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 FALL 2022

  • The Biological Sciences BA program has changed! Under the 2022-23 catalog year, there is a new capstone course required that is more integrative and interdisciplinary (BIOL 410 Integrative Capstone in Biological Sciences). Current students who wish to take advantage of this change may change their catalog year by emailing the registrar at uaf-registrar@alaska.edu. Or petition to have the new capstone replace the older, research capstone (BIOL 400)
  • The capstone course for the Biological Sciences BS program is still BIOL 400, but the name has changed to distinguish it from the BA capstone; it's now Research Capstone in Biological Sciences.
  • Immunology will have a new number in fall: BIOL F463, and will no longer be stacked with the graduate veterinary medicine class, but is still taught by Veterinary Medicine faculty.
  • Several classes will be late to show up on the schedule but are going forward. These include BIOL 425 Mammalogy (Zoom with in-person labs) and CHEM 321 Organic Chemisty 1 (asynchronous online).
  • Looking for a Biological Sciences research capstone course in fall 2022?  BIOL 472 Community Ecology (in person or Zoom) and BIOL 441 Animal Behavior (in person only). In spring 2023, we'll offer BIOL 440 asynchronous online, Behavioral Neuroscience Research Capstone.

To view a list of courses offered asynchronously online, click here