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Departmental Advising for Intended Students and Majors or Minors

BIO-intended undergraduate students and BIO majors and minors have the benefit of an advisement structure that delivers expert guidance at every academic stage. It is recommended that students meet with an advisor at least once each semester to discuss progress toward timely degree completion. For BIO-intended majors (and any other undergraduate students who are not yet accepted into the BIO major or minor programs): contact natural science advisors Ms. Pam Wendling, Mr. Mike Kustreba or Mr. Joe Syracuse in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) advising office in 275 Park Hall, or call 645-6883 to schedule a personal appointment.

For accepted majors:

Ms. Vickie Searight, the undergraduate secretary, is primarily responsible for managing student records and for handling course registration and other administrative matters.

Ms. Brandi McKnight and Ms. Rebecca Leach, the undergraduate advisors, are responsible for consultative management of student program planning in BIO.  They hold student advisement hours by individual appointment.

Ms. Searight, Ms. McKnight and Ms. Leach are all available in 109 Cooke Hall, and can be reached individually at:

Ms. Vickie Searight (Tel:645-4905; e-mail:

Ms. Brandi McKnight (Tel: 645-4902; e-mail:

Ms. Rebecca Leach (Tel: 645-4914; e-mail:

Once accepted into the BIO major, students are also assigned a faculty advisor within the Department of Biological Sciences.

Additional advising for all BIO-intended and BIO major and minor students: Dr. Grayson Snyder (373A Cooke Hall; Tel: 645-4939; e-mail: has regularly-scheduled walk-in hours for student advising. His hours are posted at his office, and at his faculty web page. Students should be aware and make use of other specialized advising services that are available on campus. These include:

Prehealth Advising Office for students interested in post-graduate training for careers in health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.). For information, visit

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