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Department of Biology
Undergraduate Programs


Director of Undergraduate Studies  
To view your personal degree
Dr. Joanne Itami  
requirements and progress,  
see your Academic Progress
(218) 726-6319  
Audit System report (APAS).
Office: LSci 315    
Advising Information

Both students and advisors have advising responsibilities. All email correspondence must come from your official UMD email account. Please include your full name and ID number so that your advisor can easily access your academic information to better assist you.

Spring 2014 Class Registration

It is time to prepare for Spring 2014 class registration.  The Biology New Student Workshop is for all New Students (Freshman and new transfers) in a declared Biology degree. The advising workshop includes an introduction to the three Biology majors and two minors and how to choose the order that you take courses. You will be given resources to successfully navigate the pitfalls and opportunities of/for Biology majors.

All new biology students need sign up for the New Student Biology Advising Workshop (click here)

The SCSE Advising Office has placed a PJ hold on records of all Biology majors with less than 60 credits and/or are new to the Biology Department. The PJ hold prevents you from registering for classes. Attendance at the New Biology Student Workshop is required to removed the SCSE PJ hold.

All workshops will be held in SSB 216. Please bring your laptop, tablet or other device with web browsing capabilities.

Any Biology major with questions on his/her APAS may attend but we ask that Freshman be allowed to register first. Upperclassmen can check space ability on the day of the workshop you would like to attend.

The registration queue for Spring 2014 classes begins on November 18th.

Please check your specific registration time here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Biology office at 726-6262 or

At UMD, the advisor's role is:

  • to help students clarify their educational values and goals;
  • to provide accurate information on educational options, policies, and procedure;
  • to guide students toward an academic program in which they can be successful;
  • to acquaint students with the campus resources that can support their academic and personal success.

Students are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointment; seeking out contacts and information and knowing the basic requirements of their degree program. Students bear the final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available.

The student's role is:

  • to prepare a plan for degree completion that incorporates all requirements and considers testing requirements, application dates, upper division requirements, and entrance and exit requirements;
  • to read the catalog, course schedule books, program worksheets, websites, and other available materials to understand University and college policies;
  • to meet with their advisor regularly to review the academic schedule for the following term and progress toward degree complation. This can help students understand any sequencing of courses within thei rmajor or other issues related to the integration of courses into a comprehensive program of study.

Advising meeting information

All incoming Department of Biology freshmen must meet with an advisor before registering for classes. The three-week advising period begins one week before the beginning of every registration queue. You should come to your meeting with a copy of your Academic Progress Audit System (APAS). When you meet with your advisor, you should discuss your current courses with emphasis on whether you feel your course load is too heavy or too light. To plan for the future semester you should review your catalog degree requirements which have been individualized to your record as shown on your APAS report. Your APAS may have errors, so make sure you discuss any problems (missing courses or grades) with your advisor or the SCSE Advising Office (

The Graduation Planner is located at

There is a quick start explanation for the Graduation Planner.

For online help understanding how to read your APAS and also a tutorial on how to use the Graduation Planner visit the Moodle Course on Academic Planning.

To view major program sheets, click the year of the program you are following. The catalog year for your degree requirements defaults to the year you entered UMD unless you tell us otherwise. Forms to change your catalog year are available in the SCSE Advising Office in Engineering 140. In general, you may follow any catalog from the semester you enter until the semester you graduate. The catalog link, on the other hand, defaults to the current catalog - ensure that you are following the correct catalog. Your catalog year is listed on the top, left of your APAS report.

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