Registration Advice for Fall 2017

Biology Department Registration Advice for Fall 2017

We hope that the information in this sheet will help you select the best biology course for your needs. There will also be an advising open house for biology and pre-­health students on Thursday, March 30, 11:30­‐12:30 in RNS356A (pre-‐health) and RNS356B (biology).

Please note that we are offering the following courses during Summer Session I 2017. As you make your plans for next year, please consider these courses!

BIO 135 Thinking & Doing Biology. Prof John Giannini

  • Meets M-­‐F 9:00 AM-­‐12:00 PM. June 5-­‐30
  • This course is for students seeking IST/SED GE

BIO243 Human Anatomy and Physiology. Prof Steven Cole

  • Class meets M-­‐Th 9:00-­‐11:00 AM, lab M,T,W 12:00-­‐3:00 PM during Summer Session I

Please check SIS for the most recent updates on Biology courses and times!

Warning about multiple lecture and laboratory options

We know that it can be difficult for you to fit your classes, labs, and discussions in to schedules that work. However, you must create web registration schedules that include all possible courses and times that work, even the combinations with lab times that are not your favorites. If you don’t do this, then you risk not being registered at all for some courses, and you can’t always rely on being added to the course later.

Biology classes web-­register the lab first, THEN the associated lecture

For Biology courses with lab, the web registration program tries to place the student in the lab section first; only if this is successful does the student then get in to the lecture session for that lab course. The tracking tool makes it seem like you can get in to the lecture without getting in to a lab! If you are not getting in to a Biology course that has a lab, it is because you are not getting in to the lab section that you are trying, and you should try other lab sections.

Advice for non-­science majors selecting an SED or IST course

The best course choice for Fall is BIO 123: Human Biology. There are also good options in Interim as well and BIO 121 in the Spring. BIO 143 and BIO 150 are NOT good choices for science GE credit.

Advice for Biology majors

Please note any prerequisites for all courses in the Biology Section of the Catalog.

100-­‐level courses

  • BIO 150 (our foundation course for the Biology major) is offered every semester. This course is also a good choice for some students who are not Biology majors but are interested in a career in the sciences and are planning to take more 200-­‐level and even 300-­‐level courses in Biology.

200-­‐level courses

  • The core 200-­‐level courses BIO 227 Cell Biology, BIO 233 Intermediate Genetics, and BIO 261 Ecological Principles, are each offered every semester.
  • Every semester the Biology Department offers two or three courses that fulfill the comparative organismal core. The courses for Fall that fulfill this requirement are BIO 247 Animal Physiology and BIO 252 Plant Evolution and Systematics.
  • There are elective courses offered this Fall including BI/ES 228 Environmental Health; please remember that there are courses in other departments that fulfill Biology major elective requirements (see the Biology section of the Academic Catalog for details).

300­‐level courses

  • The 300-­‐level courses in Biology this Fall are BIO 315 Principles of Bioinformatics, BIO 371 Field Ecology, BIO 391 Topic: Molecular Biology of Disease (see description below). Keep in mind that Independent Research (BIO 398) also counts as the 300-­‐level biology course.

Other considerations

  • Students who are either finishing up a research project, or preparing for an independent research project, can take advantage of the 25 credit BIO 375 Advanced Supplemental Research course in the Fall. Talk to your academic advisor and/or research advisor for more information.
  • Students in the CH/BI sequence take CH/BI 227 in the Spring; this course counts for the cell biology core requirement in the biology major (i.e., CH/BI 227 students do not also take BIO 227). Any CH/BI students intending to major in biology must take BIO 150; some choose to take BIO 150 concurrently with CH/BI 227 and some take BIO 150 in the sophomore year; either option is
  • BIO 143 is a course designed for students who are Exercise Science majors, intended Nursing majors, or students preparing for particular health professions (not medicine or dentistry). It is not intended for most Biology
  • The Biology courses for Interim and Spring 2017 are also listed in the Student Information System (SIS) – taking a look at these offerings will help you decide which core, 300-­‐level, and elective courses you might want to take in Fall 2016 versus waiting until Interim or Spring
  • Rising seniors, especially if you have ore than one major, please take a look at the schedule or the entire year to make sure that you have a plan to take your remaining required courses for your major(s).
  • The International and Off-­‐Campus Studies office will have information about Interim 2017 off-­‐ campus courses ready in Until then, you can see the Biology off-­‐campus courses in SIS. All of these courses fulfill biology elective credit.

Biology 300-­‐level topics course description:

BIO 391: Molecular Biology of Disease. Prof Kandl (

In this seminar course, we will address fundamental questions concerning the molecular biology of disease. Using the primary literature, we will learn how disease-­‐associated alleles lead to altered gene expression or protein function and the effect of these altered genes and proteins on cellular function. Students will help shape the course by choosing specific topics that interest them. The main focus of the course will involve learning from and working with recently published scientific articles. There will also be lectures on background information and other class activities, including student presentations. Also, students will investigate a particular topic through a guided literature project.

Prerequisites: BIO227 or CH/BI227 and BIO 233.