FOR ALL STUDENTS: SSU only uses the sonoma.edu email address to send out important information regarding Financial Aid, Registration dates and times, etc. Biology majors receive information about advising, registration and job/internship opportunities via their sonoma.edu email address.
First Time Freshman:
As a first time Freshman student, you should be registered for Freshman Orientation. If not, please contact the Orientation office: (707) 664-4464 or visit the Orientation website for more information.
During Summer Orientation, you will register for your Fall classes, and get your questions answered by advisors in your major. Once classes have started, you will be assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Biology Department. You are welcome to change your advisor if you prefer someone else.
There is always mandatory advising for first time Freshman in late October, just prior to registration for the Spring semester. We strongly recommend checking in with your advisor once or twice every semester!
Transfer students must attend Transfer Orientation. There are on-campus orientations as well as online for those who cannot come to campus. However, it is strongly recommend to attend an on-campus orientation, as you can chat directly with advisors, and create your schedule. After the semester begins, you will be assigned a Biology faculty advisor.
When you arrive, be sure to meet with your PI and/or the Graduate Coordinator to help you create your schedule. There is an orientation within the Biology Department at the start of each semester. For more information, please visit the Biology Graduate Program pages.