Geology & ENSP-EGR Advising appointments - Fall 2017

Ladies and Gents:

Welcome to Merck's advising schedule web page. Advising season for Fall 2017 is well upon us. We will follow the procedure that served us well in previous semesters. The procedure:

Schedule an appointment

Fall advising will begin on Monday, October 9. My hours currently open for scheduling appointments are indicated in the diagrams below. To schedule an appointment:

  • Pick three appropriate times (half-hour blocks)
  • Rank them in order of preference
  • Send me an e-mail with your ranked list.
  • Be sure to allow me at least 24 hours to respond. I.e, don't send me a message suggesting a meeting the following day. (Being old-school, I don't typically allow e-mail to follow me around when I leave work.)
  • As a courtesy to others, please give people with registration dates in the near future first shot at the early dates. SO, please don't ask for an advising appointment more than two weeks ahead of your registration date.

I'll respond by e-mail to confirm with you. I'll also update these schedules as frequently as possible (hopefully daily) so you can see what's still open. Don't assume you have an appointment until you get my e-mail confirmation.



Major changes in the Geology undergraduate major became effective as of Fall 2016. These include: If you declared a major in either existing track of Geology prior to the end of add/drop in Spring 2016, you are responsible to the old requirements. People who declared Geology after that time are responsible for the new ones. Nevertheless, it is possible for existing Geology majors to opt into the new rules. Current Geology majors should, therefore, review the new requirements and determine whether it might be to their advantage to exercise this option. (Generally, I would expect this jump to be most useful to people who are not far advanced in the major.)

If you have a particular interest in geophysics, please check out the new Geophysics Track. If you consider it advantageous to pursue its requirements, you can change your major to achieve this.

I hope you find these changes as exciting as I do.


  • All appointments will be in the Geology Building room 1119 unless otherwise indicated.
  • We need to be absolutely clear about your graduation plan. All Geology and ENSP-EGR majors are, therefore, instructed to download the appropriate curriculum sheet. For each requirement of the major indicate either when it was completed and what grade was earned, or when you expect to complete it. Bring a printed copy to our meeting for my file.

    Curriculum sheets:

  • For your appointment:
    • Bring a printout of the plan to your appointment for me to keep.
    • Be mindful of CMNS' degree completion benchmarks:
      • Geology benchmark 1: Two 3-4 credit major courses including CHEM131/132 or CHEM135/136, and three 3 credit GenEd/CORE courses must be completed before 30 credits from declaration of the geology major. If you were officially listed Geology major, or an ENSP-EGR specialization starting in Spring of 2014, I will be auditing your compliance with this benchmark at the end of this semester.
      • Geology benchmark 2: Four 3-4 credit major courses at the 300-400 level, MATH140, and MATH141 must be completed before 60 credits from declaration of the geology major.

      If the requirements of your specific program demand that you deviate from these, we will have to document reasons.

Note: On most days I'm willing to stay slightly into the evening to facilitate advising. If you're desperate to see me and are only free later than seven, I'm willing to work with you. Thanks.

Click on the link for the schedule: