Presentation on theme: "Highlander Orientation Summer 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1 Highlander Orientation Summer 2014 Prof. Michael A. McKibbenDivisional Dean of StudentAcademic Affairs
2 Jennifer Hernandez, Ed.S. Welcome to UCR!Congratulations on becoming part of our CNAS Family!Barbra Wallace, M.A.Director, CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising CenterDr. Scott SilvermanCoordinator, Student Success ProgramsJennifer Hernandez, Ed.S.Assistant Coordinator, CNAS Scholars
3 As Divisional Dean of Student Academic Affairs, I oversee: Recruiting Orientation Academic advising Enrollment management Student success programsI also remember what it was like to be a new science freshman at UCR…
4 Topics to be covered CNAS Majors, Bachelor’s degree requirements Math requirements and placements for FallEnglish requirements and placements for FallMaking your Fall Course Schedule tomorrowOverview of CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC) – Barbra WallaceOverview and Sign-up for Freshman Learning Communities – Dr. Scott Silverman and Jennifer HernandezQ & A Session with CNAS UAAC Advisors
5 Many Majors in CNAS !Life Sciences Biochemistry; Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB); Entomology; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Plant Biology Mathematical Sciences Mathematics; Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers; Statistics
6 Many Majors in CNAS !Physical Sciences Chemistry; Environmental Sciences; Geology; Geophysics; Geoscience Education; Physics Undeclared Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences;
8 Anatomy of a CNAS Bachelor’s degree Two types:Bachelor of Science — more science units, no foreign language requirementBachelor of Arts — foreign language requirement, some humanities and social sciences units in place of some science units
9 Anatomy of a CNAS Bachelor’s degree 180 units minimum (~ 45 4 units each)Minimum 2.0 GPA (C average).Minimum 2.0 GPA in all upper-division major courses.
10 Anatomy of a CNAS Bachelor’s degree 180 units minimum (~ 45 4 units each)Minimum 2.0 GPA (C average).Minimum 2.0 GPA in all upper-division major courses.You all stood out in High School.New peer group – “C, D and F”students in High School are nothere. Now, the level of effortneeded to excel is much greater.
12 Earning a Bachelor’s degree in CNAS is equivalent to a 50-hr per week job You need to study at least 2 additional hours for every hour spent in the classroom:16 units = 16 hours in class+ 32 hours studying = 48 hrs/wkInverse of High School!Holding down a part-time job makes it very difficult.Commuting or going home every weekend to be with your family makes it very difficult.Goal number one is for you to focus on coursework and graduate with a degree in four years!
13 Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning CCCCCCCCCCCBloom's Taxonomy of LearningC = dutifully memorizing, not much moreB = applying knowledge in a critical, analytical fashionA= critical/analytical thinking and integrating concepts
14 Getting into Medical School How many of you are interested in getting into Medical School?
15 Getting into Medical School How many of you are interested in getting into Medical School?Medical School is very competitive, requires:Exceptional grades ( GPA) and MCAT scoresExceptional diagnostic and analytical skillsExceptional community service recordExceptional leadership and communication skillsExceptional letters of recommendation from faculty (not M.D.s)
16 Getting into Medical School How many of you are interested in getting into Medical School?Medical School is very competitive, requires:Exceptional grades ( GPA) and MCAT scoresExceptional diagnostic and analytical skillsExceptional community service recordExceptional leadership and communication skillsExceptional letters of recommendation from faculty (not M.D.s)So, find a major in which you can be exceptional - explore different majors and their courses.There is no “one” best major for Medical School.
17 Matriculants to US Medical Schools by Primary Undergraduate Degree Type, 2013Source: AAMC 12/17/2013 Table 18, Applicants and Matriculants DataLast column: half are non-life science majors!Medical schools are looking for diverse applicants interested in the human condition, with broad educational training and life experience; not quickly-graduated, narrowly-educated students.
18 Strategies for Getting into Graduate and Professional Schools Study what makes you passionate.Major in what makes you exceptional.It may take some time to find the major in which you can be exceptional.Math, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are the basic sciences – but expand your horizons beyond what you know from High School.Sample some of the smaller, less familiar majors and see what you find.
19 Examples of Majors Students Faculty S:F Ratio Biology21882491:1Biochemistry7571454:1Neuroscience2112110:1Mathematics2279:1Chemistry142265:1Environmental Science14427Statistics83:1Physics83Geology/Geophysics2:1Plant Biology301:1Entomology3133The competition you face for faculty time and research opportunitiesmay vary among different majors.
20 Requirements for a CNAS Bachelor’s degree Three levels of requirements must be completed:University - everyone who graduates from UCR must complete these requirements.College - everyone who graduates from CNAS must complete these requirements.Major - everyone who graduates in your major must complete these requirements (mostly Upper Division series courses).
21 Requirements for a CNAS Bachelor’s degree University (campus) requirements include:English Composition 1A, 1B and 1CWorld History courseEthnic Studies courseCollege requirements include:Breadth or General Education Requirements:Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics
22 Preparation and prerequisites: Many CNAS majors require a significant number of preparatory courses before you start to take courses in the major. Examples for Calculus-ready students:Biology majors can take General Biology 5A after one quarter of Calculus & Chemistry.Biochemistry majors can take General Biochem 110A after two years of Calculus, Chemistry & Biology.
