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Fall 2020 Biology Advising Update

Dear Biology Student,

We hope that the information below will help you plan for and participate in enrollment advising for the Fall 2020 semester. First, we’d like to introduce our advising team:


Lindsey Deaver, Associate Director of the Undergraduate Biology Program
Lauren Spain, Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Biology Program
Kayla Garza, Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Biology Program
Erin Kelley-Garrison, Academic Advisor in the College Advising and Student Services (CASS) office
Michael Rieger, Academic Advisor in the College Advising and Student Services (CASS) office

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 log in on the right side
  2. Select Academic Advising → General Advising → Enrollment/Holds → College Academic Student Services.
  3. Select "Enrollment/Holds" for the appointment type, as we unfortunately cannot schedule 1-hour appointments to create graduation plans during main advising, to ensure that we can accommodate everyone who'd like to meet.

If you are assigned to a CASS Advisor (Erin or Michael), you may call 785-864-3500 to schedule. If you are assigned to an advisor in the Undergraduate Biology Program (Kayla, Lauren, or Lindsey), you may call (785) 864-4301 to schedule.

Please note: Due to the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all advising appointments will be held either via the online video platform, Zoom, or by phone. Please continue to make appointments through Jayhawk GPS as you normally would. The morning of your appointment, your advisor will send you an email containing a link to their Zoom and their phone number. If you would like to learn more about Zoom, please view the informational PDF at https://technology.ku.edu/sites/technology.ku.edu/files/docs/training/Zoom/h_using-zoom-at-ku_students.pdf

“Drop-in appointments” (by Zoom or phone) for quick, 15-minute questions will still be available, in addition to scheduled appointments. To determine you advisor’s drop-in hours, please call our front desk at 785-864-4301. A staff member will provide you with your advisor’s drop-in hours and ask if you would prefer to meet online via Zoom or by phone. If you choose to have a drop-in by phone, but your advisor does not answer, please be sure to leave a voicemail, as your advisor may be meeting with another student. They will return your call once they’ve finished meeting with the student ahead of you.

To create/review a graduation plan, please use your DPR and the degree plans found at https://kuub.ku.edu/babs. As previously mentioned, advisors will not be able to review graduation plans during Fall 2020 enrollment (March 16th through May 1st), but can meet with you over the summer or in early fall to fully discuss your plan. If you’ve previously made a graduation plan with your advisor, small changes may be made during your appointment.

Also note that if you don't see any availability during the week, please check the next week as advisors may be booked out 1-2 weeks. If possible, try to schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks before your enrollment date, if not earlier. 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!

Update for ALL Biology Majors

  • BIOL 105: 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 2020 or Spring 2021 and haven’t taken this course, please plan on taking it in Summer or Fall 2020.

Biology Course Updates

  • BIOL 400 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 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 and BIOL 512 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 the Fall at the Edwards campus or in the Spring 2021 semester.
  • BIOL 424. 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 2020 and will continue to be offered at the Edwards campus in the spring semester as well.
  • Courses meeting degree requirements offered in SUMMER 2020
    • BIOL 105: Orientation Seminar
    • BIOL 350: Genetics
    • BIOL 400: Fundamentals of Microbiology (taught online)
    • BIOL 416: Cell Structure and Function (NEW over the summer)
    • BIOL 417: Biology of Development
    • BIOL 599: Senior Seminar (satisfies KU Core Goal 6)
  • Infrequently taught courses offered in FALL 2020
    • BIOL 500: Biology of Insects
    • BIOL 520: Marine Biology
    • BIOL 582: Principles of Biogeography
    • BIOL 594: Forest Ecosystems
    • BIOL 603: Systematic Botany
    • BIOL 625: Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology
    • BIOL 630: Conservation and Wildlife Biology

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, and Speech Language and Hearing.  If you have any difficulty finding courses to satisfy a certain category, please schedule an appointment with your biology advisor to discuss possible substitutions.

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 114 or PHSX 115 in the Fall semester, the courses conflict. If you need these requirements for graduation, please speak with your biology advisor.
  • CHEM 336 no longer required for BS Microbiology Students. The Undergraduate Biology program will waive CHEM 336 for all current BS Microbiology students. CHEM 336 does still show up as a requirement on your Degree Progress Report; however, please let your advisor know if you do not plan on taking this course and we will notify your graduation advisor.
    • CHEM 335, Organic Chemistry II lecture, is still a requirement for the BS Microbiology degree.

Summer 2020 & Fall 2020 Graduation Candidates

  • Spring 2020: Online application for graduation has now closed for Spring 2020, 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. All graduates are invited to attend the Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th, at 1:30 PM. You can find more information at https://kuub.drupal.ku.edu/biology-recognition-ceremony. RSVP is required and will be available at the above link in a few weeks (late March).

 

  • Summer 2020: Apply for Summer 2020 graduation now by going to Enroll & Pay à 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 17th to have your summer enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the summer semester begins in case any changes need to be made. All graduates are invited to attend the Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th, at 1:30 PM. You can find more information at https://kuub.drupal.ku.edu/biology-recognition-ceremony. RSVP is required and will be available at the above link in a few weeks (in late March).

 

  • Fall 2020: Apply for Fall 2020 graduation now by going to Enroll & Pay à Degree Progress and Graduation. Every student must apply through Enroll & Pay to graduate. The final deadline to apply is November 2nd but we strongly encourage you to apply by July 3rd to have your fall enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the fall semester begins in case any changes need to be made. All graduates are invited to attend the Biology Graduation Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th, at 1:30 PM. You can find more information at https://kuub.drupal.ku.edu/biology-recognition-ceremony. RSVP is required. You will also receive more information in October regarding the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2020 graduation recognition ceremony. You are welcome to attend both ceremonies. RSVP is required and will be available at the above link in a few weeks (in late March).

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 in Spring 2021. Honors requirements include an independent research project, an honors thesis, an oral presentation and a 3.5 major GPA. For more information, contact Dr. Kirsten Jensen at jensen@ku.edu.

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!

General Enrollment Information for all 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 152 Principles of Organismal Biology: If the lecture is full, contact Lindsey Deaver (ldeaver@ku.edu) and indicate your major and your graduation date.
    • Permission for BIOL 405 Lab in Genetics: contact Lauren Spain (lspain@ku.edu) and indicate your major, when you’re planning to graduate, and top two preferred times.
    • Permission for BIOL 504 Immunology Lab: contact Lindsey Deaver (ldeaver@ku.edu) and indicate your major and when you’re planning to graduate.
  • Schedule of Classes. To view courses offered in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020, view the Schedule of Classes at https://classes.ku.edu.

 

  • Grade-based prerequisites.  We have grade-based prerequisites for the following courses:
    • BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology and BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics; a grade of C- or higher is required in these courses’ pre-requisites.
    • 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.

 

  • Pre-requisites and course frequency.  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.  
  • 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), contact the course instructor to see if you could request that a seat be saved for you. Some Fall 2020 courses in high demand are BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology, BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Lab, BIOL 247 Human Physiology Lab, BIOL 402 Microbiology Lab, BIOL 405 Genetics Lab, BIOL 503 Immunology, BIOL 504 Immunology lab, BIOL 599 Senior Seminar, BIOL 688 Molecular Biology of Cancer, and BIOL 637 Biochemistry I lab.  
  • Enrollment dates. In Enroll & Pay, you can find your enrollment date. You should have also received an email from the registrar’s office around March 7th with the date and time of your Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 enrollment. Fall 2020 courses are now visible on https://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). 

Sincerely,

The KU Undergraduate Biology Program
kuub.ku.edu


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