The focus of academic advisement is to assist the student in progressing toward his/her academic goal and to facilitate the successful and timely completion of program requirements leading to the student’s desired outcome (i.e., Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, or Certificate). Academic advisors also facilitate the student’s transfer to his/her selected senior institution. Academic transfer students are strongly encouraged to obtain Alabama Transfers program guides available online at AlabamaTransfers.com.
Each student in an Associate in Applied Science or Certificate program is assigned an academic advisor by the Testing Center/Student Services staff at the time of placement testing or at the time of application for admission if placement testing is not required. Students in an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program must visit the Advising Center for advising. Students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering each semester.
Prior to your advisement appointment print the Academic Map based on your chosen major. This will give you a good idea of the courses that you will need to enroll in each semester and make for an effective advising session.
Also, there are several steps in the enrollment process that you need to complete before you meet with advisor in order to ensure an effective and comprehensive advising session. This information can be found on the BSCC Future Students page.
Students who wish to make a program of study/major change must notify the Office of Student Services to complete the necessary paperwork or complete the online Program of Study Change Form. Students who change their program of study/major are required to meet program requirements based on the course catalog in effect at the time.
Students are required to meet with academic advisors each term prior to registering for classes for the upcoming term. However, students are encouraged to meet with an advisor, by appointment, as needed throughout each term. We recommend meeting with your advisor in person, but scheduled phone or virtual conferences with an advisor are a possibility as well. In addition, to scheduling one-on-one appointments with your advisor, the college will also offer open registration and advising times for students to come on campus and receive advising assistance.
Students must schedule appointments and meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. During the advisement appointment, the student and advisor will review program requirements for degree/certificate completion and monitor the student's academic progress.