Undergraduate Advising

Freshmen entering the University of Iowa are assigned an advisor from the Academic Advising Center (AAC). AAC advisors are able to provide a broad perspective on many courses and majors. Students who declare biochemistry as a major are advised by biochemistry faculty after they have earned 24 s.h. (usually in the spring of the freshman year).  The advisor in biochemistry will advise on biochemistry coursework and make the final decisions about what coursework will be accepted for completion of the major.

Students who have declared a pre-professional emphasis (e.g., pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy), will also have a Pre-professional Advisor in the AAC. 

Each semester, students are expected to meet with their advisors to discuss courses for the upcoming semester. If biochemistry is your primary major, your advisor will also authorize you to register for classes. If you are a double-major, you may obtain authorization to register from another advisor, but you are encouraged to have a semi-annual meeting with your biochemistry advisor. 

To determine who your advisor is, please log into MyUI and select "student records" and "program of study and advisor."  To set up an advising appointment, contact the Undergraduate Coordinator (email: judy-means@uiowa.edu), and make sure to include the word “advising” in the subject line of your email. Please note that students are expected to use their University of Iowa email to request appointments. 

Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisors:

Name     Office Telephone Email
 Marc S. Wold 
 Director of Undergraduate Studies & Honors Advisor 
4-550 BSB 335-6784 marc-wold@uiowa.edu  
Judy Means
Undergraduate Coordinator 
4-403 BSB  335-8993 judy-means@uiowa.edu

Changes in Registration

Changes in Registration – MyUI OPEN (before and up to the 6th day of the semester)

Prior to the beginning of the fall/spring semester and up until 11:59PM the night before the 6th day of the semester, students who have no holds or restrictions may add, drop, or make section/hour changes through MyUI. 

For summer/winter courses, students may register through MyUI before the session begins.  Once the start date has occurred, an initial registration, add, or change is not allowed on MyUI. 

Change in Registration --- MyUI CLOSED (after the 6th day of the semester)

When initial registrations, add, section changes, and/or hours changes cannot be processed in MyUI, they must be processed through the Registrar’s Service Center with a Change of Registration Form.  

Please refer to the course deadline look-up for specific deadlines for any one course, including off-cycle courses.

Drop Courses

Beginning the 6th day of the fall/spring semester or the 1st day of the summer/winter session when MyUI has closed for changes in registration, students may still drop courses by obtaining required permissions through MyUI.  You will have the ability to drop courses through the last day of the semester/session. (Students need to consult with their advisor before dropping courses.)

For a complete overview of the change in registration process, please refer to:  https://registrar.uiowa.edu/changes-registration

Instructor/Advisor Signatures

On the Change in Registration Form, students often need to obtain signatures from their advisor and/or instructor. Advisor signatures on this form will be obtained through the Undergraduate Coordinator. Please drop your form off in the Biochemistry office (4-403 BSB), and plan to pick it up the following day. Note that some changes to your schedule may require discussion with your advisor. If that is the case, the Undergraduate Coordinator will contact you. Please be aware that faculty may have professional obligations that take them off campus; plan ahead in order to obtain your signatures in advance of the deadline.

To change or drop your major, you must go to the Academic Advising Center (C210 Pomerantz Center) or Academic Programs and Student Development (120 Schaeffer Hall) to complete the necessary form.

Please refer to the CLAS Academic Policies Handbook for complete information and registration, adding/dropping courses, grades, etc.