Orientation 2023


We are so excited to welcome you the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech! This webpage is meant to serve as a resource for new students majoring in one of our six undergraduate programs. Please feel free to email or schedule a meeting with one of our academic advisors if you have any questions. More information for Orientation 2024 coming this summer!


The Registrar's Office, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, is committed to providing exceptional service. There are a lot of great resources to help you through the process of registering for courses on their website, including: step-by-step procedures for online registration, general education requirements, schedule of classes, registration priority schedule, and registration approval/waiver forms.

You will be able to change your schedule all day Tuesday, August 22 through 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 during Orientation Week . Afterward, please contact your academic advisor for assistance.

General Education and Modern Language Registration

If you would like to add a general education course to your schedule or have questions about modern language options, please schedule a meeting with Maria through her appointment's calendar.

A modern language placement test is available online and at no charge to you.

Maria Bergstrom

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Sciences and Arts
  • Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities Department
  • Assistant Academic Advisor: Humanities and Modern Languages

Pre-Health Advising

In addition to your academic advisor, Kemmy can work with you to choose a professional health career that is right for you, navigate the application process, and obtain shadowing and volunteer experiences in the community. If you're not in BL 1590 this fall, consider contacting her for more information about pre-health professions.

Kemmy Taylor

  • Director, Pre-Health Programs
  • Pre-Health Advisor
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Biological Sciences & Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

General Science and Arts Program

Not being sure what you want to major in means you are open to exploring the options and to finding what is best for you. Exploring majors is a creative, positive space in which you learn more about what's available and more about yourself. If you would like to learn more about the general science and arts program, please contact Heather.

Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson

  • Program Director: General Sciences and Arts/Undecided
  • Academic Advisor: Exploring Majors

Campus Resources

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of Michigan Tech students by helping them to develop attitudes, values, and skills that enhance their academic and personal success.

Residence Education and Housing Services

Residence Education and Housing Services is dedicated to inspire students to succeed by building a strong foundation of community throughout the resident halls and providing a safe and comfortable living experience.  All housing and apartment affairs are resolved through our staff.

Student Leadership and Involvement

Student Leadership and Involvement offers students fun and entertaining venues to help mold and create their Michigan Tech experience.  They are the catalyst to engage student involvement by providing opportunities for any student to stay active, from student organizations to Greek life and community service to leadership programs.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion is to foster student success by providing engaging programs that create safe spaces for students of multiple social and cultural identities. This is done through a broad range of services, workshops, and events.

Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being

The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being focuses on student health and offers presentations and workshops on a range of topics. Fun wellness-related activities include a health fair, Bigfoot snowshoe event, dog therapy, and a week of wellness. Staff of licensed therapists possesses both academic and personal counseling training and skills to assist students.

Career Services

Michigan Tech Career Services connects students, employers, alumni, faculty, and staff. We help students communicate the unique skills sets they have developed both in and outside the classroom. Our collaborative programming and coaching launches and supports career journeys.

Information Technology

Michigan Tech Information Technology is here to meet your computing needs and give you tools and information to help you succeed in your studies.

Van Pelt and Opie Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library offers a range of services and amenities for students.