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Department of Biology Advising

The biology major has requirements in several fields and requires appropriate planning to successfully complete. Students should seek advising in the department of biology as soon as they have chosen biology as their major. It is strongly recommended that biology students review their course plan with their advisors each semester before registering for courses.

Advising for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Biology Minor*:

For pre-health / med / vet / optometry / dental see Joe Southerland ( For all else, refer to this table.
Name Location Phone Email Advises students with last name beginning: Advising Times
Dr. Christopher Wolin 241 Research Bldg 516-6210 A - E By appointment
Dr. Lori Paul 225 Research Bldg 516-6216 F - J By appointment
Dr. Laura Catano 224 Research Bldg 516-6221

K - N By appointment
Dr. Ambrose Kidd 204A Stadler Hall 516-6209 O - S By appointment
Dr. Marc Spingola 242 Research Bldg 516-6749 T - Z By appointment

Advising for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology:

  • For majors with last names beginning A-L, contact Dr. Marc Spingola (see above).
  • For majors with last names beginning M-Z, contact Dr. Michael Nichols at  

Advising for the Bachelor of Science in Education with Emphasis in Biology and the Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Teacher Certification:

Advising/Credit Transfer Policy

A. Biology advisors shall waive one credit each for Biology 1811 and Biology 1821 equivalent courses (5 credits each) that carry only four credits at the transfer college.

B. For one credit labs at the 2000 level or above (genetics lab, micro lab, ecology lab, etc. which are all 2 credits at UM-St. Louis in Biology) that transfer from other institutions, Biology advisors shall count them as satisfying one lab requirement and allow them to count as two credits towards the total number of biology credits required (by waiving one credit).

Updated 1/24/12