University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Department of Biology Advising

The Biology Department encourages students to take full advantage of our faculty advisors. The following description is meant to acquaint students with advising opportunities as students navigate their majors and their educational and professional goals.

Purpose of Academic Advising:

The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational requirements and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; for every meeting, the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas. To facilitate a productive advising session, students need to review their CATS report before attending an advising meeting. 

Getting an Advisor within the Biology Department:

You will be assigned to a Biology faculty advisor if your major is Biology, Zoology or Biological Science (in the College of Arts and Sciences). If your major is Neuroscience or Environmental Science, your advisor will be either from Biology or from another participating department. You should meet with your advisor prior to the pre-registration period each semester to discuss your progress towards fulfilling your degree requirements.  For first year students these meetings will occur during mandatory group advising sessions and drop-in hours (see below), while for all other students, meetings will be one-on-one. Remember: it’s your responsibility to schedule and attend advising meetings.  First year students will not be able to register for spring semester courses until they meet with their primary or secondary advisor.

Biology and Zoology minors or students considering a minor/major who would like advice are welcome to make an appointment with the Department Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or to reach out informally to professors they know in the department.

Seeking Other Kinds of Advising:

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to course selection, research and careers in the life sciences and the health sciences, and opportunities that may enhance your undergraduate experience in preparation for science careers or graduate or professional schools. There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as studying abroad, student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Last modified October 01 2015 04:23 PM