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Biology Degree Advising Tools


UNG Academic Advising Mission Statement

The mission of academic advising is to assist students in constructing meaningful educational plans based on their interests and abilities and consistent with each student’s academic, professional, and personal goals. Academic advising fosters the development of students who are self-directed, responsible decision-makers and supports the successful completion of degree requirements.

Departmental Goal for Advising

The Biology department’s goal is to identify various career pathways open to Biology majors and develop an appropriate course plan to achieve each student’s personal academic goals.

UNG Academic Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the value of the Core Curriculum and display the ability to select courses that satisfy Core requirements.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of degree program requirements and the ability to select courses each semester to progress towards fulfillment of their educational plans.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of University of North Georgia academic policies and procedures and how these policies and procedures impact their educational progress.
  4. Students will effectively utilize technological resources to assist in educational planning and course registration.
  5. Students will select majors based on their interests, abilities, and career goals.
  6. Students will be able to identify campus resources and services that can be used to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
  7. Students will understand the importance of co-curricular programs for supporting and promoting their educational and life goals.
  8. Students will understand and navigate the processes that lead to successful transfer, if applicable.

Expectations of Advisor/Advisee

An advisor is expected to

  1. Be available, approachable, and respectful of students
  2. Encourage and support students as they develop realistic goals and attainable educational plans
  3. Have a thorough understanding of UNG’s core curriculum, institutional requirements, and degree requirements.  Be efficient and accurate when discussing degree requirements with advisees
  4. Assist students in developing decision-making skills and encourage them to accept responsibility for their choices
  5. Maintain confidentiality
  6. Be knowledgeable about campus resources, support services, and opportunities; referring students as needed

An advisee is expected to:

  1. Be respectful of their advisor
  2. Schedule appointments with their advisor and be on time
  3. Come prepared for appointments by becoming familiar with the UNG Undergraduate Bulletin, core curriculum, and program of study for their major
  4. Check UNG email regularly and become familiar with Banner
  5. Ask questions
  6. Familiarize themselves with the academic calendar and be aware of important deadlines, such as advisement and withdrawal
  7. Accept responsibility for their decisions

Appointments and Office Hours

Your advisor’s name and contact information can be found on your Tranguid in Banner Web.  Professional advisors are available for appointments throughout the day on most days in which the university is open. You can easily make an appointment with a professional advisor anytime using the online appointment booking system located at Login with your student ID and password as you would for your e-mail. Select your campus and the appropriate professional advisor.

Faculty advisors are available during their office hours and by appointment. For some faculty advisors, there is a link next to the advisor name listed on your Tranguid (in Banner), where you can go to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Preparing for Appointments

Please come prepared for your advising appointments. Be aware of any holds on your account. Review your program requirements and record your progress on your plan of study before your meeting. Bring all important documents with you, including your plan of study, and be prepared with any questions and/or concerns you have about your progress.

Please be on time for your appointment. If you are unable to attend the appointment, please cancel and reschedule.

First Year Educational and Advising Goals

  • Make an appointment with your academic advisor early in the semester to discuss short- and long-term personal, academic and career goals and plan classes for next semester: You don’t have to wait for Advising Weeks!
  • Check your UNG email account daily.
  • Connect with campus resources such as tutoring, the Writing Center, and math lab to maximize your academic success.
  • Visit Career Services to explore your interests and abilities in relation to your career goals.
  • Know your degree requirements, responsibilities and UNG policies.
  • Understand how courses fit into your plan of study. Update your plan of study with courses completed and courses you plan to take the following semesters.
  • Focus on completion of necessary first-year core curriculum courses.
  • Consider taking exploratory courses in your intended major.
  • Understand and acknowledge important dates such as drop/add and course withdrawal dates.
  • Take advantage of early registration periods for each semester to get the classes you need at the times you want them.
  • Get to know your professors and build important relationships.
  • Contact appropriate offices and/or departments directly regarding study abroad, internships and research opportunities to maximize your undergraduate experience.

Advisor Information

Advisor Natalie Seither
Phone 706-864-1565
Office Chestatee Building, 162
Appointment Scheduler

UNG Supplemental syllabus

Important Dates/Deadlines

Course Planning Guide

Biology Course Planning Guide

  • Does not guarantee course availability and must be used in consultation with your Academic Advisor. 
  • Area B through Area E courses are offered as suggestion
  • Check for pre-requisites
Freshman Year Course Recommendations
Freshman Year (through summer)RequirementsHours
ENGL 1101 ('C' or better) Completed by 30 hours Area A 3
ENGL 1102 ('C' or better) Completed by 30 hours Area A 3
MATH 1113  Completed by 30 hours Area A 3
BIOL 1107K (required in Area F) 4
BIOL 1108K (required in Area F) 4
CHEM 1211/1211L (required in Area F) 3/1
Area C - Fine Arts 3
Area E - PSYC 1101 (suggested course) 3
Area B - Global Course 3
Sophomore Year Course Recommendations
Sophomore Year (through summer)Hours
CHEM 1212/1212L (required in Area F) 3/1
BIOL 3220K 4
BIOL 3500K 4
BIOL 3240K 4
CHEM 3441/3441L 3/1
Area B - Modern Language 4
Area E – HIST 2111, HIST 2112, OR POLS 1101

