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.

Drop-in Advising

During the Fall and Spring semesters, in person drop in advising is offered at the Ina Gittings building Monday through Friday. Drop in advising lasts up to 15 minutes and is only for quick questions. When you come for drop in advising you will see the "on call" advisor for that shift of drop ins, not your assigned academic advisor. In person drop in advising usually starts each semester near the first day of classes. You can see the schedule for drop in advising in Trellis. 


Advising by appointment is available when you have more 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. 

Priority Registration Advising

During priority registration time (typically November and April) the Physiology academic advisors see students in scheduled appointments only. It is important that you come prepared for priority registration advising appointments. Check out our dedicated priority registration page to learn more about how to adequetaly prepare for these meetings. Your advisors Trellis calendar will show you their availability for both advising options. 


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. 

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Physiology and Medical Sciences Major Academic Advisors

Andrea Caffrey, Academic Advisor II
Ina Gittings, Room 104 (Mondays & Tuesdays)

  • Advises physiology major students with last names A-C
  • *Fall 2021 also advises students with last names starting with K & M
  • New Student Orientation Coordinator


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

  • Advises physiology major student with last names D-H
  • *Fall 2021 also advises students with last names starting with I-J, N, O & P

  • Transfer Student Coordinator


Miranda Schubert, Academic Advisor II
Ina Gittings, Room 106 (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

  • Advises physiology major students with last names S-Z
  • *Fall 2021 also advises students with last names starting with L, Q & R

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Collective Chair

Maggie Ramirez (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Director of Academic Advising 

Ina Gittings, Room 107 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)


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.

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.

2021-2022 Cultural & Resource Center Guide

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, and find resources on self-help and self-devlopment - including how to cope with the stress of COVID-19. CAPS also works in partnership with LGBTQ Affairs for specialized care for LGBTQIA students. 

Wildcat R.I.S.E. services are confidential, no-cost and a great way to receive mental health support given stressful events happening in your life. Wildcats R.I.S.E. support meetings last no more than one hour and are co-facilitated by two Arizona Wildcats R.I.S.E. Peer Leaders. CLICK HERE FOR Wildcat R.I.S.E. SCHEDULING 

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