Advisors are available to assist in making academic decisions consistent with each student's goals and abilities.  They can interpret and explain university policies and procedures, as well as address questions or concerns regarding course schedules.  An advising appointment may be scheduled by directly contacting an advisor.  It is mandatory that students meet with an advisor at least once a year to receive their personal identification number (PIN) for registration. The following students are encouraged to make an appointment with a MB or BHS advisor:



  • Anyone who wants more information about the program
  • Anyone exploring options with regards to career interests
  • A potential or current Microbiology major transferring to or from another institution
  • A major mapping out their future course load
  • A major who needs help with their course schedule
  • A major seeking admission to a competitive professional degree program, e.g., pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.
  • A major pursuing a study abroad opportunity
  • A major petitioning financial aid for an extension in credit hours



Registration occurs in two phases.  Students are given access to each phase of registration in groups, according to student status and earned credit hours.  See the priority registration schedule for more information or to learn more about registration eligibility requirements and procedures to establish eligibility.

Detailed information about your date and time for registration is available in the registration menu of your Online Services.

Online Registration

Registration is completed in Online Services.  To access this system you will need your GAP (General Access Pin) and your PIN (Personal Identification Number).

New students to OSU (both freshmen and transfer students) will receive their PIN at their START orientation session.  Current students must attend a PIN Advising Session to receive their PIN.  New PINs are issued every spring term.  Information regarding PIN Advising Sessions will be emailed to every Microbiology major in May of each year.


Students should apply for graduation three terms prior to the term in which they intend to graduate.  Students can monitor their degree progress using MyDegrees.  Students should check to make sure that transfer/AP/IB credits have been added and articulated appropriately, and that majors/minors/options/certificates are listed correctly.  We encourage graduating seniors to attend the commencement ceremonies, which occur at the end of spring term.  The Department of Microbiology hosts a celebration for students and their immediate family members, and a festive all-university commencement event is held at Reser Stadium.  OSU Commencement is unique in that your diploma is handed to you at the ceremony with friends and family present!  

Note:  Colored cords can be worn with your gown for designations such as graduation with academic distinction, from the Honors College, with an International Degree, with Undergraduate Research Experience, and from ROTC.


A variety of important resources are grouped together for easy access:  RESOURCE LINKS FOR STUDENTS