Petitions

Students not intending to major in Biology who want to take a core course out of sequence may do so by petition to the department. Petitioners must discuss their academic plans with a member of the department before submission of the petition. Approval of the petition allows enrollment in the core course only. Petition forms are available in the departmental office and at the bottom of this page.

All advanced courses (Level II and III) retain the prerequisites stated in the Academic Bulletin. Non-majors may petition exception to the prerequisites, but the following three criteria must be met prior to enrollment:

  1. Completion of four science courses with a laboratory component. This is to ensure the critical skills required for advanced laboratory work.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the four science courses.
  3. Adequate space exists after enrolling biology majors, who have priority for advanced courses.

Petition Forms