Your advisor will assist you in selecting courses to meet the academic requirements of the BioRenewable Systems major, while also meeting your personal goals.

As a BioRenewable Systems student, you will be assigned an academic advisor when you: enroll as a first-year student at University Park Campus; declare BioRenewable Systems as your major; or when you transfer to University Park from another campus location, college, or university.

Your advisor is a resource to answer academic questions during your career at Penn State. It is hoped that your advisor will become your friend and provide useful information concerning academic and non-academic matters as the need arises. You will normally retain the same academic advisor until you graduate, but changes are available upon request.

The student-advisor relationship: roles and expectations

BioRenewable Systems students should establish a working relationship with their advisors for a productive and efficient college experience. The following lists provide guidance on the roles and expectations of both the student and the advisor:

Responsibilities and Expectations of Students

  • Ensuring that proper courses are selected
  • Ensuring that courses are taken in the appropriate sequence, adhering to prerequisites
  • Ensuring that graduation requirements are met
  • Completing petitions for degree requirement substitutions prior to the graduation semester
  • Developing course schedule for each semester

Responsibilities and Expectations of Advisor

  • Keeping advisee records up to date each semester
  • Providing guidance on selection of courses
  • Providing career guidance
  • Encouraging students to engage in co-curricular activities
  • Promoting summer job, internships and co-op opportunities
  • Help inform student of minors and how minors might fit with career plans