Advisors

BEST WAYS TO GET IN TOUCH WITH BIOLOGY ADVISING:

Email bioadv@pitt.edu with quick questions and we will get back to you within 2 business days.  To discuss long-term plans, complex problems, or have an advising hold lifted, please sign up for an advising appointment via the Navigate Student app or website.

  • If you are requesting a permission number to get enrolled in a BIOSC course, please email your request to bioadv@pitt.edu and be sure to include your PeopleSoft number, the course name, and its 5 digit course number.  
  • If you need to contact a specific advisor, email addresses are below.
Ellen Kelsey
Lecturer II & Undergraduate Advisor

A257 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-0421
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: kelseye@pitt.edu (fall/spring only)
Brenda McDevitt
Undergraduate Advisor
A258 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 383-8640
Email: bmcdevitt@pitt.edu
Jessica Wandelt
Lecturer II & Undergraduate Advisor

A261 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-7192
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: jewandelt@pitt.edu (fall/spring only)
Daniel Wetzel
Lecturer & Undergraduate Advisor
A259 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-4286
Email: dwetzel@pitt.edu (fall/spring only)
Louis Yurasits
Undergraduate Advisor
A258 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-6447
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: alumlay@pitt.edu
   

At the University of Pittsburgh, students enter the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) without a specific major ("undeclared"). They are formally advised and registered through the Arts and Sciences Advising Office until they declare a major, and then are advised through their major department.

Due to its large number of majors (>1,000), and numerous "undeclared" students interested in the Biological Sciences, the Department of Biological Sciences has a centralized advising office. Moreover, our advisors are eager to work with "undeclared" students to assist them in their choice of major when considering a major with the Department of Biological Sciences. Freshmen and Sophomores who are considering a major within the Department should consult our Curriculum Scheduling Tips to ensure that they are planning a well-balanced college education that will maximize their experience here that the University of Pittsburgh. Also, consult our answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Declaring a Major.

Advisees should register for appointments with their advisor before School of Arts and Sciences registration every semester. Advisors work with faculty, TAs, and staff to enrich the academic experience for students. They assist in "navigating red tape" and in finding the best way to accomplish goals in three major areas:

  1. Curricular - Basic academic information on satisfying course requirements, pre-requisites, graduation requirements, and other mechanical aspects of completing a major. Students wishing to pursue a career in the Health Professions may consult the Health Profession Requirements before stopping by to see us.
  2. Extra-Curricular - Information about special opportunities such as: Undergraduate Research, Internships, Study Abroad, Semester at Sea, Cross-registration, Undergraduate Teaching Experience and Supplemental Instruction.
  3. Career paths and post-graduation issues - How to think about, plan for, and be a good candidate for Employment, Graduate School, Professional School, and special experiences (e.g., Peace Corps).

Finally, we are active in "building bridges" from our office/ Department to other resources in the University such as: Placement & Career Services, Counseling Center, pre-Medical & pre-Law Advising, Learning Skills, Office of Disability Resources & Services, and the University Honors College (UHC).

The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office is always open to any student (not just our majors) with questions regarding Biology classes or majors. You are encouraged to stop by and use our resources or just talk to us about deciding on a major, planning coursework, and exploring opportunities for non-classroom experiences at the University of Pittsburgh.