Biology Major Newsletter - October 25, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Graduate School Events and Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Announcements and Updates

Spring 2018 Registration

Spring 2018 courses are available. The Biology major will share a list of Biology major classes on our Resources page, hopefully, by Friday. Use it to plan for Spring course selection.

You will receive your time and date to register November 6 in Student Center and by email. Seniors will begin registration November 14 and Freshman will begin registration November 30. Registration times are determined by your completed credits. If you have questions or concerns, connect with your advisor.

Tip of the week: Check your Student Center for holds now so you have plenty of time to resolve them.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


 Anatomy Registration

Spring 2018 Kinesiology 337: Human Anatomy (Lecture)

The Department of Kinesiology will offer two lectures of Kines 337 in Spring 2018. At present, the course can accommodate 360 students in Fall and Spring semesters and 100 students in Summer term. 

• Students with KNS or PRN classification will have priority enrollment until November 30th at 9am.

• Seniors will be able to enroll beginning November 30th at 9am.

• Juniors will be able to enroll beginning December 1st at 9am.

• Open enrollment for all remaining students meeting the prerequisite begins December 2nd at 9 a.m.

• A small number of seats will be held back for special students.

• No priority lists will be collected prior to the enrollment period.

Spring 2018 Kinesiology 338: Human Anatomy Lab

• Kinesiology is offering 8 sections of human anatomy lab this spring.

• Students with KNS classification will have priority enrollment until November 30th at 9 a.m.

• The course will go straight to a wait list at 9am on November 30th for seniors only.

• The wait list comment function will no longer be available to students during registration. Students placed on a wait list should email Lisa Cappabianca ( with campus ID #, student status (sr., jr.), date of anticipated graduation and information regarding any post-grad health programs to which they have applied. This email should be sent AFTER YOU ARE ON THE WAIT LIST. The wait list will be prioritized based on that information. Priority will be given to graduating seniors and seniors applying to post-grad health programs.


Physiology 335 and 435 Registration

Physiology 435 and 335 are very similar courses, and therefore students should not take both. Generally, Physio 435 is offered in Spring terms and Physio 335 is offered Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. It is also important to note that while both Physiology 435 and 335 count as I/A breadth category B lab courses for the Biology major, only Physiology 435 can be used to count for the CALS capstone requirement

Physiology 435 is prioritized for Biology majors Biology majors have priority over students in other majors. Enrollment happens at your assigned enrollment time, and the course typically fills with students with senior standing. Students will be able to join the waitlist after the course fills. There is not typically a lot of movement on the waitlist.

Physiology 335 is prioritized for Pre-Nursing and Kinesiology students. During the initial enrollment period only priority students are authorized to enroll for this course and there is no waitlist option for the course. A waitlist for non-priority students (such as Biology Majors) will open at 12:00pm on December 6, and interested students should join the waitlist at that time. There are typically seats in Phys 335 after priority students enroll, so students can get into the course via the waitlist.

Students outside of Kinesiology and Pre-Nursing are eligible to be placed on a priority list through the Center for Pre-Health Advising if they:

• are a graduating senior

• need the course as a required prerequisite for a professional health program (PA, PT, OT, Dental, Pharmacy, or Accelerated Nursing BSN)

• have a cumulative gpa of a 3.0 or higher 

Students who meet these criteria and would like to be considered for the priority list should email by October 27th at 4:30 pm.  The email should include your:

• full name

• Net ID (wisc email)

• campus ID #

• professional health interest

• graduation year

• when you are applying to professional health programs

Please note that these guidelines have been established by the Department of Neuroscience, and the Center for Pre-Health Advising cannot make exceptions to these criteria.  Due to high levels of interest in Physiology 335, placement on the priority list is not a guarantee of enrollment for Spring 2018.

Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, November 3, 2017
Deadline to drop a Fall term course (will receive a DR on transcript)

Friday, November 24, 2017
Deadline to withdraw from Fall term with W on transcript

Academic Events and Opportunities

Five Secrets for Writing a Successful Undergraduate Lab Report

This workshop for undergraduate students will focus on the core components of lab reports, including the introduction, methods and materials, results, and discussion sections. As we review sample lab reports, we'll discuss specific strategies for improving their content, organization, argument, and clarity. Students are encouraged to bring drafts of their own lab reports in progress. Please register in advance.
Thursday, November 16
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Helen C White, room 6172

Graduate School Events and Opportunities

The Cornell University Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend

Cornell’s Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our second annual preview weekend held from March 8-11, 2018. This event is intended to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to the graduate school application process and to connect them with faculty members that share research interests.

Participant housing and meals will be provided, as well as up to $600 in travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds (including underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, low income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA) that are interested in applying for graduate school during the 2018-2019 application cycle. The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

The Wisconsin Society for Conservation Biology presents:

Summer Internship and Job Panel

Wednesday, October 25
6:00 p.m.
Memorial Union (Specific room # will be posted on the TITU board)

Join WSCB and other environmental orgs to hear speakers talk about their experiences and learn more about how to land awesome summer internships and jobs.  Many applications open NOW.  Strengthen both your resume and connections for future jobs!


How to apply for and find experiences in healthcare & wellness

What types of experience will set me up for success in allied and mental health professions or other careers in healthcare besides being a doctor? 
Where should I be looking to gain experience?
What resources can help me get started?

Stop by anytime during the hour to chat with Maureen, our in-house healthcare and wellness expert, ask questions and enjoy a free cup of coffee.

Friday, October 27, 2017
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science  711 State Street


Land O’ Lakes Global Food Challenge

Attention UW Class of 2020. By 2050, the world population is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion people. In order to feed the world and meet this demand, global food production must grow by 70%. To solve global food security, we need people from all different walks of life. Regardless of your college, major, or career experience, if you’re a sophomore (Class of 2020), now’s your chance to make a difference.

Info Sessions
Thursday, September 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
BioCommons, Room 110 Lower Level, Steenbock Library 
Click HERE to RSVP for this information session (encouraged, but not required)!

Thursday, September 21
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Union South, Check TITU
Click HERE to RSVP for this information session (encouraged, but not required)!

Selected Emerging Leaders gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the food and agricultural industry: trips to Washington, D.C and Africa as part of an 11-week paid summer internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. Check out last years’ experience here!

Online applications due October 30, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Brandi DeVries at

Other Opportunities and Events

Food Evolution Screening  

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South

See the recently released documentary that examines the relationship between genetically modified organisms and food. There will be an opportunity to discuss the film and ask questions during an informal panel. No tickets required and seating is first come, first serve. Visit Facebook for more details.


Financial Aid

The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available -- ·
UW-Madison School Code 003895 · Priority Deadline – December 1, 2017

Scholarship season is here. UW-Madison Scholarships – a separate application process from the FAFSA. Deadlines: most occur between December - February