Academic Advising

The Biology department uses a Shared Model of advising. As a Biology major you will have two advisors – a faculty member and a professional advisor. Any faculty member in the department can serve as your faculty advisor. Craig McFarland will be the professional advisor for all Biology majors and minors. As the department’s professional advisor, Craig will be one of the first points of contact for any questions you may have regarding the Biology program at UIS. You will work with him regarding class choices and registration, analysis of your degree audits and other important functions. He can also assist with referrals to other UIS offices and resources. You should meet with your academic advisor at least once each semester to plan courses for the next semester.

Book an appointment with Craig

Undergraduate biology students must consult with the biology academic advisor, Craig McFarland, each semester before registration. This will ensure the student is on track to meet their graduation goals.

Students work together on a Biology project.The program recommends that students take the following courses at the suggested times:

  • Third Year:
    • Fall: Microbiology and Ecology
    • Spring: Organismal Botany
  • Fourth Year:
    • Fall: Comparative Vertebrate Biology
    • Spring: Cell Biology and Genetics