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BB/BMB Undergraduate Advising

undergraduate student meeting with advisor

Advisor Lauren Dalton serves as a sounding board for third year BMB major Francisco Hernandez.

Fostering faculty-student connections

We use a team approach to advising, meaning BB and BMB students will work with all members of the advising team over the course of their undergraduate career on a rotation basis rather than being assigned to just one advisor. We try to be as accessible as possible to students. All members of the BB/BMB advising team are teaching faculty who have earned Ph.D.s in biochemistry and conducted research in the molecular life sciences which enables us to work with our students in different settings.

Choose the right advising session

During the academic year Fall-Winter-Spring terms there are two types of advising available to current BB and BMB students: drop-in (Virtual by Zoom) and 30-minute appointments (in person with virtual upon request). During the Summer term, we host virtual drop-in hours by zoom. New first year and transfer students book special START advising appointments through the START module.


Drop-in Advising Virtual Only Summer 2024

Tuesdays 12:30-2 pm

Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm

Zoom link (password if prompted 538277):

In fall, we will return to the

Fall-Winter-Spring: Drop-in advising is for quick (max 5 minutes) questions only. If you need more assistance, please schedule an appointment. Advisors will not distribute PINs during drop-in advising. Join us on Zoom or Kari's office ALS 2141 during our drop-in hours and when your advisor is ready, they will admit you to the meeting. Wait times may be up to 10 minutes.

Join us on Zoom 

Summer Advising

Summer advising drop-ins June 17- August (subject to change)

Tuesdays 12:30- 2 pm

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm (not 6/19 and not 8/7)

Use these drop-ins for academic questions, change of major to BB/BMB or add BMB minor. If you cannot attend drop-ins or have questions that can be answered by email, please send name, OSU ID, specific questions to Appointments can be scheduled upon request by emailing Kari van Zee but please include specifics about what you want to discuss.

Registration and override help form

This form will walk you through the process of obtaining an override for Biochemistry & Biophysics courses (BB XXX). Please complete the entire form. You will receive an email from the BB Staff when the override is in place or if additional information is required. We can only issue overrides for BB courses for the upcoming or current term (not BI, MB BHS or CH--reach out to their departments).

Research and independent study for credit

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of independent study credits with BB faculty members. Students need to obtain faculty permission and then a departmental override to register for these credit opportunities: research (BB 401), thesis (BB 403) reading and conference (BB 405) and internship credits (BB 410).

BB undergrad listserv

is open to Oregon State University students and faculty and is how we communicate with our biochemistry undergraduate community. If you have problems registering for the listserv, please contact Dr. Kari van Zee (