Mission Statement

The mission of Biology and Zoology advising is to engage students in developing and implementing a plan leading to the realization of their educational, life and professional goals.  Biology advisors assist students in making well-informed decisions by giving them accurate information about requirements, career choices, professional activities, academic success resources and university policies.  

Advising Philosophy

Biology and Zoology advising is organized around the conviction that students should be actively engaged in their education, as well as the planning and decisions needed to reach their professional goals.  From the beginning, advising focuses on educational and professional goals, and advisors work to suggest opportunities that are important to being successful in those goals.  However, advisors will never know everything, and students should also actively seek out information on their own.  Advisors are there to assist students, but students bear the ultimate responsibility of being aware of requirements and utilizing appropriate resources and opportunities to meet their needs. 

Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

You should:

  • Understand and accept that you are ultimately responsible for your education and your own decisions. 
  • Ask for help when you need it and utilize appropriate campus resources to ensure your success.
  • Make appointments in a timely fashion to avoid crises and cancel appointments that cannot be kept.
  • Come to all appointments prepared with the documents and information outlined on the website and be ready to actively participate in the meeting.
  • Keep an advising file where you track requirements, as well as professional development and career issues.
  • Provide accurate and truthful information when being advised.
  • Actively research career information and undergraduate opportunities and discuss any questions with your advisor
  • Follow up on plans-of-action identified during advising sessions.

Your advisor should:

  • Assist students in developing education, life and career plans.
  • Provide timely and accurate information. 
  • Assist with academic success issues.  
  • Assist with career exploration and graduate/professional school options.  
  • Assist with appropriate course choices.   
  • Assist with choosing and integrating appropriate extra and co curricular activities such as research, internships, volunteering, and study abroad into education requirements.  
  • Assist with monitoring progress toward educational/career goals.
  • Sign forms that require an advisor signature and write recommendations as appropriate.
  • Discuss graduation audits and requirements.

Your advisor will not:

  • Plan out all of your courses.  Advisors will provide feedback on plans you develop using the online resources, but they will not do it all for you. 
  • Know everything about all careers.  Your advisor will provide what feedback they can, but generally you will need to engage in further research on your own through reading, orientation classes, shadowing, volunteering, informational interviews and other resources.  You should be working on and thinking about this task frequently and discussing what you discover with your advisor.
  • Solve all of the challenges you encounter. Your advisor will frequently need to refer you to other services on or off campus based on the situation you are dealing with.