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Advising for Biochemistry Majors

Undergraduate Biochemistry Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors for Biochemistry Majors can assist with course selection for the major, identification of research advisors, preparation of graduate school applications, and identification of career paths. Students can also schedule an appointment with the Division of Undergraduate Biology Advisors using the Navigate. The Division of Undergraduate Biology Advisors also take care of Biology course retake permissions for Biochemistry Majors.

holdenerDr. Bernadette Holdener (Advisor for all BCH)
Director of Undergraduate Biochemistry Majors

Drop in office hours by Zoom (current SBU students see Navigate for links) others please send email request for links

Mondays 10-12; Wednesdays 1-3; Fridays 10-11 (confirm availability during breaks and summer session - unavailable July 26-30th, 2021)
(or email for an appointment)

Location: Virtual by Zoom

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Ms. Kelsie Poe and Ms. Rachel Ulysee (Division of Undergraduate Biology Advisors also for BCH majors)

Division of Undergraduate Biology advises both BCH and BIO majors

Typically available for appointments Mondays – Fridays from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Use Navigate to schedule an appointment  

Location: Room 107, CMM/BLL       

Phone: 631-632-8530 

Dr. Benjamin Martin (Advisor for BCH majors working on honors thesis)

*Hours by appointment
Location: Room 480, Life Sciences Building

Phone: 631-632-8563


Dr. Neta Dean   (Advisor for BCH majors with questions related to graduate school requirements)

*Hours by Appointment
Location: Room 310, Life Sciences Building
Phone: 631-632-9309 

Dr. Ed Luk    (Advisor for BCH majors with questions related to finding research opportunities)

*Hours by Appointment
Location: Room 410, Life Sciences Building
Phone: 631-632-1903 

During summer session and breaks, please email advisors to confirm their availability.

Additional Stony Brook University Advisors

Biochemistry majors also have access to a number of other specialized advisors that can help students prepare for successful graduation, careers, and graduate studies.

Division of Undergraduate Biology Advisors help freshman, sophomore, and transfer students with the transition to Stony Brook University undergraduate biology courses. Assists all Biochemistry majors with BIO course scheduling issues such as course wait lists, permission to register, and BIOLOGY course retake permission.

The Undergraduate Colleges advise first-time freshman. The colleges are designed to support and develop the interests of students and assist them in taking advantage of the vast resources Stony Brook has to offer. Each Undergraduate College has assigned advisors who are available to help you make good decisions about a wide range of topics relevant to your academic success: course scheduling, academic goal setting, academic program decisions, explanation and interpretation of University policies, referral to University resources and more!.

Academic and transfer advising office provides advising for transfer students and Sophomores and above. The advisors provide overall communication to Stony Brook undergraduates about academic advising and the evaluation of transfer credits for general education requirements. Helps students develop their academic plans for graduation and works with students in academic difficulty. Evaluates transfer credits and serves as a central communicator regarding academic deadlines, policies, and events to all undergraduate.

Pre-health advising office provides a wealth of general information related to preparation of undergraduates for application to pre-dental, pre-med, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, and pre-veterinary students. Their website answers questions such as: Are you registered for the right courses, what does it mean to drop or withdraw from a course, what health related careers are available, how can I gain health-related volunteer experience, how do I become involved in research, and what kinds of courses do I need for dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine?

Career Center advisors help students identify their strengths and interests and turn majors into careers. Assists students with preparation of resumes, cover letters, e-Portfolios, interviewing experience, internships, co-ops, and community service opportunities. Provides advise on establishing professional connections with employers, networks, alumni, diversity groups, and others who can help.

Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC) assists students with disabilities in accessing the many resources of the University. Individuals with visual, mobility and hearing impairment as well as those with hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions, psychological, and learning disabilities are invited to make use of the services and equipment available. Individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities are also encouraged to consult with DSS. The DSS staff is here to support your interactions with faculty, staff and community agencies.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential services available to currently enrolled students taking at least six credit hours. Included are crisis intervention, brief counseling for individuals, couples, and groups; consultation to students, faculty, staff, friends, and parents; assistance with referrals to community resources.