Create your path. Stay on track.

Academic advising is essential to your success as an undergraduate student. Your advisor will help you understand policies and procedures, assist you in selecting majors and courses, and encourage you to engage in campus and community activities. These opportunities enrich your college experience, while also helping you realize your dreams and reach your goals.

Academic Advising Center

Advising at the University of Iowa is designed to grow with you academically. Your advising team will change as your needs change. First-semester students and those with fewer than 30 semester hours are advised in the campus-wide Academic Advising Center, where the center’s advisors specialize in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa.

Departmental advising

As a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student with a declared major and 30+ semester hours of credit, you will transition to a departmental advisor. CLAS advisors are located within departments and specialize in providing expert guidance tailored to the majors they serve.

Students with multiple programs of study may have multiple advisors. You’ll visit your primary advisor for registration, but we all work together to help you meet your academic and career goals. Find and schedule with your advisor(s) using MyUI.

Department of Biology advising

NOTE: If you are not yet a major in the Department of Biology but have advising questions related to adding or learning about our majors, you may also schedule a 30-minute appointment through the appointment scheduler by following this path in MyUI: Advising Appointments > College Office > College of Liberal Arts and Sciences > Major Exploration > Biology.

For biology and neuroscience majors

Students will be advised in the Academic Advising Center until they have earned 30 semester hours at which time they move to the Department of Biology for advising. Students will be advised by a professional advisor in the Department of Biology until they graduate. More information about the Biology major can be found here. More information about the Neuroscience major can be found here.

For biomedical sciences majors

Students who are admitted to the biomedical sciences major as incoming freshmen will be advised during their first semester in the Academic Advising Center. At the end of the first semester, regardless of hours earned, biomedical sciences students move to the Department of Biology for advising. Anna Gaw ( serves as the primary advisor, and Jan Fassler ( serves as the faculty advisor for the major. More information about the Biomedical Sciences major can be found here.

Meet biology academic advisors

Kaylyn Connolly portrait

Kaylyn Connolly

Academic Advisor
Neuroscience and Biology
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Anna Gaw

Senior Academic Advisor
Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Schedule an appointment

Connect with your professional advisor through MyUI. To contact faculty advisors, email them directly to make an appointment.

Getting started with academic advising

Verify your advisor and program

Your advisor may change. Verify your primary advisor and their office location. Your program(s) of study are listed in MyUI and include your majors, minors, certificates, or pre-professional programs. If any of this needs to be updated, contact your advisor.

Review your degree audit

Check your degree audit regularly to ensure you understand your program requirements and how courses will count. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Prepare for registration

Visit your advisor each semester to discuss courses and registration. Your primary advisor can also assist with schedule changes, including adding and dropping.

Seek academic support

Your advisor can help you work to improve your academic performance whether you are on academic probation or want to improve your GPA. Ask about support for your academic success.

Next steps

Plan for graduation

Collaborate with your advisor to create a plan for graduation that incorporates all your programs. Review this plan with your advisor(s) regularly and ask questions about your progress toward degree completion.

Find student resources

The University of Iowa provides resources for social, health, well-being, financial, and academic support. Your advisor can help you navigate campus services.

Explore engagement opportunities

Learn about student organizations, study abroad, service, research, internships, and honors in your major.

Set your goals

Discuss your interests and future educational and career goals. Your advisor can help you plan for graduate and professional study and can connect you to the Pomerantz Career Center.

More about Academic Advising in CLAS

For more information, or to find an advisor in another department, visit the CLAS Advising Network.