FSU - Biological Science

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Undergraduate Advising

The Biological Science Undergraduate Advising Office is staffed by full-time undergraduate academic advisors, and one faculty supervisor (Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies). It is located in room 1067 of the King Life Sciences Building (see university map). Students are seen on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 12:00PM and Fridays from 1:30PM to 4PM, and by appointment from 1:30 to 4:00PM, Monday through Thursday.

To make an appointment with an advisor please visit biologyadvising.youcanbook.me. To speak to the receptionist in the office call 644-5053.

Students are strongly advised to seek academic advising at least once a semester, preferably prior to the registration cycle. Students should see individual faculty members for advice about research interests and potential Directed Individual Study (DIS) opportunities. Individuals interested in graduate work should see Jessica Webber in the Biology Graduate Advising Office, 1063 KIN, by the beginning of their junior year for advice on doing research for credit and applying to graduate schools.

The Health Professions Advising Office of the College of Medicine, offers additional preprofessional advising for students interested in careers in the health science professions-Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine.


Bonnie Garcia-Gloeckner

Academic Program Specialist
1067C King Life Sciences Building

Marcia Forbes

Academic Advisor
1067D King Life Sciences Building

Tyler Bembry

Academic Advisor
1067B King Life Sciences Building

Kris Achhamer

Academic Advisor
1067F King Life Sciences Building

Jen Harshner

Career Center Liaison
A207A PDB - Psychology Advising Office
(850) 644-1840
Career Advising drop-in hours (subject to change)
Tues: 1 PM - 4 PM
Weds: 1 PM - 4 PM
Thurs: 9 AM - 12 PM

Dr. Karen McGinnis

Assoc.Chair, Undergrad Studies
1067G King Life Sciences Building

Dr. Karen McGinnis is a plant biologist who studies epigenetic regulation of gene expression in maize. She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and did post-doctoral research at Washington State University and University of Arizona. She teaches General Genetics and Plant Physiology.

Bonnie Garcia-Gloeckner is from southwest Florida. She earned both her BS in Geology and her MS in Biological Science from Florida State University. Her primary research focus was on dinosaurian and crocodilian growth. She has worked in the Biology department in a variety of roles: teaching assistant, research assistant, laboratory coordinator, and assistant coordinator. She enjoys knitting, cross-stitching, watching sci fi, and spending time with her family.

Marcia Forbes has earned her BS degree in Sociology from Florida State University and her MS in School Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She enjoys listening to the weekend programs on NPR, reading, cooking, and loves Southern Indian cuisine!

Tyler Bembry is a Tallahassee native, currently residing in Havana. He earned his Bachelor’s in Criminology at Florida State University, with a minor in English. He is the owner of two Labrador retrievers, Belle and Bailey. On his spare time he enjoys fishing, hiking, playing guitar and cooking. His favorite places to visit in the surrounding area are Lake(s) Jackson and Talquin and the Garden of Eden Trail.

Kris Achhamer earned both her BS degree in Leisure Services Studies and EdD degree in Higher Education from Florida State University and her MA degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Texas Woman’s University. She teaches College Success classes at Tallahassee Community College. She enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, and going on adventures with her nephews.