The Biology Undergraduate Advising Office will be taking walk-ins (first come, first serve) on Tuesday, January 19, from 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-4:30 via Zoom.  The meeting ID is 952 4548 2559 and the pass code is 632609.  We will have staff in the office from 10-noon on Tuesday for anyone needing to see an advisor face to face and that too will be first come first serve.  Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21, we will be available during the same hours for Zoom walk ins, but for face to face meetings our staff will be available 2:00-4:00 p.m. Starting on Friday, January 22, until further notice our regular meeting times will be Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon (last appointment at 11:30) and 1:30-4:00 (last appointment at 3:30) via zoom and staff will be in the office for face to face appointments Monday and Tuesdays 10-noon and on Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00.

Appointments can be scheduled through Navigate, by phone (979-845-3116) or email (advising@bio.tamu.edu).

Undergraduate Advising

Howdy and welcome to the Biology Undergraduate Programs Office! We are located in Butler Hall, Room 107. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM. Call (979) 845-3116 to schedule a Zoom or phone appointment with any of the advisors. Walk-ins are are not currently available due to Covid-19 procedures.

It is the mission of the Biology Undergraduate Programs Office (UPO) to provide quality academic advising in an encouraging and welcoming atmosphere. Our office strives to help students navigate their undergraduate academic career and understand the value of their education to foster individual academic success. Biology UPO Advisors will follow the guidelines in the Advising Syllabus.

Office Information

The Biology Undergraduate Advising Office will be available for in-person appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to noon and on Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 979-845-3116 or email advising@bio.tamu.edu with days and times you are available to meet. Please include your Phone number and UIN.

We will not be able to accept students for face-to-face meetings at any other times.

When you arrive for your appointment the office door will be locked. Call us at 979-845-3116 when you arrive. We have limited space in the waiting area so you may be required to wait in the hall until called in. Face masks are required to be admitted into the office area and must be worn at all times.

We are also available for Zoom meetings or phone meetings all during the week. Call or email for a time.

Thank you for working with us as we are doing our very best to navigate the current environment.

ADVISORS

The Department of Biology has offices and laboratories located in five buildings near the center of the main College Station campus: Butler HallBiological Sciences Building East(BSBE) and Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW), Heldenfels, and the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.

Our Administrative Offices, including the office of the Department Head, the Business Office, the Undergraduate Advising Office, and the Graduate Advising Office can be found on the first floor of Butler Hall.

The Biology Safety Office is also located in Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW).

Undergraduate Advising Office


Butler Hall, Room 107
Office hours: M-F, 8AM-5PM
(979) 845-3116
advising@bio.tamu.edu

Profile Photo of Christine FarrisChristine Farris 

is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’92 Agricultural Economics major. She also obtained a Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 2003 from Texas A&M and has been an Academic Advisor here since 2001. Christine didn’t have to travel far to attend Texas A&M, as she is originally from College Station. She still resides in the area with her husband, William, her son, Josh and her daughter, Amanda. Christine loves attending Aggie sports events and also attending her children’s sports events and activities.

Profile Photo of Vanessa NordellVanessa Nordell

is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’97 Genetics major. She also obtained a Master’s in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M and has been an Academic Advisor since 2004. She resides in the area with her husband, son and a neighborhood kitty. Vanessa loves running, travel, history books and baking (and eating) cookies.

Profile Photo of Jill LysterJill Lyster

is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’87 in Curriculum and Instruction and also completed an MBA at TAMU. Jill has a passion for helping students excel which explains her history of teaching and advising. She was elated to join the Undergraduate Biology Advising team in October 2019. She and her husband, Tom Lyster (Class of ’88), grew up in South Texas, but proudly call Bryan their home now. They have three sons ranging from recent college grad, soon to graduate Aggie (Class of ’20), and freshman college student. Jill loves entertaining, traveling, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

TAMU Biology LogoIsaac Romero

is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’18 Biology and Spanish major. Before joining our advising team, Isaac gained experience working at various laboratories: Pharmaceutical manufacturing at a biotech company, molecular medicine research at the TAMU College of Medicine and at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also currently a graduate student working towards his Master’s degree. Isaac is a first-generation university graduate and has a passion for helping students that are facing disadvantages and/or underrepresentation in higher education. He grew up in the Chicago area, went to high school in South Texas, and now calls College Station home. Isaac loves playing basketball, exercising, travelling, and listening to NBA & science podcasts.

Mohammed Nasr-El-Din

is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’15 History major. He also obtained a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University. He resides in College Station.

