Advisors

Christine Berliner Christine Berliner
Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising
A258 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-4819
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: christin@pitt.edu
Kevin Wu Kevin Wu
Undergraduate Advisor
A258 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-4273
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: kevinwu@pitt.edu
Ellen Kelsey
Lecturer & Undergraduate Advisor

A257 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-0421
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: KelseyE@pitt.edu
Jessica Wandelt
Lecturer & Undergraduate Advisor

A259 Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-7192
Fax: (412) 624-4759
Email: jewandelt@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. Departmental advising takes one of two forms:

  • Faculty Advisors, among whom the declared majors are distributed.
  • Centralized Advising, staffed by people who primarily do advising.

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.