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Fall 2017 enrollment advising update from Undergrad Biology Program

Dear Student,

We hope that the information below will help you in planning for and participating in enrollment advising for the fall 2017 semester.

- Holds
- Permission numbers
- Advising
- Grade-based prerequisites
- Prerequisites
- BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms now split into 2 course options: Animal or Plant Physiology
- ANTH 304 Fund. Physical Anthropology for graduating human biology majors
- Current (and past) degree requirements and sample 4-yr plans
- Courses in high demand: enroll as soon as you’re able
- KU Core vs. “old gen eds"
- BIOL 599 Senior Seminar fulfills KU Core Goal 6
- Enrollment dates

- Holds.  .  To have academic holds removed, read and follow the instructions in any Academic Notices sent through the myKU “My Progress” portal.  If you’re planning on graduating soon, be sure to read any Academic Notices related to graduation, since they provide information on graduation paperwork and deadlines.

“Hold ADV - Reason: Graduation”: this hold is automatically posted to students who have completed 75 credit hours, and it does not necessarily mean that you are close to meeting degree requirements.  This is a hold that ONLY YOU can remove.  There is an Academic Notice that accompanies the graduation hold that has instructions on how to remove the hold.  If you have questions about the graduation hold, contact Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall (clas109@ku.edu).

- 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.  BIOL 415 Field and Lab Methods in Ecology: contact Dr. Jen Weghorst (weghorst@ku.edu) and indicate your major,  which lab time(s) best fit your schedule, and when you’re planning to graduate. Graduating B.S. Biology-Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and B.S. Biology-Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology majors are given priority.  

- Advising.  Go to http://www.kuub.ku.edu/advising to find a biology-specific advisor.  Only students who have not yet officially declared a biology major may go to the UAC for advising, but undeclared students are welcome also to come to Biology for advising.

- Grade-based prerequisites. We have moved to grade-based prerequisites for BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology and BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics; a grade of C- or higher is required in these courses’ prerequisites.  Search for these courses at classes.ku.edu for details.  The chemistry department also uses grade-based prerequisites for some of their courses. 

- Prerequisites.  Read course descriptions to learn what the prerequisites are for courses at classes.ku.edu.  Also see http://www.kuub.ku.edu/courses for biology course prerequisites and scheduling. 

- BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms is now split into 2 course options. BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms is no longer offered due to its transformation into two courses.  Students with BIOL 408 as a major requirement will choose one of two courses: BIOL 644 Comparative Animal Physiology (fall only; offered Fall 2017) or a course focusing on plant physiology—course number to be determined.  

- ANTH 304 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology. Graduating Human Biology majors who still need to complete ANTH 304 may enroll in the online ANTH 304 course this fall but likely will need to submit an online enrollment request at www.collegeonline.ku.edu/onlinecourserequest .  If you experience difficulties enrolling, please contact Dr. Jen Weghorst (weghorst@ku.edu) or Dr. Greg Burg (gburg@ku.edu).

- Current (and past) degree requirements and sample 4-yr plans.  Go to http://www.kuub.ku.edu/degrees.  We recommend using these in addition to your DPR.

- 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 or parking ticket holds), contact the course instructor to see if you could request that a seat be saved for you.  Some fall 2017 courses in high demand are BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Lab, BIOL 405 Laboratory in Genetics, BIOL 413 History & Diversity of Organisms, BIOL 415 Field and Lab Methods in Ecology, BIOL 435 Introduction to Neurobiology, BIOL 504 Immunology Laboratory, BIOL 599 Senior Seminar, and BIOL 637 Biochemistry Laboratory.

- KU Core vs. “old gen eds.".  Students entering KU from Fall 2012 through Spring 2014 who are pursuing B.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biosciences and who are completing KU Core requirements will have a section for B.S. major-specific General College Requirements on their DPR.  We will waive any B.S. major-specific General College Requirements that are not satisfied by the KU Core for these students.  Meet with a biology advisor for details or if you have any questions.

- BIOL 599 Senior Seminar fulfills KU Core Goal 6.  The other ways currently approved to meet Goal 6 with biology-related courses and/or experiences are the following:  BIOL 424 Independent Study, for a total of 3 credit hours (may be taken across several semesters); BIOL 423 Non-laboratory Independent Study, for a total of 3 credit hours (may be taken across several semesters); BIOL 449 Lab/Field Work in Human Biology, for a total of 3 credit hours (may be taken across several semesters);  Research Experience Program Certification. 

- Enrollment dates.  You can find your enrollment date on your myKU “My Progress” page; summer and fall 2017 courses are now visible on classes.ku.edu and through Enroll & Pay (in Enroll & Pay, be sure not to have the box checked that searches only for open, non-full classes).  You will also find Academic Notices at your myKU “My Progress" site and can generate a current Degree Progress Report (click on the Progress tab).


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