Integrative Neuroscience Advising 

Walk-in Hours

Summer advising is by appointment. Please email ugpsyc@binghamton.edu for availability. We are located in Science 4, Room 230B.  Regular walk-in hours (no appointment necessary) are 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm, Monday through Thursday.  These hours will resume on August 22. Peer advisors and Graduate Advising Interns are available during walk-in hours to answer questions about requirements for the major, to help with schedule planning, and answer any questions you might have about the online forms. (Online forms?! YES! Read below to learn about forms for the declaration of major, to register for PSYC 397 Independent Study, to register for PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant, or to submit a course evaluation for transfer courses not listed on the Course-to-course Equivalency Table.) 

Advising Resources

For information about how to contact the Integrative Neuroscience Academic Advising office or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor, click here. Note that you can also simply drop by during our walk-in hours!

If you have questions regarding the wait list procedures for courses offered by the the Psychology Department in Fall 2016, please click here and click here. If you have questions about the waitlist or petition process for Biology or Chemistry courses, please contact those respective departments. For an overview of FAQ about the major, please click here.

 

Degree and course information:

Course descriptions are available in the Bulletin or on the BUbrain - schedule of classes. See our Course Offerings tab for information about our projected offerings for future terms.

Looking for information about graduation? For Fall 2016 graduates: be sure to apply for your degree when you confirm your enrollment for your Fall 2016 courses.

 

Advising materials for completing the Integrative Neuroscience (IN) major

 

Declaring Your Major

Declaring an interest in Integrative Neuroscience on your admissions application does not mean you have declared your major; all students enter Binghamton as undeclared. Please review the Harpur College website It's a MAJOR Decision... and the Harpur information pages on Choosing a Major. Highlights from these pages include the following: "All freshmen enter Harpur College as undecided students. We require you to take time to consider your options, our first years here. As a result, we do not even permit freshmen to choose a major until at least the second semester."

 

* TO DECLARE YOUR MAJOR IN INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE YOU MUST HAVE RECEIVED A C OR HIGHER IN BOTH PSYC 111 AND PSYC 243.

Click here if you meet these requirements and would like to declare your major in Integrative Neuroscience. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly.

If you do not yet meet the requirements, and you hold a class standing of second semester freshman or higher, it is possible for you to complete a waiver to declare your major before you meet the requirements. If you are a first semester freshmen and qualify under special STEM funding guidelines, use the waiver to declare your major and state your STEM status in the Comments section of the form. By completing the waiver, you acknowledge that you are aware of the requirements for the major and you affirm that you will work to meet the requirements. It is possible to be dropped from the major if you do not make consistent progress toward your degree requirements. Click here to complete a waiver to declare Integrative Neuroscience as your major. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly.

If you are already declared as an Integrative Neuroscience (IN) major but would like to drop IN as your major, please send an email with your request to neuro@binghamton.edu 

 

Transferring courses to Binghamton

Use the course-to-course look-up tool to see how your credits will transfer to Binghamton.

 

Common Procedures/Questions:

How can I get into closed courses?

First, check whether the course has a waitlist. If a waitlist is available, the only way to enter the course is to add yourself to the waitlist. For more information regarding the Psychology Department's waitlisting procedure, please click here and click here. If you have questions about the waitlist or petition process for Biology or Chemistry courses, please contact those respective departments. If the course is closed and does not have a waitlist, you should monitor BUbrain closely during open registration periods and self-register if a spot becomes available.

Is the course restricted?

Be sure to check Restrictions for a course are by going onto BUBrain and clicking on the course title. At the bottom of the page, restrictions for the course will be listed.

If a course is restricted, you must meet the prerequisites for the course before you are able to register for the course. If you are having credits for the prerequisite transferred in, but the credits do not yet appear on your Binghamton University transcript, please visit the Integrative Neuroscience Academic Advising office.  If you have questions about restricted courses offered by the Biology or Chemistry departments, please contact those departments directly.

How can I register for independent study credits?

