Dr. Robert Styer is the advisor for the Comprehensive Science Program. If you would like to discuss entering the Comprehensive Science Program, or course selection, please feel free to make an appointment. You can call or email Dr. Styer directly at 610-519-4845 or the department's Administrative Assistant, Jaime Haughton at 610-519-4862 to make an appointment.
Frequently Asked Advising Questions
- Why do the CHM 1103 labs say they only allow 2 students? Why do several sections of CHM 1151 say they are full with zero out of zero students.
- I want to take one of these courses: BIO 1205 Anatomy and Physiology I NUR 3030 Pharmacology NUR 3108 Pathophysiology NTR 2120 Nutrition but the computer will not allow me to register. What is the problem?
- I think I want to take a summer course. How do I sign up?
- I see the BIO 2105 course but not the lab course number. How do I sign up for the lab?
- Classes such as Women in the Bible count as a Diversity 2 and as an upper theology; Archaeology of the Bible counts as a fine arts and as an upper level theology. If I were to take either class, will it fulfill both of those requirements?
- Do I need to take the Sophomore Writing Seminar (SWS ENG 1975) in my sophomore year?
- I need to get into a closed section; what do I do?
- The Research Requirement on my CAPP says "Not Met". What can I do about that?
Why do the CHM 1103 labs say they only allow 2 students? Why do several sections of CHM 1151 say they are full with zero out of zero students.
Many incoming freshmen take CHM 1151/1103 and the registrar must block-schedule the incoming students, so the slots are reserved for the incoming freshmen. By late July, these students are registered, and there are usually some unused slots that open up first-come first-served.
I want to take one of these courses: BIO 1205 Anatomy and Physiology I NUR 3030 Pharmacology NUR 3108 Pathophysiology NTR 2120 Nutrition but the computer will not allow me to register. What is the problem?
These courses are reserved for Nursing students, but after the nurses register, BSC majors may sign up. You need to contact the Nursing College (or the instructor) to be placed on the waiting list. Generally, there are slots left after the nurses register.
If you are taking a course from Villanova (either here or by distance learning), your advisor can give you a summer registration pin. If you wish to take a course at another college, you should fill out the “Courses at Another Institution” form available on the OUS website (http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/forms.html). Take the form along with a copy of the course description to the chair of the department who offers a similar course to approve the course (for example, if you wish to take organic chemistry elsewhere, you need to go to the chemistry department to approve the organic chemistry course), then drop it by my office for a signature (that says the course is needed for your program), then finally, drop it off at the OUS office who approves the college (which must be a regular accredited four year college with a few other restrictions). After you take the course, you send a copy of the transcript to the OUS office.
I see the BIO 2105 course but not the lab course number. How do I sign up for the lab?
A: Unlike chemistry and physics, Biology does not have separate course numbers for the labs. Instead, the lab has the same BIO 2105 course number, but has an L in the section number. So for instance, you might sign up for the lecture section BIO 2105-002 and for the lab section BIO 2105-L06. You must sign up for both at the same time. Also, please note that the Schedulr program does not know who to deal with this lab numbering system, so it will list the wrong number of total credits and perhaps give other errors when you schedule your bio course.
Classes such as Women in the Bible count as a Diversity 2 and as an upper theology; Archaeology of the Bible counts as a fine arts and as an upper level theology. If I were to take either class, will it fulfill both of those requirements?
This is a complicated question. Categories such as Fine Arts, Theology, or Social Science are course requirements, and a course can only satisfy one course category. So a course can be either fine arts or theology, but cannot fill both slots simultaneously.
On the other hand, diversity is an “attribute” not a course category. You need two classes with different Diversity attributes, but a Diversity attribute course can also fill the Theology, Fine Arts, or Social Science slot.
You do not need to take it sophomore year; you can take it anytime after you finish the writing intensive ACS seminars
Only the chair of the department with the closed course can override the course enrollment limit. Although you can always ask the chair if you can get into a closed course, the chair might not allow it because of the physical classroom or the lab equipment or other reason. In that case, talk with your advisor to see if you can take the course a different semester, or if you can change the rest of your schedule to fit an open section into your schedule.
The research requirement on the CAPP may be ignored; it is not required for the BSC majors.