Academic evaluation

Achieving your academic goals not only depends on your success on individual courses but also on effective planning to guarantee the correct curricular sequence in accordance to the prerequisites of each course. This will allow you to set milestones for your career and keep a tab on your progress. To facilitate this process we include important information that you should consult every semester before you do your course seleccion or "seleccion de cursos" for the semester that follows. This will vary depending upon the year that you are in.

First Year Students

These are the steps that you should follow:

Educate yourself about the two Areas of Emphasis: Integrative Biology and Cellular-Molecular Biology. If you have been admitted to Biology, you must declare your preferred area of emphasize no later than your third semester. Changes are easier during the first 1.5 years of your studies, before you start taking the courses required by each area.

Consult the Course Sequence for a suggested order in which to take the courses based on their prerequisites and your placement in the Advanced Placement tests (AP), consult the Course Catalogue for a list of all the courses that we offer in Biology with corresponding prerequisites and co-requisites, and consult the Current Course Offerings for a list of those courses that will be offered the upcoming semester.

Take control of your curricular planning by following the steps described above and filling-in the interactive Course Checklist form. This will allow you to understand your status regarding the required course work, i.e., credits, that you need to complete to graduate in a timely fashion.

Sign-up for the academic evaluation group meetings that will take place according to the following schedule: 1) October 18 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), 2) October 22 from 1:00-2:00 pm (A-231), 3), October 26 from 2:30-3:30 pm (CN-339), October 27 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), and November 5 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236). You will find the sing-up sheet in the Biology main office.

Student's will not be attended outside these days and hours. Also, we will not offer individual academic evaluations to first year students.

If you have doubts, consult the FAQ section.

Second Year Students

These are the steps that you should follow:

Educate yourself about the two Areas of Emphasis: Integrative Biology and Cellular-Molecular Biology. If you have been admitted to Biology, you must declare your preferred area of emphasize no later than your third semester. Changes are easier during the first 1.5 years of your studies, before you start taking the courses required by each area.

Consult the Course Sequence for a suggested order in which to take the courses based on their prerequisites and your placement in the Advanced Placement tests (AP), consult the Course Catalogue for a list of all the courses that we offer in Biology with corresponding prerequisites and co-requisites, and consult the Current Course Offerings for a list of those courses that will be offered the upcoming semester.

Take control of your curricular planning by following the steps described above and filling-in the interactive Course Checklist form. This will allow you to understand your status regarding the required course work, i.e., credits, that you need to complete to graduate in a timely fashion.

Sign-up for the academic evaluation group meetings that will take place according to the following schedule: 1) October 11 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), 2) October 13 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), 3), October 20 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), 4) October 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm (C-236), 5) November 3 from 10:00-11:00 am (C-236), and 6) November 8 from 5:00-6:00 pm (A-233). You will find the sing-up sheet in the Biology main office.

Student's will not be attended outside these days and hours. Also, we will not offer individual academic evaluations to second year students.

If you have doubts, consult the FAQ section.

Third Year Students

These are the steps that you should follow:

Consult the Course Sequence for a suggested order in which to take the courses based on their prerequisites and your placement in the Advanced Placement tests (AP), consult the Course Catalogue for a list of all the courses that we offer in Biology with corresponding prerequisites and co-requisites, and consult the Current Course Offerings for a list of those courses that will be offered the upcoming semester.

Take control of your curricular planning by following the steps described above and filling-in the interactive Course Checklist form. This will allow you to understand your status regarding the required course work, i.e., credits, that you need to complete to graduate in a timely fashion. Also it will be required if you decide to request and appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Sign-up for an appointment with an Academic Advisor If still in doubt, or if you need a signed approval for courses that you wish to take the following semester, or have specific graduation or professional career questions. The appointments are announced by the fifth week of the semester and handled by the Department of Biology office in the first floor of the NCN-I building. It is the students' responsibility be informed and fill in the Course Checklist and Course Selection forms, before seeing an academic advisor, and should bring the completed forms to the meeting. Student's will not be attended outside the day and hour that they choose .

If you have doubts, consult the FAQ section.

Fourth Year Students

These are the steps that you should follow:

Consult the Course Sequence for a suggested order in which to take the courses based on their prerequisites and your placement in the Advanced Placement tests (AP), consult the Course Catalogue for a list of all the courses that we offer in Biology with corresponding prerequisites and co-requisites, and consult the Current Course Offerings for a list of those courses that will be offered the upcoming semester.

Take control of your curricular planning by following the steps described above and filling-in the interactive Course Checklist form. This will allow you to understand your status regarding the required course work, i.e., credits, that you need to complete to graduate in a timely fashion. Also it will be required if you decide to request and appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Sign-up for an appointment with an Academic Advisor If still in doubt, or if you need a signed approval for courses that you wish to take the following semester, or have specific graduation or professional career questions. The appointments are announced by the fifth week of the semester and handled by the Department of Biology office in the first floor of the NCN-I building. It is the students' responsibility be informed and fill in the Course Checklist and Course Selection forms, before seeing an academic advisor, and should bring the completed forms to the meeting. Student's will not be attended outside the day and hour that they choose .

If you have doubts, consult the FAQ section.

Other Students (Transfer, Convalidation, Substitutions)

These are the steps that you need to follow:

Request an appointment with an Academic Advisor at least once during your career before your last year at UPR-RP.

Professional counseling

In addition to the academic evaluation the Department of Biology and the College of Natural Sciences offer professional counseling and mentorship services to its students. The Professional Counseling Program of the College of Natural Sciences was created to offer guidance and professional counseling services in order to satisfy our student's needs. The program offers students support and help through their personal, academic, and vocational/occupational counseling services to strengthen the skills that will help them achieve his/her professional and personal goals.

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