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General Advising Information

Chemistry and Biochemistry Advising

The Chemistry and Biochemistry advisors can provide interested students with a review of degree options, including a minor in chemistry or biochemistry, and will assist undergraduate students in planning and scheduling the coursework needed to complete their major once it is declared. Students can also see our advisors to review General Education (GE) requirements and for general issues such as scheduling and adding/dropping courses. All department advisors are also Pre-Health Advisors and can assist as students begin the application process for professional programs.

Students can connect with an advisor through email, brief walk-in meetings, or by appointment. The undergraduate department employs two chemistry advisors and two biochemistry advisor:


  • Dr. Mike Chang advises chemistry students whose last name begins with the letter A – H.
  • Ms. Holly Wheaton advises chemistry students whose last name begins with the letter I – Z.
  • Contact info: Dr. Chang and Ms. Wheaton can be contacted at chemadvisors@osu.edu


  • Dr. Marie R. Southerland advises biochemistry students whose last name begins with the letter A – H.
  • Ms. Angela LeCount Melamed advises biochemistry students whose last name begins with the letter I – Z.
  • Contact info: Ms. Melamed and Dr. Southerland can be contacted at biochemadvisors@osu.edu


Scheduling an Appointment

There are two ways to schedule an appointment:

  1. You can make an appointment with the appropriate advisor (as shown above) utilizing the OnCourse platform. You can utilize OnCourse at any time that is convenient for you! Click here for the OnCourse instructions and login link
  2. During normal business hours, you can call the Undergraduate Studies Office at (614) 292-6009 or (614) 292-1204 in order to speak with someone who can make an appointment for you. 

*Appointments cannot be scheduled by email.


Our office hours during the regular academic year are Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and our office hours during the summer are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments cannot be scheduled by email. If necessary, phone appointments are also available; it is important to note the student is responsible for calling the advisor at the time of the appointment. 


Walk-in Advising Hours

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Advisors are also available to answer quick questions during walk-in advising hours. The schedule for walk-in hours is shown below:

Autumn 2024: The schedule for Autumn 2024 will be posted in August.


Undergraduate Studies Office
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Suite 110 Celeste Lab
120 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6009 or (614) 292-1204

Honors Program Advising

Students in the ASC Honors Program will have a team of advisors to help them navigate all of their course and honors requirements.  Honors students will have three different advisors that they can reach out to:

  1. For general advising about courses in your specific major, honors students will see the major advisors as listed above. 
  2. Students will also consult with their appointed ASC Honors Program counselor for procedural matters, information about general degree requirements, assistance with an Honors Contract, and for information about other special honors opportunities.  
  3. Faculty advisors (listed below) will advise students regarding upper level needs, including their Honors Research and Thesis Project, graduate program advice and advanced course selections:
  • All biochemistry students: Dr. Jane Jackman. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackman, contact the Undergraduate Studies Office.
  • All chemistry students: Dr. Bern Kohler. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kohler, contact the Undergraduate Studies Office.