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
The following course numbers have changed:
- 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 email@example.com with any questions.
If you declared biological sciences as your major you should see the departmental advisor before registering for your first semester. Your 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 advisor as soon as you decide to select a minor in the department.
Biological Sciences advising
Contact Megan Larson, 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.
Secondary education majors
- Meet with a biology advisor for major or minor requirements.
- Meet with a College of Education and Human Development advisor for your general education, pre-professional and professional education requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student advising
Current graduate students at WMU who have questions should contact Dr. Silvia Rossbach, graduate advisor.