hopefully minimize these issues.
Got plans for summer? Now is the time to plan for a summer internship or research experiences available near or far. You can earn credit for summer work through the internship program, gain valuable experience in a job related to your career, and gather the data you need for your senior seminar project - all during a summer or two of work. See you advisor or search online for opportunities in your areas of interest.
Alternate Year Courses: some courses are offered every other year and your advisor will work out a plan to be sure you are in the right courses at the right time. Watch for these courses that we plan to offer next year, and check which ones are required in your major:
WHO IS MY ADVISOR? Been wondering who to see for academic advising. The College office in CRW236 has a list. Any of us in the department are anxious to assist you with academic advisor, to engage in discussions regarding career options in industry, graduate school or professional school. Just stop by the office and we can talk.