Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment to see my advisor?
At this time, all appoinments to see the Biology Advisor are scheduled in person or by phone. You can drop in to the Biology Advising Office (135 Building 44) during business hours (M-F 8:30A - 4:30P, when the University is in session) and sign up for an appontment, or call 801-581-6244 and we'd be happy to help you.
Simple questions can often be answered by e-mail...
The advising schedule for the current semester is available here... The appointment calendar is available Wed for the following week.
How do I declare BIOLOGY as a major?
You can declare a Biology major (BA/BS/Teaching) by coming in to the Biology Advising Office during business hours (M-F 8:30A - 4:30P, when the University is in session). Please bring a photo ID (Uof U ID card or drivers license).
Do I have to declare an "emphasis" to be a Biology major?
No, emphases are not required.
Is there a general Biology minor?
Can I get credit for independent research? Can independent research count as a Biology lab?
“Yes!” If you are participating in biologically-oriented research in a lab at the University of Utah (and with approval, at the VA or other research facilities), you can enroll in Biol 4955: Individual research, which counts as both an upper division biology course AND a biology lab towards your Biology degree (Biol 4955 Individual research can be counted once, for a max of 3 credits and 2 lab units).
Useful Links for Biology Majors
Worksheets and requirements for biology majors/emphases/minors
- Biology Majors worksheet effective spring 2012 (PDF)
- Biology Teaching Major/Minor worksheet (PDF)
- Biology Emphases worksheet and checklist effective spring 2012 (PDF)
- Integrative Human Biology Minor (Program description and worksheet (PDF)
- Math and chemistry sequences for Biology Majors (PDF)
Biology honors requirements and application
Lists of approved biology courses and labs
- Master list of Biology courses (PDF)
- List of Biology courses with approved lab components (PDF)
- Upcoming, current and archived schedules of Biology courses by semester:
Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Other misc forms
- Biology courses websites
- University General Catalog: Department of Biology
- University General Catalog: Department of Biology courses
- Pre-professional advising office