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Want to be a Biological Sciences Major?

For non-GBSC students, the Department of Biological Sciences accepts internal transfer requests ONLY during the 3rd full week of September and the 3rd full week of February each academic year.

For the 2014 - 2015 academic year the Change of Major weeks are:

September 15 - 19, 2014 and February 16 - 20, 2015

Students who wish to change their major to Biological Sciences or Microbiology must first:

1. complete each of the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: BIOL 1105, BIOL 1115, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1116, CHEM 1035 and CHEM 1036
2. pass or otherwise receive credit for two semesters of Math (preferably MATH 1016-2015, 1205-1206, 1025-1026, or 1225-1226)
3. pass or otherwise receive credit for ENGL 1105-1106 (or ENGL 1204H as an alternative)
4. have an overall GPA of at least 2.0
5. have an in-major (STEM) GPA of 2.2

In addition, students must complete a four-year-plan for the Biological Sciences major. The plan may be accessed
here. Students must also run a "What If DARS" for the Biological Sciences major and bring a copy along with the 4-year plan to the advising meeting. More information about accessing DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) can be found here. Students must bring the printer-friendly DARS, which is generally six or more pages and shows all course work completed and not completed.

Students will need to contact the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office (2089 Derring Hall,, or 540-231-6407) to set up an appointment to meet with an advisor during the designated Change of Major Week. At your scheduled appointment, you and an advisor will go over your completed paperwork and discuss any questions you may have. After this discussion, if you determine you would like to be a Biological Sciences or Microbiology major, you will fill out a Change of Major Form and begin the paperwork process. Several signatures are required on the Change of Major Form and it is the student's responsibility to obtain the required signatures and turn the form in (at the College of Science Dean's Office) for final processing.

Once a student transfers into Biological Sciences, they must meet progress to degree requirements and maintain at least an in-major 2.2 GPA for each semester, including the semester of transfer. For requirements and course information, please see our web site at

Contact Information

Derring Hall Room 2089
1405 Perry Street
Mail Code 0406
Blacksburg, VA  24061

(540) 231-6407

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.