Academic Advising

Academic advisors know the policies, procedures and details of their programs. Consult an academic advisor for information on:

  • Academic programs,
  • Degree requirements,
  • Career options,
  • Course selection,
  • Secondary fields of study, and
  • Extra-curricular activities.

Academic Forms

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

Help MSU acknowledge advisors who demonstrate excellence in providing useful educational and career advice. Students are encouraged to nominate their advisors  for the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Directory of Academic Advisors for CNS Majors

Undergraduate students should consult with the advisor associated with their degree major. Each department handles advising differently, so contact the advisor listed for specific details.

Preprofessional advisors are available through the CNS Academic Student Affairs Office to consult with preprofessional students (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, and other human health care programs, except nursing).

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Kendra Pyle
105B Biochemistry, phone (517) 353-5556
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Biological Science – Interdepartmental

Danielle Lopez
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-9833
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics

Schedule appointment with the Advising Appointment System.

Go to the BLD website to find your advisor.

Chemistry

Dr. Steve Poulios
185 Chemistry Building, phone (517) 355-9715 ext. 332
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Dr. Lynmarie Posey
61 Chemistry Building, phone (517) 355-9715 ext. 210
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chedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Drew Program

Ms. Ariel Robbins
C207 Rather, phone (517) 353-8491

Environmental Studies Specialization and RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment)

Dr. Laurie Thorp
C208 Bailey, phone (517) 432-4944

Geological Sciences & Earth Science

Earth Science and Geological Science 
Dr. Kaz Fujita
15 Natural Science, phone (517) 355-0142

Environmental Geoscience
Dr. Dave Long
141 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-9618

Human Biology (Including Human Biology preprofessional students)

Schedule an appointment using the Advising Appointment System

Ms. Heidi Purdy
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 432-2381

Natalie Clark
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 884-0351

Mathematics

Check the Math website for a list of math majors and advisors.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Jeannine Scott
2225 Biomedical Physical Science, phone (517) 884-5418
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Natural Science – No Preference

Mr. Mo Gerhardt
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-7153
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Neuroscience

Dr. Kanchan Pavangadkar
204 Giltner, phone (517) 432-4301
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Physical Science – Interdepartmental

Ms. Danielle Lopez
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-9833
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Physics & Astronomy

Physics
Dr. Stuart Tessmer
1312 Biomedical Physical Science, phone (517) 884-5531
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Astronomy
Dr. Steve Zepf
3268 Biomedical Physical Science, phone (517) 884-5617

Physiology

Dr. Lori Seischab
2201 Biomedical Physical Science, phone (517) 884-5200
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

For further questions contact Ms. Kim Crain at
2240 Biomedical Physical Science, phone (517) 884-5075

Plant Biology

Ms. Kendra Pyle
105B Biochemistry, phone (517) 353-5556
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Preprofessional Advisors (for all Premedical, Preoptometry, Predental, Prepharmacy, etc.)

Ms. Janae Currington
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-8951
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Mr. Mo Gerhardt
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-7153
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Ms. Heidi Purdy - Preprofessional Human Biology Majors and Human Biology Majors Only
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 432-2381
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Ms. Natalie Clark – Preprofessional Human Biology Majors and Human Biology Majors Only
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 884-0351
Schedule appointment with Advising Appointment System.

Preprofessional Peer Advisors - Scheduling assistance for freshman preprofessional students (not in the Honors College) and freshman Human Biology majors.  PPAs can answer preprofessional questions for students at any level.
108 Natural Science, phone (517) 884-6841
Schedule an appointment with the Advising Appointment System.

Statistics and Probability

Dr. Yimin Xiao
C437 Wells, phone (517) 355-9589

 Zoology

Schedule appointment with the Advising Appointment System.

Mr. Jim Harding
205 Museum, phone (517) 353-7978
(Advises any Zoology major about proposed schedule or other advising issues and approves substitutions. Meets with prospective Zoology majors.)

Dr. Sue Hill
163 Giltner, phone (517) 353-4528
(Honors College students should schedule their initial appointment with Dr. Hill. Advises any Zoology major, especially Juniors and Seniors in the BS Zoology, Marine Biology concentration.  Available only during the academic year, not in summer.)

Mr.Will Kopachik
39 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-5166
(Advises any Zoology major about proposed schedule or other advising issues and approves substitutions. Meets with prospective Zoology majors.)

Ms. Katie Licht
203 Natural Science, phone (517) 353-2269
(Advises any Zoology major about proposed schedule or other advising issues and approrves substitutions. Meets with prospective Zoology majors.)

Dr. Richard Snider
203 Natural Science, phone (517) 355-8473
(Zoology (BS) juniors and seniors in Zoo & Aquarium Science concentration should meet with Dr. Snider. Dr. Snider also approves ZOL 497 & 498 internships, independent study credits and substitutions; manages the Zoology BS/MS program and is the initial department contact for Professorial Assistants.)

Ms. Priscilla Walker
350 Natural Science, phone (517) 432-9819
(Advises any Zoology major about proposed schedule or other advising issues and approves substitutions. ZOL 496 internships and independent studies. Meets with prospective Zoology majors. Certifies degree completion for Zoology majors.)