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Fall 2021 Advising Update 

Dear Biology Student,

We hope that the information below will help you plan for and participate in enrollment advising for the Fall 2021 semester. First, we’d like to introduce our advising team:

Lindsey Deaver, Associate Director
Lauren Spain, Assistant Director 
Annie Bigby, Academic Advisor 
Kayla Garza, Academic Advisor 
Erin Kelley-Garrison, Academic Advisor 
Stephen McNamara, Academic Advisor 
Nicole Wilburn, Academic Success Coach for the Edwards Campus


On this page

Scheduling an Advising Appointment
Information about Your Appointment
Graduation Plans
Updates about Biology Courses
Information for All Biology Majors
Human Biology Majors
Microbiology Majors
BS Biochemistry Majors
Graduation Information
Departmental Honors in Biology

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Scheduling an Appointment Online:
If interested in meeting with an advisor, biology majors should schedule their advising appointments through Jayhawk GPS. To schedule an appointment:

  1. Click the Jayhawk GPS link above and scroll to the middle of the page, then click on “Jayhawk GPS Web Login.”
  2. Select Academic Advising → General Advising → Enrollment/Holds → College Academic Student Services.
  3. Select "Enrollment/Holds" for the appointment type. The “Semester Planning” option may not be available for all advisors.
  4. If you do not yet have an assigned biology advisor, contact Lauren Spain at lspain@ku.edu with your available times and days to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

Scheduling an Appointment by Phone:

  • If you are assigned to Erin, Annie, or Stephen, you may call (785) 864-3500 to schedule.
  • If you are assigned to Kayla, Lauren, or Lindsey, you may call (785) 864-4301 to schedule.
  • If you are an Edwards campus student, you may call (913) 897-8539 to schedule.

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Information about Your Appointment

  • Academic advisors are available for appointments either via the online video platform, Zoom, or by phone.
  • When you schedule your appointment through Jayhawk GPS, you’ll receive your advisor’s Zoom link.
  • If you don’t see any availability for the current week, please check future weeks as your advisor’s calendar may be booked 1-2 weeks.
  • If you would like to learn more about Zoom, please view this guide on using Zoom from KU IT.
  • If you would prefer to meet by phone, please indicate this in your notes when you schedule through Jayhawk GPS and include the best phone number to reach you.

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Graduation Plans

  • To create/review a graduation plan, please use your DPR and the degree plans found at https://kuub.ku.edu/babs.
  • If you’ve previously made a graduation plan with your advisor, small changes may be made during your appointment.
  • Advisors will not be able to create new graduation plans during Fall 2021 enrollment (April 1st through June 1st), but can meet with you over the summer or in early fall to fully discuss your plan.

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Updates about Biology Courses

