Academic Advising

Academic advisors from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences will assist you in developing an individual plan of study that meets your career goals.

As faculty members, our advisors stay abreast of student concerns through classroom teaching and their close association with the SBC-Student Government Association (SBC-SGA). SBC advisors keep current on advising issues by attending regional and national advising conferences. Our advisors have expertise in pre-med advising, career advising and issues specific to international students.

SBC students meet with an academic advisor each semester before registering for classes to facilitate progress toward their chosen degree and to ensure that courses selected provide an appropriate academic program. Students are welcome to see an advisor at any other time during the semester to discuss their academic progress or concerns, as well.

SBC encourages students to develop a relationship with their assigned advisor. To determine your assigned advisor:

  • Navigate to UMKC Connect.
  • Select "My Success Network."
  • Your advisor will be designated as "Assigned Academic Advisor."
  • Email, call or schedule a meeting with your advisor from UMKC Connect.

UMKC Connect

If your advisor is not available, feel free to speak with any SBC advisor for your major.

Undergraduate Programs Office

We are located in the Biological Sciences Building, Room 262.  You may reach us by phone at 816-235-2580.

Aaron Reed, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Course Development and Assessment

Lauren Petrillo
Senior Business Support Specialist


SBC Academic Advisors

All advisors are located in the Biological Sciences Builidng, Suite 275


Biology Majors 

Tara Allen, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor

James Benevides, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor

Jessica Magaña, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Aaron Reed, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor


Chemistry Majors

Paul Barron, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Andrea Drew, Ph. D.
Teaching Professor

Lena Hoober-Burkhardt, Ph. D.
Assistant Teaching Professor