23 Preparatory Courses in CNAS include: MATHCHEMISTRYPHYSICSBIOLOGYSTATISTICSQ: What do these classes have in common?
24 Preparatory Courses in CNAS include: MATHCHEMISTRYPHYSICSBIOLOGYSTATISTICSQ: What do these classes have in common?A: MATH – it is the language of scienceScientists are never “done” with math!If you struggle in math, you have to learn to master it, because you will use it forever.
25 Importance of MATH in CNAS Algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus skills are required to do science.Every CNAS major requires at least two quarters of calculus; some require six.Success in calculus courses is required to progress to courses in your major:e.g. Calculus Chemistry Biology O-Chem UDEvery CNAS Freshman needs to take Math each quarter until they have completed their preparatory math requirements.
26 Your Math PlacementUC uses the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) score to determine math preparation. (HS grades are too inconsistent)MAE placement is mandatory - enroll in the UCR Math course you placed into based upon your MAE score (or AP/IB scores).Your Math placement from MAE or AP/IB scores is required to enroll tomorrow in your Fall Math and Chemistry courses.
27 Possible Math placements from MAE Intermediate Algebra (ARC 35)—review of high school algebraMath 8A or 5 — pre-calculus reviewMath 8B or 9A — first-quarter calculusPossible Math placements from AP/IBMath 9B—second-quarter calculusMath 9C—third-quarter calculus
28 Intermediate Algebra placement If you placed into Intermediate Algebra:Take ARC 35 this Fall at UCR (one chance)Please see your advisor for a discussion on the impacts of this placement and strategies to reduce those impacts. Sign-up at start of Registration tomorrow afternoon.ARC 35 is a “one try” course: you must pass it the first time to continue as a student in CNAS.
29 General questions about Math General questions about Math? (What’s the difference between a Divisional Dean and a Multiplicational Dean?)
30 Importance of English in CNAS Students must be able to communicate scientific thought in writing.Every CNAS major must complete ENGL 1A, 1B and 1C with a “C” or higher.Being able to write well is required for both academic and career success.Every incoming CNAS student needs to take ENGL, until they complete their University requirements for ENGL.
31 English PlacementUC uses the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) English placements are mandatory - enroll in the course you placed into based on your AWPE, AP or IB exam scores.
32 Possible English Placements from AWPE Basic Writing 3 — basic grammar reviewEnglish 4 — writing structure reviewEnglish 1PA or 1A — first-quarter English compositionPossible English Placements from AP/IBEnglish 1B—second-quarter English compositionEnglish 1C—third-quarter English composition
33 English PlacementIf you placed into BSWT 3, ENGL 4, ENGL 1PA, or ENGL 1A — enroll tomorrow.If you placed into ENGL 1B — wait until mid-Fall to enroll for Winter quarter.If you placed into ENGL 1C you do not need to worry about enrolling in this class for now.
35 UCR’s two-pass enrollment system All students are initially limited to 17 units in the first-pass, well before a quarter begins.Additional courses can be added during the second-pass, near the beginning of the quarter.Tomorrow, focus on getting into required Math, Chem and English courses. Other courses (e.g. Honors) can wait until the second-pass.
36 CNAS Freshman Scholars Learning Communities LCs are cohorts of 24 CNAS students who move together through the same core Math and Sciences courses during Freshman year.Instant peer support group!Your Science & Math courses are pre-scheduled for you all year – no enrollment needed!Weekly meeting with a Faculty mentor in Fall.You can apply to join one in a few minutes.Space is limited to ~960 Freshmen; must be Pre-Calculus or Calculus ready by Fall (not in ARC 35 in Fall).
37 Several Types of CNAS Learning Communities: General: open to any majorMajor-specificEarly Research OpportunitiesDynamic GenomeMolecular ScienceSustainability
38 LCs require a three-quarter commitment Participation in LCs produces a significant GPA increase and dramatically increases the likelihood of graduating in a CNAS major in 4 years: “Finish in Four” Students who complete LCs are eligible to apply for a Research stipend of $5,000 for the Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Summer program (10-week summer research project in faculty lab).
40 Tomorrow’s EventsCNAS Major Advising (Morning) 8:15 – 11:15 am Registration (Afternoon) 1:25 - 2:45 pm
41 2014 Freshman Orientation Guide Help in making your Fall Course Schedule tomorrow:2014 Freshman Orientation GuideFall Course Selection GuideCNAS Breadth Course RequirementsCNAS Advising Center LocationProfessional Academic Advisor &Faculty Advisor ListsDivisional Dean’s contact informationCNAS Fall Mandatory Orientation ScheduleFall Enrollment Worksheets (receive tomorrow)
42 Fall Course Selections Attend your major’s Academic Advising session tomorrow morning to select courses.You will plan out three possible Fall schedules tomorrow morning, and we will get you into one of them.Start with: 3 core courses, ± Freshman Learning Community Seminars (17 units max).
43 Typical CNAS Major First-pass Fall Schedule (L.C.) EnglishMathChemistryFreshman Advising Sem.CNAS Scholars Freshman Learning Community
44 Right before the beginning of Fall quarter you can add an additional course: