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. Find information on how to get access to Zoom.

All advising will be by appointment. Appointments will be available most days and availability can be found on the appointment calendar. If you cannot find an 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

To declare a Geography Major, GIS Minor, or Geography Minor, make an appointment with Ivan

To discuss capstones in BSE or Geography, make an appointment with Ivan

To dicuss career options, internship, research options, or for help thinking through how BSE or Geography will work for you, make an appointment with Ivan

To declare a BSE major, make an appointment with Catie or Ivan. (Please try Catie first).

To discuss courses for next semester for BSE, make an appointment with Catie or Ivan. (Please try Catie first).


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.