Biology Advising

As the University continues to monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are  temporarily moving to a telecommuting work status. This means all academic advising appointments will be held either by phone or via video (

You can still call our office at 801-581-6244 and we will be checking our voicemail once a day.
You can also send your:
Quick questions to
Permission Code questions go to
Transfer questions can go to

permission code requests: Click Here

Virtual Walk-in hours:

Walk-Ins will be done virtually this semester. We will be holding virtual walk-ins during the following times:

Every Monday afternoon from 1pm MDT to 3pm MDT

No virtual walk-ins on Monday Sept. 7th due to the Labor Day Holiday

To enter the virtual lobby you will click the following link:

You can also continue to send any questions to

For Scholarship questions please e-mail Theresa Nydam:

Student Advising Appointments

Advising Hours: Weekdays from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, closed for lunch from 12 - 1 PM
Phone: (801) 581-6244
(Include your FERPA PIN if your question involves confidential information).

Information for course transfer related questions


The Biology Advising Team

Denise Brenes
Director of Undergrad Advising

email Denise Brenes

Mark A. Campbell
Academic Advisor

email Mark Campbell

Jessica Vernon
Academic Advisor

email Jessica Vernon

Nicole Shoup
Academic Advisor

email Jessica Vernon

What do Academic Advisors do?

Academic Advisors are here to help you make the most of your experience at the University of Utah. Please meet with your advisor once per semester, or at least once per year, to discuss progress toward your degree and any concerns you may have. This will allow you to know more about course availability and pre-requisites (which are strongly enforced). It is crucial that you work closely with your advisor to graduate without delay. If you are a transfer student, you are encouraged to meet with the school advisor early in your academic career, even prior to admission to the University of Utah.

Academic Advisors are available for:

  • Declaring a biology major.
  • Explaining University graduation requirements, including general education, bachelor’s degree and course requirements for biology.
  • Developing an educational plan that includes scheduling, timing and using the DARS and GPS systems.
  • Connecting with University and school opportunities and resources.
  • Evaluating biology transfer credits.
  • Navigating the system from admissions to graduation and everything in between.
  • Discussing anything regarding your education at the U of U.

Advising Appointments

Appointments must be scheduled on-line at Student Advising Appointments, appointments cannot be scheduled by email.

Denise Brenes, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Mark Campbell, Academic Advisor
Jessica Vernon, Academic Advisor
Nicole Shoup, Academic Advisor
Theresa Nydam, Academic Program Manager

Biology Career Coach

“Hello all! My name is Crystal Cory, and I’m a Career Coach in the Career and Professional Development Center. While you can see any career coach in our office for any of these topics, I focus specifically on the College of Science to make sure that the knowledge I give on industry trends are up to date. I can help with the big questions as well as the small ones, so please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with me to chat!I hope to meet you soon!”Here are some of the things that our office helps out with:

  • Resume and Cover Letter reviews (these are usually done in 15 minutes)
  • Job/Interview Search Strategies
  • Mock Interviews
  • Networking/LinkedIn help
  • Career/Major exploration
  • Basically anything career related!

Useful Links for Biology Majors

Expected Learning Outcomes

Optional "emphases" are available for Biology majors.

Worksheets and requirements for biology majors/emphases/minors

Major Requirements BEFORE Fall 2019
Major Requirements STARTING Fall 2019
Biology BS/BA Biology BS/BA
Anatomy & Physiology Emphasis Anatomy & Physiology Emphasis
Biochemistry Emphasis Biochemistry Emphasis
Cell & Molecular Emphasis Cell & Molecular Emphasis
Environmental & Organismal Emphasis Ecology, Evolution, and Environment Emphasis
  Genetics & Genomics Emphasis
  Microbiology Emphasis
  Neurobiology Emphasis
  Plant Biology Emphasis

Biology honors Information

Lists of approved biology courses and labs

Other misc forms

Misc links