Tamatha Barbeau, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Coordinator: Veterinary Studies Program
Coordinator: Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE)

Academic Advising

General Guidelines for Advising and Pre-Registration: Scroll further down below for specific advising on Biology Major, Pre-Nursing, and Veterinary Studies.

General Information on Advising:
If you are one of my advisees, the Advising and Pre-Registration Period for the Summer and Fall semester will start about midway through the fall semester - usually during the last two weeks of October. Advising for the Spring semester usually occurs in March after spring break. The Biology department will send out a notice approximately 1 - 2 weeks before advising and registration begins.

[ The following information on in-person versus remote advising, is likely to change 2 weeks before advising. Please check back closer to the advising period.}
D ue to the COVID virus restrictions, faculty can not meet with advisees in their office
, so I will offer alternatives to meet your advising needs. Two weeks before advising & registration starts, I will create a Doodle advising sign up sheet and email it out to all my advisees. You select a day/time slot that works for you. Then I'll schedule a Zoom meeting with you and email you the link for that time slot. This means you will need access to a computer or smart phone to have the meeting. If this doesn't work for you, I can advise you over email.

Sign up for an advising appointment BEFORE your registration screen opens! I have to clear you before you can register for classes. You also want to know what classes you need to take before going online and signing up for classes using the course schedule. Equally important is to know if you have any holds on your registration. When I go to clear you for registration I can see if you have holds and inform you what you need to do to clear them and register. If you have a hold on your account YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER until you get the hold cleared.

If you are a senior, an honors student, or student athelete, you will be able to register for classes on the first day of registration. Honors students must be honors eligible (check with FMU's Honors Program, and director Dr. Jon Tuttle), you must sign up for at least 1 honors course, and you must fill out an Honor's Advising Sheet with me and take that advising sheet to either Ms. Lisa Pike or Mr. Travis Knowles in Biology to have them enter the courses for you. Athletes, please see consult with your coaches about any paperwork that you need to bring to me for advising.

You will need to check the Course Schedules for the classes you need. Additionally, consult your FMU Catalog (available as hard copy or can be found online on the Registrar's page) for the appropriate undergraduate Biology, Pre-Nursing, and Veterinary Studies program to see which courses are required to fulfill your degree requirements (both major and general education requirements). Follow the links for more information on the undergraduate program in Biology.

Please remember that you are the one who is primarily responsible for keeping track of your coursework towards your degree. I am here to keep you on track and facilitate registration where possible. Start looking ahead of time to find what section numbers of these courses fit into a workable weekly schedule. Bring this information and the course schedule with you to our meeting. When your registration period opens and we have met, and I have cleared you for registering, you can register yourself online by following the steps outlined on pg. 5 of the Course Schedule.

If you need advising, don't wait because advising time slots will fill up fast, and so will classes! If you have questions, email me, which is the best way to reach me (see Contact Me link above) or leave a phone message (661-4651).

Pre-Nursing Students:
Click HERE for a PDF of an advising sheet. This is the sheet that we will use to go over your coursework completed, and then decide what courses you will need next.

Veterinary Studies Students.

There are two possible tracks for Veterinary Studies students:
Track 1.
Pre-Veterinary Students (students who plan on applying to a veterinary program after completion of the undergraudate studies.

Track 2. Non-Veterinary students (students who plan for a career working with animals, but not in a veterinary capacity).

Veterinary Studies Advising Page

I will meet with you one on one during advising to find out what career path is best for you, and we will work together to make sure you are taking the coursework and internships that will best prepare you for that career. There is no set advising sheet for this. We will simply communicate with each other, and then plan accordingly. Careers working with animals can include many things, including wildlife rehabilitation, Humane Societies, animal trainers, zookeepers, animal groomers, wildlife management (ex. Department of Natural Resourses), pet therapist, and many more. Please come and meet with me to discuss!

Biology Major Students:

Click HERE for a PDF of an advising sheet. This is the sheet that we will use to go over your coursework completed, and then decide what courses you will need next.

Please make sure that by you sophomore year you decide on your minor OR 2 collaterals. Please see Mr. Matt Binchik in the Biology office (LSF 204) to have him put these into the system, or fill out the appropriate paperwork to do so.

Also, if you have earned up to 87 credit hours of coursework, and will become a senior Biology major, you NEED TO MAKE SURE to have a coursework review by the registrar's office in order to confirm that you are, in fact, taking the required courses and required number of credit hours in order to graduate on time. You should have a coursework review completed in the first semester of your senior year! There is nothing more upsetting and discouraging than being in your final semester, thinking you're going to be graduating, and finding out last minute that you're missing credit hours. Be responsible and make sure you have double checked everything!

Have you ever wondered what you can do with a Biology degree? Click HERE to find out more...

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