  • Viewing Course Information. Check classes.ku.edu to view courses that will be offered in the Fall 2021 semester. While looking at the schedule of classes, be sure to check the course notes for additional information about permission, course descriptions, and more.
  • SUMMER 2021 Course Offerings that meet degree requirements: 
    • BIOL 105: Orientation Seminar
    • BIOL 350: Genetics
    • BIOL 400: Microbiology
    • BIOL 402: Microbiology Lab
    • BIOL 416: Cell Structure and Function
    • BIOL 418: Herpetology
    • BIOL 418: Field Botany
    • BIOL 426: Cell Biology Lab
    • BIOL 600: Intro to Biochemistry (at KU-Edwards Campus)
    • BIOL 660: Summer Field Ecology
  • FALL 2021 Infrequently Taught Courses:
    • BIOL 419: Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 419: Insect Physiology (2 credit hours)
    • BIOL 420: Topics in Biology – see list below of course descriptions.
    • BIOL 500: Biology of Insects (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 545: Evolution of Development (4 credit hours)
    • BIOL 582: Principles of Biogeography (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 648: Systematics and Macroevolution (3 credit hours)  
    • New! BIOL 680: Genomics with Dr. Stuart MacDonald
      Genomics is the study of the structure, function and evolution of the genome. High-throughput technologies have given us the ability to easily and quickly sequence genomes, and measure genome-wide patterns of gene expression. These tools, and the vast amounts of genome-scale data they provide, have transformed biology and medicine. This course will cover the key technological and computational methods by which genomic DNA is sequenced, genomes are assembled, and how RNA and epigenetic patterns are measured. Subsequently, we will emphasize how these genomics tools and techniques have deepened our understanding of biology, covering questions from diverse fields to illustrate the impact of genomics on evolutionary biology, molecular and developmental genetics, human medical genetics and personalized, precision medicine. Prerequisite: BIOL 350 or BIOL 360, or consent of instructor
  • BIOL 420 Course Descriptions
  • BIOL 105 Biology Orientation Seminar: If you have not taken BIOL 105, we encourage you to take this course as soon as possible. The earlier you take this class, the more applicable the content will be towards your degree. BIOL 105 is offered entirely online in the Summer and mostly online, with two in-person session, in the Fall semester. This requirement may not be waived for graduating seniors, so if you plan on graduating in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 and haven’t taken this course, please plan on taking it in Summer or Fall 2021.
  • BIOL 400 Microbiology Pre-Requisites. Fundamentals of Microbiology now requires a C- or higher in BIOL 150 and C- or higher in two semesters of college chemistry. Please note that CHEM 135 is offered in Summer if you need to re-take the course to meet pre-requisites.
  • BIOL 518 Microbial Genetics Pre-Requisites. Microbial Genetics now requires a C- or higher in BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology. BIOL 400 is offered online over the summer, if needed to meet the course pre-requisites.
  • BIOL 506 Bacterial Infectious Diseases and BIOL 512 Virology Pre-Requisites. Bacterial Infectious Diseases and Virology also have pre-requisites of a C- or higher in BIOL 400. Please be aware of this change if you plan on taking either of these courses in Spring 2022 semester.
  • BIOL 424 Independent Lab Study. Students with 3 credit hours of Biol 424 will fulfill Goal 6 and may request a waiver for Biol 599. Please contact your assigned advisor to discuss the possibility of this substitution.
  • BIOL 638 Biochemistry II has recently changed pre-requisites. A C or higher in both Biol 636 and Chem 335 is needed to be eligible for this course. Additionally, BIOL 638 is now a 4 credit hour course and BIOL 639 (Biochemistry II Lab) is 3 credit hours.
  • BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms is no longer being offered. Students with BIOL 408 as a major requirement should enroll in BIOL 544 Comparative Animal Physiology.
  • BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function is offered both in the fall and spring semesters on the Lawrence campus. BIOL 416 will also be offered in Summer 2021.

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Information for All Biology Majors

  • Permission numbers. Please contact the instructor if you see “Inst Req” listed for a course and would like to request permission to enroll; normally this contact would be through email. 
  • Permission for BIOL 405 Lab in Genetics, BIOL 504 Immunology Lab, BIOL 637 Biochemistry Lab, and BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Please complete the permission number request form (you will need to login with your KU online ID and password).
  • Enroll & Pay. If you are having trouble using Enroll & Pay, please view the “How-To Guides” for various enrollment tasks.
  • Grade-based prerequisites.  We have grade-based prerequisites for the following courses:
    • BIOL 638 Biochemistry II (offered Spring only) requires a grade of C or higher in both BIOL 636 and CHEM 335.
      • The chemistry department also uses grade-based prerequisites for some of their courses.
    • BIOL 400 requires a C- or higher in BIOL 150 and a C- or higher in two semesters of college chemistry.
    • BIOL 506 Bacterial Infectious Diseases, 512 Virology, and 518 Microbial Genetics now require a C- or higher in BIOL 400.
    • Search for these courses at https://classes.ku.edu for details.
  • Prerequisites. Read course descriptions to learn what the prerequisites are for courses at classes.ku.edu.  Also see http://www.kuub.ku.edu/courses to find out in which semester certain biology courses are offered.  
  • Courses in high demand.  Some BIOL courses are in high demand and fill quickly. Be sure to enroll as soon as you’re able. If you have any holds that you don’t foresee being lifted in time for enrollment (for example, financial aid holds), contact the course instructor to see if you could request that a seat be saved for you. Some Fall 2021 courses in high demand are BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Lab, BIOL 247 Human Physiology Lab, BIOL 402 Microbiology Lab, BIOL 405 Genetics Lab, BIOL 504 Immunology lab, BIOL 599 Senior Seminar, BIOL 637 Biochemistry I lab, and BIOL 688 Molecular Biology of Cancer.
  • Enrollment dates. In MyKU  Academics  My Progress, you can find your enrollment date. Click on the Progress tab to generate a current Degree Progress Report (DPR). Fall 2021 courses are now visible on the Schedule of Classes and through Enroll & Pay (in Enroll & Pay, be sure not to have the box checked that searches only for open, non-full classes). 

