Welcome to the BioAdvise Website
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 Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department. We also answer questions about undergraduate biology courses offered at USF.
Who is BioAdvise?
- 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
- Academic Advisors: Mary Cuthbertson, Jessica Davis, Margaret Flores and Emily Potts are the academic advisors for our undergraduate
majors. 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
USF Academic Advising Mission Statement
at USF uphold three components of advising: curriculum, pedagogy, and student learning
outcomes. USF advisors will assist students with course and program selection, the
development of goals, the learning process, and the navigation of campus and community
resources. Successful advising is a collaboration between the student and the advisor.
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 preparing questions and reviewing their degree audit.
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?
See your advisor early in the semester. If you wait until the week before your registration
appointment time, your advisor may not have any available appointments. It is best
to make an advising appointment during February and October because academic advising
offices are not as busy.