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Undergraduate Program

Advising

Welcome to the Biology Department at Tufts! By declaring a major in biology, you join a long list of students who have used biology to develop active and satisfying careers in research, medicine, biotechnology, conservation, law, finance, environmental consulting, and more. Biology professors are active and well-connected in their field. As your academic advisor, a professor can help you decide which courses serve your needs and interest, whether to take biology courses abroad (and if so, where), how to get involved in independent research, who to see for specific information about medical schools, graduate schools, etc. If you get to know your advisor well enough, s/he will be in a good position to write you a letter of recommendation in your Junior or Senior year. These letters are important when you apply for professional schools, jobs, scholarships, or academic prizes. Obviously, an academic advisor in the Biology Department is a potent resource for your career at Tufts and beyond.

Getting an Advisor is easy. First, pick up a Declaration of Major / Change Advisor form at Dowling Hall. These forms are also available online. If you already know which professor you'd like to have as an Advisor, meet with them during office hours (office hours are listed on the bulletin board across from the Biology Department office, Robinson Hall, Room 369 and on our website) to discuss what courses you've taken so far, and to ask them to sign your form.

If you are not yet sure whom you'd want as an Advisor, drop by the Biology Department office (Robinson Hall, Room 369), where a staff assistant will help you. She will give you a list of Biology professors and their research topics. By matching these topics with your plans for the future, you can arrive at an Advisor who shares some of your interests. Once you select your Advisor and s/he signs the Declaration of Major form, the form must then be taken to the Registrar's office in Dowling Hall.

To summarize:

  • Get a Declaration of Major / Change of Advisor form from Dowling Hall or online.
  • Meet with a professor of your choice, or stop by Robinson Hall, Room 369 and pick up a list of Biology professors.
  • Fill out the form and have it signed by your new Advisor in Biology.
  • Take it to Student Services in Dowling Hall.