FRESHMAN SEMINAR   [Archived Catalog]
2019-2020 Johnstown Campus Catalog


Minimum Credits: 1
Maximum Credits: 1
Freshman Seminar, is a 1-credit seminar course that is required for the Biology major at Pitt-Johnstown. It serves as an introduction to the Biology major, the Biology department, experiential learning opportunities outside of academic courses, and career possibilities with a biology degree. Higher education in a science field, and specifically in biology, is a challenging experience. This course will be your introduction to the Biology major at Pitt-Johnstown. As you begin your university career as a biology student, you may have many questions, including "Who is my advisor?" "How do I decide what classes to take?" "Can I (and should I) do research, or an internship, or some other experience out of the classroom?" "What can I do with a biology degree?" "What if I change my career plans in a year or two?" etc. In fact, you probably have questions and don't know it yet. This is a course in which these and other questions will be addressed. Every student has unique experiences, interests, and goals, but as biology students you all share some of them. Each week, you will either be learning about an important aspect of pursuing a Biology degree at Pitt-Johnstown or about a career that follows such a degree. Some topics will be more interesting to you personally than others, but all will be valuable for you to know. You can then discuss your specific interests and goals with your academic advisor and other faculty beginning this semester and continuing during your time at Pitt-Johnstown. The specific objectives of this course include: Learning about the Biology major, and the Biology Department and its faculty and policies; Understanding how to appropriately interact with others in the profession; Exploring various career options and beginning to prepare for your specific career goals; Investigating learning opportunities outside of the traditional academic classroom and laboratory; Interacting with your peers in the Biology program.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Seminar
Grade Component: H/S/U Basis

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