Chemistry Department

Taking Advantage of Advising

As a new MTSU student, you were assigned an advisor, whose identity depends on your intended area of specialization. Under University registration policy, students are not required to see their advisors. Yet advisors can save you time, money, and frustration with problems resulting from a badly planned schedule.

Take the opportunity to consult with your advisor prior to each registration to make sure you are "on track". He/She has experience and suggestions that will benefit you and cares about your future!

Some things you can take care of yourself. The correct date and time for pre-registration via RaiderNet. Add/drop of classes may also be done with RaiderNet.

Some degree planning should be done in advance of your first visit to your advisor. The upper division form (UDF), which lists all the courses that a student has taken, will take, or is taking for his/her degree, should be filled out during the sophomore year at the latest. The downside of turning in the form early is that you are "locked in" to the classes chosen and must get Dean's permission to change. The UDF is due as late as the semester prior to graduation, but if filled out at the last possible minute, may appear to be the bane of your existence.

Advising Hints:

  • Plan your degree from the beginning
  • See your advisor early and often
  • Pay attention to registration deadlines

See Faculty (listed by research area) to locate an advisor in your chosen field.

Academic Support Facilities in (and outside) the Department

Computers
Several computer centers are available on campus any time of day or night. (LRC 101, DSB 216) LRC has Windows and Macintosh computers with standard word processing programs. Students are welcome to use the department computer center, DSB 216 any time for their assignments, although they may have to compete with CHEM 401, 402 students on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. Many word processing, drawing and graphing programs are available.

Study Rooms
The anteroom to 216 serves as the MTSU Chemistry Club Room and is a good place to meet other students or arrange study groups. Unfortunately, space for large study groups is unavailable in the building which currently houses the department, but James E. Walker Library has several appropriate rooms. See the library information desk for more information.