Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Biological Sciences



The faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences is committed to quality advising and strongly encourages students to seek out and meet with their adviser often. We believe advising goes beyond navigation of course requirements. Advisers can help you with career choices, obtaining experience or employment beyond the classroom, and the small administrative problems you might encounter on campus, among many other things. To encourage student engagement with their adviser, the department requires all students to follow the guidelines below.

  • All Biology majors must declare a concentration by completing a Change of Major/Minor Form (login required). Even if you are already officially a Biology major, you still need to use this form to declare a concentration.
  • All Biology majors must complete a Biology Major’s Information/Interest form at the end of their first year (freshmen) or first term (transfers) as a Biology major. This information is used to assign a permanent faculty adviser. You may request a specific adviser as well. If you are unsure if you have had a permanent adviser assigned, contact Ms. Sarah Grue ( in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Before students can register for classes in the upcoming term they must have their advising hold lifted by the department. Students can get the advising hold lifted in two ways:
    • Students can meet one-on-one with their assigned adviser. If you are not certain who your assigned adviser is, contact Ms. Sarah Grue( in the department office. E-mail your adviser to make an appointment. Find your advisers e-mail here.
    • Students can attend an open advising session held by the department in the weeks leading up to registration. The schedule for these open advising sessions will be posted here.
  • Students should bring the following with them when seeking advising concerning an advising hold:
    • A copy of your “Academic Requirements” (Self Service>>> Student Center>> Academics> Academic Requirements)—for more details see A guide to using the Academic Requirements Functionality
    • A list of the classes you would like to take next semester
    • A proposed schedule that includes your most preferred courses for next semester
    • Your plan of study if you have taken BIOL 204

Questions concerning transfer credits and graduate applications can be addressed to Professor Charlotte Saylor, at



Department of Biological Sciences
Smith Hall, Room 341 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405



The Biology Major's Handbook (PDF) is an excellent resource for all students.





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