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College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences Advisement

 Call for information: 618-453-3080

Welcome to the Undergraduate Science Advisement office! We are located in the Agriculture Building, room 217A. Our phone number is 618-453-3080.

Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students: Call our office to schedule an over the phone appointment with your advisor. Advisement for semester planning and 4-year planning is by appointment only. Appointments should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Posted over the phone, "walk-in" hours are for brief questions or schedule changes, not full advisement.

New Student Orientation: Please call Undergraduate Science Advisement at 618-536-5538 to schedule an appointment after you have scheduled your NSO session date.

Undergraduate Advisors

Our undergraduate advisors specialize in the College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences programs listed below:

CALPS Undergraduate Advisors




Alesia Beanland Biological Science (BIOS), Chemistry (CHEM), Plant Biology (PLB)
Kathy Elson Agricultural Systems & Education (AGSE), Forestry (FOR), Horticulture (HORT)
Yvonne Gramenz Microbiology (MICR), Zoology (ZOOL)
Kaitlyn Kern Agribusiness Economics (ABE), Animal Science (ANS), Geography & Environmental Resources (GENV)
Jean McPherson Biochemistry (BCH), Fermentation (FERM), Geology (GEOL), Physiology (PHSL), Physics (PHYS), Undecided/Unclassified
Lindsey Parey Office Manager
Vacant Health Professions—Call 618-453-3080
Carol Westerman-Jones Chief Academic Advisor; Crop, Soil & Environmental Management (CSEM)

Faculty Advisement

Eleven programs within the College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences require their students to meet with a faculty advisor before registering each semester. Meet with the department faculty advisor first. Then you can see your advisor to complete the advisement/registration process. Faculty advisors are available to talk with you regarding your major and career plans when you need assistance. It is suggested that you make an appointment with your faculty advisor every semester until graduation. Science program offices and phone numbers:

  • Biological Sciences - LSII 351 – 536-2314
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry - Neckers C224 - 453-5721
  • Fermentation Science - Mcafferty Annex 453-7508
  • Geology - Parkinson 102 - 453-3351
  • Microbiology - Life Science II 131 - 536-2349
  • Physics - Neckers A483 - 453-2643
  • Physiology - Life Science II 245 - 453-1544
  • Plant Biology - Life Science II 420 - 536-2331
  • Zoology - Life Science II 351 - 536-2314

Health Professions Advisement

Advisement for Health Professions is by appointment only

  • Freshmen and Sophomores should use the link on our Pre-Health Professions site to sign up for an appropriate informational session.
    • If a Freshman or Sophomore has already participated in one of the informational sessions and wants to meet individually, they may schedule an appointment through the CALPS Advisement office at 618-453-3080.
  • Juniors and Seniors should schedule an appointment by calling the CALPS Advisement office at 618-453-3080.

Advisement and Grades

If you remain on good standing (2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) you are not required to meet with a College of Science advisor each semester. It is strongly recommended, however, that you work out a long-range plan with an advisor and then meet at least once a year to double-check progress. If your overall SIU grade point drops below a 2.0 you will be placed on academic probation. In this case, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a College of Science advisor to register. The advisor will help you plan a schedule of classes which will increase your chances of academic success. University policy allows you to take no more than 14 credit hours any semester you are on probation. Seven hours are the maximum during the summer term. Graduating Seniors MUST meet with a College of Science advisor the SEMESTER BEFORE their intended graduation to complete a GRADUATION CHECK.