Welcome First Year Students

Please see important information below if you plan to choose a major in the biological sciences:


1.) Follow the links below for complete descriptions of each of our three majors:


2.) Consider taking BIOL 121-132 (or BIOL 125-126) and CHEM 111-112 during the first year.  These year-long sequences are prerequisites for other required courses in all three majors. BIOL 121 and BIOL 125 are offered in the fall semester, and BIOL 132 and BIOL 126 are offered in the spring.  BIOL 121-132 and CHEM 111-112 are also offered during summer. A grade of C- or better must be earned in each of these courses.

          -An example of a first year schedule can be found here


3) If interested, you can become involved in research during your first year through URES 197, University Research. Ask your advisor for information.


4) Get to know your classmates and faculty. They will be an important part of your support network.


5) Receive important announcements and updates by self-enrolling in the department’s Canvas site.


6) Take advantage of your professors’ office hours. They are ready to help with your coursework! If you need extra help, check out Academic Services’ peer tutoring sessions.


7) Join the Biology Club, Pre-Veterinary Club, UMW Pre-health Society or other student group to grow your community. The Office of Student  Engagement has a complete listing.


8) Start thinking about your career. The Center for Career and Professional Development can help you plan your future after Mary Washington.


9) If you are interested in a health care career, take advantage of resources provided by the Pre-health Program.


If  you have questions about anything, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Lynn Lewis.