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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.

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

 

  • Academic Advisors: Mary Cuthbertson, Jessica Davis, Tarin Haydt, Jessica Hoffmann, and Tangela Serls are the academic advisors for all undergraduate biology majors. Katie Kosmoski is our first year science advisor that works directly with Biology First-Year students. 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.

How often should you see an advisor?
It is important that you see your advisor at least once every semester, especially during your first year at the university. Students should prepare before each advising appointment by reviewing their degree audit and having questions ready for their advisor.

Students must clearly articulate and explore their goals, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses with their advisor to ensure that the advisor is able to provide an individualized academic plan. Students who actively participate in the advising process will not only have a better understanding of the university’s goals, mission, policies and procedures, but will also develop a life-long commitment to learning and community involvement. Academic advisors are wonderful resources for USF students. We encourage you to take advantage of their knowledge and advocacy.

When is the best time to see an advisor?
It is best to see an advisor early in the semester. The advisors may not have any available appointments during the busy season of registration; therefore,it is best to make an advising appointment during February and October because academic advising offices are not as busy. You are eligible to schedule an Academic Advising appointment up to two weeks in advance. During peak times you will need to look for appointments two weeks out. If you are unable to secure a full appointment during peak times, be sure to check our Walk-In calendar for additional appointment opportunities. The link to the Walk-In calendar can be found on the BioAdvise homepage.

Our main office is located in SCA 203, better known as the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Center. We require a previously scheduled appointment to meet and talk with an advisor face-to-face, except for the days we offer set Walk-Ins (which are first-come, first-served). Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are not open on weekends, evenings or during USF holidays.

If you have questions about our office, you are more than welcome to call our front desk at 813-974-3250 during business hours. Please keep in mind, our front desk can be very busy. If you do not get through to our office, please leave a voicemail with your Full Name, U#, Contact Phone Number, and the Reason for your Call, and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

The best way to reach a Biology Advisor directly is via email. We are happy to answer general questions about policies, majors, and other academic matters through our departmental email, BioAdvise@usf.edu. When sending an email to our office, please make sure to write a professional email which should include an address to the reader (i.e. Dear Advisor), a professional email body with complete sentences and proper punctuation, and a signature that includes your Full Name and U# (if you have one).