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Biology Advising

If you are a Biology Major or are looking to add a Biology Major or Biology Minor, please visit the Biology Advising Office in BNR 101! We are here to help advise students about the Department of Biology Majors. Please see our majors below to find out who you should meet with:

Biology Academic Advisor

Dani Lawrence

Dani Lawrence appointment button

Biology Academic Advisor

Dr. Samuel Rivera

Samuel Rivera

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Dennis Welker

Dr. Dennis Welker

Faculty Prehealth Advisor

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

Public Health

Carl Farley

Carl Farley

Assistant Director of Health Professions

Yvonne Kobe

Yvonne Kobe

Biological Science-Composite Teaching

Dr. Richard Mueller

Dr. Richard Mueller

Biology Advising Office Assistant

Sergio Alvarez

Sergio Alvarez

Biology Peer Advisor

Josh Worley

Josh Worley

Below are some common questions we get. Please click the one that applies to you in order to see who within the Biology Advising Office you should meet with. If your question is not listed below, please contact one of the general inquires contacts listed at the bottom of the page.

As a Biology or Public Health Major planning to go on to health professions school, you have two advisors.

Biology Advising Office - BNR 101

  • Coursework planning to graduate with your biology degree
  • Getting involved in undergraduate research within the Department of Biology
  • Biology Scholarships
  • Advisor holds
  • prerequisite or other overrides
  • Articulation of biology coursework
  • Application for graduation
  • To answer any Department of Biology specific questions


Health Professions Advising Office - TSC 304, Exploratory Advising

  • Coursework planning to prepare for entrance exams and to meet health profession school prerequisites
  • Getting involved in Prehealth extracurricular activities, such as Prehealth clubs, service, or research
  • Preparation of applications and for interviews associated with health profession schools
  • To answer any Prehealth specific questions

Please call 435-797-3373 or schedule an appointment online.

To add or drop a Biology Major or Minor, you will need to fill out the Undergraduate Change of Matriculation form and have the Biology Advisor as well as your other advisor sign it. You can either fill it out online and email it to us, or stop by BNR 101 to pick up this form. Please see a Biology Peer Advisor during office hours or email

You can do a lot with a biology degree! You can do research, management, teaching and more for government, academic, industry or non-profit organizations. Our peer advisors will be happy to go over career exploration options with you and talk in more detail about what you can do with your biology degree. Please see a Biology Peer Advisor during hours or email

Visit Career Services to find out more.

Please view the Major Requirements Sheet for your major and emphasis as well as your specific Degreeworks. To access Degreeworks, login to Student Banner, click Student Records then click Degreeworks. Our Biology Peer Advisors are very familiar with the Biology Major Requirements and would be happy to help you plan your coursework. Please see a Biology Peer Advisor during office hours or email

The Biology Advising Office strongly encourages all Biology Majors to get involved in undergraduate research. Please visit the Undergraduate Research page to review our recommendations on how to get involved in undergraduate research. If you have more questions, please contact a Biology Peer Advisor during office hours or email

If you're involved in undergraduate biology research, please present your research at our Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium. We have one each fall and spring semester.

We accept scholarship applications, from Department of Biology Majors only, each spring semester. Please visit our scholarships page and review the eligibility requirements and available scholarships. If you would like help with your scholarship application, see a Biology Peer Advisor during office hours or email If you have a questions about eligibility, please email Dani Lawrence.

Please fill out the appropriate section of the Registration Option form and see the Biology Academic Advisors in BNR 101 (no appointment necessary).

Please note the Registrar date for Pass/ Fail. This option will not be in effect after 60% of the semester has passed.

Please see the Biology Academic Advisor. Public Health majors should see Carl Farley. Biological Science - Composite Teaching majors should see Richard Mueller. If your hold is for a Low Semester GPA Warning, Academic Warning or Academic Probation, please fill out the appropriate form and email it to your advisor prior to your scheduled appointment. Please take care of holds ASAP and DO NOT wait until open registration to try to meet with your advisor, as registration times are very busy times for advisors and there is no guarantee that we'll be able to meet with you prior to registration.

The maximum credits per semester allowed is 21 credits. Over 21 credits cannot be approved. If you would like to take 19-21 credits one semester, please fill out the appropriate section of the Registration Option Form and see the Biology Academic Advisors, Dani Lawrence, in BNR 101 (no appointment necessary).

Please contact the Biology Academic Advisors, Dani Lawrence, with proof of prerequisite (transcript).

We encourage Biology Majors to fill out their Application for Graduation 2-3 semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date, which allows you to incorporate any required but unplanned coursework into your schedule before it's too late. Once you fill out your application and the Registrar sends you your application, please bring it by BNR 101 so Dr. Dennis Welker  can review it.

For general Biology Advising inquiries, please contact:

Director of Undergraduate Studies at

Biology Peer Advisors at

Biology Advising Office Assistant at                             

Biology Academic Advisor at

Or call 435-797-2652