Advising for GES majors

We are currently moving to open up in person advising again. All advising appoints are available on zoom. Appointments on Wednesday mornings are available in person or on zoom. To schedule a advising appointment, please check out the advising calendar at If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email and we will find a time that works for you

On the advising calendar, your will find appointments with Ivan, the departmental adviser, and Catie, the peer adviser.

Schedule an appointment with Ivan if:

  • You are a Geography major, a geography minor, a GIS minor or wish to discuss or declare one of these majors or minors. All geography advising is done by Ivan.
  • You are a BSE major and want to talk about degree planning, careers, research, semester planning, course struggles or more.
  • You are a Public Health minor and you have questions about the minor.

Schedule an appointment with Catie if:

  • You want to declare the BSE major.
  • You want help with course planning for next semester for the BSE major.

Advising Calendar

We do not have walk in appointments at this time. Please see for available appointments.

  • 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.