Profile Photo of Crystal WagerCrystal Wager

has lived in the Bryan/College Station area her whole life. She attended Blinn College. She previously worked in banking until finding a home here at Texas A&M Biology as the undergraduate office Administrative Assistant. When not working, she enjoys reading, Zumba, and spending time with family.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Freshman

Transferring from another College or Institution

Transfer applicants are admitted to a specific major and are required to follow the curriculum for that major. Applicants to the Department of Biology in the College of Science should complete:

  • Overall Transfer GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • The first two semesters of Biology courses (Texas Common Course Numbers BIOL1406 & 1407) with a 3.0 or higher GPR (on a 4.0 scale), with no grade less than “B”
  • 8 hours of Chemistry I and II with 3.0 or higher (Texas Common Course Numbers CHEM1411 & 1412), with no grade less than “B”
  • MATH2413 (calculus I) -Required with grade of C or better
  • MATH2414 OR MATH 1342 (calculus II or intro statistics) -Required with grade of C or better.

Transferring from another major/department at Texas A&M University

Change of major students into the Department of Biology must meet the following requirements:

  • Texas A&M University GPR of 2.5 in each:
    • Overall Coursework at TAMU
    • In proposed major (BIOL)
    • In support courses (CHEM)
  • At least one BIOL course (111 and 112 preferred, else the next BIOL course in the degree plan) and at least one CHEM course (101/111 and 102/112 preferred, else the next CHEM course in the degree plan). Please note that all applicable BIOL and CHEM courses taken will be used for consideration in determining change of major eligibility. If you have taken any applicable courses in BIOL and CHEM, all of the completed course grades will be used in determining eligibility in changing major.
    • *Effective Fall 2019, CHEM 101/111 is now combined into one course, CHEM 119
    • *Effective Fall 2019, CHEM 102/112 is now combined into one course, CHEM 120
  • No grades of “D” or “F” in BIOL course(s) unless student has retaken courses and earned “C” or better.

Students who do not meet the minimum 2.5 GPR must have a special appeal from one of the departmental academic advisors. Additionally, students must have no cases of scholastic dishonesty or academic misconduct on their record.

Transferring Courses

You might decide to complete some courses at another academic institution. The Texas Common Course Numbering website will help you locate the correct course number at another public Texas institution. Use the most recent TCCNS online searchable matrix to compare institutions and get the corresponding course number. When you have completed the course, be sure to request that a transcript be sent to Texas A&M University.  Please consult with an academic advisor to confirm use in your degree plan.

New Student Conferences

All incoming Freshman and Transfer students to Texas A&M will attend a “New Student Conference.” New Student Conference programs provide you with what you need to get started on your career here at Texas A&M and offer a chance to learn about the many opportunities available to members of the Aggie community. During the conference you will meet in small groups with academic advisors for academic advisement and selection of your courses. There will be a meeting specifically for Biology majors, at both the Freshman NSC and the Transfer NSC , where you will be able to meet your advisors and ask questions.

BIOLOGY AT TEXAS A&M

FORMS

***FOR ALL FORMS***: Due to cautionary procedures for COVID-19, please do not turn in any forms in person to Butler 107, even if the instructions on the form say to do so. Please email the form to advising@bio.tamu.edu and be watchful for a reply with any questions by our advisors.

Undergraduate Degree Planner Information

When am I required to submit my degree planner?

Students are required to submit a degree planner once they complete (and have a grade for) 30 credit hours or more. Students who enter TAMU with 30+ credit hours, will need to complete the degree planner their first semester.

Degree planners must be submitted annually after the initial submission.

Check holds in My Profile on Howdy to see if you have a hold for “Missing UG Degree Plan”. Degree Planners are due Sept. 30th each year. Students with a hold will not be able to register for classes until their degree planner has been submitted and approved. Note: often degree plans are declined and require changes and resubmission.

Can I change my degree planner?

Yes, you may change or update your planner at any time, but it must be approved annually.

How do I complete the degree planner?

Go to Howdy/My Record/Undergraduate Degree Planner to access Undergraduate Degree Planner.

In this same area, it may be helpful to review the Undergraduate Degree Planner Guide (PDF) and Degree Planner FAQs before you begin the planner. These are found below the Undergraduate Degree Planner link.

How can I speed up approval of my degree planner?

