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Academic Planning

Advisement Materials for Pre-Health Professions Students
These pages provide you with information to help in planning your academic program at Kean University, whether it be selecting your courses, preparing for an admission test such as the MCAT or DAT, or beginning the applications process to medical or dental school. For more information, contact Dr. Vassiliou.

Articulation with New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Kean University has an articulation agreement with The New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) that enables Kean students to earn a BA degree from Kean and a DPM degree from NYCPM in seven years rather than eight. NYCPM reserves five seats each year for Kean students. For more information, contact Dr. Vassiliou.

Articulation with UMDNJ for Physician Assistants
Kean University and UMDNJ have partnered to enable students to get both degrees (BA Biology and MS Physician Assistant) in only six years, rather than seven. For more information, visit the UMDNJ web page or contact Dr. Field.

Catalog pages and Guidesheets
Major guidesheets and the Kean University catalog pages for Biology can be downloaded here.

Declaration of Major Form
This form will download as a pdf file; complete the form and return to the Biological Sciences office (C-120).

Research Opportunities
Independent research can add breadth and excitement to your major program.

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Resources for Classes

Climate Debate Daily
Climate Debate Daily links to scientific articles, news stories, economic studies, polemics, historical articles, PR releases, editorials, feature commentaries, and blog entries about climate change. Many web sites and organizations take firm views for or against the threat of anthropogenic global warming. As a matter of editorial policy, Climate Debate Daily maintains a studied neutrality, allowing each side to present its most powerful and persuasive case. Their goal is to allow readers to form their own judgments based on the best available information.

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
Read the original! Searchable text files (including books, letters, and unpublished manuscripts), full-color image files, and downloadable mp3 files are all available free of charge.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Cornell University Library has a web resource on how to analyze an information source to determine whether it is reliable.

The Encyclopedia of Life
EOL is an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. Natural history museums, botanical gardens, other research institutions, and individual scientists are working to create the most complete biodiversity database on the Web.

Metabolic Pathways
This online "wall chart" shows the relationships among all the metabolic pathways in a cell; click on a region of the chart for an enlarged view. Then, click on an enzyme name for more detailed information on that enzyme and the reaction it catalyzes.

Online Textbooks
The "Bookshelf" at The National Center for Biotechnology Information houses a growing collection of biomedical books that are online, open access, and searchable.

Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgement
Dartmouth University has a web resource on citation styles for various sources. A FAQ page and many examples are provided.

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Extracurricular Opportunities

Epsilon Corps
Peer-led academic support for students majoring in science, technology, and mathematics.

SMART Grants
The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known as the National Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.

Web GURU (guide to undergraduate research)
The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) is an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. Its purpose is to provide undergraduates interested in and/or currently participating in research with information and links to reliable electronic resources on all aspects of the undergraduate research experience. The Web-GURU project was originally funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education's Educational Materials Development Program under award DUE-0341080. It is currently funded by The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

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General Interest

Science Debate 2008
Science Debate 2008 is a grassroots initiative, now cosponsored by the AAAS, the Council on Competitiveness, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, is spearheaded by a growing number of scientists and other concerned citizens. Science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of policy issues facing our nation and the world - issues that profoundly affect our national and economic security as science and technology continue to transform our lives. No matter one's political stripe, these issues pose important pragmatic policy challenges. A debate on these issues would be the ideal opportunity for America and the candidates to explore our national priorities.

Science & the City
Calendar listings of all science-related events in and around New York City, including readings, lectures, science exhibits, art exhibits, theater, film, and nature outings.

Scientists Exploring the Arts
This program is open to college students (both graduate and undergraduate) who are majoring in any area of science or technology. Participating students receive free tickets to four productions at the State Theatre, plus a pre-performance dinner and program.

The Tangled Bank
A collection of some of the best science writing on the web, updated biweekly.

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