Advising in Biology.  Current Biology majors (or those considering Biology as a major) should obtain a copy of the very handy Biology Major’s Checklist.  In addition, link directly to the Biology Department for information about the requirements for the Biology major, available courses in the department or information about the Senior Honors program.

Advising in Environmental Studies.  For students majoring in (or considering) Environmental Studies, link to the ENST major requirements page and information about the department.

Current advisees. I encourage you to meet with me at any time during the semester to talk about your academic goals while at Amherst, potential majors & specific requirements, study abroad programs, or anything else on your mind. See also Amherst's Advising Resources for Students.

Prior to pre-registration meetings, you should start exploring courses using the on-line course scheduler, which allows you to search easily by semester, department, course times, etc.  Then, copy these courses into your Preferred Courses page in ACdata.  Use this link for more information and help about on-line registration.  Please don't hesitate to e-mail me to schedule an appointment or stop by during office hours.  

Want me to write you a recommendation letter?  I am usually happy to do so, but definitely stop by my office (Life Sciences 224), call or email me to ask first.  Then, make sure I have the following pieces of information...

First, provide me with a brief description of the program to which you are applying.  If there is something that really appeals to you about the program, let me know.  Generally, the more information I have about you, your past experience, and your interests, the stronger and more effective my letter. 

Second, If you have a personal statement or CV/resume prepared, please send this to me along with a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) to help me write your letter.

Finally, make sure I know all necessary details, including...

  • Due date for the recommendation
  • Format for the recommendation (e.g., sent via email, web-based, or hard copy form(s) to fill out, etc.) vs. a letter, etc.
  • To whom the letter should be addressed and to what address I should send it.


I will let you know once the recommendation is submitted, but it is a good idea to follow up.  If you have not heard from me, a gentle reminder about a week or so in advance of the deadline would be most appreciated.