For information about course pre-requisites and major restrictions, view the Spring 2014 Quarter Registration Instructions.
Biology Department Waitlist Policy
All Biology courses (except independent study, research, teaching practicum, and graduate-level courses) will be part of Western's automatic waitlist system. The Biology Department will not be actively managing waitlists for 100- and 200-level courses. This means that students who are on a waitlist will be offered seats in the order they were added to the wait list. However, the Biology department reserves the right to re-order the position of students on waitlists to give priority to students who have been on a course waitlist for two consecutive quarters.
Any priortization of students on waitlists for upper-division biology courses will be done to expedite time to degree completion so that students who are close to graduating and are required to take a specific upper-division course are given priority over other students. If waitlist management is necessary students on the waitlist will be prioritized based on major requirements, enrollment in the course for the first time, and time to degree completion. Students who have applied for graduation will be given the highest priority.
Do not contact instructors about your position on the wait list or to get into the course without being on the wait list.
First Day Attendance Policy Enforcement
According to WWU's Class Attendance Policy, "Any student who fails to attend the first meeting of a course may be required to drop it if another student, previously unable to register for the course due to enrollment limitations, seeks admission." The Biology Department will be enforcing this attendance policy for all upper-division courses that have a waitlist on the first day of class.
On the first day of class in all upper-division biology courses the instructor will take attendance (proof of identification may be required). Any student who is on the class roster, but not in attendance on the first day will be sent an e-mail from the instructor notifying him/her that withdrawal from the course is required. Once a student has been asked to withdraw from the course, the seat will be offered to the student at the top of the waitlist.
If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending class on the first day, notification must be sent to the course instructor prior to the first meeting. It is the instructors discretion whether to accept a student's excuse.
The Override Request form (below) is for students who are not biology majors yet would like to be considered for enrollment in an upper-division biology course that is major restricted. Instructor overrides allow a student to register for a course if space is available or add his/her name to the wait list if the course is filled. An instructor override does not guarantee that a student will be able to enroll in the course.
Environmental Science majors are eligible registration for most of our ecology and organismal courses as long a course pre-requisites have been satisfied. All other students wanting to take an upper-division biology course will need to submit an Override Request form to the instructor before registration begins. You must attach a copy of your transcript to the Override Request form for full consideration (directions below).
Biology Department Override Request Form (Web submit)
You can check your student record to see if an override has been issued. Go to Web4U, Student, Registration, Check Your Registration Status.
To Attach a Copy of Your Transcript
Obtain an unofficial copy of your academic history by accessing the Student Menu of Web4U and enter the Student Menu. Select Student Records and then Academic History from the new menu. You can then select, copy, and paste your academic history into a Word document; however, you will need to reduce the font size to 8 pt so that the formatting is restored. Save the Word document (97-2003 Word compatible format) with a filename in the format: Lastname_FirstInitial. After the document has been saved, you can fill out the appropriate electronic form, and in the signature box select the "Attach" button which will open another window allowing you to find and attach your document. Finally, submit the form to the course instructor (e-mail addresses are available on the Biology Faculty web page).