Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development


Undergraduate Advising

Staffing | Role of Advisors | PDFs | Registration Handbook
Catalog | Advising Etiquette | Advising Recommendations

Once you have formally declared your major, you are assigned an advisor within your area of study.  He or she will help you shape your course work to meet you goals. Our advisors are here to help you:

  • Choose a major
  • Determine career goals
  • Establish semester schedules
  • Meet graduation requirements

The advisors within the Department of Health and Human Development consist of both peer and faculty advisors. We strongly encourage students to meet with their advisors.

All majors can stop by room 121 in the Hosaeus PE Complex or call 994-4001 to make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Advising Center. We do not schedule appointments by e-mail.


Staff consists of one full-time advisor and five part-time student peer advisors who are outstanding graduate, seniors and juniors.

Role of Advisors

Advisors are here to help with information about

  • Semester planning
  • Scheduling
  • Adding and dropping classes
  • Reinstatement issues
  • Substitution of classes
  • Appeals
  • Resources
  • PDFs (personal data forms) for registration

Advisors are not here to

  • Be a scapegoat for poor planning, grades
  • Talk to parents
PDFs (Personal Data Forms)
  • PDFs have your registration date, time and alternate PIN information
  • Available the last week in October for spring preregistration and the last week in March for summer and fall registration
  • Picture ID required to pick up PDFs
  • Only one form is printed per student; lost PDFs are not replaced
Registration Handbook

The MSU Catalog is updated every two years with changes to curricula. Students may graduate with the requirements from the catalog in which they started or move to a newer catalog if it is to their benefit.

Advising Etiquette
  • Arrive on time
  • Turn off cell phone
  • Call to cancel an appointment if unable to make appointment
Advising Recommendations
  • Sequencing of classes is important; overlapping core with required classes saves time and money
  • Taking random classes that work in one's personal schedule will work for a while but, in the long-run, those courses will not count toward a degree and there will be financial aid consequences
  • Check before dropping classes! The minimum number of credits to be a full-time student is 12. Dropping below this can be a problem for financial aid, student housing, and athletic eligibility. Some scholarships may require a higher minimum number of credits as well.
  • Taking advice from friends, even if they're in the same major, is not a good idea. These friends may be in a different catalog and have different degree requirements.
  • All substitutions must have written approval.