Biology Summer 2013 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Biology Faculty are committed to advising and working with students as much as possible.  However, we spend much of our off-contract summer time involved in other projects or activities (many off-campus), including research, teaching, spending time with family, and/or on vacation.   Many of us will only check (or have access to) email every few weeks.  Therefore, we look forward to helping you and thank you in advance for your patience.   Because it is likely you have one of the following questions, we have prepared the following summer FAQ’s document:



Freshman Summer Advising Sessions – SOAR

On four set dates in June and July (see SOAR website below), 2-3 Biology Faculty will work with groups of incoming freshman (including Biology Placement Testing).  These dates are set up by the WOU Admissions Office and provide THE MOST RELIABLE opportunities for interacting with Biology Faculty during the summer.  To sign up for one of these important events, click on the WOU SOAR page for contact information:


Biology Major Advising

The Biology Department advises all Biology Majors to begin their degrees during the freshman year, including choosing an emphasis and working with a Biology Faculty Advisor.   The following table shows emphasis options and cognizant advisors/contact information.   Additionally, here is a link to the current catalog where you can read more about the requirements of each emphasis:


Biology Emphasis

Cognizant Advisor(s)

General Biology

Dr. Baumgartner (


Dr. Howard ( or Dr. Dutton (


Dr. Haberman (


Dr. Latham (


Dr. Haberman (


Dr. Baumgartner (


See next section for specific health professional advisors

*recommended for Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, etc.


Pre-Professional Health Science Advising

The Biology Department advises many – but not all - Pre-Professional Health Science options.  Pre-Professional Health Science options can be divided into two kinds:  (1)  those requiring 4 years of MAJORS-level coursework;   and (2)  those involving 1-3 years of only NON-MAJORS coursework.  The following table shows the most popular Pre-Professional Health Science options and the cognizant advisors/contact information.  


Pre-Professional – Majors

Cognizant Advisor(s)


Dr. Dutton ( or Dr. Baltzley (


Dr. Latham (


Dr. Boomer (

Pre-PA/Physician’s Assistant

Dr. Howard (

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Haberman (


Dr. Dutton (

Pre-Med-Tech/Clinical Lab

Dr. Haberman (

Pre-Physical Therapy

Dr. Caster ( – HEALTH-PE

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Dr. Winningham ( - PSYCHOLOGY


Pre-Professional – Non-Majors

Cognizant Advisor(s)

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Dr. Boomer (


Academic Advising (

*Students interested in Pre-Nursing must first pass several introductory courses before they formally become a Pre-Nursing Advisee.   Please contact for information about this coursework!


Recommended Coursework for First Year Biology Majors

NOTE:  this does NOT apply to Non-Majors Pre-Professionals Like Pre-Nursing

All Biology Majors must pass Biology 211-2-3 before moving into advanced coursework.   Students must also pass Biology 211 before moving into Biology 212 and 213.  To finish in four years, the Biology Department advises all Biology Majors to begin their degree during their freshman year.   Other coursework that is very important for Biology Majors to complete as soon as possible:  Chemistry 221-2-3 (required for ALL Biology Majors), Math, and Writing 135.  


When Are These Courses Offered?

Biology 211:  Fall (144 seats), Winter (72 seats) – more information next section

Biology 212:  Winter ONLY (120 seats)

Biology 213:  Spring ONLY (120 seats)

Chemistry 221*:  Fall and Winter

Chemistry 222:  Winter and Spring

Chemistry 223:  Spring and Fall

            Writing 135 offered year-round!


*Chemistry 221 has pre-req’s and you need to contact the Chemistry Department to discuss concerns/questions regarding your preparation for this series.


Some Transfer Student Information

During the summer, transfer students will be directed to Dr. Dutton (;  students need to make appointments with him and may have to wait up to a week if he is teaching, busy, or out of town.  In our experience, transfer students fall into one of two groups (see table below) based on whether they have completed majors-level biology – specifically BI 211-2-3.   Please prepare to discuss this background, in addition to your math and chemistry, and professional goals in advance of your meeting.    


