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Advising Resources

Advising Resources

Undergraduate

The Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) department has three undergraduate majors: Horticulture, Plant and Environmental Sciences, and Turfgrass. Advising is managed by the Student Services Manager and a team of faculty advisors. Each semester, PES advisors work with students to select the appropriate courses based on their major to help ensure they graduate on time. Our undergraduate advisors can also assist with general advising and academic questions, completion of academic forms, and course and registration information. 

Graduate

The Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) department has two graduate programs: Plant and Environmental Sciences (MS and PhD) and Entomology (MS and PhD).  Every student enrolled in a graduate program must have a major advisor. The major advisor is the faculty member who provides general guidance throughout the program of study. The major advisor will recommend initial courses to be taken until the advisory committee is selected. The major advisor, in consultation with the graduate program coordinator or department chair, will assist students in selecting the members of the advisory committee. Follow this link to view our graduate faculty advisors

General Undergraduate Advising Information

  • Where is the advising office?
    The main advising office can be found in the Poole Agricultural Center, room 170. That is also the office of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) Student Services Manager, Lisa Flick. For questions related to academic advising, please email her at LCFLICK@clemson.edu. The campus map can be accessed at: http://www.clemson.edu/campus-map/
  • When is the advising period?
    There are no set dates for the advising period each semester. Advisement can run anywhere from two months to two weeks before registration begins. It is best to contact your advisor to ask when they intend to hold advising meetings. If you do not know who your advisor is, you can look on your Degree Works page, found on iRoar, or contact the PES Student Services Manager, noted above.
  • Who is my advisor?
    If you are unsure of who your advisor is, you can look on your Degree Works page, found on iRoar, or contact the PES Student Services Manager, noted above.
  • How do I sign up for advising?
    To sign up for advising, you will need to contact your advisor to find out when they will be holding advisement meetings.
  • How can I request a change of advisor?
    To change your advisor, please speak with the PES Student Services Manager.
  • How can I change my major?
    If you wish to change your major, it is strongly encouraged that you speak with your advisor first. If you decide to formally change your major, you will need to contact your intended major to ensure they are accepting new majors. If they are, you may then fill out a Change of Program request by going to iRoar>Student>Student Records>Change of Program. The change will be approved/declined by the majors involved.
  • How can I add a minor or concentration?
    If you wish to add a minor, change a minor, add a concentration/emphasis area, or change a concentration/emphasis area, fill out a Change of Program request by going to iRoar>Student>Student Records>Change of Program.
  • How can I request a course substitution?
    If you want to request a course substitution, you may first speak to your advisor. However, course substitution request forms can only be filled out by the PES Student Services Manager, Lisa Flick. To make an appointment with her, email her at LCFLICK@clemson.edu. Please review Substitution Request form policies prior to making an appointment. The policies and Substitution forms can be found at: https://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/courseSub.htm
  • What is the process for taking a course at another school?
    To take a course elsewhere, you must meet with the PES Student Services Manager to fill out an Approval for Work to be Taken Elsewhere form. You will need the name of the school you intend to study at, and the name of the course. If the course has not previously been accepted by Clemson, you may need to provide a syllabus. You can print out your own form at: https://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/approval.htm
  • How can I apply for Academic Forgiveness?
    To apply for Academic Forgiveness, you must meet with the PES Student Services Manager. Please review Academic Forgiveness policies prior to making an appointment.

Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry courses are a combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research unique to Clemson University. Students take on problems that arise out of their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge, or from perceived needs of the world around them. These team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and span two to four semesters. Students take ownership and the risks necessary of their own projects, and get answers.

The PES department has a number of Creative Inquiry courses available to undergraduates each semester. To discover what CI courses are available, visit the current projects page.