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BioAdvise is the resource office for undergraduate students taking biology coursework. We are here to serve the needs of students whose majors are in the Integrative Biology Department or the Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology Department. We also answer questions about undergraduate biology courses offered at USF.

The advisors meet with students individually for advising appointments, assist with new and transfer student orientations, answer student emails, and use any other mechanism available to assist our students’ success in their graduation and career goals.


Tampa Academic Advisors:

Mary Cuthbertson, Tarin Haydt, Jessica Hoffmann, and James Zalman are the academic advisors for all undergraduate biology majors on the Tampa campus.

Emily Potts is our first year science advisor that works directly with Biology First-Year students. Jessica Davis and Ana Torres-Ayala are our transfer science advisors that supports our Biology Transfer population.

image of advisor Mary Cuthbertson

image of advisor Tarin Haydt


image of advisor Jessica Hoffmann

image of advisor James Zalman


If you have an appointment, the advisors' offices can be found below:

Mary Cuthbertson SCA 204
Tarin Haydt SCA 234
Jessica Hoffmann SCA 230
James Zalman SCA 236


At the Front Desk: We have great front office staff who are the main support for the advisors and may be the first person you meet from our office. Our office assistants run the front desk, answer the phones, juggle the paperwork you submit, and keep the advisors informed.


How often should you see an advisor?
We love meeting with our students and suggest that they come in to see us at least once a semester.

Meeting with us regularly allows us to keep up to date with your goals and experiences here at USF, which gives us the opportunity to make sure you are on track for graduation and your career goals.

When is the best time to see an advisor?
Our office absolutely has busy times throughout the year, such as during peak registration and summer orientations.

If you are unable to find an available appointment on the USF E-scheduler, please do not hesitate to email us directly with your questions or concerns and we will work best to accommodate you.

We also strive to provide regular Drop-Ins to assist during our busiest times.

What is the best way to communicate with an advisor?
Normally, students have the option to email our office, call our front desk, or drop-in to talk with our support staff.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 our offices are working remotely until further notice. Therefore, the best way to reach an advisor is to email us.

Please allow 3 business days for an email response from our office.

The Biology Advising Office is divided across 3 campuses.

Tampa campus

Office Location: SCA 203

Office Phone: 813-974-3250


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

St. Pete campus

Office Location: Davis Hall, DAV 134

Office Phone: 727-873-4511


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM & Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sarasota/Manatee campus

Office Location: C-107

Office Phone: 941-359-4330


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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