Degree Requirements

Biology and biology specialization requirements are listed in the Bulletin. CAS requirements can also be found in the Bulletin.

The advising worksheets listed under Academic Advising are a helpful tool to use when planning out your courses.

Important Semester Dates and Deadlines

Registration Dates and Times

The Registration Class Planner is now open on the Student Link:

  1. Log in to the Student Link.
  2. Select the “Academics” tab.
  3. Select “Registration.”
  4. Select “Semester and Year.”
  5. Select the “Planner” option.
  6. Select the “Add” option.
  7. Select “Semester Classes.”

NOTE: Students who are not compliant will be unable to access the Registration Planner (e.g., eligible students must acknowledge they have been notified of the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law or you will be unable to register for the upcoming semesters). Check the Registrar’s website for additional details regarding “Requirements for Registration.”

Freshmen Registration

Advising: Spring 2016 Registration
Freshmen registration advising will take place before the freshmen registration date. All freshmen majoring in biology or any specialization are REQUIRED to attend one of the Mandatory Freshmen Advising Sessions in order to receive their registration code. Students will meet with the freshmen advisor, Stacy Straaberg Finfrock, and several faculty members to discuss their academic plans for spring and other academic opportunities (e.g., Study Abroad, Research for Credit, etc.). We will also be available to meet one-on-one with students to answer any specific questions that you might have.

Mandatory Freshmen Advising Dates:

bio freshman advising session

Advising: Fall 2016 Registration
Students will be assigned a Biology faculty advisor at the end of their freshmen year. However, we are happy to facilitate meetings with faculty members at any time for students with questions or concerns. Please email Stacy Straaberg Finfrock if you would like to meet with a faculty member.


Upperclassmen Registration

Unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, please sign up for an appointment with your advisor during the appropriate week listed below:

October 26th – 30th CURRENT Seniors
November 2nd – 6th CURRENT Juniors
November 9th – 13th CURRENT Sophomores

1. Check the Student Link for your assigned advisor. Please follow the instructions on the Academic Advising page if you need an advisor.

The following Biology faculty are on sabbatical for Fall 2015. If your advisor is listed below you should have been assigned a temporary secondary advisor who can help advise you:

  • Dr. Monette
  • Dr. Primack
  • Dr. Schneider
  • Dr. Warkentin

2. Sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor using AdvisorTrac. If your advisor does not have compatible availability, please email him/her directly to set up a time to meet. If you are unable to find an alternative time to meet, you may attend Open Advising. Instructions on how to access AdvisorTrac can be found in the Registration Instructions.

NOTE: You may need to change your internet security settings on your computer to access the site. The following message may pop up (or something similar): “Safari can’t verify the identity of the website “casadvtrac.bu.edu.” You should click “continue” to access the site. The website is secure (CAS Advising also uses this system to book appointments with their advisors).

3. Meet with your advisor to discuss your plan for next semester.

You MUST Bring the Following to Your Advising Appointment:

NOTE: Make sure you have a plan when you attend your advising appointment. Having questions prepared and a tentative plan in place will make your advising appointment more productive and valuable for you and your advisor.

4. Bring your COMPLETED and SIGNED Registration Class Planner sheet to the main Biology office at 5 Cummington Mall, Room 101. You WILL NOT receive your registration code without a signed registration class planner sheet from your faculty advisor (or without a confirmation email from your advisor approving your Spring 2016 plan).

NOTE: You do NOT need to make an appointment to pick up your registration code. You can come any time listed under the next section Registration Code Pickup Times. When you come to pick up your code, please feel free to discuss any other questions/concerns you may have with Stacy.


Registration Code Pickup Times

After meeting with your advisor during the appropriate week (listed above under “Upperclassmen Registration”), bring your COMPLETED and SIGNED Registration Class Planner sheet to the main Biology office at 5 Cummington Mall, Room 101 during one of the specific times outlined below. You will NOT receive your registration code without a signed Registration Class Planner sheet (or without a confirmation email from your advisor approving your spring 2016 plan).

NOTE: You do NOT need to make an appointment to pick up your registration code. You can come any time during the appropriate dates/times listed below. When you come to pick up your code, please feel free to discuss any other questions/concerns you may have with Stacy.

Week of October 26th
Thursday, Oct. 29th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday, Oct. 30th: 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Week of November 2nd
Monday, Nov. 2nd: 10:00am – 12:00pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd: 9:30am – 12:00pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 4th: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 5th: 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday, Nov. 6th: 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Week of November 9th
Monday, Nov. 9th: 9:30am – 12:00pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 10th: 11:30am – 1:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 11th: 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 12th: 9:30am – 11:30am and 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday, Nov. 13th: 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Week of November 16th
Monday, Nov. 16th: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 17th: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 18th: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 19th: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Friday, Nov. 20th: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Summer Term Registration

Summer registration begins in February.

Students who are planning to take summer courses are encouraged to speak to their advisor before registering for classes. However, a registration code is not required to register. BU students can register for summer courses via the Student Link.

Please visit the Summer Term website for additional information.


Are You Changing Your Major or College?

Switching Majors within CAS

If you have already filled out the Major/Minor Declaration form to switch majors, you should meet with an advisor in your new department to schedule classes. Your new department’s advisor can look up your code on the Link.

  • Students who are considering a change should meet with their Biology advisor as well as an advisor in the department they are looking to transfer to. To receive your registration code, you need to bring a plan signed by an advisor in your new department to the main Biology office at 5 Cummington Mall, Room 101 during one of the drop-in hours listed under “Registration Code Pickup Times.”
Switching Colleges

Speak with an advisor in your new college about the process for registration. If you still need an advising code from CAS, bring a plan signed by an advisor in your new department to the main Biology office at 5 Cummington Mall, Room 101 during one of the drop-in hours listed under “Registration Code Pickup Times.”


Study Abroad Registration

For students CURRENTLY abroad:

Follow these steps in order to receive your registration code:

1. Email your faculty advisor your course selection for the upcoming semester.
2. Obtain email confirmation of your course selection from your faculty advisor.
3. Forward Stacy Straaberg Finfrock the confirmation email.

For students who are GOING abroad:

If you are planning to study abroad, you should still meet with your advisor to go over your plan for next semester and the semester you return to campus. You should plan and register for classes as if you were staying on campus until you have been officially accepted into a study abroad program. This means you still need to bring in a signed Registration Class Planner from your Biology advisor so you can receive your code. It is best to meet with your advisor to discuss a plan for if you were to stay on campus in case you do not go abroad.

Tropical Ecology Program: Students who are participating in the Tropical Ecology Program, or any other program that will NOT have accessibility to the internet during the registration period, must complete the CAS Registration Planner Form and submit it to the Abroad office BEFORE their departure from Boston. The Registration Planner Form is designed to assist CAS students with preparation for course registration for their return to campus. Take a copy of your completed Registration Planner with you to your program site for reference during the registration period.

Please review the full list of Abroad Registration instructions before your departure.