We are located in the new Norman Hackerman Building, NHB, room 2.606.

Academic advising is available on an ongoing basis, and not just during registration. Only freshman, undeclared, new transfer students, students who are on scholastic probation or returning to UT after an absence receive advising bars. Continuing sophomore, junior, and senior biology majors who are in good academic standing do not have advising bars. Advisors are available to assist with degree planning and course selection, help students who are struggling academically, provide information about UT's numerous resources, and help students facing non-academic problems.


Advisors CAN NOT add students to a course that is already full. Add yourself to the automated wait list option if available, and keep trying to add the course during all the add/drop access periods. Being on a wait list is not a guarantee for getting into a class, and advisors have no way of predicting your chances of getting a class, therefore it is necessary to have an alternative class planned as a back-up. Students may also attend a course on the first day and request permission from the professor to be added, however doing so does not guarantee registration for the course. Students attending a course they are not registered for should continue attending all their other classes as well, in the event that permission to add the closed course is not granted.


Students wanting to declare biology, and meet entry level requirements, or are wanting to change from one biology option to another may contact the Biology Advising Center in NHB 2.606. Students wanting to change majors out of biology and into another major within the College of Natural Sciences, should contact the advising center for that major. To change majors out of CNS and into another college, contact the Dean's office of that college. Some colleges (including Business, Communications, and Engineering) require new students to attend an internal transfer information - check their departmental websites for the most current information on dates and times. Students wanting to change majors but aren't sure to what, can utilize a number of resources including academic advisors or career coaches. Staff from the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling or the Career Design Center can offer assistance with major exploration. You may also utilize online major exploration tools like Wayfinder


Prerequisites for all biology courses are clearly stated in the Course Schedule and Undergraduate Catalog. Students who register for biology courses that they do not meet the prerequisites for will be dropped.


Yes, every student in the College of Natural Sciences is allowed a One-Time-Exception Q drop after the deadline. 


No. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in BIO 325 before taking another upper division biology course, unless the course schedule specifies other prerequisites.


Biology degree plans do not have minors. Enough courses to have the equivalent of a minor are typically 12 hours, 6 of which are upper division. A minor can be listed on your resume, but it is not listed on an official UT transcript. Only the degree and major are included on an official transcript. Students in another major who want biology as a minor should discuss this option with their major advisor.


If you are a student in the College of Natural Sciences, you CAN NOT take any math or science courses required for your degree at a community college during the fall and spring semesters while also enrolled at UT. You may take courses such as English, History or Government, but you must still be enrolled in at least 12 hours at UT. You may take courses through University Extension during the fall and spring semesters while also enrolled as a full-time student at UT. During the summer, students may take any classes at other institutions.


It is strongly recommended that Natural Sciences students take all their math and science courses at the University. If you are pre-med or preparing for any other health-related career, and are worried about how this may impact your candidacy for professional schools, you must discuss this with your Health Professions Advisor.


The Bachelor of Science options and the Bachelor of Sciences and Arts degree have several ways for fulfilling the foreign language requirement including taking foreign language culture classes. The Bachelor of Arts in biology requires fourth-semester proficiency in a single language. 


Students should not take a course pass/fail if it is needed to fulfill a degree requirement. Courses taken pass/fail count towards the total number of residence hours as electives, but not not towards degree requirements. Courses taken pass/fail do not count towards the GPA (unless an F is earned) and may not fulfill prerequisite requirements. Only electives should be taken pass/fail. College of Natural Sciences students may only count 16 pass/fail hours toward their degree, and may only take two courses pass/fail per semester.


No. Both grades will remain on a student's transcript and both are averaged into the UT GPA. Students may have to repeat a course in order to meet a degree requirement, (you must make a C- or better in all courses counting towards the major) and this is permitted. However, students in the College of Natural Sciences are not permitted to repeat a course for which they have already earned a C- or better. In addition, no student may enroll in the same Natural Sciences course more than twice without permission from their advisor, therefore students taking a Natural Sciences course for a second time need to be aware it may be their last chance to pass that course!


Courses with the last two digits between 20 and 79 (ex: BIO 320, BIO 325) are upper division courses. Those with the last two digits lower than 20 are lower division (ex: BIO 311C). The requirement for upper-division standing is 60 hours of credit.


An upper division elective is ANY upper division course that you take to help reach your required total of upper division hours (36) but that does not fulfill any other specific degree requirements. These can be additional biology classes, but they do not have to be. This is your chance to take something different and personally interesting to you. Search through the course schedule to see what's offered, and be sure to notice if the course is restricted or has specific prerequisites. Upper division electives may be taken pass/fail.


In the course schedule, any upper division course that indicates "Writing Flag or Wr" will fulfill the upper division writing flag requirement. Every course schedule lists all the writing flag courses offered that semester from every academic department, including biology. Writing flag courses can overlap with other degree requirements.


They CAN be, but they do not have to be. Students have the option of fulfilling one of their writing flags with a lower division course (typically UGS 302/303 or RHE 309K). Advisors STRONGLY recommend that Biology majors take one lower division writing flag course during their freshman or sophomore years.


It gives students the opportunity to work closely with a professor in a lab doing independent research. In some cases independent research may be counted in lieu of an upper division biology lab by petition with faculty advisor approval. Students can get more information the College of Natural Science's research webpage at: http://cns.utexas.edu/research-experience/undergraduate-research


Students apply for graduation during their final semester at UT before the mid-semester deadline (same as the Q-drop deadline). The application is on the web at: http://cns.utexas.edu/students/degrees-majors-advising/graduation

August graduates who want to be in the May ceremony but will not finish all their degree requirements until the summer, should complete the Walk Application during the spring semester, and then complete the actual Graduation Application during the first summer session. Students completing their UT degree requirements at another institution must apply to graduate "In Absentia."