Academic Advising

Jim Schneider advises all students majoring or interested in majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife, and students wanting to complete a Minor in Conservation Recreation and Environmental Enforcement or Marine Ecosystem Management. Jim Schneider also assists with course overrides (FW courses only), approves substitutions, and coordinates the fisheries and wildlife internship program.

If you are not an MSU student and would like to meet with Jim Schneider, please contact the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife's Undergraduate Advising Center at (517) 353-9091 to schedule an appointment.

MSU students are encouraged to use the MSU Student Information System to schedule advising appointments. SIS allows MSU students to schedule an appointment at their convenience with their academic advisor. MSU students can also call the FW Advising Center (517) 353-9091 or stop by Room 40 in the Natural Resources Building to schedule an appointment (closed during fall 2020). Walk-in appointments are available if time permits.

Advising appointments and system

  • You need your MSU NetID and password to log into SIS. You will also need two-factor authentication.

  • While the appointment system displays all half hour appointment times that are available. Walk-in advising for quick questions is also available.

  • There may be a time when you must cancel your appointment (e.g., illness). The system will allow you to do so, but please cancel with at least 24 hours notice and/or contact the FW Advising Center (353-9091 or directly to let them know you've canceled, so other students may take advantage of the time slot.

Directions to make an advising appointment online in SIS

To schedule an academic advising or tutoring appointment, visit

  1. After logging in, navigate to the “Academic Progress” tile on your home page.
  2. Select “Advising/Tutoring Appointments” from the left navigation.
  3. Complete the required fields and review appointment information.
  4. Select “Book It!” to book your appointment – you and your advisor will receive a calendar invite for your MSU Outlook email calendar.

For more detailed instructions on scheduling an academic advising or tutoring appointment, view these resources.