Academic Advising

First-Year Advising

Most first-year majors in the Biology Department are assigned to Erik Ryder as their Academic Advisor. These majors include: Biological Sciences, Medical Biology and Medical Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant. Academic advising gives first-year students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of:

  • Major specific and core required courses
  • Course selection, registration and academic plans
  • Minors or secondary majors
  • Building internships and study abroad into your academic plan
  • On campus resources available at UNE

You are encouraged to schedule appointments to meet with their advisor on a regular basis and not just in the weeks preceding the registration process.

Faculty Advisors

During your first year, a member of the Biology Department faculty will serve as your secondary advisor. After the conclusion of your first year, a faculty advisor will take over as your primary advisor for the remainder of your undergraduate studies. Faculty advisors are a great resource for information on curriculum specific questions, research opportunities and to provide insight into graduate programs or career options in your field of interest.

Mandatory Pre-Registration Advising Meetings*

All first-year students in the Biology department are required to attend mandatory Pre-Registration Advising appointment with Erik in the fall and the spring. You will be given an alternate pin number to use at the time of registration and will receive an email with details on how to sign up for these meetings. Until you attend a First-Year Mandatory Advising Meeting, you will not have permission to register for classes.

Mandatory Pre-Registration Advising Meetings must be completed during mid-October through mid-November of your fall semester and mid-March through mid-April of your spring semester.

*A drop in appointment, faculty advisor meeting, or an appointment with a peer advisor will NOT complete this requirement.

Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Health Advisor Whitney Duchaine works with all students interested in applying to a graduate school in the health professions. 

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