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Remote Advising

During this period of social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, all advising for the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society will be done remotely.

Advising will be available over Zoom, Google Meet or telephone. Zoom is the preferred medium for advising. For students who are not able to find a private place to conduct an advising appointment, advising can be done through Google Chat or on the phone. All U of M students have access to Zoom. For information on how to get access to Zoom, follow this link.

For the summer, all advising will be by appointment. Appointments will be available most days The appointment calendar can be found at If you cannot find and appointment time that works for you, please email and we will find a time that works for you.

Quick questions can be answered in email as usual. You may direct all email inquiries to

If you have questions about a BSE or Geography Capstone, please schedule an appointment with Ivan Bialostosky.

If you want to declare a BSE major, Geography Major, GIS minor, Geography minor or Public Health minor during the summer months, find an appointment to meet with Ivan.


Advising Calendar

Since GES has many different majors & minors, students may only go to the hours designated for them. 

  • Urban Studies students should contact Paula Pentel for drop-ins or appointments (not listed on calendar)
  • All other students should look for an advising period that is designated for their major or minor


Our GES Advising Team

We have a great team of advisors who specialize in one or more of our major and minor programs. 

When contacting an advisor, please follow these guidelines to help us serve you as effectively as possible. 

  • Use your UMN email
  • Include your student ID number in the email
  • Write your major/minor program in the subject line
Are you transferring to the U from another school? Do you have questions about transferring credits? Browse CLA's transfer student pages and contact a CLA transfer advisor. If you have questions about how classes might fulfill major/minor program requirements, see our petition info sheet on the Geography/GIS or BSE "courses" page.