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.
New student advising
If you are a new student (freshman and transfer), please contact the Office of Student Transitions. Advising takes place as part of the required Orientation process.
Your department 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.
Refer you to academic services to help you be successful by achieving a grade of C or better in your departmental courses so they will be counted toward a biological sciences major or minor.
- Meet with you to ensure you have met all graduation requirements.
See the department advisor as soon as you decide to select a minor in the department.
Secondary education majors
Meet with a biology advisor for major or minor requirements for your secondary education major.
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 Reference Number for the courses you are trying to register for and the error message, if applicable, to the undergraduate advisor.
Specific program and general education transfer guides are available for students transferring from a Michigan community college.
Contact the undergraduate advisor of biological sciences, or call College of Arts and Sciences Advising at 269-387-4366.
Current graduate students at WMU who have questions should contact Dr. Silvia Rossbach, graduate advisor of biological sciences.