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COS advising

Portraits of three people above the words Colleges of Sciences Advising Team and the Metropolitan State logo

College of Sciences Advisors (Left to Right) Ping Wang, Pauline Danforth, and Shan Sharif

We believe you and your advisor share the same goal: your success. Communication is key to the success of a meaningful professional advising relationship. Reach out to your advisor as soon as you can after your completion of orientation. Help your advisor know you as a whole person, from your interests and skills to your life goals.

Academic advisors in our college are available to help navigate the unique and sequential nature of majors in the science, computing and mathematics degree fields. We assist students with questions or issues while they progress through their degree program after being admitted to the university. Professional and faculty academic advisors can assist with:

  • Explaining requirements from pre-major to declared major status.
  • Discussing course and registration issues.
  • Answering questions related to the transfer process.
  • Helping with petitions, appeals and exceptions.
  • Providing resources and referrals to career explorations, internship and community engagement opportunities.
  • Serving as a listening ear along your academic journey at Metropolitan State University.

Characteristics COS majors

  • Mathematics: A solid foundation in MATH 115: College Algebra is required for progression.
  • Sequential course work: The learning of science and mathematics is a structured process. Nearly all major courses have prerequisites.
  • Requirements: Each major has its own residency and upper division requirements in addition to the university-wide residency requirement.
  • Pre-major status: All newly admitted students are in pre-major status, other than chemistry and environmental science degrees.

Undergraduate pre-major status

Most degree programs offered in the College of Sciences have a pre-major status. Students select their intended major(s) when they apply for admission to the university; students are then assigned an advisor and given a pre-major status into the program. To be a formally declared major, a student must:

  • Successfully complete all major program prerequisites.
  • Meet GPA requirements (each major has its own requirement).
  • Submit a program declaration form, which is reviewed and approved by the department in which the major program resides.

College of Sciences Professional Advising Staff

Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics Department programs

Pauline Danforth
651-793-1431
pauline.danforth@metrostate.edu
Saint Paul Campus, Jason R. Carter Science Education Center 
First floor, Room 127

Computer Science and Cybersecurity and Mathematics and Statistics Department programs

Shan Sharif
651-793-1479
shan.sharif@metrostate.edu
Saint Paul Campus, Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
First floor, Room 129

Ping Wang
651-793-1347
ping.wang@metrostate.edu
Saint Paul Campus, Jason R. Carter Science Education Center 
First floor, Room 125