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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!


Drop/Add Walk-in Hours:

Jenn Keefer will be holding walk-in advising hours for drop/add week at the following times:

  • Monday, August 21 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday August 22 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 23: None
  • Thursday, August 24 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday August 25 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Please check-in for all appointments in the 2nd floor Science Advising Center reception area.

Walk-in appointments are brief 15 minute appointments intended to help students with scheduling questions and drop/add issues.  A longer scheduled appointment should be made for course planning, letter requests, change-of-major, and other specific issues.

Scheduled appointments will begin the week of August 28 and can be made by calling #863-5487.  Regular weekly walk-in hours will be held on Tuesdays from 9 AM to 11:00 AM.

The Regular Drop deadline is Saturday, August 26 at 11:59 PM and the Regular Add deadline is Sunday, August 27 at 11:59 PM.


James Howell:

James Howell will be holding walk-in advising hours for drop/add well at the following times:

  • Monday August 21, 3:00-4:00
  • Tuesday August 22, 2:30-3:30
  • Thursday August 24, 2:30-3:30
  • Friday August 25, 2:30-4:30


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.

Dr. James Endres Howell will be using his experience and expertise to be the primary adviser for our change of campus and transfer students.

Ms. Becky Falsone serves as the adviser for our Clinical Lab 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