Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the NAB Major

What Columbia courses can I take to fulfill requirements?
How do I declare a NAB Major?
What course do I take if I just want to do research for degree credit?
How do I get involved in research?
How do I select or change a major advisor?

Questions about transferring credits

How do I obtain study-abroad approval?
How do I obtain approval for summer courses?
How do I transfer AP credit?

Questions about signing up for courses

How do I sign up for introductory Biology courses?
How do I sign up for upper level lab courses in Biology?
I didn't get into my preferred upper-level Biology lab. What do I do now?
How do I use the lottery system to sign up for L-courses in Psychology?

 

 


 

 

Questions about the NAB Major

What Columbia courses can I take to fulfill requirements?

Several courses in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Science at CU can be used to fulfill Major requirements.  To see a list of courses that can be taken at CU click HERE


How do I declare a NAB Major?

You should first select one of the NAB faculty members to be your major adviser (see How do I select or change a major adviser?) and then fill out the Major Declaration Form (available at the Registrar's Office). You will need to indicate the name of your adviser and get the form signed by the Program Director.


What course do I take if I just want to do research for degree credit?

If you simply want to take research for degree credit, then you could take BIOL BC3597 (Guided Research). Click HERE to download instructions.

 

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How do I get involved in research?

Consult the Senior Thesis page on this website.  Once you have identified several possibilities, discuss them with your adviser or the NAB program director.  The earlier you start, the better.


How do I select or change a major advisor?

Any faculty member in the NAB program can serve as your adviser. You should pick somebody whose area of interest overlaps with yours and/or somebody with whom you feel comfortable.  Make sure you confirm that s/he is accepting new advisees.  You should realize that selecting an adviser is an important decision, but not a momentous one.  You can always change your adviser, and you are welcome to consult with other faculty members.

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Questions about transferring credits

How do I obtain study-abroad approval?

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your plans for studying abroad with the Study-Abroad Dean and your NAB advisor before enrollment. You will need to plan ahead so as to make sure that you can complete your GER and major requirements in time for graduation. Generally, students study abroad during the Spring semester of their junior year.


How do I obtain approval for summer courses?

It is strongly recommended that you obtain approval for non-Barnard courses prior to taking the course. For NAB classes, you can get approval from the Program Director once you have completed the Summer Course Approval form (see Registrar's website). Note that you will need to provide the Program Director with a syllabus and class description before s/he will be able to approve the class.


How do I transfer AP credit?

You need to contact the organization that administers the AP tests (Educational Testing Service), and ask them to send your AP scores to the Barnard registrar's office.


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Questions about signing up for courses

How do I sign up for introductory Biology courses?

There are several intoductory courses offered by the biology department.  Please visit the Biology Department website for course descriptions and information on signing up for lectures and labs. 


How do I sign up for upper level lab courses in Biology?

All upper-level Biology labs are limited to 16 students.  Upper levels labs are listed as L-courses.  To sign up for a lab, follow the L-course signup procedures as outlined on the Registrar website.

Please note that if you receive a spot in the lab, you MUST attend the first lab.  If you are absent from the lab, you will be dropped from the course and your spot will be filled.


I didn't get into my preferred upper-level Biology lab.  What do I do now?

If you do not get into the lab you may sign-up for a spot on the wait-list.  L courses now have a wait-list function as explained on the Registrar website.


How do I use the lottery system to sign up for L-courses in Psychology?

To enroll in a lab or statistics course in Psychology, students must enter the lottery during the semester before the course is offered. This is done through myBarnard. It is the student's responsibility to find out the lottery dates, which are announced through mailings and on the Psychology Department and NAB websites. Students are encouraged to take their lab courses during their early years at Barnard as seniors do not receive highest priority within the lottery system. If a student has any questions or problems regarding the lottery, she should contact the Department Administrator for Psychology as soon as possible.


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