If you are a current student, this page is just for you. Explore the information and resources available below to help you make the most of your time in VCU's Department of Biology.
Review scholarships and awards available to undergraduate students through the department.
Learn about internship, research and study abroad opportunities available to undergraduate students.
In addition, the College of Humanities and Sciences Current Student page offers further information about how to withdraw from a class, appeal a grade and more.
The Department of Biology provides academic advising, also known as Bioadvising, to help you achieve your educational, personal and career goals by providing guidance and assistance in decision-making processes. We help you find a sense of belonging and connection to resources, and encourage you towards future academic success.
Advising sessions are conducted by professional academic advisers for sophomores, juniors and seniors with scheduled appointments. We will also meet with new incoming transfer students and those interested in the biology minor. Students can schedule virtual or in-person appointments via Navigate.
Bioadvising can assist you with:
- Career and educational planning
- Navigation of university procedures, appeals processes, rules and regulations
- Course selection
- On-time progress toward your degree
- Research, internship and service-learning opportunities
- Planning for graduate or professional school
Fall 2022 Drop In Advising
The Bioadvising office will offer drop-in advising throughout the fall semester. These sessions, for example, are for when you have a quick question but are unable to schedule a meeting with your assigned advisor. These virtual sessions are:
Mondays: 2 - 4 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am - 12 pm
Thursdays: 2 - 4 pm
Fridays: 10 am - 12 pm
Use this Zoom link to access the meeting: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/
Get in touch with us at least once a semester to discuss questions about degree requirements, course selection, graduation checks and other academic matters.
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When you're ready to declare a major or minor in biology, please follow the instructions available through Records and Registration.
You also are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment to meet with one of our biology advisers. An appointment is not required for major or minor approval, but is encouraged so you can begin educational planning.
The Department of Biology administers overrides for most biology courses (listed as BIOL or BIOZ in eServices) through the Undergraduate Advising Office. Students seeking an override into a biology course must use the required online form to request it.
Please review details about overrides and exceptions before attempting to fill out the request form.
Review more information and learn how to request an override.
Any undergraduate can do research! It doesn’t matter if you are a first-semester, first-year student or a final-semester senior. There are opportunities available to you.
Sometimes professors advertise open research positions either via work-study, on the Biology Facebook page or through other student communication channels. However, most mentors are found by so-called cold calling, where you just send an email to someone you don’t know asking if you can join a current or future research project.
Review our recommendations on how to connect with faculty to find research opportunities.
Apply to graduate at the beginning of the semester that you will be completing all degree requirements (including all required courses).
If you are expecting to graduate this semester, visit the Apply to Graduate page for full instructions.