Department of Psychology

Academic Advising


SHOULD I CHOOSE BA or a BS degree?

Our department offers either a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). The psychology major requirements are the same. Both degrees emphasize oral and written communication skills as well as critical thinking. The BA is a liberal arts degree that requires you to choose a minor and take at least two humanities classes.

The BS degree emphasizes mathematics and science. It is especially helpful for those applying to graduate schools which require a solid science background (ex. medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) However, the BA degree can also be supplemented with selected science and mathematics prerequisites. Neither degree is “better” than the other. If you are unsure, consult with the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss which choice is right for you.

CAN I GET A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE BY DISTANCE?

No. We do not offer a psychology degree by distance but some individual classes can be taken on-line or through correspondence.   You will not be able to meet all the degree requirements through the distance offerings.   Students who must leave Fairbanks before completing their degree should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to review their particular situation.

WHO IS MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR ? 

Janet Schichnes is the Undergraduate Advisor for the Dept. of Psychology. She will assist you with academic advising, course planning, degree and program requirements, petitions, as well as university deadlines, policies and procedures.  She can also help you find support resources, alternative ways to earn credit, or plan for international or national exchange programs. She will  interpret your placement scores for mandatory  English or Math classes.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE MY ADVISOR?

You are required to consult with your advisor before you can register each semester.   You will not be able to register until your advisor unlocks your account. The purpose is to keep you on track to graduation in a timely manner.   However, you can visit your advisor whenever you want to discuss  your academic program, need an advisor’s signature, file a petition, require clarification about UAF policies or procedures, or want some moral support. 


WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY ADVISING SESSION?

If you are meeting for registration, print out your registration form and bring a list of classes that interest you. Check the schedule http://www.uaf.edu/coursefinder/ before you come.  

Print your registration form :      http://uaonline.alaska.edu/

If you are a transfer student whose records have not been evaluated, bring unofficial copies of your transcripts. If you are petitioning a transfer class, bring a copy of the course description and/or syllabus.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

After you see your advisor, you must register for your classes at http://uaonline.alaska.edu/ . Remember that you are incurring a financial obligation when you register. If your plans change, you MUST drop your courses by the published deadline or your will be expected to pay for them even if you do not attend classes (ouch!).

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH CLASSES I NEED TO GRADUATE?

You can easily track your progress toward graduation with DegreeWorks, our amazing web-based degree audit software.  Log into your Degree Works records via UAOnline (http://uaonline.alaska.edu) Select DegreeWorks/Electronic Degree Audit under Student Services & Account Information.   Click on “what if” if you want to see what is needed to add a minor, second major, or change your major.

WHEN SHOULD I MEET WITH PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY?

All faculty members can provide guidance about the field of psychology.   You are encouraged to drop-in during their office hours or make an appointment. Meeting with a faculty member can be helpful to discuss their courses or specific area of expertise,   undergraduate research projects,  or discuss graduate school and career options.   If you are planning to apply to graduate school, it is critical that at least a few faculty members get to know you well enough to provide strong letters of recommendation.   Faculty can also provide references for scholarships and job references.

Important Links:
 

http://www.uaf.edu/advising/   links to major UAF departments, commonly requested forms, FAQ’s, GPA calculator, and a wealth of other information.

http://apa.org/ website of American Psychological Association

http://apa.org/about/students.aspx become a student affiliate of APA, links to information on graduate school and careers

http://psychology.about.com/ find out which area of psychology is right for you, get study hints, and information about careers and graduate school. This is a fun site with lots of interactive quizzes.