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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Will I get credit for college work taken before I come to Bucknell?

If, before coming to Bucknell, you have taken courses at another regionally accredited college, you will receive Bucknell credit for them, provided: The college coursework completed by high school students is equivalent to courses offered by Bucknell. (Decisions on comparability will be made by the Office of the Registrar and the faculty of the University. Grades of “C” or better are required for Bucknell credit consideration.) The courses are applicable to the degree at that college, i.e., that they were not simply enrichment courses for high school students. The subject matter was comparable to that offered at Bucknell and is […]

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

What is the credit system at Bucknell? What is a course?

Bucknell uses the course credit system. One course credit is expected to require one-fourth of a student’s time for a semester, including attendance at class and/or laboratory, required and related reading, class preparation, term papers and reports. Military science and private instruction in music for non-majors are taken in addition to credit courses. For purposes of comparison with other colleges, one course credit is the equivalent of four semester hours or six quarter hours.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Who teaches introductory courses? Will I have to wait until I am a junior or senior to get the best professors?

Bucknell is primarily an undergraduate institution. Our faculty and administration stress the importance of undergraduate education and the development of undergraduate students. Most members of the faculty teach at all levels, and you will not have to wait until you are an upperclassman to get the best professors. Although a few graduate students assist some faculty members, the faculty member (not the graduate student) is responsible for the teaching.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Who will be my faculty adviser? When do I meet my adviser? How close will our relationship be?

The advisory setting allows you and your adviser to establish a friendly relationship. For bachelor of arts students, their Foundation Seminar instructor serves as academic adviser for the first two years. For students in the bachelor of science in business administration and various bachelor of science and bachelor of music degrees, the Foundation Seminar instructor will serve in an informal advisory capacity and another faculty member in the student’s degree program will serve as the official adviser for curricular requirements for the major. Entering students will have the opportunity to meet with their advisers before beginning their fall courses to […]

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

How can I be sure I am taking the right courses so that I will graduate?

While the responsibility for satisfying degree requirements is yours, the University provides help and guidance for you in several ways. For the first semester, you will follow the registration form for your degree program as included in the Class of 2024 Enrolled Students web area. Studying the appropriate section of the Course Catalog will help you visualize the entire four-year structure of your degree. After your first semester, your adviser will help you select appropriate courses, and the associate dean of your college will be glad to advise you concerning your progress toward your degree. In addition, the Registrar’s Office […]

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

I was accepted for the curriculum for which I applied, but now I am not sure that it is what I want. Can I change?

It is usually possible to change your curriculum in the College of Arts & Science, either before or after you come to the campus to matriculate in the fall. However, some curricula have restrictions on the number who can be accepted because of space and facilities limitations. Due to extremely limited space, there are no opportunities for Arts & Science or Engineering students to transfer into the Freeman College of Management; however, students in these colleges can take classes in the Freeman College to obtain either a general management minor or real estate minor. If you wish to change your […]

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

I have been accepted for the curriculum I really want, but there are several other areas in which I have a strong interest. How can I follow them?

Your interest in other programs may be explored by carefully choosing elective courses. Most curricula have sufficient flexibility to allow these exploratory courses to be counted toward degree requirements. Talking with your academic adviser can be extremely helpful in this process.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

What are the general requirements for medical school?

Most medical schools require, as a minimum, one year of general biology, one year of general or inorganic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, one year of math and one year of English. Current revisions of the MCAT exam also require a working knowledge of psychology, sociology and biochemistry. Some schools require a foreign language. Some schools have additional requirements, such as behavioral science or quantitative analysis. It is essential that students examine specific admission requirements of the schools of interest to them and plan their college work to meet those requirements. Here at Bucknell, the […]

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

I am interested in medical school. Should I major in science or some other area?

Many students interested in going to medical school major in one of the sciences, since it is easy to meet medical school requirements as a science major. However, this is not necessary. Remember that medical schools are more interested in the quality and depth of the work accomplished than in the field chosen by the student. All medical schools recognize the desirability of a broad education, a strong foundation in the natural sciences, highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in social sciences and humanities. The humanities and social behavioral sciences are important and can help you understand individuals, […]

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