Biology Course Registration Information

Here are some general Biology course registration notices to help you with your Biology course registration questions:

  • Blocked Courses: When a course is blocked from registration it means the course is full and there is a waitlist to get into the course.  If your desired course is blocked please register yourself onto the waitlist.   If the waitlist is full please either choose a different course or keep checking the wait list for space to become available.
  • Wait-lists: The wait-list will have a “W” in the section number like 1W1 or 2W1.  For most of the Biology course, wait-listed students are moved in chronological order from the waitlist into the course as space becomes available. Timetables may be modified to allow for conflict-free registration. It is the students’ responsibility to check SSC for registration changes.  If the waitlist for your desired course is full please keep checking the wait list for space to come available to register yourself onto the waitlist.  Students will not be added to full waitlists.   Information on wait-list positioning will not be provided.  Biology course wait lists are not automated, students are manually moved from the waitlist into the course by the Biology office about twice a week as spaces become available in the courses.   The waitlists for Biology courses with labs are managed by checking to see which labs have available space and then chronologically checking the waitlist for the first student who can fit the available lab space into their timetable.  For the winter session, students will be added to courses from waitlists as space becomes available until the end of the 2nd week of term and with direct instruct permission during the 3rd week until the add/drop date.
  • Labs and Tutorials:  If a course has required secondary and/or tertiary activities (i.e. lab/tutorial) students must register themselves into available lab/tutorial seats or they may be registered onto the waitlist by the Biology office if no available lab/tutorial seats fit into their timetable.  Additionally, students timetables may be adjusted to suit available labs and tutorials. Students cannot register for labs or tutorials while they are registered on a waitlist for the lecture section of the same course.
  • Course Conflicts: Students may not register themselves for conflicting course activities and students may only register for one section of a course not multiple.  Students may be removed from wait-lists if they are registered in a conflicting course activity.
  • Course Prerequisites: Students may not register for a course without the required prerequisite(s) unless they have received permission from the course instructor via email and a copy of that email has been sent to the Biology Program Office to tromba@biology.ubc.ca.  Once the email has been received then the student will be registered into the course by the Biology Program Office.  If a student is registered for a course and has a Standing Deferred status for the required course prerequisite they will be waitlisted until their final grade has been submitted and re-added to the course if there is space.
  • BIOL 121: This course will use a staggered seat release where about 1/3 of the seats per section per day will be released during the week of 1st-year registration.  A few seats in each section will also be released during the week of 2nd- year registration.  If you have AP or IB credit for BIOL 121 and wish to register for the course please email bcouch@mail.ubc.ca
  • BIOL 140: Sections 101 (Term 1) and 201 (Term 2) are the primary sections of this course (there is no meeting time for either of these sections). After registering in the primary section (101 or 201) you must also register for a lab that fits your timetable. If there is no room in the lab section that fits your schedule, register in the waitlist for that section. Students will be moved regularly into sections as space becomes available but there are no guarantee students on wait lists will get into the course. If there is no room in any wait list that could fit your schedule contact Kathy Nomme: nomme@zoology.ubc.ca. Be sure to include your name and student number with the lab section you are requesting.
  • Biology 200 & 201: Both of these courses use a staggered seat release where about 1/3 of the seats per section per day will be released during the week of 2nd-year registration.  For BIOL 200 please register into the primary section (000), then a lecture section (101-105) and finally a tutorial section (TXX).  For up to date BIOL 200 registration information please visit https://ubc-biol200-registration.tumblr.com/.  For BIOL 201 please register in a lecture section (201-204) and a tutorial section (TXX).  If you have course prerequisite questions please contact the course coordinator:
  • Biology Laboratory Courses: In most of the Biology Laboratory selections courses (i.e. BIOL 326, 337, 340, 341, 351, 352, 363, 404, etc) half of the seats are reserved for 3rd-year Biology students and half of the seats are reserved for 4th-year biology students.  Priority will be given to 4th year Biology students on the waitlist that need a 2nd lab course to graduate if any seats become available in the lab courses after the 3rd year Biology students have registered.  Biology students are only permitted to complete or be registered in two biology laboratory courses or waitlists  (i.e. BIOL 326, 337, 340, 341, 351, 352, 363, 404, 408, 409, 437 or 444).   However special permission may be obtained to take more.  Non-majors interested in taking these courses are to register themselves on the waitlist and will be considered after all majors are successfully registered into the course from the waitlist.
  • Registration Questions: Please do not contact course instructors about registration issues, as course registrations/ wait-lists are managed by the Biology Program Office.  If you have a biology course question that does not involve blocked courses or wait-lists please email tromba@biology.ubc.ca.

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