U.achieve INFORMATION FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES


U.achieve is for UNOFFICIAL Biological Sciences degree and benchmark audits. It contains a summary of program requirements. For detailed information consult curriculum sheets and benchmark/LEP information.

U.achieve Basics

Visit the Office of the Registrar student u.achieve support page for general information on using u.achieve.

U.achieve update for Biological Sciences (updated 2/21/17):

Benchmark audits are still in development and should not be used at this time.

If you believe there is an error in your Biological Sciences degree audit contact your advisor.

The following courses are still being updated for students:

  • Exemptions for the Freshman Seminar requirement for transfer students (there is no need to contact your advisor).
  • Students allowed to use PHYS121 and/or PHYS122
  • Advanced Studies CORE for students under CORE (not Gen Ed)

u.achieve audits for Biological Sciences

Freshman Seminar requirement
This is required for first-semester freshmen who start in the Biological Sciences major. Internal and external transfer students are exempt. The exemption is not reflected immediately on u.achieve audits but will be periodically entered for students. There is no need to contact your advisor.

Upper-level lab totals
U.achieve has a separate check for two applicable upper-level lab courses in the Advanced Program. It is not a requirement to take more labs in addition to labs already taken as part of the Required and Area Courses.

Upper-level lab requirement
Some labs require successful completion of the pre-/co-requisite lecture with a "C-" or better to satisfy a lab requirement. In these cases the lecture and lab are connected by an ampersand "&" in the SELECT FROM line. The lecture is listed before the lab. Currently u.achieve will pull in lecture courses without the lab if the lecture course is a pre-/co-req for a lab to satisfy the requirement. You may choose to use a different lab course or set of courses.

If the unfulfilled "x" symbol appears then u.achieve is indicating that you are not registered for all the courses needed to satisfy a lab requirement. If the "in progress" symbol appears then u.achieve is indicating that you are registered for all the courses needed to satisfy a lab requirement. See the examples below:

One upper-level lab requirement was met by completing both BSCI363 and BSCI338Q. The student is not taking all the courses needed to satisfy the second upper-level lab requirement. The student may choose to take BSCI463 to satisfy the lab requirement, or the student can take a different course or set of courses instead.

One upper-level lab requirement was met by completing both BSCI363 and BSCI338Q. The student is not taking all the courses needed to satisfy the second upper-level lab requirement. The student may choose to take BSCI463 to satisfy the lab requirement, or the student can take a different course or set of courses instead.

One upper-level lab requirement was met by completing BSCI330. The second upper-level lab course will be satisfied once BSCI441 is successfully completed.

One upper-level lab requirement was met by completing BSCI330. The second upper-level lab course will be satisfied once BSCI441 is successfully completed.

Course offerings
Some courses that are no longer offered will appear on u.achieve SELECT FROM lines. See curriculum sheets and the Schedule of Classes on Testudo for the most recent course offerings.

Special Topics and Selected Topics courses
On curriculum sheets there is a separate section for BSCI Special and Selected topics courses (courses that start with BSCI328, BSCI338, BSCI339, or BSCI348). On u.achieve these courses are already programmed into their applicable Advanced Program Area categories for each specialization, so a separate section for these courses is not shown. U.achieve will be periodically updated to reflect the applicability of new Special and Selected topics courses.

Advanced Program Area Courses
General Biology (GENB), Cell Biology and Genetics (CEBG), and Ecology and Evolution (ECEV) specializations have multiple Advanced Program Area Course categories. Some courses (usually 1- or 2-credit lab courses) count towards the credits needed for Area Courses, but they cannot satisfy specific categories within Area Courses by themselves. When these courses are a part of a category multiple SELECT FROM lines will appear. Courses in the SELECT FROM lines that start with "Additional" contain optional courses and will not satisfy the category. See the example below.

Advanced Program Enrichment
U.achieve allows students to take multiple courses to reach three credits. The credit amount for courses may be split to reach exactly three credits.

Students under Gen Ed
The Biological Sciences major fulfills the Fundamental Studies Math (FSMA), Analytic Reasoning (FSAR), Natural Sciences (DSNS), and Natural Sciences Lab (DSNL) requirements. U.achieve selects one way to apply Gen Ed courses to the requirements. If a course can apply to multiple Gen Ed Distributive Studies Areas (e.g. DSNS or DSHS or DSHU or DSSP), there may be more than one way that your Gen Ed courses can be applied. It may be possible to apply your courses in a more efficient manner than how u.achieve displays it. As you complete more Gen Ed courses, the applicability of the courses will be better optimized in u.achieve.

Students under CORE
Advanced Studies CORE courses must be entered manually by an advisor.

Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Program
For the Biological Sciences major, HLSC courses are hidden by default until you enroll in the courses. They count as follows: HLSC207 satisfies BSCI207, HLSC322 satisfies BSCI222, HLSC374 satisfies BSCI374, and HLSC377 satisfies Enrichment.