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Integrative Science major

Academic Advising

The Science Advising Center

The Science Advising Center is located in the East Wing of Ritenour Building.

Science and Prehealth Advising Center
225 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-863-3889

 

Carolyn Jensen (she/her)
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
cjj7@psu.edu
Tel: 814-863-3889

Integrative Science major and Premedicine Major advising appointments

Ritenour Building (Second Floor)
814-863-3889

Carolyn Jensen (she/her)
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
cjj7@psu.edu

Lori Lauck, Administrative Support Assistant
814-865-7620
lmj2@psu.edu

Alumni:

Please call our office at 814-863-3889 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Same-day appointments will not be made. Plan to schedule appointments at least two weeks in advance.

 

Prospective Students:

Please contact Megan Holmes, Future Students Coordinator, at mholmes@psu.edu to learn more about the majors offered in the Eberly College of Science. 

 

Students who are currently pursuing the B.S. Integrative Science or Premedicine majors can use Starfish to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. For students in any major interested in Prehealth Advising, please visit the Prehealth Advising website to learn how to schedule an appointment with a prehealth advisor.

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish (starfish.psu.edu) and click on "Services."
  2. Click on the search bar for Search services and people. Type "Science - Science and Premedicine Major Advising"
  3. Alternatively, you can search for a specific advisor by name.
  4. Click on the Schedule Appointment link in the service description or scroll down to find a specific advisor's calendar under the Service Members listed. The Service Calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with scheduled appointment slots. Bold-face dates are ones with available appointment slots.
  5. Click the + icon next to your preferred appointment slot.
  6. Select a reason for the appointment.
  7. Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.
  8. Once you create the appointment, Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment as well as a reminder email closer to the appointment date. Your new appointment will appear in your Starfish "Dashboard."

To cancel an appointment: Click the "X" in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you cancel, please do so in advance so another student can use the time.

 

Students who are considering switching to the Science B.S. or Premedicine majors can call 814-863-3889 or email an adviser to request an advising appointment.

Drop-in advising is structured and reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes to address. If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or concerns, you will be asked to schedule an advising appointment.

Examples of drop-in advising topics include:

  • Review of current courses scheduled
  • Discussion about adding/dropping courses within deadlines
  • Discussion about entrance to major requirements
  • Questions about where classes fit within degree and university requirements
  • A signature on a university form
  • Other topics that require brief answers and/or discussion

 

ADD/DROP WEEK DROP-IN HOURS: January 8-12, 2024

Monday through Friday, 9:00AM - 11:30AM and 1:30 - 4:30PM each day

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

 

REGULAR SEMESTER DROP-IN HOURS: January 15 through April 26, 2024

Virtual drop-in advising sessions are held during the specified days and times below. If you would like to meet with an advisor at a different time, you can schedule an advising appointment through Starfish or email an advisor for times if you cannot find any available. 

Mondays, 1:30PM - 3:30PM EST

Tuesdays, 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST

Drop-in Advising will be CLOSED January 15, 2024 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Drop-in Advising will be CLOSED March 4 & 5, 2024, during Penn State's Spring Break.

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

 

EXTENDED DROP-IN HOURS: (Late-Drop deadline; Withdrawal deadline)

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LATE DROPPING A CLASS: Friday April 5, 2024, 9:00AM - 11:30AM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM EST

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WITHDRAWING FROM ALL CLASSES: Friday April 26, 2024, 9:00AM - 11:30AM, 1:30PM - 4:30PM EST

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

E-mails and Advising

  • Include your name, a greeting, and your student ID number
  • Please do not use text message lingo
  • Remember, problems are more difficult to address and solve by e-mail
  • Only e-mail one adviser at a time - contacting multiple advisers with the same issue creates confusion and may delay our response to you

 

"We are happy to answer quick questions via e-mail. We will not, however, replace an advising meeting with e-mail correspondence."

 

We’ll do our best to answer your questions as quickly as possible, but due to the volume of e-mail we receive we might not be able to answer them on the same day. Our goal is to respond to e-mails received within three business days, so your patience is much appreciated.

Beth Johnson (she/her)
Undergraduate Program Head and Director, Integrative Science major
Director of Academics, Science BS/MBA Program
bai107@psu.edu
814-863-3889

 

Melissa Krajcovic (she/her)
Undergraduate Program Head and Director, Science Premedicine Majors
muk519@psu.edu
814-865-7620

Staff

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David Cassiday headshot

David Cassiday
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Prehealth Adviser for Any Student, Any Major, Any Campus
dac293@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Marc Counterman

Marc Counterman
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Prehealth Adviser for Any Student, Any Major, Any Campus
mvc5246@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Natasha Dinsmore headshot

Natasha Dinsmore
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Academic Recovery Specialist
nvd9@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Sharon Fong headshot.

Sharon Fong
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Change of Campus Liaison
sxf912@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Carolyn Jensen

Carolyn Jensen
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
cjj7@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Beth Johnson headshot

Beth Johnson
Undergraduate Program Head and Director, Integrative Science Major
Director of Academics, Science BS/MBA Program
bai107@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Prehealth Adviser for Any Student, Any Major, Any Campus
kej5244@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Jennifer Stingelin Keefer

Jennifer Keefer
Undergraduate Program Adviser
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
jls227@psu.edu
(814) 867-4907
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Melissa Krajcovic

Melissa Krajcovic
Undergraduate Program Head and Director, Premedicine Major
muk519@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Lori Lauck

Lori Lauck
Administrative Support Assistant
lmj2@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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John Moses

John Moses-Brownson
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Prehealth Adviser for Any Student, Any Major, Any Campus
jrm68@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Noelle Waggett.

Noelle Waggett
Academic Adviser for Forensic Science major
nrw107@psu.edu
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Lucais Wallen

Lucais Wallen
Academic Adviser for Premedicine & Integrative Science majors
Academic Recovery Specialist
ltw5099@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: he, him, his