Undergraduate Advising

Your academic advisor will guide you through your program of study, helping you to identify the courses required for you to meet your degree goals. Amy Wald is the Advising Coordinator for CNSM, including the Biology and Wildlife Department. Her office is located at 362 Reichardt. Amy typically advises all incoming freshman and transfer students interested in biology and wildlife. She assists students with transferring credits, petitioning for course credit, math and English placement exams, as well as short- and long-term degree planning. Most students will be assigned to a Biology and Wildlife faculty member as their advisor by their second semester at UAF. However, premajors, students with complicated transfer situations, and students working on math and/or English deficiencies may continue to see Amy. Use this online scheduling link to make a video or phone appointment or send her an email at alwald@alaska.edu.

While Amy can assist you with planning the early phases of your degree program, faculty advisors can play a key role in your career development - whether it's writing letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment, or assisting you with finding exciting research opportunities on campus. Getting to know your faculty advisor is important. Prior to the start of every semester, you must contact your advisor to register for classes, but feel free to contact him/her throughout the semester as well. Let your advisor know if you need additional assistance with classes, or advice on dropping, adding, or changing courses.


  • Biological Sciences BS majors should declare a concentration by the end of their second semester. To declare or change a concentration, students simply send an email to the Registrar (uaf-registrar@alaska.edu) on their official alaska.edu account, including their UA ID#.  Until that is completed, use the "What-If" function of DegreeWorks to figure out course requirements under a particular concentration.
  • Be aware that students can double count courses for capstone and biology elective credit. E.g. BIOL F440 Behavioral Neuroscience Research Capstone contains a capstone project and also provides List B (physiology) or List E (biomedical) elective credit (the student can choose).
  • Courses that were not formally listed in the catalog during a student's catalog year will not automatically count as viable elective courses (e.g. List A, List C) within DegreeWorks. This includes courses that were established subsequent to the student's catalog year, special topics courses (BIOL/WLF X93), and trial courses (BIOL/WLF X94). The advisor and student must petition to have these courses count toward the degree requirements. 
  • If you wish to set up an individual study course, see Resources in the main menu for tips.

Advising Alerts for 2021-22

  • Looking for a capstone course in fall 2021?  They are:  BIOL F441 Animal Behavior, BIOL F473 Limnology, and BIOL F491 The Human Microbiome. There are likely to be fewer options in spring: BIOL F440 Behavioral Neuroscience Research Capstone is the only capstone course in spring, so plan accordingly.
  • Look for a new asynchronous online course to be available in fall: BIOL 493 Plant Physiology and Development (3 credits no lab). (The course may not be listed when the schedule first appears, but it will appear later!) This course may be used to satisfy the major program requirement for one physiology class or can be used for List B (physiology) elective credit. In 2021-22, both of those will simply require a petition.
  • BIOL F440 Behavioral Neuroscience Research Capstone is currently the only fully asynchronous online capstone course. It will be offered next in spring 2022.

Core biology courses offered online and in-person 2020-21

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022
BIOL 111X - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Online & In person -
BIOL 112 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Online & In person
BIOL 115X - Fundamentals of Biology I Online and In person Online
BIOL 116X - Fundamentals of Biology II Online Online & In person
BIOL 260 - Principles of Genetics In person Online
BIOL 360 - Cell and Molecular Biology Online In person
BIOL 371 - Principles of Ecology In person Online
BIOL 481 - Principles of Evolution In person Online

 For more information about online courses, see Biology Online from the Undergraduate main menu