We are here to help! Feel free to contact your faculty advisor at any time to set up an advising appointment. We recommend that you meet with your advisor every single semester while at Shawnee State. You can determine your faculty advisor by logging on to MySSU.
Each faculty member has four office hours a week where you can drop in to ask questions. They will also be delighted to schedule an appointment with you to discuss progress towards your degree, career goals, etc.
If you need general advising, you can also schedule an appointment with either the department chair (Dr. Andy Napper), or one our college professional advisors: Ms. Heather Cantrell or Ms. Hannah Ledford.
When you enter Shawnee State and declare a major, you are required to complete the program requirements in place during that catalog year. If you change your major subsequently, or stop out for more than three semesters, your catalog year changes to the most recent one.
It is possible to petition to change to a different catalog year by obtaining a form from the Student Business Center. If you were enrolled before summer 2016, you may have noticed the General Education Program has undergone a dramatic change! In this instance you may wish to consider petitioning to return to your original catalog year.
Infrequent Course Offerings
We do not offer every single course, every single semester in the Department of Natural Sciences. Some courses are only offered once per year. The following courses are only offered either fall or spring semester: (Please note—this is an incomplete list!)
- BIOL3560—Principles of Anatomy
- CHEM3305—Organic Chemistry 1
- PHYS2211—Calculus Based Physics 1
- BIOL3561—Principles of Physiology
- BIOL4770—Cell Biology
- CHEM2200—Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- CHEM3306—Organic Chemistry 2
- PHYS2212—Calculus Based Physics 2
Your academic advisor can help you plan your schedule keeping the above information in mind.
Every Other Year Course Offerings
Some courses are only offered on an every-other-year schedule. To help you plan out your degree, the following link contains our most recent schedule: Natural Sciences four-year guides and every-other-year class schedules (PDF). This document also lists academic/college/career suggestions for each year you are with us.
Be sure to select the checklist corresponding to your correct catalog year. Please note that checklists from 2016 onwards include the new General Education Program requirements. If you recently changed major, it may be to your advantage to petition to change back to the catalog year when you first entered the university.
Other notes: earlier catalog checklists may refer to classes that are no longer offered. Check with your advisor if you need guidance. For instance: MATH1300 (pre-calculus) used to be required for all baccalaureate degrees in the Department of Natural Sciences. MATH1300 is no longer offered, but MATH1200+1250 is an equivalency. Consult with your advisor if you have any questions!