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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

Fall 2020 – Registration Change Process (these processes have changed this fall because of so many courses being taught virtually)

Students can add, drop, or change existing registration in MyUI from August 24th – August 30th.  No approval is required during this timeframe. 

Dropping a course:

Starting August 31st, students must use MyUI to process drops and withdrawals through the end of the fall session.  Once you submit your Drop request, you must contact your advisor to request approval for your drop request.  For additional information, please see the Drop Courses When MyUI is Closed site.

Adding courses/section changes/hours changes:

Please go to the Fall 2020 – Registration Change Process site for directions on how to make changes. 

General instructions:

  1. Please go to Changes in Registration – MyUI Closed to determine the required permissions/authorizations needed for your change. The course deadline look-up provides course specific deadlines. 
  2. Compose one email using your uiowa email account and copy everyone you need permission from. 
    • In the subject of the email, please include your name and ID or hawk ID. 
    • In the body of the email, please include: 1) Type of change you would like to make, 2) your name, 3) University ID number of hawk ID, 4) course name, 5) full course number including section(s), 6) credit hours, and 7) instructor name if you are adding an Independent Study.  
    • Ask that everyone please reply ALL with their permission/approvals to keep them in one email. 
  3. Once all approvals are received, add your signature and send the email to registrar@uiowa.edu for processing.

Adding or dropping an .EXW (online) course:

Please visit the Distance and Online Education site for instructions to add or drop an online course.

Tuition and Fee Responsibility When Dropping a Course:

If you wish to drop a course, please see the deadlines associated with making registration changes to a specific course.  Do view this, please visit the Course Deadlines site. 

Change in Major:

Students advised at the Academic Advising Center (C210 Pomerantz Center) may declare or change majors by contacting that office. 

Students in CLAS may email clasps@uiowa.edu to declare a major, add a new major, and/or drop a major.  The email must come from your University of Iowa email account and include your University ID number and Hawk ID.