NO Majors-Level Biology or Chemistry

Review Recommended Coursework for First-Year Biology Major Section

Completed Majors-Level Biology

Begin Genetics (BI 314) Requirement

Possibly Begin Ecology (BI 357) Requirement

Chemistry Course Depends on Background/Goals


Biology 211 – Access and Placement Test

The first course ALL Biology Majors must pass is Biology 211.   To take Biology 211, you must have earned an A or B in either Biology 102 (or equivalent) OR Chemistry 104 (or equivalent) OR pass the Biology Placement Test, facilitated at SOAR or the Academic Advising & Learning Center.  For more information about this process, please visit:  Biology Placement Test.    It should be noted that ANY Biology Advisor can evaluate your pre-requisites and/or Placement Test score and sign you into Biology 211, provided that you are qualified.


NON-MAJORS Biology 101-2-3

Biology 101

Biology 102

Biology 103


Diversity of Life

Introduction to Evolution

Biological Molecules

Cell Structure & Function

 Genetics and Inheritance

Basic Anatomy & Physiology

Plant Structure & Function

Animal Structure & Function


Many freshmen are interested in Biology 100 series coursework.   These NON-MAJOR courses focus on biology relevant to everyone and everyday life.   None of these courses have pre-requisites – so you can take ANY single course, or any set of courses in ANY order.  Any of these courses fulfills credits towards the LACC Lab Science requirement.   Here is a schedule of when each course will be offered next year – and how many seats are available.   For more information, please contact Dr. Baumgartner (



Fall 2013

Winter 2014

Spring 2014

When Are Each Offered?

How Many Seats Available?

BI 101 (240 seats!)

BI 102 (288 seats!)

BI 102 (336)

BI 101 (240 seats!)

BI 102 (144 seats!)

BI 103 (72 seats!)


Human Biology Minor

Last year has seen lots of full Human Biology minor classes – in part because there are now 237 Human Biology minors!  To help make next year better, please carefully review the following information about new minor elective options and next year’s scheduling sheet - AND make sure you are working with a Biology Faculty minor advisor (see below).


New Minor Elective Options – taken in addition to minor core (BI234-5-6 – Human A & P)

300 or 400-level Health option (4 credits) - select in consultation with Biology Faculty minor advisor

300 or 400-level Psychology option (4 credits) – select in consultation with Biology Faculty minor advisor


Any TWO of the following THREE Biology classes:

Biology 441/541

Human Heredity

Biology 318

Microbiology For Health Sciences

Biology 370

Humans & Environment

Fall 2013:  36 seats

Spring 2014:  36 seats

Fall 2013:  40 seats

Winter 2014:  40 seats

Spring 2014:  40 seats

Summer 2014:  20 seats

Fall 2013:  24 seats

Winter 2014:  24 seats


Human Biology Minor Advisors:

Dr. Latham ( – Human Heredity        

Dr. Howard ( - Humans & Environment

Dr. Boomer ( - Microbiology

Dr. Dutton ( - Microbiology

Dr. LeMaster ( - Human A&P

Major advising (e.g. reviewing graduation plans) and course substitution requests (see more below) will not take place until all advisors and faculty are back in the fall.


Course Substitution Requests

The Head of the Department manage course substitution requests in consultation with other Biology Faculty and so you will have to wait until Fall Term to submit paperwork about your request.  Please note and prepare the following:


            If You Are Seeking an LACC Course Sub Request

a.       The LACC in Lab Science absolutely requires a lab;  no lab – no LACC credit

b.      You will be required to provide complete documentation (course description, syllabus)

c.       Human A&P coursework only counts for 1 LACC (BI 103) because it is not general enough


            If You Are Seeking an Education Course Sub Request

a.       Education requires BI 101 – which covers ecology, evolution, and diversity

b.      You will be required to provide complete documentation (course description, syllabus)

c.       Documentation must demonstrate comparable BI 101 material

d.      Specialty courses (e.g. focused on one thing – e.g. birds, fish, humans) are too specific!