Geology & ENSP-ESP/EGR Advising appointments

Ladies and Gents:

Welcome to Merck's advising schedule web page. Advising season for Spring 2024 is starting. But note: This time there will be a new twist. I will be assisted by Ms. Tracey Centorbi! To facilitate this we are dividing you up:

  • Ms. Centorbi: Gets those of you who became geology professional track majors as of fall 2023 or later. Please e-mail Ms. Centorbi to set up a meeting.
  • I: Get everyone else. See my procedures below.
The procedure for scheduling an appointment with Merck is this:


Advising will begin in earnest on Monday, March 25. To schedule an appointment:

  • Consult the schematic of my weekly schedule to identify times when I am likely to be available. My preference is to meet during business hours, but in a real pinch, I'm willing to schedule meetings in the evening. I am willing to meet either in person or by Zoom.
  • Pick three appropriate times (half-hour blocks). These should be during business hours if possible.
  • Rank them in order of preference
  • Send me an e-mail with your ranked list.
  • My default is to assume you prefer an In-Person meeting format. If you prefer Zoom, please let me know.
  • 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.
  • 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 unless there is a pressing issue we need to discuss.

I'll respond by sending you a confirming e-mail. Don't assume you have an appointment until you get my e-mail confirmation.


  • We need to be absolutely clear about your graduation plan. All Geology and ENSP-EGR majors are, therefore, instructed to review the appropriate curriculum sheet. For most of you, this will be the curriculum sheet that we developed in previous advising sessions. Please have access to this when we meet..
  • 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 , I will be auditing your compliance with this benchmark.
    • 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.