Advising Services


Departmental Advisors

Many sources of information (such as Faculty and Departmental advisors) are available to you in planning your academic program, exploring career opportunities, and clarifying policies and procedures.

The most important function of Departmental Advisors is to advise and assist you in planning a realistic and meaningful program, and they are responsible for the degree programs which are administered by their departments.

Nancy Nelson

All new Biology students requiring 96 credits or fewer to complete their degree should see the Student Advising Administrator, Nancy Nelson (398-4109), in Room N7/9 to assist them in selecting a program and to discuss first year requirements. Returning students will register in March/April and should contact the Undergraduate Advisor.

Drop-in hours - WINTER 2020

Monday & Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00-11:30am

Or you may email me to make an appointment.

In preparation for their interviews with their Advisor, students should consult the timetable available on Minerva and in the present Undergraduate Studies website, to develop a preferred list of courses, including possible electives, noting their scheduled lecture hours. U3 students accepted into the Honours Program should verify their program requirements with the Honours Coordinator (398-4109) before registration.

Also, please consult the Concentration Advisors in Biology.

Other important sources of information include Service Point, Faculty Advisors, the Financial Aid Office, McGillŐs Career Planning Service (CaPS) with its various workshops, Counselling Services, the Office of Students with Disabilities and the Office for International Students.

For information on registration procedures, program selection, course change, course/university withdrawal, faculty transfer and exact dates of events, see the general McGill Calendar.

Faculty Advisors (Dawson Hall)

The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) provides ongoing advice on academic issues related to programs, degree requirements, registration, course change, academic standing, inter- and intra-faculty transfer, year or term away, transfer credits, second programs, second degrees, and graduation. Students may also consult faculty advisors for advice on late course withdrawals or changes, as well as deferred or supplemental exams, prior to applying at Service Point.

Every student in the B.Sc. degree is assigned an advisor in SOUSA. The advisor's name appears near the top of your Advising Transcript on Minerva. You can contact your advisor directly, or if you do not yet have a SOUSA advisor, at


Also, please visit McGill's Academic Advising website: