Advising & Declarations
Dean Smith and the Academic Advisors in the Office of Biology Undergraduate Education are available to advise and assist students in all of the Biology concentrations – from undeclared first-year students to seniors searching for research opportunities.
Students interested in concentrating in Applied Mathematics-Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering or Neuroscience should contact the faculty advisors listed with those specific concentrations at the Concentrations page.
Declaring the Concentration in Sophomore Year
Students interested in concentrating in Applied Math-Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering or Neuroscience should contact the faculty advisors listed with those concentrations at left.
How to Schedule an Advising Appointment
For all advising appointments, please email Scott Rathbun with the following information:
1. The date and time you hope to meet. Open appointment times can be found on the Advising Calendar
2. The general purpose of the meeting
Scott will help setup a meeting with one of the following advisors, based on your area of interest:
Dean Katherine Smith – Health & Human Biology
Dr. Richard Bungiro – Biology AB and ScB
Academic Advisor Jody Hall – Health & Human Biology and Biology AB and ScB
Academic Advisor Sarah Taylor - Biology AB and ScB
Sophomores interested in declaring a concentration in Biology (ScB or AB) should schedule a pre-planning meeting in advance of the declaration period. Students can view and sign up for a pre-planning meeting via the BUE advising calendar. Pre-planning meetings begin in October.
Sophomores interested in declaring a concentration in Health & Human Biology (HHB) AB should attend one of two pre-planning events. In the coming academic year HHB pre-planning events will be held at 5pm on October 26, 2016 or February 15, 2017. Students should join the Biology email list to receive event updates. Students planning to declare a concentration in Health & Human Biology (HHB) are expected to attend a pre-planning event on October 26 or February 15. Dean Smith, HHB faculty advisors and DUG leaders will be on hand to introduce students to the concentration, and to answer group and individual questions. Students who attend the event will be assigned a faculty concentration advisor within the week following. Concentration advisors work with students to outline course plans and submit the concentration declaration in ASK.
Pre-planning meetings and events are an opportunity for students to discuss their interests in and outside of the classroom, and to learn more about opportunities in Biology. Pre-planning also provides an opportunity for Dean Smith and the Academic Advisors to identify the best concentration advisor for a student.
The Concentration Advisor
After pre-planning, students are assigned a concentration advisor. Students are expected to make an appointment with the advisor early to draft a declaration plan for the concentration. Students should recognize that the declaration is a draft plan subject to revision with the concentration advisor's approval.
The best advising relationships happen when communication is regular and forthright. Students should take the initiative to meet with their concentration advisor each semester and ensure the ASK declaration plan up-to-date.
Biology Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Biology works with the Dean of the College to support Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs). Biology DUGs are concentrators who meet and plan programming to foster a community of students interested in Biology. The current DUG leaders can be found under People. DUGs are a great resource for meeting and interacting with peers in a collaborative and advising capacity.