Academic Advising

Do you have questions about course selection, degree program requirements, deadlines, or University or School policies and procedures? Advisors in the School of Molecular Sciences are here to help you get answers. And if we can't address your questions, we'll refer them to someone who can.

Starting Monday, July 17th SMS Advising is moving! The SMS advising office will be located in the Bateman Physical Sciences Building, C Wing (PSC 116).

Phone Number: (480)965-7667

We encourage students to check out our new SMS Student Advising Guide! All SMS Students can self-enroll to access this great resource for all questions related to academic advising, resources at ASU, and updates about career/volunteer opportunities HERE.

Is this your first year at ASU?
First-year students (not including online students) receive advising support from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

First-year advising


Express Advising
Express advising is designed for quick issues/questions that can be addressed within 15 minutes. Be prepared for your advisor to ask that you make an appointment if your issue/question is not appropriate for express advising or cannot be resolved within 15 minutes. Please note all express advising hours are conducted in Arizona (MST) time.

We offer virtual express advising and you can check in here (see times below): You may also receive a call from a (480) 965-XXXX number if we are not able to connect with you virtually during express advising.

There may be times where wait times to see an advisor may be longer than expected, especially during busier parts of the academic year, so we encourage scheduling advising appointments and/or using our Course Recommendations Request Form when available. We may also close express advising early if the number of students waiting to see an advisor will exceed the posted express advising hours to ensure advisors can meet their scheduled advising appointments on time. Please be sure check the below information for any office closures or days/times when express advising may be modified.

Express Advising Days & Hours:

  • Wednesdays: 9am - 11am AND 1pm - 3pm
  • Fridays: 9am - 11am AND 1pm - 3pm

The following days will have modified Express Advising availability or the advising office will be closed for Summer 2024:  

  • Friday, May 10th: Express Advising will be unavailable all day due to school and university event

  • Monday, May 27th: University Closed in observance of Memorial Day

  • Tuesday, May 28th: Advising Office closed all day due college event

  • Thursday, July 4th: University Closed in observance of Independence Day

Note: All express advising times are conducted in Arizona(MST) time.

Virtually check in for Express Advising at the designated time above by using this link

Meet your advisor

Jessica Shipley
Associate Director of Academic Services

Jessica has been working in higher education since 2010 and joined ASU in 2013. She serves as the Associate Director for Academic Services for the School of Molecular Sciences where she manages the academic advising team. She earned her AAS degree in Culinary Studies, her B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and her M.Ed. in Higher and Post-Secondary Education. Her advising philosophy is to make sure that every encounter she has with students leaves a lasting, positive impact in their life to further their academic journey. In her spare time, she loves to play fantasy football and sports like volleyball, play her Nintendo Switch Lite, check out new brunch spots, and collect nerdy stuff to add to her office collection.

Mary Ann Bucciarelli
Student Support Specialist Sr

Mary Ann joined Arizona State University and the department in July of 2012.  Prior to this Mary Ann has worked in higher education since 1990 in a variety of roles.  Mary Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education prior to relocating to Arizona.  Mary Ann currently provides administrative and student support and supervises front desk operations for the School of Molecular Sciences.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, Milo and Sophie as well as cooking, reading and home projects.

Sarah Navez
Academic Success Advising Coordinator

Sarah is an Arizona local who has had a passion for supporting students since her undergraduate career. While earning a B.S. in Psychology as well as during her studies for a M.A. in School Counseling, Sarah continually sought opportunities to help students achieve their academic goals. These lead her to many memorable moments including her time in the Arizona-Kansai Anti-Cyberbullying Project, which Sarah was able to present on at the 2018 International Bullying Prevention Association conference. Now, she is excited to support students in the School of Molecular Sciences to achieve their goals. When Sarah isn't in the office she loves spending her time with her two cats Daisy and Lex, reading, and drawing.

Jenna Simmons
Academic Success Advisor Sr

Jenna is passionate about supporting student success, helping students navigate their academic journeys, and has worked in a variety of roles within higher education since 2014. She is originally from San Diego, where she attended a community college as a first generation college student and then moved to Arizona in 2011 to complete her studies in Business Administration and Information Systems. In her free time, she enjoys spoiling her terrier Joey, sampling local cuisine, and hiking in the beautiful desert landscape.

Marcus Mehlhaf Brown
Academic Success Advisor

Marcus Mehlhaf Brown

Marcus joined the staff in 2024 as an Academic Success Advisor. He is an Arizona native and a “double devil” receiving two degrees from ASU. He finished his B.A. in History in 2015 and Master’s Degree in Education in 2024. He is a former teacher, and he is always looking forward to helping students achieve their goals. In his free time he enjoys practicing martial arts. He enjoys traveling and experiencing new things.


General Information

1. How can I reach an advisor with general questions?

Answer: Students are welcome to call (480) 965-7667 or email to with any general questions. If you call, be sure to leave a voicemail message with your name, ID (number), phone number and brief message. An advisor will respond to your email or phone call as soon as possible.

Students Should See an Advisor To:

   - Register for the first time at ASU 
   - Develop an academic degree plan (and check progress on degree)
   - Learn how transfer courses can be evaluated and applied to specific degree requirements
   - Choose courses for upcoming semesters
   - Change/add major to CHM/BCH or add a CHM/BCH minor
   - Clarify academic policies and procedures
   - Discuss course repeats
   - Review course withdrawal options
   - Learn what it means to be on probation
   - Remove advising holds
   - Discuss personal struggles that hinder academic success
   - Obtain career information

2. Where is the School of Molecular Sciences Office?

Answer: Bateman Physical Science Center (PSC 116).

3. For all other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Answer: We encourage students to check out our new SMS Student Advising Guide! All SMS Students can self-enroll to access this great resource for all questions related to academic advising, resources at ASU, and updates about career/volunteer opportunities HERE.


Course Recommendations Request Form
The Course Recommendations Request Form is ideal for students who would like to request course recommendations via email. This form is not meant to replace academic advising and we may reach out and ask for you to schedule an advising appointment if our advising team needs to connect with you for matters other than course recommendations after we receive your request.

Override Request

Overload Petition

All forms from CLAS