Advising

Advising appointments are now held through Zoom!

We are happy to provide individual online academic advising for the Integrative Neuroscience major through Zoom, the online meeting software. Please schedule your video meeting with your advisor through Starfish (our appointment calendar) by logging into my.binghamton.edu.  Once you schedule your appointment, your advisor will email you with the Zoom link for an online meeting at the scheduled time.


How to schedule your appointment on Starfish

We no longer hold walk-in hours.  Walk-in hours may resume in Fall 2020, but for now we're providing advising appointments only through Zoom. It's possible to use your Zoom link from your phone and use just the audio function, so feel free to use that option if you prefer phone advising to a video format.

For more information please email us.

Important Spring Session 2020 Information


Degree and Course Information

Course descriptions are available in the Schedule of Classes. See our Course Offerings page for information about our projected offerings for future terms. To check what coursework transfers, please see the Transfer Equivalency Table. Students should consult their DegreeWorks audit for more detailed information about their degree requirements.

Looking for information about graduation? For Spring 2020 graduates: be sure to apply for your degree when you confirm your enrollment for your Spring 2020 courses.

Additional Material for Integrative Neuroscience Majors:


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, your first years here. As a result, we do not even permit freshmen to choose a major until at least the second semester."

It is important to note that due to significant overlap in course requirements, it is not possible to double major in Psychology and Integrative Neuroscience, Biology and Integrative Neuroscience, or Biochemistry and Integrative Neuroscience. 

Students interested in declaring their major in Integrative Neuroscience should go the Integrative Neuroscience and Psychology Academic Advising Office (Science 4, Room 175) to meet with an academic advisor, review degree requirements, and discuss course planning before submitting the declaration of major form. 

When completing the form, you must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order to complete the major declaration form. By completing the form, you are declaring your major in Integrative Neuroscience. You also acknowledge that you are aware of the requirements for the major, and you affirm that you will work to meet the requirements. Declarations are processed twice weekly. You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been processed. 

It is possible to be dropped from the major if you do not continue to make consistent progress toward your degree requirements.

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


How Do I Add Myself to a Waitlist?

Review these Waitlist procedures and use the Important Waitlist Info & FAQs as a guide to add yourself into a waitlist.

If you have questions about the waitlist or petition process for Biology or Chemistry courses, please contact those respective departments.


IN Major GPA Calculator

Use the IN Major GPA Calculator to calculate your major GPA.


Common Procedure/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.  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 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 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?

    Complete the PSYC 397 Independent Study registration form online here. An email will be sent to the professor supervising your Independent study, requesting confirmation of the position 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 the 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 form 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.

  • 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.

  • Can my Elective courses (Related Subjects, Biology Type A or B, Psychology electives) fulfill more than one requirement for the major?
    A single course may fulfill multiple requirements. Some courses may fulfill multiple elective requirements. For example, PSYC 363 satisfies one course for the laboratory requirement, two credits for the upper-level requirement and two credits for the psychology electives category. However, no courses can count toward both the core and the elective requirements.
  • How can I register for a teaching assistantship?

    Complete the PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant registration. An email will be sent to the instructor supervising your assistantship appointment requesting confirmation of 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 (Science 4, Room 175), 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, check the transfer equivalency table

    If the course does not show on the transfer equivalency table,  submit a completed course evaluation form or future course evaluation form,  including a full course syllabus and course description. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the form to work correctly.  Please complete the form carefully.

    Please be aware that evaluation of these petitions can take up to a week or more.

    For future course evaluation, 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?

    Complete the Petition for Future Course Work to Fulfill Major Requirement form here. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the form to work correctly. Please make sure to attach the course syllabus along with your form.  Please complete this form carefully.

    Please be aware that the evaluation of these requests can take up to a week or more. Students are strongly encouraged to have a course reviewed BEFORE taking courses abroad. There is no guarantee that the courses/credits will be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for your major unless they have been approved by faculty in the Psychology/IN department.

    During this process, we encourage you to keep in close contact with the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives as well as the Harpur Academic Advising in order to ensure a smooth pre-departure.

  • 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 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 (Science 4, Room 175).

    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.