Welcome to GES Advising!
The GES Advising Calendar is at the bottom of this page.
Our GES Advising Team
We have a great team of advisors who specialize in one or more of our major and minor programs.
Geography and GIS, Biology, Society, and Environment and Public Health
Dr. Ivan Bialostosky
406 Social Sciences (West Bank)
Urban Studies Advisor & Co-Cordinator for Urban Studies
348 Social Sciences (West Bank)
Contact an Advisor
Urban Studies Students contact Paula Pentel firstname.lastname@example.org
BSE, Geography, GIS, and Public Health Students contact email@example.com
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
If you want to schedule a time to meet with Ivan, he has two time slots a week set aside for appointments. Schedule your appointment here. Please include your name and a description of what you want to talk about in the description section of the appointment.
Come talk about your major, minor, accomplishments, or challenges. No appointment necessary. At busy times of the semester, students should consider arriving early. There is seldom any wait from week 3-8 of the semester, so if you'd like to sit down with an advisor to plan out your coming year(s), discuss special interests and opportunities, or tailor your program to your intellectual and career goals, mid-semester is the best time for this. Our peer advisors all have weekly drop-in hours. Peer advisors can help you declare, coordinate your interests and classes, and plan your upcoming semester.
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