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Writing Requirement | Special for Fall
Fall 2013 BraveWeb Information:
- Classes are up on BraveWeb now for the Fall 2013 semester.
- Pin numbers — some faculty will email them, others will only give them out in person. Email or see your advisor to see which.
- Look for classes on BraveWeb under:
- Biology Lab
- Biology Special Topics
- Environmental Science
- 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 32-33 of the 2012-2013 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 3510 Research Strategies WE
BIO 3710 Cell Biology WE*
BIO 4310 Biometrics WE*
BIO 4320 Conservation Biology WE
- BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences WD*
*Offered during fall 2013
Students who wish to take BIO 4700 Reading and Writing in the Natural Sciences must get permission from the course instructor ---
Dr. Rita Hagevik or 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.
Complete List of Writing Intensive Courses for Fall 2013:
click here (PDF) (Requires Adobe Reader).
Courses for Fall 2013 that will NOT be offered again for another year or longer:
BIO 3010 Entomology
BIO 3050 Introductory Mycology
BIO 3100 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 3810 Immunology
BIO 4220 Evolution
BIO 4310 Biometrics
BTEC 3220 Biotechnology I
ENV 2200 Field Botany
ENV 3100 Freshwater Ecosystems
ENV 4100 Environmental Law
- 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.
- 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.
- A 2.0 AVERAGE in major is what is required. Not 2.0 in every course, though that would be good of course.
- Don’t be afraid to drop a course if needed, just don’t make a habit of it.
- You need to be taking Lab Courses all along (as in all four years).
- Our BIO 4950 Science Seminar is offered in the spring. A great 1 hour course for Juniors and Seniors.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Biology Club—see Dr. Maria Santisteban or Dr. John Roe.
- TriBeta—see Dr. Dennis McCracken or Dr. Maria Pereira.
- Science Education (undergraduate) -- see Prof. Mary Ash
- Science Education (graduate) -- see Dr. Rita Hagevik.
- Health Careers Access Program (HCAP) Ms. Sylvia Johnson (ext. 6493). For meeting times and brochures, see Dept. Administrative Assistant Ms. Teresa Lowery.
- HCOP is no longer available, and Sheila Brayboy is no longer with the University.
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Friday, April 19, 2013