Academic Advising

Landscape and Nursery and Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Certificate Programs

Students in the Department of Horticulture's Certificate programs have one advisor for all their academic and professional needs. Marcus Duck assists students in creating an academic plan of required and elective courses that can  be customized to meet the individual's educational and career goals. The academic plan includes outlining how prior coursework and transfer credits meet program requirements. Marcus also serves as a mentor to help students find professional internships as well as identify career opportunities when they graduate from the program. His experience and contacts in the industry can be invaluable to students as they enter the job market.  Certificate program students are highly encouraged to meet with Marcus periodically throughout each semester to be sure they are on track, and progressing smoothly through the program.

Learn more about the Institutes of Agriculture Certificate Program by visiting their webpage, or contact Marcus Duck.

E-mail Marcus Duck for an advising appointment.

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate students in the Department of Horticulture enjoy the help and guidance of two advisors who are committed to making the undergraduate experience meaningful and relevant to each student's needs. All students will have the assistance of our Undergraduate Advisor, and also a Faculty Advisor. Both advisors work together with students and are available to provide information, advice and assistance.

Undergraduate Advisor Susan Gruber assists students in creating an academic plan when they join the department. This outline of required courses shows the student how prior coursework meets degree requirements and also provides a starting point for creating a degree program customized to meet the individual's educational goals. She will help match students to a Faculty advisor who shares the student's area of interest in Horticulture. Susan also assists with transfer credit questions, degree audits and use of MSU computer resources for tracking degree progress (see below). Students should make an appointment for a degree audit before registering for their last year of classes. Contact Susan Gruber.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors play an important role in helping students achieve their academic and career goals. They act as mentors to help students select electives, create independent study projects and find professional internships which will create a strong skill set for employment. The Faculty Advisor's experience and contacts in the industry can be invaluable to students as they enter the job market. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor at least once each semester but would like to hear from students periodically throughout the semester to know how everything is progressing. Horticulture Department faculty members serving as advisors include:

  • Dr. Bridget Behe
  • Dr. Bert Cregg
  • Dr. Tom Fernandez
  • Dr. Kristin Getter
  • Dr. Rebecca Grumet
  • Dr. Norm Lownds
  • Dr. Brad Rowe
  • Dr. Ryan Warner

Computer Resources

Michigan State University provides powerful on-line tools for students to track their academic progress. 
Stuinfo contains academic, personal, and financial record information and services. Academic information includes: enrollment appointment date, grades and grade report, majors, placement tests, credits, GPA, class schedules, and courses by term and subject. The Personal Information section allows students to: sign up guests who can then access their Stuinfo files, maintain personal and parent(s) or guardian(s) addresses. Financial information records include: billing history, account details, financial aid, federal loan balances, short-term loan application and balances, status of refunds and 1098-T information. Services include electronic bill payment, bill stub return, and guest access to bills.

Degree Navigator contains information about the requirements for each student's chosen program of study. It can be used to generate reports of requirements met, outstanding courses remaining in the program, and approved substitutions. Transfer credits accepted for degree or elective credit are also listed in each student's Degree Navigator report. Students are encouraged to use Degree Navigator with the guidance of their advisor. Questions should be directed to Susan Gruber.

Transfer MSU allows current and potential students to view how courses taken at other institutions are accepted in transfer. Any course previously transferred to MSU from a specific institution will appear on the system. If a particular course has not previously been transferred to MSU, the course has not been evaluated by MSU; transfer equivalency will be determined when the student is admitted to MSU. Current students should check with an advisor before taking courses outside MSU to be sure the credits will be eligible for transfer and apply to their degree requirements.