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Undergraduates

BioSciences Advising for Undergraduates

Below please find contact information for the undergraduate degree program academic advisors. For descriptions of the major fields that we offer please see the "Degree Programs" menu. Students electing a BA in biological sciences may choose an advisor (BCB or EEB) that most closely corresponds to their interests, and that choice may be changed any time. Click on the 2016-17 Advising Slide Show (table below, top left) for a short movie to guide you through the Biosciences Undergraduate Advising Information (table below, top right).

Biosciences Advising Materials

2016-17 Advising Slide Show Biosciences Undergraduate Advising Information (with checklists)
Introductory lab courses BIOC 112 Intro Bio Research Challenges
iGEM Handout EBIO 319 Summer Course in Tropical Biology  
Search for current BIOC course offerings. Search for current EBIO course offerings.

Click this link to access advising handouts and materials from supplemental advising sessions on undergraduate research opportunites, career options, applying to graduate school, etc.

 1) Pre-declaration Advising: Prospective majors / Freshmen and Undeclared Sophomores

Group 1) advisors assist students who are considering the major but who have not yet declared and Group 2) advisors assist students who have declared one of the majors in the Department of BioSciences. 

Biochemistry & Cell Biology Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Beth Beason-Abmayr
326 Anderson Biological

Laboratories
x2535
bbeason@rice.edu
Dr. Matthew Bennett
306 Keck Hall
x4161
matthew.bennett@rice.edu
Dr. Scott Solomon
130D Anderson Biological 
Laboratories

x2661
scott.solomon@rice.edu
Dr. Jamie Catanese
130C Anderson Biological 
Laboratories

djc98@rice.edu
Dr. Dereth Phillips
340 Anderson Biological
Laboratories

x2343
derethp@rice.edu
Dr. Scott Egan (fall only)
103 Anderson Biological 
Laboratories

x2234
scott.p.egan@rice.edu
Dr. Kathy Matthews
203 Keck Hall
x4871
ksm@rice.edu
Dr. Alma Novotny
W105
George R. Brown Hall
x4015

novotnya@rice.edu
 

Neuroscience Minor Environmental Sciences
Dr. James McNew
713 BioSciences Res Collaborative
x3133
mcnew@rice.edu
  Dr. Amy Dunham
103B Anderson Biological
Laboratories
x2792
aed4@rice.edu


 2) Declared Major Advising: Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores who have declared a major in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, or Biological Sciences  

Biochemistry & Cell Biology   Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  
Dr. Kathleen Beckingham
W130 George R. Brown Hall
x4016
kate@rice.edu

Declared majors whose last names begin with
A-H

Dr. Charles Stewart
W104 GBH
x4926
crs@rice.edu
Declared majors whose last names begin with
Q-Z
Dr. Adrienne Simoes Correa
201D Anderson Biological 
Laboratories
x3054
ac53@rice.edu  
Dr. David Caprette (Chair)
327 Anderson Biological Laboratories
x3498
caprette@rice.edu
Declared majors whose last names begin with
I-P
  Dr. Scott Solomon
130D Anderson Biological
Laboratories

x2661
scott.solomon@rice.edu

Neuroscience Minor Environmental Sciences
Dr. James McNew
713 BioSciences Res Collaborative
x3133
mcnew@rice.edu
  Dr. Amy Dunham
103B Anderson Biological 
Laboratories
x2792
aed4@rice.edu

 

Transfer credit in the Department of BioSciences

The Department of BioSciences can accept transfer credit for BIOC and EBIO courses only. Please contact one of our three transfer credit advisors, as explained in the next paragraph. For any other course, please contact the transfer credit advisor for the department that offers that course.

We strongly recommend obtaining approval before taking a course that you wish to transfer. To transfer credit for a specific course or to obtain credit for BIOC 390 or EBIO 391, department majors should contact Dr. David Caprette, caprette@rice.edu (BIOC) or Dr. Scott Solomon, scott.solomon@rice.edu (EBIO), who will then contact the relevant professor to determine if a course should transfer. Be prepared to provide the course code, title, brief description, institution and its location, and a complete syllabus or equivalent source that describes the content, textbook, nature of assignments and/or exams, and indicates the level taught (lower or upper division). Non-majors and majors seeking to study abroad should contact Dr. George Bennett, gbennett@rice.edu (BIOC) or Dr. Solomon, scott.solomon@rice.edu (EBIO) about transfer credit.

Upon obtaining approval, please bring a transfer of credit form with your part completed to the instructor or transfer credit advisor for a signature and then take the completed form to the Registrar's Office.

    General guidelines for transfer credit
  • A course taken at a four year accredited institution of higher education will generally transfer as its BIOC or EBIO equivalent if the instructor concludes that the content, emphasis (e.g., basic science vs. clinical), assessments, and level taught are consistent with the proposed equivalent.
  • An acceptable upper division course with no Rice equivalent will transfer as BIOC 390 or EBIO 391 (lecture course) or BIOC/EBIO 393 (laboratory course).
  • An acceptable lower division course with no Rice equivalent may transfer as general BIOC or EBIO credit (BIOC or EBIO 1xx or 2xx).
  • Online and community college courses will be considered on a case by case basis. Generally, such courses, if approved, will transfer as lower division general credit.

Transfer Credit Advisors
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Dr. David Caprette 
327 Anderson Biological Laboratories
x3498
caprette@rice.edu
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
(Study Abroad Only)

Dr. George Bennett
813 BioScience Res Collaborative
x4920
gbennett@rice.edu
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Scott Solomon
130D Anderson Biological 
Laboratories

X2661
scott.solomon@rice.edu
Neuroscience Minor
Dr. James McNew
713 BioSciences Res Collaborative
x3133
mcnew@rice.edu
Environmental Science
Dr. Amy Dunham
103B Anderson Biological Laboratories
x2792
aed4@rice.edu