Advising

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University advisors work to support and enrich your academic experience by helping with curricular decisions and providing information and guidance on extracurricular options, career paths and post-graduate plans.

Course number changes

Starting fall 2014, the following course numbers are changing:

  • BIOS 1500: Molecular and Cellular Biology will become BIOS 1610: Molecular and Cellular Biology.
  • BIOS 1510: Organismal Biology will become BIOS 1620: Ecology and Evolution.

Course content will remain exactly the same. Contact bios-advising@wmich.edu with any questions.

Undergraduate advising

If you declared biological sciences as your major you should see the departmental advisor before registering for your first semester. You must meet regularly with all advisors to ensure they have met all graduation requirements. The advisor will:

  • Make sure that you take your courses in the proper sequence so as not to delay graduation.
  • Recommend the electives most suited for the career that you are pursuing. Courses taken without the approval of the advisor, especially at other colleges, may not be acceptable for credit toward a major or minor.

See the advisor as soon as you decide to select a minor in the department.

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Biological studies advising

Contact Diana Blouin, undergraduate advisor, with any questions.

General education advising

College of Arts and Sciences students must also meet with an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences for general education and pre-professional requirements at an early stage, to determine any special requirements or variations that may pertain to particular medical or dental schools to which you are planning to apply for admission.

Registration problems

If you are trying to get into a closed class or are having trouble registering for a class, email your Western Identification Number, the Course Registration Number for the courses you are trying to register for and the error message, if applicable, to bios-advising@wmich.edu.

Transfer students

Specific program and general education transfer guides are available for students transferring from a Michigan community college. Contact Diana Blouin, undergraduate advisor, with any questions.

Undergraduate forms

Graduate advising

Contact Dr. Silvia Rossbach, graduate advisor, with graduate program questions.

Graduate forms