Fall 2017 Advising Update
Biology Advising Information
Students who have officially declared a biology major should meet regularly with a biology advisor, ideally once a semester. Students at the pre-major level who go to the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) for advising also are invited to meet with a biology advisor, particularly to draft a degree completion plan and to discuss biology course details and career options.
How to Make an Advising Appointment
Students interested in meeting with a biology advisor should review the list of biology specialty areas in the left navigational panel. Students should interact with an advisor who is closely associated with that area of biology they find most interesting in an effort to determine not only potential course selections but career options. Think about what you want to do and ask questions.
Each linked faculty list will have additional information, including whether the advisor wishes to have you make appointments with her/him through e-mail, phone, or an electronic calendar. Most faculty prefer to be contacted via email.
Making the Most of Your Advising Appointment
Because faculty members' time is valuable (and so is yours), you'll want to make the most of your advising appointment by being prepared. Review your up-to-date DPR before your meeting, and print and take your Checklist, as well as the appropriate biology degree requirement checksheet, to your meeting. Have a plan for the courses you need and want to take in upcoming semesters, keeping in mind that some courses are offered only in the fall or spring and have specific prerequisites.
General advising information