Junior Year Course Recommendations
Junior Year (through summer)Hours
PHYS 1111/PHYS 1111L (suggested in Area D)
PHYS 1112/PHYS 1112L (suggested in Area D) 3/1
CHEM 3442/CHEM 3442L 3/1
Area E Social Science 3
Area C – Literature or Modern Lang 2001 or 2002 3
MATH 2400  3

Senior Year Course Recommendations
Senior YearHours
BIOL 4450 4
BIOL 4700 4
120 Semester Hours

**To be completed/substituted throughout Junior and Senior Years

  • 12 hours concentration-related courses listed in major Area - See Major Advisor
  • 13 hours guided electives per concentration - See Major Advisor
  • 9 hours of free electives
Plan of Study

Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for the Plan of Study. If using Chrome, FireFox or Safari, download or save the Plan of Study to open in Adobe Reader by selecting open with a system or different viewer prior filling out.

Once downloaded, fill out the POS and save as a PDF file.

Biology Plan of Study

Campus Resources

Campus Resources

Campus ResourceServices OfferedDahlonega CampusGainesville CampusOconee CampusCumming Campus
Academic Advising Center Year-round academic
advisement, advise open option students, Move-On-When-Ready students, student workshops, campus advisement development
Chestatee Building, Room 162
Student Center, Room 134
Administration Bldg. Room 203
Room 242
Academic Skills Center Learning support courses for English and Math, UNIV 1000, academic workshop, peer tutoring for many classes, one-on-one tutoring Stewart Center Suite 269
Tutoring Services
ACTT Center & Nesbitt
Tutoring Services
Student Resource Center
Tutoring Services
ACTT Center & Nesbitt
Business Office Fee payment, tax information, student accounts, and refunds Downtown Office Building, Room 203
Administration Bldg., Room 155
Administration Bldg., Front Desk
Second Floor, Room 260
Career Services Career counseling, job fairs, student workshops, local job board Stewart Center Suite 333
Student Center, Room 346

Administration Bldg., Room 206

Financial Aid and Veteran’s Success HOPE Scholarship, FAFSA, student loans, institutional scholarships, Veteran’s educational benefits and services Stewart Center, Suite 308
Student Center, Room 234

Administration Bldg., Room 104

Language Lab Audio-visual support materials for Modern Language classes 317 Dunlap Hall
Nesbitt Bldg., Room 4201

Student Resource Center, Room 573

Mathematics Tutorial Center Math tutoring Newton Oakes Center, Room 211
Multicultural Services Student workshops, online journal, diversity training, advocacy issues and groups, P2P mentoring 320 Hoag Student Center
Student Center, Room 145

Student Resource Center, 508

Orientation & Transition Programs New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Parent Orientations, Learning Communities, Family Day, Weeks of Welcome Stewart Center, Suite 314
Student Center, Room 303

Administration Building, 104

Registrar’s Office Official academic records, enrollment verification, academic transcripts, graduation coordination Price Memorial Room 221
Student Center, Room 250

Administration Building, Room 107

Student Counseling Free and confidential short-term personal counseling, referrals, student workshops Stewart Center, Suite 246
Student Center, Room 115

Administration Building, Room, 106

Student Disability Services Pre-admission information, referrals to campus resources, accommodation information and evaluations Stewart Center, Suite 313
Dunlap Mathis, Room 107

Administration Building, Room 112

Student Involvement Student Clubs, organizations, SGA, co-curricular transcripts Student Center, Room 303

Student Resource Center, Room 508

Student Money Management Center Assist students with making responsible financial decisions, enhance knowledge of effective money management, provide resources to students to promote financial literacy Stewart Center, Suite 261
Student Center, Room 240
Student Center, Room 240
Testing Center Standardized tests (ex. COMPASS, CLEP, DSST,GACE, and TEAS; U.S. and Georgia History and Constitution exams); Prometric Test Center-LSAT, GMAT, and MAT; Accommodated testing for students with disabilities Stewart Center, Suite 203
College Square, Suite 176,
3640 Mundy Mill Rd.
(this center is located off-campus)

Administration Building, Room 201

Writing Center Peer tutors, one-on-one tutoring and assistance with the writing process Library Technology Center, Room 180
Nesbitt Bldg., Room 2103

Library 572

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