Biology/Zoology FAQs

What are “walk-ins”?
How do I make an appointment?
How do I prepare for an appointment with an advisor?
My appointment occurs after my registration time. Should I register for classes before I meet with an advisor?
I can’t register for a class. What’s wrong?
How do I Repeat/Delete a class?
I’m interested in going into a health profession. Is this the right department for me?
I’m graduating soon, what do I need to do?
I’m planning to Study Abroad. How do I find out which classes will transfer for my major?
I want to teach Biology someday. Is this the right major for me?
I am a prospective student visiting CSU and would like to meet with an advisor. How can I do this?

Q: What are “walk-ins”? (Back to top)

A: Walk-in appointments are 10 minute visits with an advisor. During a walk-in, we can offer brief guidance or answer quick questions. No appointment is necessary ahead of time as these meetings are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-ins are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays while school is in session, from 1:00-3:00pm.

 

Q: How do I make an appointment? (Back to top)

A: You must schedule your appointment online through our appointment scheduler, found here: http://www.biology.colostate.edu/undergraduates/schedule-an-appointment/. To allow for maximal availability, the Department of Biology does not assign advisors to students. You are welcome to schedule an appointment with any of the Academic Support Coordinators.

 

Q: How do I prepare for an appointment with an advisor? (Back to top)

A: Be sure that you are familiar with the requirements of your major and your progress through them. If you are seeing an advisor for registration help, put together a list of classes you are thinking about taking. Any time you see an advisor, come prepared with a list of questions you would like answered, as time is limited and we’d like to help you make the most of it.

 

Q: My appointment occurs after my registration time. Should I register for classes before I meet with an advisor? (Back to top)

A: Yes. Do not wait to register! Classes fill up fast, so registering on time is extremely important. If you cannot make it to a scheduled appointment with an advisor or to walk-ins prior to registering, use your best judgment based on your respective major’s check sheet and your own progression through the requirements. We will review your course selection with you and suggest any necessary changes when we meet.

 

Q: I can’t register for a class. What’s wrong? (Back to top)

A: There are a number of reasons why you may receive an error message when trying to register for a course. There is a great “Registration FAQ” link under the “Registration” heading on your RAMweb. Use that page to problem solve first. If you still have questions, email an advisor or come to walk-ins.

 

Q: How do I Repeat/Delete a class? (Back to top)

A: The request form for the Repeat Delete option is found on the Registrar’s Office website: http://registrar.colostate.edu/repeatdelete. You may print the form yourself and turn it into the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of the Course Withdrawal period of the term in which you are repeating the course. Remember that you may repeat/delete a maximum of 12 credits or 3 courses throughout your time at CSU. See an advisor for questions or advice during your decision process.

 

Q: I’m interested in going into a health profession. Is this the right department for me?

A: Yes! Students interested in the health professions can complete any major while working to meet medical school prerequisites, but Biology is a particularly good fit for those with medical field aspirations. Many courses that are prerequisites for attending medical school are included in the Biological Sciences major requirements already. Partner with both your Academic Success Coordinator (ASC) and a Pre-Health Professions Advisor to plan your major of study and health professions requirements in a timely manner. You can find more information about health professions advising here: http://hp.casa.colostate.edu/.aspx.

 

Q: I’m graduating soon, what do I need to do? (Back to top)

A: Make sure your intended graduation date is correct online; you may change/declare your date on RAMweb. Near the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate, you will receive an email from the Academic Support Coordinators advising you to stop in and sign your Graduation Contract. Please do so!

You may participate in the Commencement Ceremony even if you have not completed the requirements for your degree (i.e. walk at Spring ceremony, finish class/degree in summer). Visit the Commencement Page for more information.

 

Q: I’m planning to Study Abroad. How do I find out which classes will transfer for my major? (Back to top)

A: Once you have decided on your Study Abroad program, you may bring the course descriptions of the courses offered in your SA program to an advisor. We will have the Biology Department Curriculum Committee review any Biology courses for transfer credit equivalencies. All other courses must go through the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

 

Q: I want to teach Biology someday. Is this the right major for me? (Back to top)

A: While the Biology major would prepare you for some of the requirements for teaching Biology to junior high or high school students, additional coursework in education would be needed following obtainment of your Bachelor’s degree. A better fit is the Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences major. This degree is geared towards preparing CSU students for teaching, and includes a combination of education and natural sciences courses. You can find more info about the degree here: http://www.natsci.colostate.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate-majors/natural-sciences/

 

Q: I am a prospective student visiting CSU and would like to meet with an advisor. How can I do this? (Back to top)

A: We would love to meet with you while you are visiting campus! Please contact the Office of Admissions first to schedule a campus tour. Then make an appointment to meet with us here: http://www.biology.colostate.edu/undergraduates/schedule-an-appointment/. Be sure to do this well in advance of your visit to ensure a time and date that works for you.