How to Declare a Biology B.A. Major
B.A. Degree in Biology: Eligibility Requirements
In order to declare a B.A. major in Biology, students are required to have completed either BIOL 2100 or any 3000-level BIOL course at UVA. Students with AP or IB BIOL credit for BIOL 2100 must have completed any 3000-level BIOL course at UVA prior to declaring the B.A. degree. Prospective B.A. majors must have attained a 2.000 cumulative GPA at UVA and be in good academic standing. Incoming 3rd year transfer students may declare the B.A. degree during their first semester, provided they are enrolled in either BIOL 3000 or BIOL 3010. Incoming 3rd year transfer students may initially only declare the B.A. degree in Biology.
B.S. Degree in Biology: Eligibility Requirements
*** All B.S. Major Declarations will be deferred until the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back in the fall semester for details. ***
In order to declare a B.S. major in Biology, students are required to have completed all three core courses (BIOL 3000 Cell Biology, BIOL 3010 Genetics & Molecular Biology, BIOL 3020 Evolution & Ecology) and attained a 2.700 cumulative GPA (B- average) for these three courses. This is an overall GPA requirement for the 3 core courses, not an individual course grade requirement. Students must also have attained a 2.000 cumulative GPA at UVA and be in good academic standing prior to declaring the B.S. degree in Biology. Students who originally declared a B.A. degree at the end of their second year may change (i.e. re-declare) to the B.S. program, once they have met these eligibility requirements.*
*Note: The College deadline for changing your major declaration is February 1st of your last semester.
How to Declare a Biology B.A. Major
Please follow these steps to complete the Biology B.A. major declaration. Since all prospective Biology majors must first declare the B.A. degree, we will not be processing Biology B.S. major applications until the Fall 2020 semester.
1. Complete the fillable Biology B.A. Major Declaration. You should indicate a tentative plan consisting of a minimum of 22 credit hours of 3000 level or 4000 level courses that you will use to complete the BA degree requirements. The B.A. major requirements can be found by clicking here. To help you plan your tentative course schedule, consult the List of Biology Courses by Discipline which identifies courses that satisfy each of the 3 elective disciplinary area requirements and the semesters they are typically offered. Note: Lab courses can be used to satisfy the area requirements. You may also find it helpful to complete a “What-if” scenario (under the My Academics tab in SIS). The “What-If” scenario allows you to see how your current coursework would transfer to a new program of study.
a) Indicate when you have completed, or expect to complete each of the 3 B.A. core courses (BIOL 3000, 3010, 3020).
b) Indicate the most likely 3000 level or 4000 level course you will take (or have taken) to satisfy the B.A. laboratory requirement. If you anticipate using Independent Research to satisfy the lab requirement, indicate 1 semester of BIOL 4910 or 4920 in this line and indicate 2 credit hours. Indicate the 2nd semester of BIOL 4910 or 4920 that you will take to complete the lab requirement in one of the elective boxes and also indicate 2 credit hours.
c) Indicate each of the 3000 level or 4000 level courses that you tentatively plan to take to satisfy each of the 3 disciplinary area requirements and the credit hours for each of these courses.
d) Indicate any additional 3000 level or 4000 level courses that you tentatively plan to take for other elective credit. You only need to complete these entries to complete your tentative program of 22 credit hours.
e) Complete the required information at the top of the major declaration form. Sign (electronic signature is fine) and date the bottom of the form. Email the completed Biology major B.A. declaration form to Stephanie Ryan email@example.com who will enter your major advisor’s name and submit it to Monroe Hall. You will be notified by email of your assigned major advisor and both of you will receive a copy of the completed major declaration form.
2. Contact Your Assigned Advisor to set up a virtual or in-person advising appointment, as mutually agreed upon. You should schedule an advising meeting by September 30th, so you can discuss your plans for Spring 2021 courses before enrollment begins.
3. Confirm that your major declaration and major advisor appear correctly in SIS. Generally, your declared major appears in SIS within one business day after it is submitted to UREG. However, due to limitations from COVID-19, there may be a delay before your declared major shows up in SIS.
4. Go to the Biology major email list and sign up for emails to receive important information.
How to Re-Declare a Biology Major for the B.S. Degree
All that is necessary to change from a Biology B.A. major to a Biology B.S. major is to re-declare the major by completing a new Major Declaration form. You should confirm with your current Biology major advisor that you have satisfied the eligibility requirements to declare the B.S.: Completion of BIOL 3000, 3010, 3020 with an overall 2.700 (B-) GPA for these three courses. The deadline to complete the B.S. major declaration is February 1 for students graduating in May.
1. Complete the fillable Biology B.S. Major Declaration form and return it to your Advisor to check and sign it.
2. Email the completed Biology B.S. Major Declaration form to Ms. Stephanie Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org.
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