Student Advisement

It is mandatory for Human Biology majors to meet with their Student Services Advisor each semester, see below to find out which advisor to contact. Students must receive advisement before they can register for classes. In addition to mandatory advisement, the academic advisor will give D-clearances for upper division coursework and prerequisite waivers, if approved.

Fill out the D-clearance form located here.

Entering freshmen or transfer students intending to pursue a degree in Human Biology should meet with a Student Services Advisor during the Summer Orientation Program prior to their first semester at USC. Early advisement is critical when planning a pre-health course of study. To schedule an appointment, please email the appropriate advisor listed below:

Students with last names from A-L:

  • Laura Ames, M.Ed., Student Services Advisor
    E-mail: ames@usc.edu
    Phone: 213.740.2480
    Office: AHF 254

Students with last names from M-Z:

  • Courtney Byrd, Student Services Advisor
    E-mail: courtnbb@usc.edu
    Phone: 213.740.1804
    Office: AHF 259A

See the Student Advisement FAQ for answers to common questions.

Pre-Health Academic Support

Since a large percentage of Human Biology majors have a pre-health focus (i.e. medical, physical therapy, dental, pharmacy, etc.), we encourage our students to consult the Pre-Health Academic Advising Program for additional services in the academic process. Regularly scheduled workshops are held throughout the academic year with guest speakers on a variety of different topics including academic curricula, extracurricular preparation, volunteer experiences, research involvement, and the application process. 

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371