Geology & ENSP-EGR Advising appointments - Spring 2021

Ladies and Gents:

Welcome to Merck's advising schedule web page. Advising season for Spring 2021 is starting. The procedure we will follow resembles that of last Fall:


Spring advising will begin in earnest on Monday, March 22. To schedule an appointment:

  • FIRST, for Spring 2021, please take five minutes to follow this link and fill out the very brief survey about the Geology Professional track major. This small effort on your part will be very helpful as Geology considers the future evolution of its program.
  • 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.
  • Pick three appropriate times (half-hour blocks). These should be during business hours.
  • Rank them in order of preference
  • Send me an e-mail with your ranked list.
  • My default is to assume you prefer a Zoom meeting format. If you prefer telephone, 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. (It's a very busy semester and while I promise to respond to e-mails, I don't promise to do so instantly.)
  • 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 sending you a confirming Zoom meeting invitation. Don't assume you have an appointment until you get my e-mail confirmation.



  • While campus is closed, all appointments will be remote, by telephone (301-405-4379) or Zoom . Note: I have your advising folders at my house.
  • 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.