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About CNMS Advising

In the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS), undergraduates are advised by a combination of professional Academic Advisors and faculty members from the department of a student’s declared major.

Advising Staff

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CNMS Dean’s Office, UC 116

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Michelle Bulger is the Director of the Science and Mathematics Advising Resource Team (SMART). Aside from her administrative responsibilities, she advises upperclassmen who are new majors in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM, and CHED majors). She has been involved in programs for first-year students from the time that she was selected as a student leader for the New Student Experience programs at her alma mater, Salisbury University. After earning her Bachelor’s (Biology) and Master’s (Post-Secondary Education) degrees at Salisbury, she spent several years in Student Affairs positions before coming to UMBC.  Ms. Bulger has served as a Transfer Credit Evaluator for the Office of the Registrar, an Academic Advisor for the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry, and has been an instructor in the “Introduction to an Honors University” program.

Advising Philosophy: For many of our students, this will be one of the first times that they have assumed complete control over their academic decisions. I see advisors in a supporting role, providing students with the information that they need to make their own choices – ones that are appropriate for both their short-term needs and their long-term goals.
Julie Crosby is an Academic Advisor for CNMS, primarily focusing on advising freshmen in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM and CHED).   She has been a member of the UMBC community since her transfer to UMBC over five years ago.  During her time at UMBC, Julie has earned her Bachelor’s (Sociology) and Master’s (Applied Sociology) degrees and worked as an Orientation Advisor before transitioning into her current role as an Academic Advisor for the Life Sciences.  Besides serving as an Academic Advisor, Julie is also an instructor in the “Introduction to an Honors University” program.

Advising Philosophy: Life is full of transitions and transitioning to UMBC (as either a freshman or transfer) will be an important step in maturing as a student and as an individual.  I see the importance of advisors in providing support and guidance during this transitional period.  It is my hope that students not only learn course material, but also learn lifelong lessons during their time here at UMBC.
Christine Powers is an Academic Advisor for CNMS, primarily focusing on advising freshmen in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM and CHED).

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As a matter of UMBC policy and procedure, students are responsible for the management of their academic careers. They are expected to familiarize themselves with the undergraduate catalog and to remain informed of all published degree requirements and deadline dates. Failure to do so does not provide a basis for exceptions to academic requirements or policies.

It is expected students will receive assistance from academic and faculty advisors, but students must assume responsibility for completing published degree requirements.

– from the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog, Academic Requirements and Regulations


Below is the availability calendar for the CNMS’s professional Academic Advisors located in MEYR 140. Unless otherwise noted, Walk-In Hours generally occur Monday through Thursday – specific time frames for Walk-In availability will be posted on the outer door of the office suite.

The Academic Dates and Deadlines shown can be downloaded from the UMBC Registrar’s Office Academic Calendar.