Advising FAQs

Why am I on registration hold?
All sophomores who have not declared a major by the beginning of Advanced Registration period for the following Fall semester will be put on hold by the College until they officially declare a major.

All junior BBB majors are placed on registration hold preceding Advance Registration for the Fall semester of their senior year.  All junior BBB majors are required to meet with a BBB advisor to update their Penn inTouch worksheet and review their remaining requirements for completion of the major.  Juniors should come in during advising hours prepared to discuss their plan for coursework in their senior year.  Students may come to walk-in advising hours to meet with a BBB advisor.

Can I take more BBB courses than are required for the major?
Students are encouraged to take as many BBB courses as they like. Eight approved courses can count towards the BBB electives. Additional BBB courses may be used towards another major or minor, depending on that department's requirements, or towards unrestricted college electives.

Do LPS courses fulfill BBB major requirements?
Students may use BBB LPS courses to fulfill BBB requirements but may not be able to apply LPS credits from other departments towards the BBB major.  Students considering taking LPS classes through other departments should meet with a BBB advisor before registering for more information.

BBB LPS courses have a certain percentage of seats which are reserved for LPS students.  Therefore, a course may be listed as “open” but a College student may not be able to register.  In that event, the student would receive a message that he or she must request a permit from the program.  BBB is not authorized to issue such permits.  Students must contact LPS directly to inquire about course registration.  It is in the student’s best interest to request LPS courses through Penn InTouch during Advance Registration, when there are seats available for College students.  Students who are not enrolled in a BBB LPS course following Advance Registration may be registered after the first class meeting if there are remaining seats in the class.  Interested students should attempt to register through Penn InTouch at that time.

I'm a BBB major. If I want to declare the BBB/Health Care Management minor, can I double-count my BBB courses towards both the major and the minor?
Yes, BBB majors may double-count BBB courses towards both their BBB major and the BBB/HCMG minor.

I'm interested in pursuing research. How do I find an advisor for BBB 399?
A list of potential advisors can be found on the NGG website at http://www.med.upenn.edu/ngg/faculty_categories.shtml. Research advisors must be standing faculty members working in the broad field of neuroscience. Students should identify 4-5 professors whose work interests them. Students are then encouraged to e-mail each professor requesting a meeting to discuss potential research projects.

What are the requirements to graduate with honors in BBB?
Students must enroll in BIBB 399 and 499 during their junior or senior year, completing both semesters working in the same lab on the same project. In order to qualify for BIBB 499, a student's cumulative GPA must be above 3.3. Students wishing to graduate with honors are required to complete an additional 400-level BBB course, attend the Honors Seminar held each Spring semester and to give a presentation of their research at the BBB Student Research Symposium held in the Spring of each year.

I'm doing a second semester of research. Do I need to submit another application?
Students must submit a completed Independent Research application form for each semester in which they engage in research for credit. 

If my GPA is not above 3.3, can I still do more than one semester of research?
Students whose GPA does not qualify them for BBB 499 may enroll in additional semesters of BBB 399.  A total of two semesters of BBB research credit may be counted towards the student’s BBB electives.

Can I use my AP credits towards the BBB major?
AP waivers or credits issued by other departments (e.g., AP credit for STAT 111 or MATH 104) may be counted towards the BBB major or minor if the credit granted matches the BBB requirement.  Students with other AP credits or waivers should consult with a BBB advisor to find appropriate advanced coursework advance their knowledge in the field, i.e. students who receive BIOL 091 credit may not count that credit towards the BBB major and should register for BIOL 121. 

What do BBB majors do after graduation?
BBB majors go on to hold a variety of positions, from analysts to researchers to physicians.  Career Services reports on the employment of Penn graduates by major can be found on their website at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/undergrad/reports.html.