New for Fall 2015

Writing Requirement | Special for Fall | General Information
Summer I

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ANNOUNCING-- RISE Program seeks new undergraduate researchers, and Compass Program seeks sophomore students for the fall 2015 semester.  Click on the images above for more information.


Fall 2015 BraveWeb Information:

  1. Classes are up on BraveWeb now for the fall 2015 semester.
  2. Pin numbers — some faculty will email them, others will only give them out in person. Email or see your advisor to see which. 
  3. Look for classes on BraveWeb under:
    1. Biology
    2. Biology Lab
    3. Biotechnology
    4. Environmental Science
    5. Science Education

New Writing Requirement:

For students who entered under, or switched to the 2011-2012 (or later) catalog, the new Writing Intensive Program will apply—see pages 34-36 of the 2013-2014 catalog. You are required to take a minimum of 6 hours of writing enriched (WE) courses and 3 hours of a writing in the discipline (WD) course. The program check sheets now include these requirements.  

Biology now offers these courses for the writing requirement:

  • BIO 2050 Animal Behavior WE
  • BIO 3710 Cell Biology WE*
  • BIO 4310 Biometrics WE*
  • BIO 4320 Conservation Biology WE*
  • BIO 3510 Research Strategies WD
  • BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences WD*

            *Offered during Fall 2015

Students who wish to take BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences must get permission from the course instructor --- Dr. Bonnie Kelley or Dr. Rita Hagevik.

Several general education courses are also offered as WE credit, and these too would count toward the writing requirement (but ONLY when designated as WE in BraveWeb). Double majors need only fulfill this writing requirement once.

Courses for Fall 2015 that will NOT be offered again for another year or longer:

  • BIO 3010 Entomology
  • BIO 3050 Introductory Mycology
  • BIO 3100 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 4220 Evolution
  • BIO 4310 Biometrics - WE
  • BIO 4320 Conservation Biology - WE
  • BIO 5150 Advanced Microbiology
  • BTEC 3220 Biotechnology I
  • ENV 2200 Field Botany
  • ENV 3100 Freshwater Ecosystems and Watershed Management
  • ENV 4100 Environmental Law and Regulations

Summer I -- Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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  • BIO 3025/5400 Natural History of Costa Rica (17-30 June 2015)
    3 hours of course credit for a 14-day study abroad course in Costa Rica, taught by Dr. Debby Hanmer
    Click here for a colorful brochure (PowerPoint)

General Information:

  1. We have a new concentration entitled: Pre-Physical / Pre-Occupational Therapy.  Check it if you think you might be interested.  If so, you should do a change of major form pretty soon and perhaps change advisors.
  2. Program check sheets online or by biology office (take one).  Try to work out your schedule on your own using this as a guide.  Hard to imagine a standard schedule for each degree.  Biology Website is a great source of information.
  3. A 2.0 AVERAGE in major is what is required.  Not 2.0 in every course, though that would be good of course.       
  4. Don’t be afraid to drop a course if needed, just don’t make a habit of it.
  5. You need to be taking lab courses all along (as in all four years).
  6. Our BIO 4950 Science Seminar is offered in the spring.  A great 1 hour course for Juniors and Seniors. 
  7. To repeat, the new BIO 1060 Exploring Life’s Diversity is NOT a majors course.  It will not count toward your degree except as free elective hours—NOT as a required biology elective hours.
  8. BIO 4990 Students need to plan a project with an instructor before requesting to be registered for these hours.  Only the Chair can get you registered for 4990 hours with instructor approval.
  9. Another way to get involved in student research is through the RISE Program with Dr. Robert Poage and the COMPASS Scholarship Program with Dr. Maria Santisteban.  You will need to see these professors about joining the programs.  
  10. Biology Club—see Dr. Maria Santisteban or Dr. John Roe.
  11. TriBeta—see Dr. Dennis McCracken  or Dr. Maria Pereira.
  12. Science Education (undergraduate) -- see Prof. Mary Ash
  13. Science Education (graduate) -- see Dr. Rita Hagevik.
  14. Health Careers Access Program (HCAP) (ext. 6493). For meeting times and brochures, see Dept. Administrative Assistant Ms. Teresa Lowery.

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