Fall 2014

Writing Requirement | Special for Fall | Summer I | General Information

Fall 2014 BraveWeb Information:

  1. Classes are up on BraveWeb now for the Fall 2014 semester.
  2. Pin numbers — some faculty will email them, others will only give them out in person. Email or see your advisor to see which. 
  3. Look for classes on BraveWeb under:
    1. Biology
    2. Biology Lab
    3. Biology Special Topics
    4. Biotechnology
    5. Environmental Science
    6. Science Education

New Writing Requirement:

For students who entered under, or switched to the 2011-2012 (or later) catalog, the new Writing Intensive Program will apply—see pages 34-36 of the 2013-2014 catalog. You are required to take a minimum of 6 hours of writing enriched (WE) courses and 3 hours of a writing in the discipline (WD) course.  

Biology now offers these courses for the writing requirement:       

  • BIO 2050 Animal Behavior WE
  • BIO 3710 Cell Biology WE*
  • BIO 4310 Biometrics WE*
  • BIO 4320 Conservation Biology WE
  • BIO 3510 Research Strategies WD
  • BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences WD*

            *Offered during Fall 2014

Students who wish to take BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences must get permission from the course instructor --- Dr. Bonnie Kelley.


Several general education courses are also offered as WE credit, and these too would count toward the writing requirement (but ONLY when designated as WE in BraveWeb). Double majors need only fulfill this writing requirement once.

Courses for Fall 2014 that will NOT be offered again for another year or longer:

  • BIO 3010 Entomology
  • BIO 3810 Immunology
  • BIO 4220 Evolution
  • BIO 4310 Biometrics
  • BIOS 3170 Exploring Bioinformatics & Computational Biology -- Download JPEG Announcement Here
  • BIO 4140 Biogeography
  • ENV 2200 Field Botany
  • ENV 3100 Freshwater Ecosystems & Watershed Management
  • ENV 4200 Pest Management

Courses to be offered during Summer Session I (2014) that will not be offered again for two years:

BIOS 3080 Genomics & Bioinformatics -- Download PowerPoint Announcement Here
(Prerequisite: BIO 1000 and BIO 3180 or permission of instructor, Dr. Santisteban)

Photo of an island in Bermuda

BIO 4100/5100 Marine Biology -- Offered Summer Session I

On Campus Dates are June 2-5 and June 9-12

Bermuda Dates are June 16-23

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Dr. Leon Jernigan's office (SCI 2231) for interested students. The course is limited to 18 students (first-come, first-served). Your name on the sign-up sheet does not obligate you to take the course.

Contact Dr. Jernigan ( for more information. Click HERE for a powerpoint poster.

Ossabaw Island course -- Offered Summer Session I

Contact Dr. Rita Hagevik ( for more information. 

General Information:

  1. We have a new concentration entitled: Pre-Physical / Pre-Occupational Therapy.  Check it if you think you might be interested.  If so, you should do a change of major form pretty soon and perhaps change advisors.
  2. Program check sheets online or by biology office (take one).  Try to work out your schedule on your own using this as a guide.  Hard to imagine a standard schedule for each degree.  Biology Website is a great source of information.
  3. A 2.0 AVERAGE in major is what is required.  Not 2.0 in every course, though that would be good of course.       
  4. Don’t be afraid to drop a course if needed, just don’t make a habit of it.
  5. You need to be taking Lab Courses all along (as in all four years).
  6. Our BIO 4950 Science Seminar is offered in the spring.  A great 1 hour course for Juniors and Seniors. 
  7. To repeat, the new BIO 1060 Exploring Life’s Diversity is NOT a majors course.  It will not count toward your degree except as free elective hours—NOT as a required biology elective hours.
  8. BIO 4990 Students need to plan a project with an instructor before requesting to be registered for these hours.  Only the Chair can get you registered for 4990 hours with instructor approval.
  9. Another way to get involved in student research is through the RISE program with Dr. Robert Poage.  You will need to see him and/or watch for flyers about RISE meetings.    
  10. Biology Club—see Dr. Maria Santisteban or Dr. John Roe.
  11. TriBeta—see Dr. Dennis McCracken  or Dr. Maria Pereira.
  12. Science Education (undergraduate) -- see Prof. Mary Ash
  13. Science Education (graduate) -- see Dr. Rita Hagevik.
  14. Health Careers Access Program (HCAP) Ms. Sylvia Johnson (ext. 6493). For meeting times and brochures, see Dept. Administrative Assistant Ms. Teresa Lowery.
  15. HCOP is no longer available, and Sheila Brayboy is no longer with the University.

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