Welcome to the August Issue! Now that the busy July registration period is ending, we have a couple of heads-up and a few pointers for you to keep in mind as we move into September.
The August Registration Hiatus is Upon Us (from August 3 to 21)
The latter half of July was certainly busy for both students and staff – selecting and registering for courses, resolving issues, and seeking and giving academic advice. We were happy to help as much as possible and hope that resolutions were found in all cases! Now it’s time to take a break from course registration and enjoy the rest of the summer. Starting August 3rd, course registration becomes dormant until August 21st. The Biology Undergraduate Office will be closed between August 6 and 21 and we would like to ask you to consider sending e-mail questions afterwards. On August 21st, open enrolment begins. The enrolment system will be open again for students who need to make changes to their course registrations or enrolling in an additional 3.0 units course (providing there is space in the selected course).
And, oh yes, just a little, yet important, reminder >> tuition and SAL fees are due September 1st. It is crucial to make sure fees are paid up so that you don’t risk losing your place in courses. Don’t forget to check your accounts! For your convenience, a complete list of deadlines can be found by clicking this link: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/important-dates
Calling All BTEC Students! We Want to Hear from You!
We are in the process of figuring out ways to resolve, or at least minimize, the scheduling difficulties encountered when fulfilling course requirements for the relatively new BTEC plan. In late September, we will be consulting with all BTEC students by email to learn more about specific challenges experienced during course selection. Your feedback will be much appreciated as part of our ongoing effort in smoothing out the BTEC program for future years.
Wondering who to speak to regarding work associated with the lab component of core courses?
Please feel free to drop by and say hi to your Program Associate(s). You will be working closely with her or him during the year. Your Lab Program Associates for this year are:
For BIOL 102 and 103: Barb Vanderbeld (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm: Biosci 2321B
For BIOL 201: Dale Kristensen (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 5603
For BIOL 202 and 300: Laura Nagel (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm: Biosci 2321A
For BIOL 205 and 206: Fern Gauthier (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 3321
USEFUL REMINDERS TO REITERATE FOR AUGUST AND BEYOND
Biology Degree Plans
Review your degree plan requirements and make sure you are selecting courses you need. Degree plan requirements can be found at: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci.
FOR BIOL-M-BSH (MAJ BIOL) ONLY
Effective starting 2018-19, the 2nd year CHEM requirement (see Requirement 2. Option – A) has changed from 6.0 to 3.0 units from CHEM at the 200 level or above. As a consequence, the number of additional BIOL @300 level courses required has increased by 3.0 units to make up for only needing 3.0 units in CHEM at 200 level or above; Subs list A; Subs list B (see Requirement 2. Option List 2.B.i. or 2.B.ii.).
This change is applicable to all BIOL MAJ students. If you started your degree before 2018-19 you may choose to follow this new plan or you may wish to instead follow the plan as listed for the year you were admitted to the degree plan. To reiterate, this change only applies to the MAJ BIOL.
BIOL-M-BSH, BIMA-P-BSH, BIPS-P-BSH – CHANGES TO THE ECOLOGY COURSES
Effective starting 2018-19, these degree plans now require BIOL-300/3.0-Ecology. Previously the requirement was 3.0 from BIOL 302; BIOL 303. BIOL 302 and 303 have been changed to BIOL 300/3.0. If you have previously taken either BIOL 302 or 303 to fill this requirement you do not need to take BIOL 300.
Biological Foundations List Requirement – IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THROUGHOUT YOUR PROGRAM!
It is very important to keep this GPA requirement in mind throughout your program, starting with first year. To be admitted to 400 and 500 level Biology courses, you will need a minimum GPA of 2.0 in any previously taken courses from Biological Foundations list.
The Biological Foundations List is BIOL 102, 103, 201, 202, 205, 206, 300, 330, 334, 339, and 341 (BIOL 302, 303).
Information on Applying for a Course Prerequisite Waiver
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BIOLOGY Undergraduate Office
Mon to Friday 8:30 to noon and 1:00 to 3:00pm
Rm. 3109d, BIOSC Complex