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Advising FAQ

Below are just a few questions that students may have about Advising in the Biology Department.


Who Should I See for Advising?

Biology Program/Major Advising – Book an appointment with the department Undergraduate Advisor; Clay Cox.

Photo of Clay CoxClay Cox
(208) 426 – 3262
Science Building, Room 107A
2122 W Cesar Chavez Ln, Boise, ID

Regular Advising Schedule (In-person, phone, skype)
MWF 10:00 am – 3:40 pm (Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
TTH 1:00 pm – 3:40 pm

Walk-in Advising Schedule
TTH 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

Graduate School/Career Information – We encourage all Biology majors to make connections with a faculty advisor for graduate school and career discussions. Begin by going to the faculty webpage to see the research interests of our faculty. It is often helpful to choose someone with interests similar to yours. If you would like help connecting with a faculty member in the department or finding a faculty advisor contact Clay Cox for assistance in locating someone.

Pre-Professional Programs – If you are looking at a pre-professional degree, such as pre-med or pre-dental, in additional to meeting with the Biology department advisor, you will also want to meet with one of Boise State’s pre-professional advisors.

Pre-Professional Studies Contacts

Erin Colburn
(208) 426-2454
Norco Building Room 116
1529 Belmont Street, Boise, ID

Thomas Kimble
(208) 426-3732
Norco Building Room 116
1529 Belmont Street, Boise, ID


What Should I Bring to My Advising Appointment?

If you are a transfer student, make sure you bring a copy of your transcripts from your previous institution(s) and the external credit report that Boise State University has sent you. Otherwise make sure to bring any checklists, tentative list of courses that you think you should take, as well as any questions you may have.

What is Finish in Four?

Finish in 4 is a program designed to help students finish their education in four years thereby keeping the costs of obtaining a degree down. Students who want to participate in Finish in 4 in Biology need to make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor Clay Cox to go over in detail what the program is, and to create your individualized four-year plan. For more information on this program visit Finish in 4.


When Should I See My Advisor?

It is very important to see an advisor as early in your college career as possible. Students who wait too long to see an advisor often don’t take key courses, and there for end up delaying progress towards their Biology degree. It is a good idea to meet with your advisor every semester to get help in selecting courses for the next semester. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment. During course registration available advising appointments fill up fast.


Where Do I Meet with My Advisor?

If you are meeting with the department undergraduate advisor, Clay Cox, his office is located in the Science Building (SCNC) Room 107A – Right next to the Department of Biological Sciences main office.


Why Do I Have an Advising Hold on My Account?

If you are a new student (Freshman or Transfer), you will have an advising hold on your myBoiseState account. This hold will prevent you from signing up for classes until you meet with an advisor. You should make an individual advising appointment with Clay Cox as soon as you see the “Required Advising Hold” appear on your student center. Advising holds are placed for a few other reasons – contact your advisor as soon as you see the hold appear.

Why Should I See an Advisor?

Our Department Undergraduate Advisor Clay Cox can assist with the following:

  • Course Selection – Help with selecting appropriate courses to take. Many Biology courses have prerequisites, and it is important to get started on these prerequisite courses early. Certain courses may be more appropriate for students interested in a particular field.
  • Transfer Course Guidance – Help transfer students determine which courses from their previous institution(s) can count towards your Boise State Biology degree.
  • Academic Paperwork – Help students with academic adjustments, academic appeals, academic probation/dismissal, and understanding university forms and policies.
  • Graduation Requirements – Help with checking graduation requirements and make sure students are on track to graduate.
  • Internships – Assist students with finding internship opportunities. Internships are an important way to learn new skills, as well as heling to determine whether or not you really want to pursue a particular career path. While the advisor can provide suggestions for possible internship opportunities, it is important to realize that it is the student’s responsibility to actually go out, make contact, and arrange the internship experience.


How Do I Contact the Undergraduate Departmental Advisor?

The best way to setup an appointment with Clay Cox is online at or call (208) 426-3262 to schedule an appointment or meet with him during his walk in hours. You may also email any advising questions or concerns to Clay directly at Make sure to include your Student ID Number with your email to help with accessing your student record.