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BIOL 207: Principles of Biology II

Lab Exemption Instructions

Lab exemptions for BIOL 207, Supervised Lab, may be granted in exceptional cases if:

  1. an equivalent introductory general biology lab course has been taken at a recognized institution.
  2. the course has been taken within the last 5 years.
  3. the student achieved a grade of 50% or higher on the lab component and/or lab exam.

If you meet all three criteria, arrange for a "Lab Exemption Request Letter" to be sent to the Science Lab Coordinator from the college or university you previously attended, or send us an official course transcript showing that you have successfully completed the equivalent lab component. Please note that lab exemptions will incur a lab fee.

The "Lab Exemption Request Letter" must be obtained before your course contract end date.

Please see below for the detailed steps towards obtaining an exemption. If you have any further questions, please ask the Science Lab Coordinator.

  • Contact the Biology Lab Coordinator/Course Professor at the college/university you previously attended and ask her/him to forward the necessary information to the Science Lab Coordinator via e-mail.
  • The biology course and labs you have previously taken may not yet have been evaluated and determined to be equivalent to the AU BIOL 207 lab component. Therefore, in the "Lab Exemption Request Letter", we need to see a complete list of the experiments performed in the lab, and a description of the evaluation system used in the lab, in order to determine equivalence.
  • The "Lab Exemption Request Letter" needs to contain the following information:
    1. Your full name.
    2. The course number and the sending institution.
    3. The lab mark you obtained in the above course (all lab activities marks separately).
    4. The year you took the course (must have been within the last 5 years).

Lab Equivalence Determination

Once your letter is sent to us, it will be forwarded to the course professor for BIOL 207 for his review and consideration.

We will use the average lab grade for the lab portion of the student's AU grade and this will count 25% towards the student's final grade.

Important: A student will NOT be exempt from doing the home labs (simulation exercises).

Please note that the lab exemption mark will be entered into our system last, after all other components of the course.

BIOL 207 Course Syllabus

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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