Departmental Advising & Support

The undergraduate advising program in chemistry and biochemistry is designed to help our students plan their undergraduate training and to look forward to a career in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field. Advisors assist students in developing a program of study from the beginning course to graduation. Advising questions can be sent to

  • Students considering or ready to declare the Biochemistry major should meet with a peer advisor or Dr. Michael Koscho.
  • Transfer students are encouraged to contact Dr. Koscho to determine how their coursework will transfer.
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should see a Departmental Advisor for questions about specific course requirements, petitions exceptions, or prerequisites. 
  • For general advising pertaining to pre-health or UO requirements, see an advisor in Tykeson Hall.
  • Need more information about choosing your classes? Read about the Chemistry and Biochemistry placement process.

All students should prepare for advising meetings by checking progress toward your degree with your UO Degree Guide.

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Contact Our Faculty Advisor

Dr. Michael Koscho is available by email at Be sure to use your UO email and include your UOID number. If you are requesting an appointment, include the times you are available.

Chemistry and BioChemisty faculty advisor, Michael Koscho

Michael Koscho         
Faculty Advisor 

Phone: 541-346-2924       
Office: 175 Onyx Bridge       
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Peer Advising Center

Peer advisors are available on a drop-in basis to answer questions regarding degree requirements, course plans, undergraduate research or transfer credit, and to discuss post-graduation goals. The Peer Advising Center is closed during finals week and during breaks. We are located in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Office at 91 Klamath Hall.

Spring term drop-in hours run from April 1 through June 7, 2024. Peer Advisors are available on the following schedule:

  • Mondays 10am-12pm and 1-2pm
  • Tuesdays 9-10am and 2:30-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays 10am-12pm
  • Thursdays 9-10am and 3-4pm
  • Fridays 10:30-11:30am

Meet our Peer Advisors

Chemistry and BioChemisty peer advisor, Nadia Barnard

Nadia Barnard

Hello! My name is Nadia and I am a sophomore undergraduate student from Eugene, Oregon. I am a chemistry major and a student in the Clark Honors College. I am interested in electrochemistry and energy science, and I am an undergraduate researcher in the Boettcher lab. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, painting, running, and finding cool places to hammock on campus. I’m hoping to give chemistry and biochemistry students the best peer advising support I can!
Megan Adamec
Megan Adamec
Hi! My name is Megan and I am a sophomore in the Clark Honors College studying biochemistry with a minor in art history. On campus, I got involved in undergraduate research with the Widom Lab and am currently in the Ong Lab. I am most interested in bioengineering to monitor recovery and biochemical systems. I’m from Oregon and I love to get outdoors, run, paint, and explore Eugene through food! I also enjoy planning, organization, and helping my peers, so I’m excited to start helping everyone!

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Tykeson Hall Advising

At Tykeson Hall, you can work with professional college and career advisors to explore your interests, schedule your classes, plan for graduation, discuss career possibilities, and more. Tykeson College and Career Advising is the academic and career advising destination for all students who:

  • Have not yet declared a major, referred to as exploring students.
  • Are declared majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Are considering another major or exploring other majors.
  • Want to explore career options and opportunities.

Students with declared majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences should also continue to seek advice from faculty when they are looking for specific information about their chosen major or detailed information about their major department and its curricular and co-curricular offerings.

Location: Tykeson Hall       
Phone: 541-346-9200       
MS Teams/Email:       
Drop-in Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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SUPeR Chem Peer Learning Assistants

In 1997, Dr. Deborah Exton introduced a new and innovative learning support program for students enrolled in general chemistry. Called SUPeR (Success Utilizing Peer Resources) Chemistry, the program uses undergraduate peer learning assistants (PLAs)—supervised by departmental faculty members—who offer review sessions to fellow students. Since this time, this program has expanded to include all organic chemistry courses as well.

In the first year, nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled in general chemistry took advantage of the sessions; in the second year the participation increased even further with more than 42 percent of the general chemistry students benefiting from the instruction and counsel of their peers. SUPeR Chem sessions are free of charge.

SUPeR Chem Schedules are posted on the Canvas course sites for all general chemistry and organic chemistry courses.

SUPeR Chem support is available for students during the academic year—fall, winter and spring terms.

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Academic Support Resources

  • SUPeR Chem Peer Learning Assistants: Drop-in, small group review sessions.
  • Tutor List: Individual chemistry and biochemistry tutors whose academic credentials have been approved by the department. Students contact tutors and make their own individual arrangements regarding meeting times and compensation for tutoring services
  • TA Office Hours: Check your course syllabus or your Canvas course sites for your instructors office hours.
  • Price Science Commons and Research Library: This Research Library offers tools and resources for scientific writing. In addition, a designated science librarian is available to meet with chemistry students to help identify and access resources they need for coursework or projects.

Pre-Professional Advising

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Major and Minor Maps

Why study chemistry or biochemistry? Read about examples of career paths and actual alumni jobs.

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