Physiology Advisors

Physiology Academic Advising

Physiology Advisors are here to help you navigate your time as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. They can help you learn about opportunities available for your undergraduate education and for your future career plans, connect you with campus resources and partner with you to develop a plan to stay on track for graduation and beyond. We offer various opportunities for you to connect with an academic advisor. We encourage you to meet at least once per semester with your advisor.

Please note: Physiology Advisors typically only meet with University of Arizona students who are currently declared in our major or minor, and with transfer students once they have completed transfer orientation. If you are not yet in our major or minor, please follow the links below to learn more. 

Join our Major

Join our Minor

If you are not ready to declare the major or minor, or are not yet a student at the University, you can find the advisor in the list below who serves your last name and send them an email. 


Advising by appointment is available when you have complex questions and want to meet with your assigned academic advisor. Appointments are typically 30 minutes and are available on some days in person at the Ina Gittings building and on some days virtually (Zoom or Phone). Your advisors Trellis calendar will show you their availability for both advising options. It's important to pay attention to the modality of your appointment (virtual or in person) when booking. 


Drop-in Advising

During the Fall and Spring semesters, in person drop in advising is offered at the Ina Gittings building. Drop in advising lasts up to 15 minutes and is only for quick questions. You can see the schedule for drop in advising in Trellis. You do not have to make an appointment ahead of time to come during drop in hours. 


Physiology and Medical Sciences Major Academic Advisors

Andrea Caffrey, (She/her/hers) Senior Academic Advisor I
Ina Gittings, Room 104 (On campus Mondays & Tuesdays)



Monique Pena, Senior Academic Advisor I
Ina Gittings, Room 106 (On campus Mondays & Tuesdays)

Sabrina Sterbis (she/her/hers), Academic Advisor II
Ina Gittings, Room 104 (On campus Thursdays and Fridays)


Brian Pearse (he/him/his), Academic Advisor I
Ina Gittings, Room 104 (On campus Wednesdays) Room 106 (On campus Fridays)




Maggie Ramirez (She/Her/Hers), Assistant Director of Academic Advising 

  • Ina Gittings, Room 107 (On campus Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • If you would like to connect with Maggie, please send an email 

Tips for emailing your Academic Advisor

  • Use your official University of Arizona CatMail account.
  • Use a clear subject line such as “Question about my schedule.”
  • Include your full name as well as your student ID number.
  • Keep your questions clear, short, and to the point.
  • Proof-read and spell check!
  • Allow 24-48 hours for a response, excluding weekends and holidays. Advisors work Monday through Friday, they do not take appointments or answer emails or calls over the weekend. Reponse times may be longer during priority registration. It is the responsibility of the student to try to connect with their advisor in a timely way well before important deadlines and registration periods. 


Other Advising Resources

Department of Physiology Weekly Update Emails

Get the latest updates from our team of PSIO advisors, including registration dates and deadlines, course information, and opportunities outside the classroom.

PSIO Ambassador Monthly Synapse 

Pre-Health Advising 

Advisors from the Pre-Health Advising Office can help you explore career paths in the health professions and ensure that you are on track for professional program admission. They advise students who are interested pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, physician’s assistance, etc. Your Physiology and Medical Sciences major advisor can make sure you are on track with basic academic requirements for your professional program of choice, but a Pre-Health Advisor will be able to connect you with numerous additional resources and opportunities.

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Academic Resources

Tutoring / SI Sessions / Online Support

There are a lot of different ways to get academic help outside the classroom. The Think Tank offers free Writing, Math and Science tutoring as well as help with academic skills like test taking and time management. A lot of your courses also offer Supplemental Instruction (SI) where you can review important course concepts, predict and practice test items, develop test prep strategies, and discuss readings. Other free, online resources include the Khan Academy and QuizletDon't wait until you get that first test back to use these resources - be proactive about seeking extra help with your learning! 

Dates and Deadlines

There are many important dates and deadlines throughout the semester for things such as dropping a class, withdrawing from a class, filing a GRO request, and more. Consult the UA Calendar of Dates and Deadlines and speak with your advisor about any questions your have. 

Online Learning

We know a lot of you are taking online courses during this time. We have developed a guide to  Shifting Your Learning to an Online Format for tips on being successful in this learning modality. When technical difficulties arise, know you have 24/7 help from our IT Support Center. Need WIFI? Vist one of the Remote UA WIFI Hotspots or  one of the WIFI Hotspots on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

Mental Health Resources

Our hope is that you are able able to thrive personally and academically at the University of Arizona, so we want to make sure you know about Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS). Here you can meet with a counselor,  attend groups and workshops CAPS also works in partnership with LGBTQ Affairs for specialized care for LGBTQIA students. 

Emergency Fund: If you need emergency financial support, you may qualify for the Arizona Student Emergency Fund.