Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register for my courses?
- Do I need advisor approval to register?
- How do I know when I am allowed to register each quarter?
- Do I have to see an advisor?
- Can you have an advisor check every one of your classes each quarter your freshman and sophomore year, to see if they work?
- How do I schedule an appointment to see an advisor?
- What options are available in B.S. in Biological Sciences degree?
- Is there an accelerated Bio Program?
- How do I use D.A.R.S.
- What career do most people who graduate with a degree in Biology end up pursuing?
- What’s the average time it takes students to get a baccalaureate degree? Do most people go over the expected four years?
- What is the biggest area of interest in the department of Biology?
- What types of clubs would I need to be involved in to help me get into graduate school?
- Can you recommend a few campus organizations or volunteer areas that tend to look best on a resume?
- Does WSU have paid research positions for undergrads?
- Where can I get information regarding internships, which deal with Biological Science? What are the prerequisites for a student internship?
- Does the internship have to be volunteer work, or will it still count even if I am paid?
- On my general education checklist, it says that I can choose 2 courses for 8 hours of my “additional courses,” can I use Biology 101 terminology as one of these choices?
- How will my DEV class benefit my major?
- How difficult is it to switch majors after only one quarter of college?
- How closely related are the Biological Science degree and the Exercise Biology degree?
- What are some careers other than physical therapy that one can go into with an exercise biology degree?
- Which programs of study have an internship as part of the requirements for the program?
- Is there any program of study that does not require a chemistry course to be taken?
- When should I start taking classes for my secondary education degree?
- Still being undecided in what profession to pursue, would it be better to go into the field of biology rather than exercise biology?
- What is the GRE test and how does it work?
- How many years is graduate school? What kinds of options for graduate school are available with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science?
- Since Wright State University doesn’t have a zoology program, what is the closest option?
A list of helpful tutorials for students, including how to register, can be found at: http://www.wright.edu/wrc/student.html
Undergraduate students admitted into the Department of Biological Sciences do not need advisor approval to register unless they are registering for a course restricted with departmental approval (e.g., BIO 399). Students wanting to register for courses with “instructor’s approval” (e.g., BIO 488, 499) must get an approval from the instructor, not the advisor.
Undergraduate students with a GPA <2.00 are considered on academic probation and must get advisor approval from the College office. Students must contact Joyce Howes or Susan Yeoman in 106 Oelman (775-3180)
Graduate students need advisor approval before registering. Graduate students must see Laura Buerschen, graduate advisor, for approval.
Students can go to the registrars’ website www.wright.edu/registrar/general.html to find a schedule for registration each quarter.
Undergraduate students are only required to see an advisor the quarter before they apply for graduation.
Advisors are available to meet with students (every quarter, if necessary) to recommend certain courses or what type of load to take during all their years in college and to help set up a master plan. However, students should be responsible for looking up times, checking on class conflicts, and determining sections and professors.
By phone, call 775-4226; by email: email@example.com
Pre-professional, Exercise Biology, Bioinformatics, Life Sciences Education, Microbiology & Immunology, Ecology
A tutorial can be found at www.wright.edu/wrc/videos/dars/StudentDARS.htm
Most students go on to graduate or professional school. Others will take jobs as research technicians/research assistants in a variety of different research settings.
Within 4 years (60%); 5-8 years (36%); > 8 years (4%)
Pre-professional (46%); Ecology/Environmental (17%); General Bio (21%); Organismal (13%); Cell/Molecular (4%)
Clubs are not required, only recommended as an “extracurricular activity”. Most professional schools will want to see applicants participating in extracurricular activities outside of their schoolwork. Biology Club, Pre-Med club, Pre-Vet club, etc. are choices within our department. Graduate research programs don’t necessarily need to see “club” participation (it won’t hurt though!), however, doing independent research as an undergrad is a huge advantage. BIO 499, BIO 490, BIO 495 are all courses students may qualify for to give them this experience.
It really depends on what you want to do with your career.
Sometimes faculty will pay for a student research assistant out of their grant money. These positions are usually posted outside their labs and in career services.
Internship packets can be picked up in the advising center (104 BH). Everything you need to know about the requirements is in the packet. You can visit Career Services in the Student Union for assistance in finding an internship.
It depends on who is in charge of your internship. The Biology internship (BIO 490) doesn’t care if its’ volunteer work or if the student’s paid. The internship is approved on the basis of what the student will be doing during his/her work hours (e.g., what types of techniques, what area of science, etc.
No, BIO 101 is NOT a general education course
DEV math will serve as a pre-req for other advanced math courses that are required for your science degree. Only students who scored below MPL of 3 are required to take DEV-based math courses.
Usually not that difficult. You would need to inform your UC advisor, or fill out a change of major form (which can be picked up in any college office)
EXB is an option within the Biological Sciences degree; therefore, they are both very similar. The major differences is that the EXB degree concentrates on anatomy and physiology and is on a tight schedule, while the Biology degree is a general biology degree that a student can use to specialize in any area of biology. This degree is also very flexible.
Refer to the EXB website
An internship is required for the EXB degree. The internship is an agreement made between the student and Dr. Pohlman. Dr. Pohlman has contracts with a lot of hospitals and PT facilities that EXB program currently uses, however, students are encouraged to find their own and get it approved by her. PT schools strongly recommend or require that students have volunteer/paid experience in a PT facility as part of their pre-requirements.
Not in the sciences (COSM)
You are eligible to take the 5 education courses required in your bachelor’s degree anytime (you would need to speak with an advisor in the licensure department of education). The Licensure/Master’s program doesn’t start until after you’ve finished your bachelors degree and have been accepted into the program.
Yes, the Biology degree is more diverse and flexible. Exercise biology focuses more on “pre-physical therapy”
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test required by many graduate programs. Specific information about this test and its testing dates can be found out by calling 1-800-473-2255.
M.S. programs: 2-3 years; Ph.D. or ES Ph.D. programs: 4-6 years.