Thursday, April 21, 2016

Waitlisted for Biology or Chemistry Lab?

                   Don't Panic!

All students who attempt to add lab sections for General Chemistry (CHEM BC2001) and Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL BC1500) will initially be waitlisted. The departments are managing these waiting lists in order to give priority to Barnard students who need or want these courses.

For General Chemistry:
1.  Be sure you are requesting lab & recitation on the same day -- if you're not, you won't be added.
2.  An actual person is manually moving students from the waiting lists to the class lists, so it may take up to a day to process -- your patience is appreciated!
3.  If you don't get in during advance program filing, sections will be reopened in the fall, and the department will make every effort to accommodate all students.

For Bio 1500:
All students who sign up for these courses will be placed on a waiting list, and they will be moved from the waiting list to the class according to a set of predetermined criteria.  Priority will be determined as follows:
  1. Students who started the series in the spring and who want to complete the series next fall 
  2. Barnard students who have taken a year of Chemistry as first-years and want to get started on Bio as sophomores 
  3. Entering Barnard first years who want to take 1500 during their first year 
  4. Anyone else
Note: Students will be moved from the Bio 1500 lab waiting list to the class after the last day of program planning (you will receive an email notifying you of your waiting list status at that point).  Therefore, you will have to click the "ADD" buttons for these courses when the system for adding courses opens up again in June. Please do not forget to take this final step.

Update: Program Filing Walk-In Hours

Are you pre-health and have questions about the course requisites? Not sure how to best sequence your courses or fit all your pre-health courses into your schedule? 

Dean Cohen will be holding walk-in hours during program filing on the following dates and times in 105 Milbank Hall:

Thursday, April 21st: 11:30am-12:30pm [Cancelled]

Friday, April 22nd 10:30am- 12:00pm 
Monday, April 25th: 3:00-4:00pm

Please come stop by! As a friendly note, these walk-in hours are intended for course selection-related questions only. If you have questions about gaining experience, strengthening your pre-health portfolio or assessing your readiness to apply, you are encouraged to schedule a 30-min appointment with Dean Cohen. 

If you are a new to pre-health at Barnard, please come attend our upcoming (and last one for the semester!) Pre-Health Overview Session on April 22nd at 12:00noon. Click here to register. 

As always, you are more than welcome to email your pre-health questions to

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pre-Health Overview Session: Friday, April 22nd

Are you considering a career in the health profession? Do you have questions about being a pre-health student at Barnard and want to learn more? Are you interested in learning about the resources and advising support our office provides? Whether you are a first year or a senior, it's never too late to start exploring the health professions.

We invite you to come to a Pre-Health Overview Session to learn about what it means to be a pre-health student at Barnard College. These small group sessions will serve to provide you with an overview of:
  • Academic Preparation 
  • Gaining Meaningful Experience 
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Committee Letter of Evaluation
  • Resources and more!
Last Session of the Semester:
Friday, April 22nd from 12:00pm
Dean of Studies Office, Conference Room, Milbank 105 
To sign up for a session, please click here. These sessions are intended to serve as your "first" pre-health advising appointment. We ask that you attend an overview session prior to scheduling an individual advising appointment with Dean Cohen, Associate Dean for Pre-Health Professions Advising.

We look forward to supporting you on your path to pursuing a career in the health professions!