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The College of Science offers personalized advising for undergraduates who are considering or who have declared a major in any of the science disciplines.

Advisors can:

  • Help you define your major,
  • Plan your total course of study,
  • Arrange a workable schedule for each semester,
  • Make sure you are meeting graduation requirements,
  • Guide you in graduate or professional school decision and application,
  • Consult about career opportunities.

Advising in our college is decentralized.  Students get advising from both faculty members and professional advisors in individual departments. Below is a list of our Chief Advisors for each department and our professional advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact the Head Advisor in the College of Science Dean’s Office in Kidder Hall, room 128 or call 541-737-4811.


AdvisorMajor and Options ServedOfficePhoneEmail
Claire ColvinHead Advisor for College of ScienceKIDD 128541-737-4811claire.colvin@oregonstate.edu
Chere PereiraChief Pre-Medical and Chief Pre-Dental AdvisorKIDD 128541-737-4811chere.pereira@oregonstate.edu
Christopher WheelerGeneral Science: Pre-Nursing, Pre-DentalKIDD 128541-737-4811christopher.wheeler@oregonstate.edu
Alex AljetsGeneral Science: Pre-PharmacyNASH 220541-737-3875alex.aljets@oregonstate.edu
Ariella WolfGeneral Science: Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-OptometryNASH 220541-737-3875ariella.wolf@oregonstate.edu
Kevin AhernChief Biochemistry Biophysics AdvisorALS 2145541-737-8906ahernk@science.oregonstate.edu
Andy KarplusBiochemistry BiophysicsALS 2101B541-737-3196karplusp@science.oregonstate.edu
Indira RajagopalBiochemistry BiophysicsALS 2149541-737-4014rajagopi@onid.orst.edu
Brock McLeodChief Biology/Zoology AdvisorCORD 3029541-737-2993brock.mcleod@oregonstate.edu
Kelly KneeceBiology, Pre-medCORD 3029541-737-2993kelly.kneece@oregonstate.edu
Jennifer OlarraZoology, Pre-Vet, Pre-EducationCORD 3029541-737-2993jennifer.olarra@oregonstate.edu
Christine PastorekChief Chemistry AdvisorGILB 247541-737-2081christine.pastorek@oregonstate.edu
Bill BogleyChief Mathematics AdvisorKIDD 368541-737-5170MathHeadAdvisor@math.oregonstate.edu
Lyn RiverstoneMathematicsKIDD 368541-737-5170UnderGradInfo@math.oregonstate.edu
David WingMathematicsKIDD 368541-737-5170UnderGradInfo@math.oregonstate.edu
Linda BruslindMicrobiologyNASH 322541-737-1842bruslindl@oregonstate.edu
Tasha BiesingerMicrobiologyNASH 326541-737-1840tasha.biesinger@oregonstate.edu
Henri JansenChief Physics AdvisorWNGR 303541-737-4631physics.chair@science.oregonstate.edu

Advising Links


Advisors are restricted by Federal law (FERPA) from releasing any information about a student’s class schedule, grades, transcripts, advising checklist, or other specific information to anyone without written permission from that student. A Consent for Student Release of Information form may be obtained from the Head Advising Office in Kidder 128 and must be signed in person by the student in order to release designated information to other parties. Advisors may give out general information such as what resources are available at OSU, what classes and majors are offered, and what general strategies are appropriate to follow in certain situations. Other useful resources include:

Office of the Registrar 541-737-4331

Dean of Students 541-737-8748

Office of Academic Programs        541-737-9560

Careers and Majors

Go to the descriptions of the career choices majors advised in science. You can also earn an International Degree with any degree in the College of Science.

Course Information

Advisors and PIN Numbers

  • It's recommended that you see your advisor at least once a term.
  • Every current student is assigned a personal identification number (PIN) once a year. Students need to obtain their PIN from their advisor, in order to register for fall term. For more information, go to Registration PIN Policy.

Study Skills Workshops and Special Help

Community College Credit for Organic Chemistry

Transfer students who have taken Organic Chemistry Courses at a Oregon Community College may want to find out more about the Organic Chemistry Policy at Oregon State University.

Degree Partnership Programs

This program allows you to be jointly admitted and enrolled at Oregon State University and any Oregon community college partner.

List Serves

Electronic mailing lists provide current information on scholarships, curricular changes, internships / job opportunities, and much more.

Student Resources

Science offers OSU students many exciting learning experiences on campus, throughout the country, and abroad. Below are resources to help students get the most out of their experience at OSU.