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Frequently Asked Questions

​What if I came to CMU in the 2015/2016 academic year or before?

  • All students who matriculated into CMU prior to the 2016/2017 academic year will follow the old curriculum.

Will the courses I need to graduate still be available?

  • Yes, but you will need to plan accordingly as some courses will not be offered after the spring of 2017.
  • BIO 110: Concepts of Biology will not be offered after Spring 2017
  • BIO 203: Botany will be last offered Fall ​2017.  There will be a smaller section available on Beaver Island during the summer of 2017.
  • BIO 208: Microbiology will change to a 4 credit non-majors course starting Fall of 2017.  The last time the 3-credit majors course will be offered is Spring 2017.  There will be a smaller section available on Beaver Island during the summer of 2017.
  • BIO 218: Zoology will be last offered in 2017.  There will be a smaller section available on Beaver Island during the summer of 2017.
  • BIO 324: Cell Biology will change to Eukaryotic Cell Biology in the Fall of 2018.  The last time BIO 324 in its current form will be taught in Spring 2018.
  • BIO 326: Genetics will be replaced with BIO 211 in the Summer/Fall of 2017.  Students who have not taken BIO 326 will be allowed to take BIO 211 to fulfill their degree requirements.
  • BIO 340: Ecology will be replaced​ with BIO 213 in the Fall of 2017.  Students who have not taken BIO 340 will be allowed to take BIO 213 to fulfill their degree requirements.
  • BIO 392: Mammalian Physiology will continue in its present form.
  • Our 500 level courses will still be available.

Will I need to sign a new major since the new Biology program has different concentrations?

  • No. If you have signed your major, you will remain with that major.  If you haven't signed your major yet and you matriculated in the 2015/2016 academic year or before, you will still be allowed to sign one of our previous concentrations.  If you want to sign one of our new concentrations, you would need to take our new foundational courses.  If you are unsure, please see an advisor.

Am I allowed to switch to one of the new concentrations?

  • Yes.  Please see an advisor to make sure this is in your best interest.

I am not a biology major, but I'm interested in going to a health professions school (e.g. medical school), which courses should I take?

  • If you are a current student (2015/2016 or previous academic year) then follow the course schedule you have already.  If you are a new student (2016/2017 or future academic year) we recommend taking the five foundational courses so that you are prepared to take advanced biology courses, which will better prepare you for your desired program.  Please see an advisor.

I am not a biology major and matriculated into CMU in 2015/2016 or before.  I need one of more of the Biology courses from the old curriculum for my non-biology major?  Which course(s) should I take?

  • You will want to meet with your advisor, but follow the course plans below.
  • If you need BIO 110, please note that the last time it will be offered is Spring 2017.
  • If you need BIO 208, please note that this course will change to a non-major course in the fall of 2017.  This non-major course may still count for your major, but you should meet with your advisor. 
  • If you need BIO 326, please note that it will not be offered after Spring 2017; however, the new BIO 211: Foundations of Genetics will substitute for BIO 326.
  • If you need BIO 340, please note that it will not be offered after Spring 2017; however, the new BIO 213: Foundations of Ecology will substitute for BIO 340.

I am not a biology major and matriculated into CMU in 2016/2017 or after.  I need one of more of the Biology courses from the old curriculum for my non-biology major.  Which course(s) should I take?

  • Please see your advisor in your major department.

Will the new biology curriculum prepare me for graduate school or a health professional school (medical, dental, physician assistant, pharmacy, etc.)?

  • ​Yes.  The new curriculum will prepare you for any of these careers.  Please see your advisor and the Student Success Center.