Check out the Biology Department's new courses for Fall 2015.
Biology requirements (and the biology specialization requriements) are listed in the online Bulletin. The bulletin also provides a list of courses that can fulfill your Divisional Studies requirements.
Important Semester Dates and Deadlines
The Registration Planner is now open on the Student Link:
- Login to the ‘Student Link‘
- Select the ‘Academics’ tab
- Select ‘Registration’
- Select the ‘Semester and Year’
- Select ‘Planner’ option
- Select the ‘Add’ option
- Select ‘Semester Classes
NOTE: Students who are not compliant will be unable to access the Registration Planner (ex. eligible students must acknowledge they have been notified of the the Mass 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 Guidelines
Freshmen registration advising will take place the week before the fall/spring freshmen registration date (typically early November/April). 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 (ex. Study Abroad, Research for Credit, etc.). You will NOT sign up for an individual advising appointment.
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.
Mandatory Freshmen Advising Dates:
Upperclassmen Registration Guidelines
Unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, please sign up for an appointment with your advisor during the appropriate week listed below:
March 30th - April 3rd advising appointments are intended for CURRENT Senior/Juniors
April 6th –10th advising appointments are intended for CURRENT Sophomores
April 13th - 17th advising appointments are intended for CURRENT Freshmen
The following Biology faculty are on Sabbatical for spring 2015 (students will be assigned to a temporary advisor for this semester):
- Dr. Gilmore
- Dr. Man
- Dr. Schneider
- Dr. Waxman
2. Sign up for an appointment with your Faculty Advisor using AdvsiorTrac. If your advisor does not have compatable availability, plese 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 identify 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.
What to Bring to your Advising Appointment:
- Transcript Preview (available via the Student Link)
- Major/Specialization Guidelines
- Fall 2015 Course Directory
- Registration Form
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 Form to Stacy Straaberg Finfrock in the Main Biology Office (BRB 101) at 5 Cummington Mall. You WILL NOT receive your registration code without a signed registration form from your faculty advisor or you provide a confirmation email from your advisor approving your spring 2015 plan.
NOTE: You do NOT need to make an appointment to pick up your registration code. You can come any time during the appropriate weeks listed below. Please feel free to discuss any other questions/concerns you may have when you meet with Stacy.
If you are Changing your Major or Transferring to Another College within BU
You will not need to meet with your Biology advisor (but you can if you wish to do so). You SHOULD meet with an advisor in the department you will be transferring to. For example, a student who is transferring to SMG should meet with an SMG advisor. A student who is transferring to SAR should meet with a SAR advisor. A student who is changing their major to Psychology should meet with a Psychology advisor.
- Students who are considering a change should meet with their Biology advisor as well as an advisor in the college/department they are looking to transfer to.
- To receive your registration code from, you still need to bring an approved plan, signed by an advisor from your future department/school during the appropriate week listed below.
Study Abroad Registration
For students CURRENTLY abroad:
Follow these steps in order to recive 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 form 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 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.
Registration Code Pick-Up Times
Please follow this schedule based on your current class year.
Regardless of when you are advised, students can only pick up codes at the specific times outlined below (this is also true for students who are currently studying abroad). You will NOT receive your registration code if your registration form is not signed by your advisor or if I have not received a confirmation email from your advisor approving your plan.
Please note the specific times and locations for code pick-up this semester. As you will see, Dr. Wasserman will be assisting with code pick-up this semester. However, we have limited availability so code pick-up times will only be offered in the evening. Please plan accordingly. We greatly appreciate your help and flexibility this semester in making this process as smooth as possible.
Summer 2015 registration will begin in february.
Students who are planning on taking summer courses are encouraged to speak to their advisor before registering for classes. However, a registration code is not requried to register. BU students can register for summer courses via the Student Link.
Please visit the Summer Term website for additional information.
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