Stay the Course
Stay the Course is designed for first- and second-year UWF Biology majors who want to remain in the STEM discipline and allow the transfer of common prerequisites toward their new major but are not sure how to make the transition.
Stay the Course: Explore, Discover, Plan and Implement
Have you spent the first one or two semesters as a Biology major and thought...
- You are very curious about other majors and consistently entertaining the idea of switching majors.
- You are doing poorly in your current major's classes.
- You choose your major without much thought.
You are not alone.....but you can
Stay the Course is designed for first- and second-year UWF Biology majors who want to remain in the STEM discipline and allow the transfer of common prerequisites toward their new major but are not sure how to make the transition. Stay the Course connects Biology majors with program advisors and faculty in Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and the Usha Kundu College of Health who have successfully assisted students with making the transition to their new STEM-related major. Simply follow the four steps to Stay the Course and consider a new major in STEM.
Step 1: Explore Step 2: Discover Step 3: Plan Step 4: Implement
Step 1: Explore
Is this the right major for me?
Choosing or changing a major can be one of the most challenging decisions a student will make while pursuing educational goals. The process can be complex and filled with many uncertainties.
If you find yourself in this situation, please consider engaging in career and major exploration.
Why should I explore?(12 Signs You are in the Wrong Major)
There may be other programs which can help you achieve your educational goals. The decision to change your major involves a great deal of consideration. Conduct informational interviews with faculty to find careers that match your interest and bigger-picture goals. The Career Services department also has resources available to assist you with major exploration.
Step 2: Discover
What programs are offered at UWF?
If you are in a STEM major and want to explore commonalities of prerequisites between majors, please access the Stay the Course chart below.
|Degree||Common Courses with Biology|
|Earth & Environmental Science, Natural Science
Earth & Environmental Science, Environmental Management, B.S.
|Exercise Science, B.S.||CHM 2045/L
|Clinical Laboratory Sciences, B.S.||BSC 2010/L
|Health Sciences, B.S.||BSC 2010/L
(recommended Biology course)
|Psychology, B.S. and B.A.||BSC 2010/L - B.S. only
(recommended Biology course)
MAC 2311 - B.S. only
Step 3: Plan
Did you know there are resources available in MyUWF?
- Degree Works app
- Excess Hours app
- Graduation Dashboard app
The Degree Works app provides an opportunity to develop a "What if" audit for major exploration.
This feature allows you to explore a program of study by comparing the new program's degree requirements to your completed course works. Before changing a major, please ensure you have discussed this decision with your Financial Aid advisor. Changing your major may have major implications related to financial aid eligibility.
Step 4: Implement
Unsure about changing your major?
Make an appointment with an academic advisor in the programs which you are considering to further discuss your options. As part of the Change of Major process, you will be required to meet with an academic advisor in your new program.
|Department||Faculty Coach||Academic Advisor|
|Earth and Env. Science||Chasidy Hobbs||Melissa Crews|
|Dr. Angela Hahn||Fiona Mowbray|
|Exercise Science||Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima||Valeria Ashanti
|Psychology||Dr. Ronald Belter||Susan Drahos (BS)
Diana Robinson (BA)
|Medical Lab Services||Dr. Kristina Behan||Kimberlee Glover|
Career Services, Building 19, 850.474.2254