Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

Departmental Advising

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Biological or Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to consult with departmental faculty advisers to plan coursework or to discuss any aspect of their undergraduate career. We are committed to providing you with the resources you need for a successful education within the Department of Biological Sciences.

We suggest meeting with a departmental undergraduate faculty adviser at least once per year, in addition to meeting with the College of Arts and Sciences advisers for your general education requirements.

Walk-in advising hours for quick questions change each semester. See the appointment calendar for current walk-in hours. Scheduling an appointment is highly recommended, especially during busy times such as registration. Quick questions can also often be answered by emailing the faculty advisers.

Services we offer
  • Clarifying questions about your major program, class scheduling and specific courses in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Biology transfer course evaluations
  • Pre-requisite Overrides - Biology courses only
  • Graduation audits for your major requirements
  • Resources for career planning, volunteer experience
  • Departmental Petitions of Exception
  • Approval of Occupational Experience in BIO
  • Referrals to other resources

Sarah Hosch, Chief Faculty Adviser

Keith Berven, Faculty Adviser

Holly Greiner-Hallman, Faculty Adviser, Biology Minor Adviser
Faculty Adviser, BS Specialization in Anatomy (Winter 2018 only)

Fabia Battistuzzi
, STEP Faculty Adviser

Michael O'Regan, Biomedical Sciences Faculty Adviser

Shailesh Lal, Bioengineering Faculty Adviser

Mary Craig, BS Specialization in Anatomy Faculty Adviser (on sabbatical Winter 2018)

Lan Jiang, BS Specialization in Cell/Molecular Biology Faculty Adviser

Sara Blumer-Schuette, BS Specialization in Microbiology Faculty Adviser

The Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advising office is located at 368A Dodge Hall. If you have questions, please call (248) 370-3550.


Come have your advising questions answered during these weekly drop-in advising sessions. Sessions are on a first-come, first-serve basis. In general, major scheduling issues, degree audits and transfer evaluations are better suited to 30 min appointments.

Non-urgent or general degree questions: contact CAS advising.

Biology majors: Limited appointments available; check the website for the current schedule. Special requests should be emailed to Dr. Keith Berven at

BMS majors: Limited appointments available; check the website for the current schedule. Special requests should be emailed to Dr. Banes-Berceli at

Transfer students: Need equivalency information? Send an email to Dr. Sarah Hosch at


If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our advisers, please read the following information and schedule using the link below. Appointments are 30 minute blocks, and can be made with individual advisers.

  1. Schedule only ONE 30-minute appointment at a time.
  2. Note the location of your appointment, either 368A Dodge Hall (Biology majors) or 307 MSC (BMS majors)
  3. Cancel your appointment by emailing the adviser (see description of event).
  4. Bring transcript copies to your appointment if you are a postbac or new transfer student.

If you have questions about specific College of Arts and Sciences or University requirements, please connect with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising.

If you are interested in scheduling an individual pre-health advising appointment, please contact Pre-Professional Advising.

Biology Advising Scheduling Link

NOTE: You must have an active Oakland University email address to use the “Biology Advising Scheduling Link”