  • Submit your plan before the deadline and well before
  • Use the PREREQ CHECK tab at the top of the planner to be sure you have added all necessary prerequisite
  • Be sure all areas of the DEGREE EVALUATION tab are showing as green or
  • If you see a caution sign indicating a course is not typically offered in that semester, use the COURSE HISTORY tab to see when the course has historically been
  • Use the resources listed below to aid in the development of your plan:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How do I complete my degree planner?
  • How do I register for a 491?
    • Students should obtain a 491 form, which is also available from our Undergraduate Advising Office. The form must be signed by the supervising professor and the form returned to the Undergraduate Advising Office in 107 Butler for an advisor’s signature. At this time the advisor will rule on whether or not the course is acceptable and exactly how it will be used in the degree plan. Up to 4 credit hours may be used as a directed elective (BIOL, BMCB, MBIO, ZOOL). Additional credit hours may be used as general electives. Complete it with the professor, and return it to the Advising Office. Visit the Undergraduate Research Page for more information and forms.
  • How many hours of 491 can I use?
    • Students may use up to 7 hours of 491 (BIOL majors) or 4 hours of 491(BMCB, MBIO, ZOOL majors) in their degree plan. Hours in excess of this (up to 11 hours) may be used as general electives as long as a student has completed the Core Curriculum requirements. Visit the Undergraduate Research Page for more information.
  • How do I choose a 491 topic?
    • Students are advised to look over the 491 listings. This allows the student to narrow their interests before approaching individual professors. Visit the Undergraduate Research Page for more information.
  • What is BIOL 491?
    • BIOL 491 is an independent research course supervised by various faculty members in the department (0-4 credit hours). Visit the Undergraduate Research Page for more information.
  • What courses can I transfer from another school?
    • There is no limit on transfer credits from other colleges and universities. TAMU residency requirements state that a student must complete 36 hours of 300- and 400-level courses at Texas A&M. Twelve hours of the total 36 hours must be in the student’s major field.
  • How do I satisfy a minor?
    • A minor is available for any student but is required for those students following the B.A. Biology degree plan. To complete a minor, a student must have 15-18 credit hours in the minor field with at least 6 hours in 300- or 400-level courses. A student is allowed to minor in up to two areas for his/her degree. A complete list of minors can be found here.
  • What can I use as general electives?
    • General electives are open as long as the student satisfies the Core Curriculum requirements and University requirements (residency, International & Cultural Diversity, Cultural Discourse). The only courses that cannot be used as general electives are prerequisite courses for minimum requirements (i.e. MATH 102, MATH 103), orientation courses (i.e. AGLS 101), and those courses offered by the Department of Biology for non-majors (BIOL 101, 107, 206).
  • What can I take as biology (or molecular, cell, microbiology, or zoology) electives?
  • Do I have to take a language if I completed two years of language in high school?
    • No, as long as you completed two years of the same foreign language in high school (all degree plans). If you began college before 2009 please consult with an advisor to confirm requirements.
  • What math courses are required for my degree?
    • Incoming Freshmen:
      • Fall 2019 onwards: TAMU Students are required to take two MATH courses.
        • You are required to take one semester of calculus. This must be satisfied by taking MATH 147, or the equivalent course of MATH 151 (The TCCN of MATH 151 is MATH 2413).
        • The second Math course can be chosen from MATH 148, MATH 152 (The TCCN of MATH 152 is MATH 2414), or STAT 201 (The TCCN of STAT 201 is MATH 1342).
      • Fall 2009-2018: You are required to take two semesters of calculus. These may be satisfied by any of the following sequences:
        MATH147 & 148 (preferred); MATH151 & 152; or MATH171 & 172.
        You may opt to take equivalent courses through a community college; the common course number is MATH2413 and 2414.
      • Fall 2008 and before: You are required to take MATH166 and MATH131, or their respective alternative courses.
        for MATH166: You may take MATH141 or MATH152 or MATH172, or PHIL240
        for MATH131: You may take MATH142 or MATH151 or MATH171
    • Incoming Transfer Students:
      Your MATH requirement is dependent on when you were initially in college attendance prior to being admitted to Texas A&M University. See guidelines noted above for Incoming Freshmen.Questions: Please contact the Biology Advising Office at 979-845-3116, or send an email.
  • Which courses count towards the University Writing Requirement?
    • Any changes to the list of approved courses is always communicated to students via the Biology listserv. Always consult with a Biology Academic Advisor for the most current information.
    • The courses that may satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement must be in the major field of study. The courses are 900-level sections of BIOL401, BIOL402, BIOL480, BIOL491 (also requires explicit approval from the professor) and BIOL495. Students following Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology may also use 900-level sections of BICH414 or BICH432. Courses that are Writing Intensive are noted as such in the Attribute column of the schedule of classes (Univ Req-Writing Intensive).