Appointment Scheduling

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Walk in Appointments Now Available during the Fall and Spring! Please login to see who has availability!

To make an appointment, click the image above or go to to access NAVIGATE Mason. Login with your GMU NetID and Password.

During peak advising periods, appointment times are at a premium. If you are more than 10 minutes late, there is no guarantee that you will be seen.

For questions, configuration concerns, and feedback on your user experience, please contact

If you encounter difficulties accessing any of the resources offered through this office, please contact or visit Exploratory Hall, Rm 1200 between 9:00-4:00pm, Monday – Friday.

For more information about Mason’s commitment to accessibility, please visit Accessibility@Mason.


Be prepared to discuss and explore course options, address academic concerns, and make decisions about the upcoming semester. It’s helpful to review your course options for the next semester and make a list of those that interest you. Please review your Degree Evaluation in PatriotWeb.

We highly recommend you seek advising early in the semester, as soon as the schedule of classes is released.


Biology Major Advising covers almost all advising topics, always has drop in times and is available every week by appointment.

Biology Online Advising is an extension of Biology Major Advising, available for students who may not be able to make it on campus. This category almost always has appointments, and is available through Blackboard Collaborate. Like Biology Major Advising, it covers almost all advising topics.

Biology- Honors in the Major is by appointment only with Dr. Kocache. This is for admitted Honors in the Major students only, not applicants. Interested in applying to Honors in the Major? Email Dr. Kocache at

Biology Freshman Advising is an extension of Biology Major Advising as an introduction to advising. This category is not as expansive as Biology Major Advising.

Declare/change major/minor Advising are drop in times to change your major. This is not a typical advising appointment. To access Biology Major Advising, you must be a declared Major. You can simply drop in to the office fill out the form. Not sure and need to talk to someone? Email Dr. Polayes,

Medical Laboratory Science Advising is by appointment only with Dr.Verhoeven. This is for admitted MLAB students only. Interested in changing majors or learning more? Email Dr. Verhoeven, for an appointment.


If you need to cancel/reschedule an appointment, cancel/reschedule your appointment through the online system or email the advisor directly through Mason NAVIGATE.

Alternatively, email to inform our office directly.


If you have questions, read our Advising FAQ, a comprehensive guide written by a Biology advisor and likely to be the fastest way to answer your question.

The GMU Academic Advising Center website is very helpful as a starting point.

Also visit the GMU Health Professions Advising website if you are interested in health professions.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

This is a federal law that gives protection to student educational records and provides students with certain rights. See more information at the Office of the Registrar’s website.


Unfortunately we cannot guarantee advising sessions with Prospective students through our system at this time. Prospective students looking for more information about our Biology department, facilities, and/or general Biology questions should contact for more information.

GMU Admissions information for prospective students can be found on the GMU Admissions Website. Tour information can be found here: Visit Mason.


***Online Advising is available on NAVIGATE Mason.

Online advising is now available on a limited basis through Blackboard.  You MUST be a declared biology major to access this feature.  If you are a declared major as of Fall 2016 you should have access to advising via your organization tab on blackboard.  If you are a declared major but do not see this feature you must first see an adviser in person.

In addition to online advising this site has links for job, research, internships and much more.  Please take some time to look under the content link!

Making an appointment:

You may make an appointment the same way as an in-person appointment.  These appointments will be via live chat.  You may change or cancel these appointments up to 24 hours prior to the appointment. **An advisor will only wait ten minutes for you to enter the online chat and then they will log off.  Please be on time. 

How to find the live chat appointment:

  1. Login to blackboard
  2. Look to the top right, and select the “Organizations” link
  3. Look under My Organizations (left side of the page) and select “Biology Undergraduate Advising”
    • If you do not see this link you must first make an in person advising appointment (please cancel the online advising appointment until then)
  4. To the left of the page, choose “Online Advising Appointments.”
  5. Click on your advisors chatroom.
    • This will link you into a live chat. At the time of your appointment your advisor will move you to a breakout room.  This is a private chat room.  Please be patient, your advisor may be finishing a chat with another student.