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BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Texas A&M University
New Student Conference 2014
Freshman Advising Meeting
Conference Objectives
• Review Biology Degree Plan
Options
• Review Core Curriculum
• Department Grade Requirements
• Scheduling and Registration
• Announcements
• Make this a WHOOPIN’
Experience
Undergraduate Programs Office Staff
Office: 107 Butler
Phone: 979-845-3116
Christine Farris-Director
cfarris@bio.tamu.edu
Tara Hardin-Advisor
thardin@bio.tamu.edu
Vanessa Nordell-Senior Advisor
vnordell@bio.tamu.edu
Kaisey Phillips-Advisor
kphillips@bio.tamu.edu
Clint Crampton-Advisor II
ccrampton@bio.tamu.edu
Crystal Wager-Office Associate
cwager@bio.tamu.edu
LIFE SCIENCES CAREER SERVICES
Career Advising
Workshops Specifically Targeted to Life Sciences
Majors (including Resume Writing and Job Search
Strategies)
On-Campus Interviewing
Science Careers Listserv
Website (with specific information about finding
employment with a science degree)
Resume Review
Special Events (including Biotechnology and
Pharmaceutical Sales Panel Discussions)
Life Sciences Career Fair
LIFE SCIENCES CAREER SERVICES
Marilyn Yeager
Coordinator, Life Sciences Career
Services
Koldus Building, Suite 209
(979) 458-1303
myeager@tamu.edu
http://careercenter.tamu.edu
BIOLOGY CURRICULUM
*All Biology Degrees are 120 credit hours*
First two years common science requirements in all degree plans.
B.A. Biology
Similar to B.S. Biology; Mandatory Minor (list
included in your packet)
B.S. Biology
Basic Biology Degree. Biology electives can be
freely chosen from an approved list.
B.S. Microbiology
Focused on prokaryotic biology including
bacterial genetics and bacterial physiology.
B.S. Molecular Cell
Directed electives are focused on cell, molecular
and developmental biology.
B.S. Zoology
Focuses on chordate and invertebrate anatomy
along with physiology and other zoology
directed electives.
FOUNDATION COURSE
COMPLETION TIMELINE
• Specific courses must be completed before
starting your 5th full semester (indicated by
** on the degree plans) for entry to upperdivision BIOL elective courses. These are
as follows:
–
–
–
–
–
Introductory Biology: BIOL111 & BIOL112
Secondary/Foundation Biology: BIOL213 & BIOL214
Introductory Chemistry: CHEM101, 111, 102, 112
Organic Chemistry: CHEM227, 237, 228, 238
Calculus: MATH147 & MATH148, or equivalents
TESTING, TESTING…1, 2, 3
• AP Testing
– Refer to the undergraduate catalog for a listing of
AP scores and their course equivalents
• CLEP Testing
– Contact Data and Research Services (DARS) at
979-845-0532
• Departmental/Placement Tests
– Foreign Language
– Core Curriculum Courses
• Math Assessment Test
– mathassessment.tamu.edu
Math Assessment
Plot the SAT or ACT
Math score and the
Mathematics
Assessment Test
score. Then draw a
line connecting these
two points. The
intersection with the
vertical mid-line will
show the
recommended
placement.
(The example shows
an SAT Math score of
600 and a Math
Assessment Test
score of 28 = Math
147)
Vertical
Mid-line
Math
Assessment
Test
MATH 147
UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM
All students entering Texas A&M University Summer or Fall
2014 have a required core curriculum different than previous
years. For a complete list of courses that may be used to
satisfy the specific areas, please refer to http://core.tamu.edu.
IMPORTANT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
• RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT
– A minimum of 36 hours of 300-400 level course work must be
completed at A&M to obtain a baccalaureate degree.
– 12 of the 36 hours must be within your major field of study.
• WRITING INTENSIVE COURSES
– Two Writing Intensive (WI) courses are required in your
major field of study.
• Courses currently approved include: BIOL351, 388, 400,
401, 423, 455, 491 (with instructor approval), designated
sections of OCNG420 and VIBS443
• ELECTIVE RESTRICITIONS
– Non-majors courses and courses below the minimum level
required in other areas of the degree program. (i.e. BIOL107,
BIOL206, MATH102, etc.), introductory courses to another
field of study. (i.e. BIMS101,etc.), any ROTC course.
