Fall 2022 Advising Update

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Dear Biology Student, 

We hope that the information below will help you plan for and participate in enrollment advising for the Fall 2022 semester. First, we’d like to introduce our advising team: 

Lindsey Deaver, Associate Director

Lauren Spain, Assistant Director

Erin Kelley-Garrison, Academic Advisor

Bridgette Kells, Academic Advisor

Advising Appointments 

We will be offering different types of appointments in hopes to best serve your needs and provide plenty of availability for you to meet with an advisor:

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. 
  • Drop In Hours:
    • Tuesdays 10 AM – 12 PM
    • Fridays 2 PM – 4 PM
    • Zoom Information:

 

Scheduled 1-on-1 Advising Appointment 

  • 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.

2022 Advising Updates

Check if you have holds preventing you from enrolling in Enroll & Pay. Visit the Undergraduate Advising Center’s website to view the most common holds and the steps to remove them to enroll for the Summer and Fall semesters. 

  • BIOL 105 Biology Orientation Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 350 Genetics (4 credit hours)
  • BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab (2 credit hours)
  • BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3 credit hours)
  • BIOL 418 Laboratory in Field Botany (2 credit hours)
  • BIOL 660 Summer Field Ecology (3 credit hours)
  • For more information about these courses and the dates/times that these courses are offered, search the Schedule of Classes.
  • If you’ve previously made a graduation plan with your advisor, small changes may be made during a scheduled 1-on-1 appointment. 
  • Advisors will not be able to create new graduation plans during Summer and Fall 2022 enrollment, but can meet with you over later in the Spring semester and Summer to go over this information with you.

 

  • Summer 2022: Apply for Summer 2022 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 15, 2022, but we strongly encourage you to apply by April 15th to have your Spring and Summer enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the summer semester begins in case any changes need to be made.  

 

  • Fall 2022: Apply for Fall 2022 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 1st to have your fall enrollment and graduation requirements reviewed before the fall semester begins in case any changes need to be made.  

 

  • 2022 Biology Recognition Ceremony: We will be sending out more information soon. Please keep an eye on your email. The Biology Recognition Ceremony will be Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 PM in Murphy Hall. Contact Lindsey Deaver with any questions.
  • 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!  
  • Infrequently Taught Courses: 
    • Summer 2022
      • BIOL 418: Laboratory in Field Botany (2 credit hours) – course applies towards BIOL 400+ Lab requirement!
      • BIOL 660: Summer Field Ecology lab (3 credit hours) – course applies towards BIOL 400+ Lab requirement!
    • Fall 2022
      • BIOL 420: Seminar in Ecology of Infectious Diseases (3 credit hours)
      • BIOL 420: Seminar in Environmental Justice (3 credit hours)
      • BIOL 480: Medical Parasitology (3 credit hours) – New!
      • BIOL 481: Medical Parasitology Lab (1 credit hour) – New! 
      • BIOL 500: Biology of Insects (3 credit hours)
      • BIOL 509: Biology of Spiders (3 credit hours)
      • BIOL 520: Marine Biology (3 credit hours)
      • BIOL 625: Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology (3 credit hours)

 

  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, biology courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. 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.
  • ANTH 345 requirement. 
    • Students who need ANTH 345 for the Human Biology major may substitute ANTH 304, 309, 340, or BIOL 412 (spring only).
    • Your Degree Progress Report (DPR) may 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.  

 

  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, biology courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. 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 405 Genetics Lab. BIOL 405 Genetics Lab requires permission, as it will initially be reserved for MCDB students graduating in Fall 2022. You may request permission through our 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. If you have questions about BIOL 405 permission, contact Lauren Spain.

 

  • BIOL 599 for MCDB. All BIOL 599: MCDB sections require permission, as they are reserved for MCDB 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. If you have questions about permission for this course, contact Lindsey Deaver.

 

  • BIOL 435 no longer offered at KU Edwards Spring 2023. Beginning in Spring 2022, courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. Therefore, BIOL 435 will no longer be offered in spring semesters, and BIOL 506, 512, and 546 no longer offered in the fall semesters. Students should plan to take BIOL 435 in Fall 2022 if they plan to graduate in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023.
  • PHSX 115 and BIOL 504 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.  

 

  • BIOL 636 and BIOL 504 Conflict. Please be aware that if you plan on taking BIOL 504 Immunology Lab AND BIOL 636 Biochemistry I in the Fall semester, the courses conflict. If you need these requirements for graduation, please speak with your biology advisor. Microbiology majors also have the option to complete BIOL 600 instead of the BIOL 636 and 638 biochemistry sequence.

 

  • BIOL 504 permission. BIOL 504 Immunology lab requires permission, as it will initially be reserved for microbiology students graduating in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023. You may request permission through 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. If you have questions about permission for this course, contact Lindsey Deaver.

 

  • BIOL 599 permission. Dr. Chandler’s BIOL 599: Microbial Genetics section requires permission, as they are reserved for microbiology seniors. Students should also be enrolled in BIOL 518 in Fall 2022 or previously completed BIOL 518 in order to take Dr. Chandler’s section. 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. If you have questions about permission for this course, contact Lindsey Deaver.

 

  • BIOL 506, BIOL 512, BIOL 546 no longer offered at KU Edwards Fall 2022. Beginning in Spring 2022, biology courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. 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 in Spring 2023 or 2024, depending on your graduation date. 

 

  • 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. 
  • BIOL 637 permission. BIOL 637 Intro Biochemistry Lab requires permission, as it will initially be reserved for Biochemistry students graduating in Spring 2023 or Summer 2023. You may request permission through our permission request form. For students graduating in Fall 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. If you have questions about BIOL 637 permission, contact Erin Kelley-Garrison.

 

  • 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. 

 

  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, biology courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. 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. 
  • Infrequently Taught Courses: 
    • Summer 2022
      • BIOL 418: Laboratory in Field Botany (2 credit hours) – course applies towards BIOL 400+ Lab requirement!
      • BIOL 660: Summer Field Ecology lab (3 credit hours) – course applies towards BIOL 400+ Lab requirement!
    • Fall 2022
      • BIOL 480: Medical Parasitology (3 credit hours) – New!
      • BIOL 481: Medical Parasitology Lab (1 credit hour) – New! 

 

  • KU-Edwards Campus Courses. Beginning in Spring 2022, biology courses offered at the KU-Edwards Campus will no longer apply to biology degrees offered at KU-Lawrence campus. 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.