All Northern Michigan University students are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisers. Freshmen are required to meet with advisers before registering for the next semester's courses. Along with providing guidance on course selection, advisers are an invaluable resource to students in that they usually know who to contact to get questions answered and problems solved. See below for information on when biology courses are offered, as well as tips to take full advantage of advising at NMU. 

A 2.00 grade point average is required for all biology courses taken in the department. Exceptions must be requested via petition to the department’s academic programs committee.  Note that other Departments may have different policies regarding minimum grades for courses in those Departments.

Biology Course Timetable

The Biology Course Timetable shows which semesters courses offered by the Biology Department are taught. As indicated, courses in the “Biology Core” that all Biology majors must take are offered every semester. BI 207 and BI 208 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II) are also offered every semester. Check the Timetable to see when other courses of interest are likely to be offered.

The timetable indicates whether a course is offered:

  • Every Fall
  • Every Winter
  • Fall, Even Years
  • Fall, Odd Years
  • Winter, Even Years
  • Winter, Odd Years

This course guide is intended to help students to plan when they will take courses required for their degree. However, the semesters courses are actually offered may vary from that shown on the Course Timetable. A particular course may not have enough students for that course to be offered or we may not have sufficient staffing to offer the course. Be sure to check the online course schedule to determine if a particular course is actually being offered.

Advising and registration

Advising meeting

Make an appointment with your adviser well in advance of registration. Also, take care of any holds (adviser, financial, medical, etc.) as soon as you can. You will not be allowed to register until the holds are lifted. If you don't know who your adviser is, you can access that information at under the Students Information – Academic Information menu.

Things to do to get the greatest benefit from advising:

  • Pay attention to information coming via e-mail from the registrar, Academic and Career Advisement Center and your adviser.
  • Prepare to meet your adviser. You should do so early and often every semester.
  • Go online to look at courses being offered. Remember to write down course registration numbers (CRNs) in case you need to refer to them later without the benefit of being online.
  • Go to your adviser with a tentative course schedule. Be aware that he or she may advise you to take different courses.
  • Talk to your adviser about some alternative courses in case the courses you chose are closed when you are registering.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Your adviser wants you to succeed.

Things that will not help your advising experience:

  • Don't wait until the last minute to see your academic adviser.
  • Don't go to your adviser un- or under-prepared.
  • Don't depend on your adviser to select your courses for you.
  • Don't rely on your roommate, a friend down the hall, your landlord, etc., to serve as your adviser or to definitively provide answers to policy questions.
  • Don't select courses based on other students' opinions of an instructor. They may dislike an instructor that you'll truly enjoy.
  • Don't accept "I don't know" as a definitive answer. Go to other advisers in your department, department head, ACAC, until you find someone who can provide you the information you need.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't leave a meeting with your adviser if you are confused. Keep talking until you understand the information being provided.