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Changing of Major Dates

1. Students wishing to change their primary major to Neuroscience must apply through HokieSpa.

2. Approval of major change will take place after meeting.

3. Students wishing to switch their major to neuroscience or add neuroscience as a secondary major, must complete the "Progress Towards Degree Contract" and submit this to Sarah Bechtel or Mohammad Sabbagh.

*Please note: We cannot accommodate non-Neuroscience majors during course request or add/drop periods. Please schedule a meeting before or after these times.

 If you intend on adding Neuroscience as a second major, please complete and submit the Change of Major form and the Progress Towards Degree Contract form.

**Please note: We cannot accommodate non-Neuroscience majors during course request or add/drop periods. Please schedule a meeting before or after these times.

 Please refer to the University Academic Calender for more information on deadlines

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Student Responsibility

Student shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with the advisor. Over time, the partnership results in increased responsibility for the student. The student will:

  • Communicating goals, needs, wants, and concerns to the advisor in a respectful and sincere manner;
  • Keeping abreast of their own academic progress and requirements related to their academic program;
  • Making, keeping, and being prepared for appointments with advisor;
  • Informing the advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance;
  • Knowing departmental procedures for changing advisors; and
  • Bringing concerns regarding quality of advising to the attention of the advisor

Advisor Responsibility

The advisor shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with undergraduate students. This is achieved through the advisor:

  • Communicating with students and delivering individualized and accurate information in professional sincere manner;
  • Being informed of, and providing accurate information about current academic policies and procedures;
  • Keeping appointments and being available for assistance;
  • Providing appropriate referrals, contacts, and information;
  • Doing appropriate follow-up with students; and
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development
Students in the School of Neuroscience program receive personalized advising. We work with students from orientation to graduation. Our mission is to work with students to create personalized educational plans that are compatible with their interests, career, and life goals. We follow the University’s Advising Philosophy and advising guidelines.