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Spring 2022

Biology Advising Update

Dear Biology Student,

We hope that the information below will help you plan for and participate in enrollment advising for the Spring 2022 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

Bridgette Kells, Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Biology Program

Advising Appointments

With spring enrollment just around the corner we know that you all are just as excited as we are to get started. Our main priority as advisors is to make sure you, the student, have the most accurate and relevant information so you can make educated decisions about your academic schedule. That being said, this time of year proves to always be our busiest and we are continuously brainstorming the best ways to connect with and make ourselves accessible to you. This year we have decided that since every student has different needs when it comes to semester planning we will be offering 3 different types of appointments in hopes to best serve those needs.

Drop-In Advising

-Type of student: established and/or busy students with 1 or 2 questions

-Appointment Length: 15 mins or less

-Although drop-in advising is offered weekly throughout the semester, during main enrollment drop-in advising for biology students will also serve as a way for established students to briefly chat with their advisor about a question they have for their spring enrollment. Examples of topics for drop-ins include; assistance finding a KU Core class, help choosing a biology elective, and doubling checking an already planned out semester. You should expect these appointments to be no more than 15 minutes.

1-on-1 Advising

-Type of student: uncertain, transfer, new admit, Human Biology

-Appointment Length: 30 mins or less

-This type of appointment is the standard academic advising appointment. During main enrollment these types of appointments will be limited to 30 minutes. In order to make the most of this appointment we request that you come prepared with courses you’re interested in taking. For those of you who have already taken BIOL 105, this would be an excellent time to utilize the graduation plans that you created in that class.

-You can schedule an advising appointment through Jayhawk GPS.

Advising 101

-Type of Student: Freshman and Sophomores

-Appointment Length: 1 hour

-We have decided to offer group advising sessions for freshman and sophomore students. Each group session will have 2 biology advisors who will go over relevant topics. Because we often learn best from our peers, students will then have an opportunity to ask the advisors questions. Advising 101 is a great option for our introverted students who may benefit from having others ask questions. These sessions will be incredibly informative as they are catered to specific group of students. Ideally, students attending these sessions will already have a general idea of the courses they are wanting to take, again a great place to utilize the graduation plan created in BIOL 105.

-Freshman: link to sign up 

- Sophomores: link to sign up

Graduation Plans

  • 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 Spring 2022 enrollment, but can meet with you over winter break or in early spring semester to fully discuss your plan.

 

EEOB Majors

  • Infrequently Taught Courses:
    • BIOL 418 Lab in Kansas Plants and Landscapes (2 credit hours)
    • BIOL 524 Mammalian Paleontology (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 592 Ichthyology (4 total credit hours – 1 hour towards lab requirement)
    • BIOL 602 Plant Ecology
  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and an alternate course for your BIOL 400+ Elective requirement.
  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. If you were planning to take a biology course at the KU-Edwards campus, please review the schedule of classes to find the equivalent course on the KU-Lawrence campus.

Human Biology Majors

  • ANTH 345. 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.
  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and check with your advisor about an alternate course if you are completing the Anatomy & Physiology category.
  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. If you were planning to take a biology course at the KU-Edwards campus, please review the schedule of classes to find the equivalent course on the KU-Lawrence campus.

MCDB Majors

  • BIOL 426 and 599 permission. BIOL 426 and the BIOL 599: MCDB sections require permission, as they are reserved for MCDB seniors. You may request permission through our permission request form. If the BIOL 599: MCDB times don’t work with your schedule, you may enroll in any other BIOL 599 that does not require permission.
  • BIOL 435 no longer offered at KU Edwards Spring 2021. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. Therefore, BIOL 435 will no longer be offered in spring semesters, and BIOL 506, 512, and 546 no longer offered in the fall semesters. Please reach out to your advisor if you need BIOL 435 and are graduating in Spring or Summer 2022.
  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and an alternate course for your BIOL 400+ Elective requirement.

Microbiology Majors

  • BIOL 507 & 513 permission. Permission has been preset for most Microbiology students graduating in Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022. Try to enroll first, and if you receive a permission error, fill out this permission request form. For students graduating in Spring 2023 or later, fill out the permission form and we’ll add you to a waiting list until we know if we have additional seats. Graduating seniors will be prioritized first.
  • BIOL 599 permission. Dr. Hancock’s and Dr. Chandler’s BIOL 599: Microbiology sections require permission, as they are reserved for microbiology seniors. You may request permission through our permission request form. If those times don’t work with your schedule, you may also enroll in any other BIOL 599 that does not require permission.
  • BIOL 506, BIOL 512, BIOL 546 no longer offered at KU Edwards Fall 2022. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. Therefore, BIOL 506, 512, 546 will no longer be offered in the fall semesters, and BIOL 435 no longer offered in spring semesters. If you planned to take any of these courses in the fall, you should plan to take them this spring or in Spring 2023, depending on your graduation date.
  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and an alternate course for your BIOL 400+ Elective requirement.
  • 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.

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. If you choose to make this substitution, please let your advisor know and we will notify your graduation advisor.
  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and an alternate course for your BIOL 400+ Elective requirement.
  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. If you were planning to take a biology course at the KU-Edwards campus, please review the schedule of classes to find the equivalent course on the KU-Lawrence campus. 
  • BIOL 638 Pre-Reqs. 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.

BA Biology Majors

  • BIOL 546 and PHSX 115. BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and PHSX 115 College Physics II have a time conflict in the Spring 2022 semester. If you are a junior, pre-med student, plan to take PHSX 115 in Spring 2022 and BIOL 546 in Spring 2023. If you are a graduating senior, plan to take PHSX 115 in the Spring and an alternate course for your BIOL 400+ Elective requirement.
  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU. If you were planning to take a biology course at the KU-Edwards campus, please review the schedule of classes to find the equivalent course on the KU-Lawrence campus. 

 

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Graduation Candidates

Fall 2021: Apply for Fall 2021 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 for Fall 2021 graduation is November 1st. 

Spring 2022: Apply for Spring 2022 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 March 1st but we strongly encourage you to apply by November 19th to have your spring enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the spring semester begins in case any changes need to be made.

Departmental Honors in Biology

Seniors intending to graduate Spring or Summer 2022 with departmental honors should enroll in BIOL 699 and submit a departmental honors intent form to Carrie Venezia at cvenezia@ku.edu by January 20th.

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in research and intend to complete the departmental honors requirements should enroll in BIOL 499. Honors requirements include an independent research project, an honors thesis, an oral presentation, and a 3.5 major GPA.

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!

Sincerely,

The KU Undergraduate Biology Program
kuub.ku.edu

 

 


 

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