Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of career opportunities will a biology degree give me?
- Is there a suggested schedule of classes to obtain an associates degree in biology?
- How are student learning outcomes assessed by the department?
Q: If a student has taken a Biology lecture class at another institution, how can they register for the required lab?
A: The student must submit their transcripts to Enrollment Services before the department chair will review and register student for the lab and BIOL 2900 course to show the grade received.
Q: It will take 6-7 weeks for my transcripts to be evaluated and I really need to take an upper-level biology class. I was told that you could override the BIOL1610/1615 pre-requisite so I could register for classes. Will you do this for me?
A: All students MUST have their transcripts submitted and evaluated by Enrollment Services BEFORE the Biology Department will evaluate transcripts. It would be unfair to students who are awaiting their transcript evaluations who also want to register for upper-level biology courses.
Q: Can I take the pre-requisite BIOL1610/1615 concurrently with upper-level biology classes?
A: No. The content and knowledge gained in BIOL1610/1615 is necessary to be successful in upper-level biology classes.
Q: Can I take the pre-requisite MATH0990 and Reading 0990 concurrently with BIOL1610/1615?
A: In most cases no. The Biology Department will review transcripts in this regard but only after transcripts have been evaluated by Enrollment Services.
Q: Is it true that a Chemistry class is now a pre-requisite for BIOL2420/2425 (Human Physiology)?
A: Yes, both BIOL1610/1615 (or its equivalent) AND either CHEM1110 or CHEM1210 (or it's equivalent) are pre-requisites for BIOL2420/2425.
Q: Can I use my lab score from a previous semester in lieu of re-taking the co-requisite lab if I am repeating a biology course?
A: No, the lecture and the lab are co-requisite courses and MUST be taken concurrently no matter how a student did in the lab section in a previous semester.
Q: I really only need the lecture portion of BIOLXXXX. Can I take it without the lab?
A: No, students must take both the lecture and lab as they are co-requisites and the lab constitutes 20% of the overall course grade.
Q: Why do biology courses not have waitlists?
A: Most biology classes have co-requisite labs and the waitlist function does not work with these types of courses. Students must watch registration closely and add the class as soon as an available spot opens up.
Q: The section I need is full. Can I be added to the class? I really need it.
A: Only students can register for classes during open registration. Faculty do not have the ability to add any student to their class during open registration. However; students are encouraged to see the instructor the first day of classes to find out when they will be dropping students for “non-attendance”. Students will then need to watch registration VERY closely for openings in the class.
Q: Why can you not add me to a full class? I am only one student.
A: Registering for classes is a “first-come-first serve” basis so it would be unfair to add students during open registration. Student MUST register for classes themselves. Furthermore, the college has enrollment caps so that students can be served adequately and efficiently based on enrollment estimates. If course capacities were exceeded campus-wide then student services (registration, enrollment services, financial aid services, food services etc.) would be extremely burdened by the thousand+ students (not just one student).
Q: I have taken the lecture portion of BIOLXXXX at a different institution. However, the program that I want to apply for requires that I have a Biology lab. Can I take the lab only?
A: Yes, the Biology Department does offer students in this situation the option of taking the lab only, but only if they successfully passed (C or above) the lecture portion. Please contact the Chair of the Biology Department regarding this option.
Q: I am trying to register for a class that is closed and has no instructor, but I need this class time so how can I register?
A: The class you are trying to register for will probably not be opened unless additional funding becomes available. You may want to watch the class to see if it becomes available. Do not wait until the last minute to register for another class, as the closed class will probably not be opened.
Q: Can I test out of 1610?
A: No you cannot test out of 1610.
Q. Is there a challenge test I can take, so I will not have to take BIOL 1610/1615 classes?
A. No. Biology does not provide challenge tests.