College of Science & Engineering


Biology Course Registration and Restrictions

Most lower level biology courses are open to all students who have successfully met the prerequisities except for a handful of courses that are required components of special departmental programs. All upper-division (300/400 level) biology courses are major restricted and the restrictions vary widely by course. It is important to review the department's detailed registration information sheet each quarter to fully understand the major restrictions that will be enforced. This registration information is distributed as widely as possible several weeks before registration begins. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the prerequisites, major restrictions and override request timelines required for each biology course.

Registration Information Sheet

IMPORTANT: (1) Attendance at the first class meeting for all upper-division courses is mandatory; failure to attend may result in having to forfeit your seat in the course if a waitlist exists. (2) All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or higher. If have registered for a course but were not able to successfully satisfy the pre-requisites, you will be asked to withdraw. (3) During the second phase of registration, major restrictions will NOT be lifted.  Students must still request an instructor override for access to the course.

A Note to Pre-Health Students: If you are a Pre-Health student, but not a declared biology major, you will need to request an override from the instructor for access to biology courses. Although NOT guaranteed, special consideration will be made for those students who may need the following courses to prepare for professional schools: BIOL 321, 322, 345, 346, 348, and 349.

Biology Minors: Students who are declared biology minors will have the same priority as Phase II general biology majors during the first phase of registration as long as those courses are not restricted to specific emphases within the biology major (i.e., marine biology). If restricted, minors must wait until the course opens to all Phase II biology majors (or to general biology majors) before they may register.