Advising & Declaring

The Human Biology Advising team consists of Associate Director Katherine Preston, Students Services Staff and Peer Student Advisors.

SFACT Course of Study Design Tool

Important Deadlines


  • October 14th - 1st approval by an SA for Juniors
  • November 1st - second approval by an SA for Juniors
  • November 15th - final approval by Student Services for Juniors
  • May 1st - first approval by an SA for Sophomores
  • June 1st - second approval by an SA for Sophomores 


  • October 1st - Capstone option indicated in SFACT for Seniors

  • November 1st - Degree Progress Check for students conferring in Autumn or Winter quarters

  • March 1st - Degree Progress Check for students conferring in Spring or Summer quarters
    (note: there are individual deadlines based on alphabetical order)

  • Application to Graduate - refer to Registrar's Office deadlines


Course of Study Changes & Addendum Instructions

Course of Study changes are allowed. The important thing to remember is that, before you will be cleared for graduation, the course of study on file in SFACT must be approved and match the courses you have in fact completed. If you decide to change your course of study, you should update SFACT as soon as possible and meet with student services to ensure that the changes are approved. If you wait to update your course of study and it differs substantially from your original course of study, you may find that you need additional quarters to complete an approved course of study. By keeping SFACT update and in an approved state, you can be confident that the course of study you are pursuing is in fact sufficient for your HumBio degree.

Changing Courses

  • Meet with an SA or the Student Services staff to discuss changes to your course of study (COS).
  • Update SFACT with agreed upon change(s). 
  • If needed, upload an addendum to SFACT for review by Student Services staff. 
  • Student Services will review your changes and addendum. If no further changes are required, the new COS will be approved in SFACT.

Writing an Addendum

  • Addendums are required for changes made to Depth courses.

    • Students are allowed one depth change before an addendum is required. The change will be noted in SFACT. Later, if additional changes are made to your depth then an addendum covering all changes, including the first change, is required.

  • Add a paragraph to the bottom of your original Cornerstone Essay justifying the added courses that need approval.
  • Upload the addendum to SFACT. humbioadvising [at] (E-mail Student Services )if they have already reviewed your COS and requested the addendum from you. 

Changing Area of Concentration

If you decide to revise your entire Area of Concentration, you must discuss these changes with an SA before you begin taking the classes. After the SA approves the new Area of Concentration, you must rewrite your Cornerstone Essay to reflect this revision and submit it for SA approval. Then, set up an appointment with your Faculty Advisor to discuss the changes and show them your new Cornerstone Essay. Your Faculty Advisor may have additional suggestions that would enhance your COS. Depending on the scope of the changes, you may want to consider searching for additional mentors in your new concentration or even officially switching to a Faculty Advisor who is an expert in your new area. Finally, upload your new Cornerstone Essay to SFACT and schedule a meeting with Student Services

Peer Student Advising

Check the schedule below & schedule an appointment. 
Walk ins Welcome!

Peer student advising is available during the academic year for weeks 1 - 10 of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
Contact humbioadvising [at] for advising questions.
Schedule a meeting with a peer Student Advisor 

Advising Team

Schedule a meeting with us here: 

Samantha Cooper, Student Services & Capstone Coordinator:

Cherene Zingg, Student Services:

SA Peer Advising:


Peer student advisor (SAs) office hours are available for students who have the following requests:

  • Course of Study 1st or 2nd approvals
  • Course of Study changes
  • Faculty advisors recommendations
  • Capstone option recommendations
  • Assistance with designing a Course of Study
  • Course recommendations & suggestions
  • Questions about the HumBio degree options

SAs office hours are held in the HumBio Hub (Building 20, Room 21A). All other questions should be directed to Student Services.