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Biology and Wildlife Undergraduate Advising

Your academic advisor will guide you through your program of study, helping you to identify the courses required for you to meet your degree goals. Amy Wald is the Advising Coordinator for CNSM, including the Biology and Wildlife Department. Her office is located at 362 Reichardt. Amy typically advises all incoming freshman and transfer students interested in biology and wildlife. She assists students with transferring credits, petitioning for course credit, math and English placement exams, as well as short- and long-term degree planning. Most students will be assigned to a Biology and Wildlife faculty member as their advisor by their second semester at UAF. However, premajors, students with complicated transfer situations, and students working on math and/or English deficiencies may continue to see Amy. Use this online scheduling link to make a video or phone appointment or send her an email at

While Amy can assist you with planning the early phases of your degree program, faculty advisors can play a key role in your career development - whether it's writing letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment, or assisting you with finding exciting research opportunities on campus. Getting to know your faculty advisor is important. Prior to the start of every semester, you must contact your advisor to register for classes, but feel free to contact him/her throughout the semester as well. Let your advisor know if you need additional assistance with classes, or advice on dropping, adding, or changing courses.

• Undergraduate Advising Alerts •

General Alerts 

(page down for semester-specific alerts)

· Be aware that students can double count courses for capstone and biology elective credit. E.g. BIOL 466 Advanced Cell and Molecular Laboratory counts as a designated capstone class and a List A (cell) elective.

· Now that advisors can PIN advisees themselves through UAOnline (advisor menu) there is no need to submit paperwork. However, advisors should keep a retrievable record of the courses they recommended and approved.

· Be aware that courses that were not formally listed in the catalog during a student's catalog year will not automatically count as viable elective courses (e.g. List A, List C) within DegreeWorks. Some new courses that might not appear on the lists include BIOL 312 Medical Physiology, BIOL 412 Exercise Physiology, BIOL 493 Biology of Aging; BIOL 491 The Human Microbiome, any trial course (BIOL 394 or 494), and any special topics course (BIOL 393 and 493). The advisor and student must petition to have these courses count toward the degree requirements.  

· Biological Sciences BS majors should declare a concentration by the end of their second semester. To declare or change a concentration, students simply send an email to the Registrar ( on their official account, including their UA ID#.  Until that is completed, use the "What-If" function of DegreeWorks to figure out course requirements under a particular concentration.

Advising Alerts for Spring 2020

Looking for a capstone course in spring? There is only one: BIOL F440 BIOL F440 Behavioral Neuroscience Research (via distance). The instructor is Dr. Abel Bult-Ito. 

Advising Alerts for Fall 2019

· Looking for a capstone course in fall?  They are: Animal Behavior (BIOL F441W,O/2 & capstone), Limnology (BIOL F473), The Human Microbiome (BIOL 491 & capstone). (Note that in spring 2020, BIOL F440 Behavioral Neuroscience Research (via distance) will likely be the only capstone course available.)

· Principles of Evolution (BIOL 481) will be taught in person in fall 2019 and via asynchronous distance (only) in spring 2020. 

Advising Alerts for Fall 2018

· Looking for a capstone course, W, or O in fall?  They are: Mammalogy (BIOL F425W), Animal Behavior (BIOL F441W,O/2 & capstone), Environmental Toxicology (BIOL F455O), Community Ecology (BIOL 472W & capstone); Ecosystem Ecology (BIOL F476O), The Human Microbiome (BIOL 491 & capstone).

· Please remember that students initiating a Biological Sciences capstone project in fall (by enrolling in a capstone-designated course or starting a mentored research project) should register for BIOL F400 Capstone Project (0 credits).  

Advising Alerts for Spring 2018

· Because of an oversight, BIOL 415 Systematic and Comparative Biology does not appear on the elective course lists. It may be petitioned as List C Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

· New rules for capstone projects took effect in fall 2017, including the requirement that students present their work orally (short talk or poster) and submit a short non-technical summary of the work. Details are posted on the BW website (

· Looking for an O or W course?  BIOL 402W Biomedical Research Ethics, BIOL 426W,O/2 Ornithology, BIOL 335O/2 Principles of Epidemiology, BIOL 457W Environmental Microbiology, BIOL/WLF 469O Landscape Ecology and Wildlife Habitat, BIOL 394W MORE Behavioral Neuroscience Research

· BIOL 335 Principles of Epidemiology in Spring 2018 will count as O/2.  Students will not need to petition this.  


B&W Advising

Amy Wald
College of Natural Science
and Mathematics
Undergraduate Student Advisor
364 Reichardt Bldg.
907.474.5548 phone
907.474.6716 fax
Schedule an appointment


Students in BIOL 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology lab. Photo Credit: Todd Paris

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