– Some may need to be specific for International/Cultural
Diversity or 300-400 level to meet Residency.
Department Grading Requirements
Students in the Department of Biology
• A grade of “C” or better in BIOL111
and BIOL112 is required.
• Only 1 “D” is allowed in courses
within the major as long as the GPA
remains 2.0+. This means all BIOL
classes (excluding 111/112) and any
course used as a major-specific
elective.
• D’s are allowed outside the major field
of study. However, D’s are
unacceptable if you plan to attend a
graduate or professional school.
GENERAL
REGISTRATION
INFORMATION
Example First Year
Freshman Year
First Semester:
(Th-Pr)
Credit
BIOL 111 Intro. Biol.
(3-3)
4
CHEM 101 Fund. Of Chem 1
(3-0)
3
CHEM 111 Fund Of Chem Lab
(0-3)
1
Core Curriculum Elective
(3-0)
3
MATH 147 Biological Calculus 1
(3-1)
4
Total
15
Example – AP/dual credit
Freshman Year
First Semester:
(Th-Pr)
Credit
BIOL 214 Genes Ecol Evol.
(3-0)
3
CHEM 101 Fund. Of Chem 1
(3-0)
3
CHEM 111 Fund. Of Chem Lab
(0-3)
1
Core Curriculum Elective
(3-0)
3
MATH 147 Biological Calculus 1
(3-1)
4
Total
14
SAMPLE TRIAL SCHEDULE
MWF
MON.
8:00
9:10
TUE.
WED.
THUR.
FRI.
MATH147 LAB
MATH147 LAB
8:00
PSYC107-511
PSYC107-511
9:35
10:20
11:30
TR
CHEM101-505
CHEM101-505
CHEM101-505
12:40
11:10
12:45
1:50
MATH147-501
3:00
BIOL111-542
CHEM 111-494
LAB
MATH147-501
BIOL111-542
BIOL111-542
LAB
MATH147-501
2:20
BIOL111-542
4:10
5:45
MWF classes are 50 minutes long; TR are 1 hr and 15 minutes
20 minute break in between classes
*MW 4:10 and MW 5:45 are 1 hr and 15 minutes
3:55
5:30
IMPORTANT!!
IMPORTANT!!
• There are 4 sections of BIOL111 taught by Dr.
Manson. The course content is similar to all
others, but delivery and testing is in a different
format. Pick up blue info sheet if interested.
• Introductory CHEM is not lecture/lab combined
so you must sign up for them separately. Make
sure to sign up for a CHEM111 lab when you
sign up for a CHEM101 class.
My Record
COMMON REGISTRATION
PROBLEMS and SOLUTIONS
• Time Conflicts = Pay careful attention to the class times listed.
• Field of study restriction = majors only section. CHEM111
common
• Honors restriction = take only if admitted to Honors program or
if minimum requirements are met. HNR is in the title of the
course. Section numbers start with a 2 (ex: CHEM101-201).
• Some classes fill up quickly. Core curriculum classes are
generally flexible and may be taken in any semester.
• Prerequisite & Test Score error = Accept Lab Safety
Acknowledgement for any lab course (do each semester);
Accept AP credits if it is a prerequisite for another course you
want to take (ex: MATH151 credit to enroll in MATH152)
• KINE 199 sections fill up quickly.
END OF MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The registration process:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
UNTIL 12:30PM-ask any questions concerning
your registration and/or degree plan.
Group registration will begin promptly at 2:00 PM
at the second floor of the STUDENT
COMPUTING CENTER. Be there by 1:45PM to
be sure your login is working.
Make sure before registration to have your net ID
set up and remember to accept the Lab Safety
Acknowledgement.
Please be sure to verify your class selections
with an advisor once your registration is
complete. Pay fees (if needed) and
have a student ID card made (if not already
done). You may also go to a bookstore and
purchase or reserve textbooks.
Remember, we are here to help you. If you have
any questions please feel free to call or drop by
our office. 979-845-3116.
Biology Department
Texas A&M University
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