Advising Structure

Undergraduate Advising Structure

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) at Oregon State University. Advising in CAS is decentralized; each department is responsible for advising its own students. The CAS Head Advisor acts as a liaison to OSU administrators for the CAS department advising teams and regularly meets with CAS departmental head advisors. The Fisheries and Wildlife advising team follows the Academic Advising vision, mission, and values set by Oregon State University.

Depending on the class level and campus, upon entry to the program, students receive a customized advising experience. Corvallis campus freshman and Ecampus students are advised by a member of the advising team. The Department's advising team includes the Head Advisor, Ecampus Academic Advisors, Graduate Programs Coordinator, and an Internship Coordinator. Corvallis campus sophomore, junior, senior, and post baccalaureate students are advised by a member of a select group of teaching faculty and instructors (listed below). 

Teaching Faculty/Instructor Advisors:

Graduate Advising Structure

Graduate students follow different advising models by degree. For more information on the available degrees and who to contact please visit their respective web pages (links below) or email:

Advising Awards

  • 2011 OSU Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Program Support, Fisheries and Wildlife Distance Education Advising Team
  • 2013 Fisheries and Wildlife Distance Education Team Award - the first OSU Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.
  • 2015 UPCEA West Coast Regional Award for Best Online Program, Department award.

First Year Experience - Corvallis Freshman

The First Year Experience (FYE) undergraduate program at OSU is for Corvallis campus freshman. The students are assigned to an Academic Advisor during START. The FYE program is designed to support students in their transition to college life and academics. Students meet with their advisor twice a term to discuss important information about degree planning, academic success issues and obtain their registration PINs. At the end of their first year, students are reassigned to one of the teaching faculty or instructors based on their career interests.

New Undergraduate Students

New Corvallis undergraduate students (excluding Post-Baccalaureate students) must attend a START session in order to receive their first registration PIN. 

New Ecampus undergraduate students must complete an online orientation before they are assigned to an Academic Advisor for an initial appointment where they will obtain their registration pin.  

Changing your Undergraduate Major to Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

We recommend that undergraduate students who are interested in changing their major to Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences first take FW 107: Orientation to Fisheries and Wildlife. Then, if they are in good academic standing (not on Academic Warning or Academic Probation) they can change their major to Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.

Undergraduate students need to have an appointment with an Academic Advisor to discuss the major and fill out the necessary paperwork. Corvallis students meet with the departmental Head Advisor.  Ecampus students email to set up an appointment with an Ecampus advisor. Once the advisor approves the major change, the form needs to be signed by the CAS Head Advisor and then processed by Registrar’s Office.  

Non-degree and minor only seeking students do not have an advisor but are welcome to email the advising team at for assistance.