Preprofessional Advising Syllabus

College of Natural Science Academic Advising 2015-2016

Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs

Office: 108 Natural Science Building
Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday (closed from 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Office Telephone: 517-355-8419


Academic advising at MSU is a collaborative learning partnership in which advisor and student enter a respectful, dynamic relationship.           


Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs empowers students to achieve their academic and professional goals within a global and diverse community.

Making Appointments

Appointments are made through the online appointment system,

Walk in advising is available during the first five days of classes each semester from 8:30-11:00 am and 1:30-4:00 pm. Students are notified via email when additional walk in times are available during open enrollment in the spring semester.

Advising Appointment Attendance Policy

  • You are expected to be on time for your scheduled appointments. If you are 15 minutes late for your appointment you will be considered a “no-show” for that appointment, which will be recorded in your academic folder.
  • Cancellations within one (1) hour need to be made by calling 517-355-8419, prior to that, please cancel online.

Preparing for Appointments

  • Use the online appointment system to make an appointment with the correct advisor.
  • Come to all appointments you have made, or if you are unable to make it, cancel with enough time to allow another student to take your place.
  • Familiarize yourself with your degree requirements and prepare a written list of questions to ask your advisor.

Email Expectations

  • Use MSU email as primary method of communication and check your email daily, this is how your advisor and the university will communicate with you.
  • Compose emails in a professional manner and include identifying information in an email to your advisor. This will aid the advisor in answering your questions in a timely manner.

Student and Advisor Responsibilities

You are expected to:

  • Make and keep appointments with your advisor at least once a semester.
  • Prepare for your appointment.
  • Keep a folder/notebook to organize information gathered at advising appointments and keep personal record of progress toward goals.
  • Be knowledgeable of University and College policies and requirements.
  • Utilize campus resources as they are necessary and follow through with referrals.
  • Keep your contact information up to date.
  • Dress and act appropriately.
  • Review your degree requirements and research your career goals.
  • Be open and willing to consider other perspectives.

You can expect your Advisor to:

  • Coach you in skills for academic and professional success.
  • Empower you to become a competitive candidate for admission to professional and graduate schools.
  • Connect you with enriching opportunities in research, study abroad, internships, and co-curricular activities.
  • Increase the success of students served by the College of Natural Science.
  • Maintain Confidentiality.