The Developmental Advising Program in the
Biology Department is a 2-step process. Each Biology, Microbiology, and
Conservation Ecology major must:
1. Meet with an Advisor
in the Biology Advising Center
2. Meet with their Faculty
If you are a freshman, a new transfer
student, or have recently declared Biology or Microbiology as your major, you
are considered a new major. New majors will meet with their Faculty mentor in
each of their first 2 semesters in the Biology Department. You must meet with
your Faculty Mentor and the Biology
Center before you can
register for classes for the next semester.
If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, you will meet with your Faculty
Mentor once in each academic year. A registration hold will be placed on your
student record in the fall of each year. You must meet with your Faculty
Mentor and the Biology
Center within the
previous 12 months in order to release the hold and be able to register for
the spring semester.
The Advisors in the Biology Department
include Dr. Amy Marion and Dr. Jack Davis. In some semesters, there may also
be a Graduate Assistant Advisor available to advise you. The Advisor will
help you understand the course requirements for your major, the requirements
for the College of Arts and Science, and the General Education
requirements of New Mexico
Ultimately it is each student's responsibility to know the requirements for
completion of their degree. A Biology Advisor can assist you with this and
help you develop a successful degree plan.
Where is the Biology Advising
The Biology Advising Center
is located in Foster Hall room 204.
Room 204 is on the north end of Foster Hall (closest to the
Do I need an appointment to see an
No. You can come by whenever the Advising
Center is open.
When is the Advising Center
The Biology Advising
Center hours of
operation are posted on the Advising
What if I have very few courses
left to take or I already know all the courses I need?
We may be able to waive your
requirement to meet with an Advisor. The advising requirement
can be waived if you are (1) not a freshman and (2) have been a Biology,
Microbiology, or Conservation Biology major in the Biology Department at NMSU
for more than 2 semesters. To obtain a waiver, print a copy of your STAR
Degree Audit and deliver it to a Biology Advisor. We will waive the
requirement to talk to an Advisor for that semester. You must bring in a
current STAR Degree Audit every semester that you want to waive the
requirement to meet with an Advisor.
YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO MEET WITH A FACULTY MENTOR. The STAR Degree Audit only releases
you from having to meet with an Advisor.