Purdue Science

Karen Wiggins, M.S.

Karen Wiggins ยป Syllabus


Purdue Advising Mission Statement:
Our mission is to partner with students, faculty, staff, departments, and administration to empower students to develop and implement an individualized plan for academic success, personal and career development, while integrating learning and enrichment within the University and community, as well as assisting students in understanding the nature, purpose, and value of higher education.

Goals of Advising:
My primary goal is to provide you with opportunities for success by assisting you with your educational goals through-out your educational journey here at Purdue.

This syllabus is a tool designed to outline the advising experience. Advising is essential to the educational mission of our institution. Included in the syllabus is a set of student expectations and responsibilities as well as a set of expectations and responsibilities of me as your advisor. This syllabus is to be used as a resource and guide. Refer to it often throughout the semester.

Learning Objectives:
By participating in academic advising you will:

  • Identify fields of study that are consistent with your interests, abilities, and life goals.
  • Know how to navigate myPurduePlan (MMP) and locate your degree worksheet.
  • Develop and implement a meaningful educational plan using the Student Educational Planner (SEP).
  • Know how to locate University policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing, and student conduct.
  • Know where and how to access appropriate support services to accommodate your unique needs.
  • Develop an awareness of your own personal responsibility within the advising process.

Responsibilities in the Advisor-Student Partnership

Advisor ResponsibilitiesStudent Responsibilities
Understand Purdue College of Science degree requirements and effectively communicate them Schedule regular appointments and/or utilize walk-in hours during each semester
Provide a safe place in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests Understand your degree equirements and ask questions if you are unsure
Refer you to campus resources as appropriate Keep a record of your academic progress and goals
Listen carefully to your questions concerns, and interests Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
Maintain confidentiality Come to appointments prepared
Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success Actively read my e-mail and be open to advice and developing your personal goals.
Assist you in making course and major decisions Utilize campus resources to investigate career and life goals
Be available to you through walk-in hours, e-mail, and appointment times Be courteous and attend the advising appointments you have scheduled on time or reschedule them



Your Purdue email account, no other email account, is the only means of communication between faculty and staff. Please do not have this forwarded to your personal email. You will miss important information that is sent out to large groups of students. This is also professors' way of communicating about grades, class cancellations, etc. If you send me an email from your personal account, I will not respond.

Please prepare before sending me an email. I want to answer all questions, yet I have many students, so if you can obtain the answer from the syllabus, instructional emails, or advising newsletters then you will not get a response back from me. Also, please try to ask all your questions in a single email. When multiple emails are sent it is difficult to understand requests and questions. It is also easy for questions to get missed when replying. Please make sure you sign your emails. If you need assistance adding a signature to ensure all emails are signed, I can help you with this.


Daily, M-F, 10-10:30 am and 3-3:30 pm

Walk-ins are best for short questions/discussions and getting forms signed, 5-10 minutes maximum.  If you need longer, or if you cannot make it during these times please make a full appointment.


Scheduled appointments can be made HERE 

Please arrive on time and prepared for your appointments. If you are more than five minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule. If you arrive unprepared, you may be asked to reschedule so that I may better answer your questions and assist you with any concerns.

*During weeks 7-11 of each semester (approximately), appointment slots are ONLY for registration appointments, all other issues during this time frame should be addressed via e-mail or walk-ins


You will check-in for all appointments and walk-in times in the Biology Counseling Office, LILY 1-123


You are required to meet with me, in person, once a semester to discuss registration. You will not receive your PIN unless you have a registration appointment with me, PINs will NOT be given out during walk-ins. If you do not show up to your registration appointment, you will have to reschedule, and the next open slot may not be for some time.  If you know you have to cancel and reschedule, please cancel in the appointment system as soon as you know.  If it is too close to the appointment time to cancel, then e-mail me as soon as you know.

Academic Probation

You are required to meet with me in person following placement on academic probation. This is to occur during the first two weeks of the semester following placement on probation. At that time, we will work on an academic plan to assist you in raising your GPA and getting off probation.


You are required to be prepared for your advising appointments. This includes:

  • Reviewing your degree requirements and plan of study
  • Reviewing the Schedule of Classes
  • Updating your Student Educational Planner (SEP): go to the "Plans" tab within myPurduePlan
  • Finding your time-ticket on myPurdue
  • Checking your degree audit worksheet in my PurduePlan for any discrepancies
  • Preparing a list of questions
  • Preparing a rough list of courses you are interested in that meet your Biology department and  College of Science Core requirements

*All of the above is subject to change.