How to Declare a Biology B.A. Major

How to Declare a Biology B.A. Major 

Updated 2/1/2021

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

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.


Ready to declare your Biology Major?  Follow these instructions.

Complete your B.A. or B.S. degree checklists. Save as a PDF.

BIOLOGY B.A. CHECKLIST
BIOLOGY B.S. CHECKLIST

Download your transcript from SIS.  Save as a PDF.

Read the DocuSign form instructions.

In the "Powerform Signer Information" section you will enter your name and email, and then you will enter the Declaration of Major Contact for Biology:

Name: Stephanie Ryan
Email: sr5vb@virginia.edu

Once you have entered the name and email for yourself and the Declaration of Major Contact, click "Begin Signing" at the bottom of the PowerForm.  This will lead you to the actual Major Declaration form.  You will complete the required fields on the DocuSign form

Fill out the major declaration form as best you can.  If you have questions about your course plans, you can discuss this when you meet with your advisor.
Attach your transcript and B.A./B.S. checklist to your declaration. (PDF’s)
Once you receive your declaration form back from DocuSign, it will have your advisor listed on the form.  You may contact your advisor if you’d like to set up an appointment.  You will find their contact information here.

You major should appear in SIS within about five days.  Please check your SIS account to verify.

Incomplete forms or forms without the correct attachments will not be processed. 

Declarations will only be processed when fall and spring courses are underway.

Go to the Biology major email list and sign up for emails to receive important information.