Our overall advising goal is direct each student major to the best possible education programs in chemistry and biochemistry. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, our programs require participation in professional quality research, tailored to the interests and aptitudes of each student. Our advising policy also aims at promoting faculty/student interactions, problem-free course selection and curricular planning, a timely academic progression, and regular student feedback.
Each student is encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular schedule or whenever the student has a particular concern or question. In addition, we have procedures in place to require students to see advisors at least twice yearly. Which advisor is assigned depends on the particular option chosen by the student as indicated above.
Recent Changes and Future Plans
To Improve Quality of Advising
We made major changes to our advising system a year earlier, when we switched from one advisor to the present system of six advisors. A weakness with this system is that it is more difficult for an advisor to find the time to keep current on all present university and department procedures as they relate to advising. Our plans thus include making it easier for advisors to reference such information. We are also working to improve advising by promoting contacts between our present majors and past MSU Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates that have had successful careers in industry, government, and academia.
To Improve Accessibility of Advisors
As mentioned above, we switched from one advisor to six in 1994. Since most students can go to either one of two advisors, there is rarely a problem of no advisor being available. In the last two years, the number of biochemistry majors has increased substantially, however, and we are in the process of evaluating whether we need to add an additional advisor for this option.