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Human Biology Majors

  • ANTH 345 requirement for Human Biology: 
    • Students who need ANTH 345 for the Human Biology major may substitute ANTH 304, 309, 340, or BIOL 412 (spring only).
    • Your DPR will not recognize this substitution, so please email your biology advisor to request this substitution to be updated on the DPR.
    • Note: If you wish to take ANTH 304, you may need to add yourself to the waitlist. ANTH 304 is an online course and there are typically seats reserved in this class for students completing degree entirely online.
  • Human Biology Major Course Offerings:
    • Some course options under certain categories are no longer being offered in other departments, such as Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology, and Anthropology. 
    • If you have any difficulty finding courses to satisfy a certain category, please schedule an appointment with your biology advisor to discuss possible substitutions.​​

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Microbiology Majors

  • Biochemistry Requirement. BS Microbiology Students have the option to take either BIOL 600 OR both BIOL 636 and 638 to satisfy the Biochemistry requirement for their degree. Please note that BIOL 636 alone will not fulfill the biochemistry requirement.
    • Please contact your advisor if you plan on taking BIOL 600 instead of BIOL 636 and BIOL 638.
  • BIOL 600 and BIOL 513 Time Conflict. If you are a senior and you have not taken BIOL 600 Biochemistry and BIOL 513 Virology Lab, please note that these courses conflict in the spring semester. We encourage you to take BIOL 600 in the Fall semester, as BIOL 513 is only offered in the Spring semesters.
  • Immunology Lab and Physics Time Conflict. Please be aware that if you plan on taking BIOL 504 Immunology Lab AND PHSX 115 in the Fall semester, the courses conflict. If you need these requirements for graduation, please speak with your biology advisor.

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BS Biochemistry Majors

  • MATH 115 and 116. Biochemistry majors can now take MATH 115 and 116 and substitute this for the MATH 125 Calculus I and MATH 126 Calculus II requirement. Students can also take MATH 125 and MATH 116 to satisfy this requirement.

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Graduation Information

  • Spring 2021 Graduation: Online application for graduation has now closed for Spring 2021 (deadline was March 1st), but you may still be able to apply by reaching out to your assigned graduation advisor or biology advisor. Please email your advisor immediately, as every student must apply for graduation to graduate.
  • Summer 2021 Graduation: Apply for Summer 2021 graduation now by going to Enroll & Pay Degree Progress and Graduation. Every student must apply through Enroll & Pay to graduate. The final deadline to apply is July 15th but we strongly encourage you to apply by April 16th to have your summer enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the summer semester begins in case any changes need to be made.
  • Fall 2021 Graduation: Apply for Fall 2021 graduation now by going to Enroll & Pay Degree Progress and Graduation. Every student must apply through Enroll & Pay to graduate. The final deadline to apply is November 1st but we strongly encourage you to apply by July 2nd to have your fall enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the fall semester begins in case any changes need to be made. 
  • 2021 Biology Recognition Ceremony: We will be sending out more information soon. Please keep an eye on your email.

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Departmental Honors in Biology

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in research and intend to complete the departmental honors requirements should enroll in BIOL 499 Introduction to Honors Research in the Spring semester. Honors requirements include an independent research project, an honors thesis, an oral presentation, a 3.25 overall GPA, and a 3.5 major GPA. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Justin Blumenstiel.

Benefits of Pursuing Departmental Honors:

  • Build a relationship with a faculty member in Biology—great for asking for letters of recommendation when applying to graduate programs.
  • Can use your departmental honors thesis when applying to graduate schools (master’s programs or PhD programs).
  • Put departmental honors on your resume when applying for full-time positions after graduation or when applying to graduate school!
  • Gain valuable lab experience which is applicable to applying for employment!

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