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Spring 2018 enrollment advising update from Undergrad Biology Program

Dear Student,

We hope that the information below will help you plan for and participate in enrollment advising for the spring 2018 semester.

- Holds
- Permission numbers
- Advising
- Grade-based prerequisites
- Prerequisites
- BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms now split into 2 course options: Animal or Plant Physiology
- BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology now BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology, 3 credit hours
- 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 are able
- 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 College Advising and Student Services, 109 Strong Hall (collegeadvising@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 426 Laboratory in Cell Biology: contact Dr. Greg Burg (gburg@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-Cell Biology and B.S. Biology-Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental 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 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 501 Physiological Adaptations of Plants to Extreme Environments (spring only) or BIOL 644 Comparative Animal Physiology (fall only; will be renumbered to BIOL 544 beginning Fall 2018).  BIOL 501 is being offered in the spring as BIOL 419 Physiological Adaptations of Plants to Extreme Environments.

- BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology now BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology, 3 credit hours  Mammalian Physiology has been decreased both in course number level and in credit hours to reflect changes in course content and structure.  

- 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 spring 2018 courses in high demand are BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Lab, BIOL 247 Human Physiology Lab, BIOL 405 Laboratory in Genetics, BIOL 426 Cell Biology Laboratory, BIOL 513 Virology Laboratory, and BIOL 599 Senior Seminar.

- Enrollment dates.  You can find your enrollment date on your myKU “My Progress” page; spring 2018 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).

Sincerely,

The KU Undergraduate Biology Program
kuub.ku.edu


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