Registration is currently closed.  Please follow the instructions here when registration reopens in Fall 2016.  Complete the PSYC 397 Independent Study registration form online here. An email will be sent to the professor supervising your Independent study, requesting confirmation for the position you are requesting and for the number of credits you are requesting. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly.  Please complete these form carefully. 

Note: Students who want to register for 4 credits of independent study after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early. It is possible to register for 2 credits of independent study after the regular add/drop deadline. Please contact the advising office to complete the paper copy of the form if the online form is no longer available. For Biology independent study, fill out the appropriate form and return to their main office (S3-210).

Will any independent study in psychology or biology count toward the major?

No. Only an independent study with course content that is integrative neuroscience-related will count toward the lab requirement for the major. Meet with the Integrative Neuroscience academic advisor prior to taking an independent study course to clarify whether approval will be given for a particular independent study course.  If you do not verify in advance, your research credits might not count toward your major.

What requirements will independent study courses fulfill?

Up to eight (8) credits of independent research may be used as part of the 16 upper level credits required in the major. These credits can be from Psychology or Biology research. Additionally four (4) credits of independent research may be used to fulfill one (1) of the three (3) required labs. Only independent study with an Integrative Neuroscience faculty member can count as a lab. See the academic advisor to determine whether your lab will count.

Independent research courses may not automatically appear in the major section of your Degree Works. You will need to see the program's academic advisor so that a Degree Works Exception can be made to allow the research courses to count.

How can I register for a teaching assistantship?

Registration is currently closed.  Please follow the instructions here when registration reopens in Fall 2016. Complete the PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant registration form online here.  An email will be sent to the instructor supervising your assistantship appointment, requesting confirmation for your appointment and the number of credits you will be receiving. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly. Please complete this form carefully.

Note: Students who want to register for 4 credits of teaching assistantship after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early.

How will I know which seminar I should take?

You can take either one 4-credit or two 2-credit approved seminars to meet the requirement. A list of eligible seminars is posted before the advance registration period each semester outside the Integrative Neuroscience Program Advising Office (S4-230B), on the Course Offerings page, and is also sent prior to advance registration each semester to the Integrative Neuroscience listserv.

How do I know if a course I've taken or plan to take at another college will count toward integrative neuroscience requirements?

Decisions regarding transfer credits are made by the director of the Integrative Neuroscience Program. To find out if a course taken elsewhere will count toward your integrative neuroscience requirements, bring a written description of the course (e.g., the catalog description from the other university or a syllabus) to the Integrative Neuroscience Program Advising Office in S4-230B.

How can I get credits from another institution to count towards my major?

Submit a completed major/minor petition form with a detailed course description of syllabus to the advising office (Science IV, 230B). Paper copies of the form are also available in the advising office. Evaluation of these petitions can take up to a week or more. Students are highly encouraged to petition BEFORE taking courses at other institutions as there is no guarantee that courses/credits will be accepted.

How can I get credits from a study abroad program to count towards my major?

Submit a completed study abroad petition form with a detailed course description of syllabus to the advising office (Science IV, 230B). Paper copies of the form are also available in the advising office. Evaluation of these petitions can take up to a week or more. Students are highly encouraged to petition BEFORE taking courses abroad as there is no guarantee that courses/credits will be accepted.

What is my GPA for my major?

Use our major GPA calculator (xls, 3805kb) to find out.

What if I need to take an incomplete in a course?
You must meet with your instructor to determine if you will be permitted to receive an incomplete in a course. Incompletes are warranted when a student has a personal or medical emergency that prevents them from completing coursework. We highly encourage students and faculty to use the Incomplete Contract (.docx,17.1kb)  to ensure that all parties know exactly what coursework remains and when it must be completed by. Copies of the contract should be provided to the instructor, the student, and the advising office (S4-230B).
 
For more information about course registration, graduation/commencement, enrollment verification, and the final exam schedule, as well as access to any forms please see the Registrar's website.
 
See Harpur Advising for any Gen Ed or Harpur College requirement questions.
 
Click here for overload request, course petition, transfer petition, and additional Harpur forms.
 
For general information about transferring to Binghamton click here.
 

Last Updated: 6/27/16