Every student is assigned an academic advisor who is a faculty member in the department. Advisors assist you in planning your academic curriculum and, to a limited degree, will help you in other matters associated with your college career at Penn State. It is recommended you see your advisor at least once a semester before you schedule your courses. Remember, your academic advisor is here to help you; however, you are ultimately responsible to make sure you have fulfilled all the necessary major requirements prior to graduation. If you have questions about the assignment of your faculty advisor, please contact the EME undergraduate staff assistant.
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The Ryan Family Student Center in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is located in 14 Deike Building. There you will have access to additional academic advising resources, tutors, computer labs, and a study area.
The EME department maintains a simplified Academic Plan to monitor the academic progress of students. We recommend that you maintain an updated copy of your Academic Plan. This is the easiest way to monitor your progress and spot any potential problems. In addition to the recommended academic plans, you can find degree requirements and other course information by visiting the website for your undergraduate major.
The EMS First-Year Seminar is a required course for all first-year students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who are studying at the University Park campus. The course is designed to encourage students to begin the process of "thinking for a living." It places emphasis on reading and discussion, with a strong focus on writing and communications skills.