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BMB Department Advising System

Advising Session

The advising system in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is designed to promote consistency and greater accessibility.  Students who intend or have entered the BMB, BIOTC, or MICRB majors will be assigned to an academic adviser.   Undergraduates are assigned to their adviser for the duration of their academic program.   The academic adviser provides assistance with the scheduling of courses, explanations of University and Department policies and procedures, and promotion of undergraduate experiences available to you as a Penn State student.  We feel it is important for students to meet with their adviser regarding both academic and professional goals.

The Science Advising center is a valuable resource for students interested in health professions, seeking information about education abroad opportunities, and finding out about science internship and coops.  WE ARE your academic advisers and we look forward to meeting you and being a part of your success here at Penn State!


Walk-ins & Scheduled Appointments:

Ms. Jennifer Keefer:

  • If your assigned adviser is Ms. Jennifer Keefer, please call #814-863-5487 or use Starfish to schedule an appointment.
  • Please check-in for all appointments in the 2nd floor Science Advising Center reception, 225 Ritenour Building

  • Ms. Keefer’s Walk-in hours are held on Tuesday mornings, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10,  from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
      • Walk-in advising is reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10-15 minutes.  If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or concerns than you realized, you will be asked to schedule a regular advising appointment.


Ms. Amber Miller:

  • Please call #814-865-4695 or use Starfish to schedule an appointment
  • Advising appointments are held in 124A S. Frear
  • Ms. Miller's walk-in hours are:
    • Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am and 2:30 - 4 pm.
    • Stop by if you have brief questions or concerns.  If her office door is closed, please knock on the door to let her know you are there.


Who are the academic advisers for BMB, MICRB, and BIOTC students?

Ms. Jennifer Keefer serves as the primary academic adviser for a large number of the BMB, MICRB, and BIOTC students, and she will also meet with students interested in learning more about our majors. To learn more about Jenn.

Ms. Becky Falsone serves as the adviser for our Clinical Laboratory Science Program.

A number of our instructional faculty members also serve as academic advisers.

Want to know who your assigned academic adviser is, login to LionPath!


Advising Links:
Undergraduate Advising Handbook
Online Petition Request Form

Registrar's Website


Useful Forms:

BMB Department Advising Forms
Registrar’s Student Forms


Bluebook Undergraduate Entries:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Major
Biotechnology Major
Microbiology Major
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Minor
Microbiology Minor