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All UGA students are required to be advised every fall and spring semester.  You can’t register until you’ve had your advising appointment.  Make an appointment shortly after drop/add to avoid a last-minute rush that might impact your ability to register on time.  If you have questions about making an appointment, email your advisor.

How to Find your Advisor in SAGE

Make an Appointment in SAGE

If you do not have an advisor in SAGE, please email

Your advisor and advising location will be assigned based on your major listed in Athena and your number of earned credit hours. To meet with the correct advisor, make sure your major is correct in Athena. (Note:  Students with more than one major should be advised in each department.)

How to Check and Change your Major

Changing your major: If you have recently changed your major but have not been assigned a new advisor, please contact

Note:  Students with more than one major should be advised in each department.



All incoming First-Year and Transfer students will be advised at their in-person orientation session. Make sure to check out the New Student Orientation site for information about signing up for your orientation session and keep an eye on your inbox for new information. Advisors are not able to meet with incoming students or clear their registration holds before their in-person orientation session.

Undecided Majors

Unsure which major you want?  It is OK to be Unspecified! Select an AB or BS Unspecified major in Athena.  The Exploratory Center advises Unspecified/Undecided students.  

Request Appointment with an Explore Advisor

Microbiology Major Advising

All students majoring in Microbiology are required to meet with an academic advisor at least once per academic term in order to be advised for the major and cleared for registration.  Undergraduate Microbiology majors are advised in the Microbiology Department once they have completed 60 hours of coursework.  Advising appointments can be scheduled directly with the Microbiology advisor usually after the 3rd week of the semester by using SAGE (Student Advising and Guidance Expert). Prior to 60 hours, students are advised in Franklin College's Office of Academic Advising in Memorial Hall. Students who have not yet earned 60 hours are still welcome to contact the departmental advisor with questions and to request an appointment to discuss the major.  Please note: the departmental advisor cannot clear students who are below 60 hours, those who are assigned to other advisors, nor those who have not declared the Microbiology major.  Students who wish to declare Microbiology may do so on ATHENA (UGA’s student information system). 

Microbiology Listserv

The Microbiology Listserv sends out information about new classes, scholarships, information sessions, internships, jobs, information on the Undergrad MIBO Graduation program, as well as many other opportunities for students. If you currently have 60 hours and have not been receiving departmental emails, please contact to be added to the Microbiology Undergraduate Listserv.

Graduation Checks

If you are a Microbiology major with over 80 hours, you are eligible for a graduation check.  During a graduation check, a graduation advisor will look over your degree audit to make sure that you are on track to graduate during your preferred graduation date.  To schedule a graduation check, please email Rebecca Jeffers at or call (706) 542-1522. 

If you plan to graduate F2020, you must apply to graduate in ATHENA. 


If you need a pre-or co-requisite override, please email Ms.Yadira Castillo with the following four items:

(1) your full name, (2) 81 number, (3) the course and/or semester for which you want to register, and (4) the reason for the override.  Overrides are subject to departmental approval.


Support Microbiology at UGA

The Department of Microbiology appreciates your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click to read more

Every dollar contributed to the department has a direct impact on our students and faculty.