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).

For the most up to date walk-in and appointment information, as well as booking an appointment, please visit biologyadvising.youcanbook.me. You can also call the office at 850-644-5053, though at this time we recommend emailing advisor@bio.fsu.edu if you need to contact an advisor.

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 Crystal Goodwin 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

Jara Baker

Academic Advisor
1067F King Life Sciences Building

Marcia Forbes

Academic Advisor
1067D King Life Sciences Building

Lisa Mitchell

Academic Advisor
1067E King Life Sciences Building

Logan Poland

Academic Advisor
1067B King Life Sciences Building

Alexis Fraites

Career Center Liaison
A207A PDB - Psychology Advising Office
(850) 645-0440
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
1067A 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.

Jara Baker has earned her BS degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Health here at FSU. She enjoys fishing, cooking, and traveling.

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!

Lisa Mitchell earned both her BA degree in Theatre and MS degree in English Education from Florida State University. She loves to travel and is a passionate supporter of film and Broadway musicals.

Logan Poland is a new Tallahassee resident with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is currently working on a Statistics degree from FSU. In her spare time, she can be found watching Disney movies, learning Calculus, and playing with her mini Lop, Teddy.

Alexis Fraites, Career Center Liaison helps students connect academic studies with career opportunities, search for jobs and experiential learning opportunities, prepare resumes, cover letters, and personal statements, and build professional skills (networking, interviewing, etc.).