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General Instructions Systematic Biology Oxford Academic A: ARTS was replaced by the Degree Progress Report (DPR) in 2012. The DPR presents most of the same information that the ARTS form had (and sometimes more information) but in a more user-friendly format. The DPR is available through students' My Progress section of the my KU portal and is available in three different forms. Q: If I need to write a letter of recommendation for a student, and I want the closest thing to the ARTS form to help me in judging the student's academic performance, what should I ask the student to give me? A: Ask the student for her/his "Print Advising Report," which is available through the student's My Progress portal. The Print Advising Report provides basic information about the student's major, including GPA, as well as a list of courses with grades. Additionally, entrance exam scores are given in this report. A: Students typically should choose the degree requirements that were in effect for the academic term when they first entered KU. However, students may choose to follow the most current degree requirements, in which case they can generate a "What If" Degree Progress Report (DPR) using the most recent term for degree requirements. The College now has a time limit policy concerning degree requirements: "Students readmitted 10 years or more after the initial term of degree-seeking admission to KU must fulfill all current requirements (this includes general education, major, minor, and all other related policies) to earn a degree."A: There are several holds that students may see on their accounts. Here is a brief description of academic holds: ADV-GRAD – Candidate for Graduation hold. Students receive this hold once they have 75 credit hours; the hold seems to be meant to have students begin thinking about graduation requirements. Students must read the accompanying Academic Notice in the My Progress portal to click on a link to an online degree progress assessment. The hold will be removed by a College graduation advisor after the assessment is completed, normally in 1-2 business days. All students in the College receive this hold to assure that students receive at least two semesters of advising. Jen Weghorst ([email protected]) and Greg Burg ([email protected]) are able to remove this hold. We will need confirmation that you met with the student and the student’s KUID number. ADV-CSRD – Non-declared major hold ("crossroads" hold). Students who have not yet declared a major after their first two semesters receive this hold. The notice will give instructions on how to lift this hold. A: On our web page, we have a link entitled "Advising", and faculty advisors are listed according to their expertise in one or more major areas. If you would like to change your advising designation(s), please contact Jen Weghorst ([email protected]). A: KU's Lawrence campus pre-medical advisors maintain an extensive pre-medical advising website for various pre-health professions. There are links within the various pages for required and recommended courses. A: Contact Greg Burg ([email protected]) and Jen Weghorst ([email protected]), and/or refer students to contact them. Please be aware that community college courses cannot transfer as Jr/Sr hours, even if they might satisfy a particular Jr/Sr course requirement. If you have questions about how to complete this form, which is also available in the UBP office, or about degree requirements for students, please contact either Greg Burg ([email protected]) or Jen Weghorst ([email protected]). A: Yes, faculty may substitute courses within the "General Science Requirements" and major course sections (e.g., "Biochemistry Course Requirements") for all majors. KU Core courses may not be substituted except through the student's submitting a petition to the KU Core curriculum committee. A: BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology may not be substituted for BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms. BIOL 636 Biochemistry I may not be substituted for BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures. However, BIOL 636 may be combined with BIOL 638 Biochemistry II to substitute for BIOL 600. For other substitution questions, please contact either Greg Burg ([email protected]) or Jen Weghorst ([email protected]). A: Students need both a KU (not including transfer credit) GPA and a Major Jr/Sr Hour GPA greater than or equal to 2.00. The Degree Progress Report (DPR)'s final two sections provide both these GPAs. Courses contributing to the Major Jr/Sr Hour GPA would be courses numbered 300 or above not included in the KU Core or General Science Requirements sections of that particular major (see our degree requirement check sheets or the DPR). The courses included in this GPA calculation vary across our majors. A: Our students may choose to take up to one course each semester Credit/No Credit as long as it is not classified as a major course. Courses that are designated as major courses vary with the particular major. If you refer to one of our biology degree requirement checksheets, or to the Degree Progress Report (DPR)/Degree Requirement Checklist, you'll see the broad classifications of KU Core and General Science Requirements. These two areas do not contain courses that are classified as major courses. A: Students with two majors must complete at least 15 credit hours in each major (i.e., not in KU Core or General Science Requirements) that are unique (i.e., not satisfying a major requirement) to that major. Please keep in mind that students are not double majoring if they complete more than one subplan of the BS Biology major (e.g., EEOB MCDB) or more than one concentration of the BA Human Biology major (e.g., Anthropology Psychology). Typically, students choose to double major in the same degree tracks: BA BA or BS BS. However, some students are able to complete the required courses for both a BA and BS major in a timely fashion, particularly if they are entering KU with many hours of AP/IB or transfer credit. Blackboard has some major changes that began with the Fall 2013 semester, most notably the automatic Blackboard course creation for every course for which you're listed as an instructor. These automatically-created sites, however, do not contain content from your previous semesters' course sites, nor will they be made available automatically to your students. A: You can change a student's grade online through your Enroll & Pay Grade Roster up to a year after the course. After one year has passed, a paper Change of Grade Form is needed (please contact either Greg Burg ([email protected]) or Jen Weghorst ([email protected]). A: You may select "I" in your course Grade Roster through Enroll & Pay. Grade Roster Incomplete (pdf) No additional paperwork is necessary to assign an "I". Please see the policy below and note that after one year, "I"s lapse to "F"s or to the grade you specify as the default when originally assigning an "I," and changing the lapsed grade requires a petition process that involves both the student and you. Policy on incompletes from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences policies. The letter I indicates incomplete work, such as may be completed without re-enrollment in the course. The letter I should not be used when a definite grade can be assigned for the work done. It is not given for the work of a student in any course except to indicate that some part of the work has, for reasons beyond the student's control, not been done, while the rest has been satisfactorily completed. At the time an I is reported on the electronic roster, the character and amount of work needed, as well as the date required for completion and lapse grade if further work is not completed by this date, should be indicated. A student who has an I posted for a course must make up the work by the date determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student, which may not exceed 1 calendar year, or the last day of the term of graduation, whichever comes first. An I not removed according to this rule automatically converts to a grade of F or U, or the lapse grade assigned by the course instructor, and appears on the student's record. Extensions to the time limit may be granted by the dean's representative upon submission of a petition from the student containing the endorsement of the course instructor who assigned the I grade, or the department chairperson if the instructor is unavailable. After the I grade is converted to a grade of F or U, the grade may only be changed in accordance with USRR Article II, Section 3. A: Students are not to re-enroll in a course in which they are receiving an "I." Arrangements need to be made with the current instructor and the future instructor regarding Blackboard, being on the second semester's roster, etc. A: For biology teaching technological support, contact Patty Krueger ([email protected]) in the BTRC (Biology Teaching Resource Center). For information on using technology in the classroom (e.g., "clickers," Blackboard, etc.), see Instructional Development and Support (IDS). For strategies and support for teaching, see the Center for Teaching Excellence. 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Conservation Biology - Wiley Online Library IB offers students the opportunity of participating in the research being conducted in the laboratories of its faculty members and other affiliated researchers. This may involve anything from collecting data in the field to doing experiments in the lab. It may involve assisting a faculty member, postdoc, or senior graduate student with ongoing experiments or may involve independent research no one has ever undertaken before. You can earn academic credit for your research by signing up for IB 199, IB 390, or IB 490. You must have the approval of the faculty member in whose laboratory you will work before doing this. The faculty member will discuss with you an appropriate number of credit hours to sign up for. Recognize that you can work in the lab of a professor who may not have a primary appointment in one of the SIB departments (Animal Biology, Entomology, Plant Biology). Click here to see a more detailed discussion of working with non-SIB faculty or non-faculty researchers. Many students want to get involved in an undergraduate research project, but simply don't know where to start! IB Faculty are offering IB 199 to help students do just that. Students work in small groups in a research lab, where the faculty member teaches common skills for success in any research project. Students are also part of a weekly seminar including readings of primary research and presentations from other students. It's a great way to get some experience doing research! IB 390 is the basic introductory research course designed to give students exposure to a research laboratory. Students work under the supervision of faculty and graduate students to contribute to the lab's ongoing research projects. IB 490 is an independent project that a student undertakes to gain experience in designing and completing a research project. Students must have already gained basic research lab experience before beginning a 490 project. This course requires a report to be submitted during the last semester, which is graded. This report may be submitted for graduation with Distinction, but this is not required. The best reason is that it will give you unparalleled insight into the methods used to generate all that information presented to you in formal classes. It will also give you an opportunity to become part of the scientific process itself. Here are some additional reasons: You can expect a lot of hard work and, with that and a little luck, the exhilaration of making a discovery no one else in the world has made. In practical terms, you can expect to earn 1-4 hours of credit in a semester and work from a few to more than 10 hours per week in a laboratory. The credit hours you earn and the hours you are expected to put in will be determined by the faculty member in whose laboratory you will work. You should discuss these matters when you first talk to the faculty member. The person supervising your project will expect you to show the same dedication to the project you work on as the graduate students and others in the lab do. This may mean coming in to the lab or going to the field at odd hours, including nights and weekends if required. It may mean attending lab meetings with other members of the laboratory. It will certainly mean reading primary research articles related to the research and learning the scientific basis of the research you are conducting. Some laboratories hire undergraduates as paid assistants, but you should not expect the same kind of experience as an assistant as you would have doing independent research. Furthermore, if you are a paid assistant, you will not receive academic credit for your research. On the other hand, it may be possible for you to obtain financial assistance while you are doing independent academic research. Check out the undergraduate support web page for more details. IB offers three levels of Distinction, each of which may be earned only by completing a research project and presenting it as a formal written report. Submission of a manuscript to Conservation Biology implies it has not been published previously and is not being considered for publication elsewhere see also, Preprint Policy below. At the time of submission, describe in the cover letter any data, figures, or text in the manuscript that have been published or that are in.
