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 from 8:30AM to 12:00PM, Monday through Friday, and by appointment from 1:30 to 4:00PM, Monday through Thursday.

To make an appointment with an advisor please visit 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 Ben Miller 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

Sabrina Smith

Academic Advisor
1067E King Life Sciences Building

Alicia Weaver

Academic Advisor
1067F King Life Sciences Building

Kelsie Patton

Academic Advisor
1067D 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
1067B 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.

Alicia Weaver is a military brat who called Spain and Japan home prior to moving to the US. She earned her BAs in Political Science and International Affairs as well as an MA in International Affairs from Florida State, and an MS in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining the Biology department, she was a coordinator for the Study of US the Institutes on Civic Engagement and an advisor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Computer Science.

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.

Sabrina Smith calls Key Largo, Florida home. She has earned her BA degree in Sociology from University of South Florida. Currently pursuing two graduate programs, Masters in Family & Child Sciences and Master of Social Work at Florida State, she is planning to work in social leadership and policy advocacy. Before joining the Biology Department, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in Human Sciences!

Kelsie Patton is from Columbus, Ohio. She earned her BA in Psychology & Women and Gender Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville. Before joining the Biology department, she worked as academic advisor in the Women's Studies program at Florida State.