All incoming freshmen or transfer students can declare the Biology and Biotechnology major immediately.
Bring a completed Declaration of Major form along with a current unofficial copy of your transcript (available on MySlice) to the Biology Department Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator, Kenny Moss (LSC 114, 315.443.9139, firstname.lastname@example.org), who will then assign you a Biology or Biotechnology advisor.
If you have an advisor in another department but you wish advice about a Biology major, contact the Biology Department Principal Advisor, Melanie Blanden at email@example.com or 315.443.3962, or room LSC 110.
You do not need to major in Biology to prepare for admission to health professional schools. These schools generally require specific courses in math, chemistry, physics and biology to be part of their applicants' undergraduate curricula. Some of these requirements are similar to requirements for the B.S. Degree in Biology. If you are interested in any of the health professions, you should seek advice through the Pre-Health Advising office (122 Life Sciences Complex, 315.443.2212, firstname.lastname@example.org) as early as possible in your undergraduate studies, preferably in your freshman year.
Lifting Your Advising Hold for Registration
With online registration, Biology Department undergraduate advisors can provide academic advising and also lift your registration hold via e-mail. If you e-mail your advisor with your degree program (B.A. or B.S.) and the classes you have taken so far and those you plan to take next semester, your advisor can give you advice by return e-mail. This will save you time and effort trying to schedule appointments, although your advisor will still be able to meet with you in person if you wish.
If you do not know your Biology advisor's e-mail address, e-mail your request to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator, Kenny Moss. If you do not have a Biology faculty advisor and you need advice, contact the Biology Department Principal Advisor, Melanie Blanden at email@example.com or 315.443.3962, or room LSC 110.
The following are some programs in career areas of interest to many Biology Majors:
Health Professions Advising
If you are interested in a career in any of the health professions, you should make an appointment with the Pre-Health Advising office (122 Life Sciences Complex, 315.443.2212, firstname.lastname@example.org) as early as possible in your undergraduate studies, preferably in your freshman year.
Graduate Programs in Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)
Students interested in a graduate degree in Biology should obtain advice on selecting and applying to graduate schools no later than the end of their junior year. A Biology academic advisor, or any Biology faculty in your area(s) of interest for advanced study, can give you advice on different schools, letters of recommendation, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and the graduate school application process.
Students interested in science teaching may wish to consider a dual major with the Biology Department and the Science Teaching Department (101 Heroy Hall, 315.443.2586) no later than the end of their sophomore year.
Biology and Biology-Related Careers
Here are a couple of helpful resources for students considering a career in Biology or a related area:
- Biology, Related Career Titles, and Career Planning Links (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
- A booklet entitled Preparing for Biology-Related Careers is available in LSC 114 for students who are interested in a career outside of Biology, but who wish to have some background in Biology.