Letters Nature Cell Biology It is a science that studies various characteristics of living systems. Nevertheless, defining the notion of a living system is a rather complicated thing to do. That is exactly why scientists have determined several criteria, according to which an organism is thought out to be alive. The main components out of these criteria are metabolism, self-reproduction, and self-regulation. Notion 'science' is being formed as a sphere of human activity towards acquisition and systematization of objective knowledge about reality. In compliance with this term, an object of the given science is life in all its aspects and forms, and also on various levels. Mind these methods to complete your biology homework assignments successfully. Some of them are universal for all sciences, for example, such as observation, hypothesis advancement and control, construction of a theory. Other scientific methods can be used only when conducting research in specific branches of sciences, such as genealogy, hybridization, culture technique of tissues, etc. Although, there is one thing that is common for all scientific methods, and it is biology critical thinking that should be possessed by every expert in the given field. You are always enjoying your classes and want to become an expert in the given sphere? Then there are no doubts that you will face biology resume writing in your future. If you do not have enough time to complete these important papers together with your current task, it is absolutely normal to consult concerning these issues. Our highly qualified writers will help you not only to complete your biology homework successfully, but also write term paper within the stipulated deadline. The science is closely connected with other scholarships, such as chemistry, physics, ecology, geography and, at the same time, is subdivided into a great number of specific sciences studying different biological objects: phytobiology and animal life science, phytophysiology, morphology, genetics, taxonomy, selection, mycology, helminthology and many others. While writing a biology essay, one should remember that method is a way of research, passed by a scientist or a student, who solve any scientific task or a problem. There are numerous methods, and it is important to choose one that will be most effectively used during the information gathering phase. To complete a successful biology research paper, it is necessary to pay attention to the following scientific methods: Choice of topics and composition of an outline are compulsory elements of biology assignment writing. Here, one formulates his thesis statement - the main argument. You have to check whether every paragraph refers to the topic of your biology coursework. While using an outline, a student is not distracted by trivia and inconspicuous details. In such a manner, outline alongside with an abstract can help us focus on the key point. Being under temporary pressure, you will not have enough time to improvise. Instead, you need to be ready to complete a biology term paper assignment, to work out your own strategy and series of steps that will give you the possibility to cope with this assignment quickly. Life science is a system of sciences, which objects under study are living beings and their intercommunication with the surrounding environment. It explores all aspects of life, in particular, such as structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and classification of living organisms on Earth. The study classifies and describes living objects, its origin, interaction between them and with the environment. You are interested in this sphere, and you have an assignment to write an essay? At the same time, you are extremely busy with a pile of other urgent things to do? can provide you with the most qualified biology homework help. Our crew of professional writers will undertake a biological study for you and complete your paper with all indicated requirements on time. Do not hesitate and buy your biology thesis paper safely at Thus, you will not need to make the Internet search typing "do my biology homework", "custom coursework writing", etc. If some questions still remain, feel free to ask us in chat, we will be glad to help you 24/7. Ask us for assistance even if you do not know how to write biology cover letter. Oct 30, 2017. Browse the archive of articles on Nature Cell Biology.
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