Santa Clara University

Combined Sciences program

Combined Sciences Advising

Academic Advisors

Craig Stephens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology Department
Director, Combined Sciences major

Steven Fedder, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Chemistry Department
Pre-Health Advisor, Drahmann Advising Center

Peer Advising for Combined Science Majors 

Which advisor should I see?

Part of being a Combined Science major includes seeing your academic advisor regularly to ensure that you are choosing the right courses to advance towards graduation and focus your studies. To meet this need, you may choose from three different advisors who will help to steer you in the right direction.

Peer Advisor
•  University, college and major requirements

•  Declaring a major, adding a second major, changing a major or declaring a minor

Craig Stephens, Ph.D.
•  Choosing upper-division natural/social science courses to fulfill the Combined Science major
•  Discussing options for higher education, undergraduate research and career paths

Steven Fedder, Ph.D.
•  Making progress in your pre-health program
•  Preparing for Medical School
•  Career paths

Helpful Advising Handouts

Planning Your Combined Sciences Major

There are many different ways of organizing course load, and your advisor wants to work with you to design a program of study that makes the most sense. Freshmen and sophomores at Santa Clara University typically take three or four courses during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. By way of illustration, a typical four-year program for a Combined Sciences major might look something like this:







1) BIOL 21
2) CHEM 11(L)
3) ENGL 1
4) 1st Religious Studies

1) BIOL 22
2) CHEM 12(L)
3) ENGL 2
4) MATH 11

1) PSYC 1 or 2
2) SOCI 1 or POLI 1
3) CHEM 13(L)
4) MATH 12



1) BIOL 24
2) CHEM 31(L)
3) 2nd Language (1st)
4) 1st Western Culture

1) BIOL 25(L)
2) CHEM 32(L)
3) 2nd Lanuage (2nd)
4) 2nd Western Culture

1) POLI 2 or ANTH 3*
2) CHEM 33 (Pre-health)

3) 2nd Religious Studies
4) Free Elective



1) PHYS 11
2) ENVS 2, 11 or 12 or CHEM 1
3) UD CS Elective

1) PHYS 12(L)
2) Third Writing
3) Fine Arts
4) UD CS Elective

1) PHYS 13 (L)
2) CS Organizations Course
3) Technology



1) CS Populations Course 
2) UD CS Elective
3) Women's/Ethnic and U.S.

1) UD CS Elective

2) 3rd Religious Studies
3) Ethics
4) 1st World Cultures

1) Free Elective
2) UD CS Elective
3) 2nd World Cultures


Peer Advising Schedule Spring 2010

Nicole Nasrah

Heidi Cossentine 

Meghan Madden

Nick Gable


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nick G.

8:00am - 9:30

    Nick G.

8:00am - 9:30

Nick G.

8:00am - 9:30



Meghan M.

11:30am - 1:00





Meghan M.

12:00pm - 1:00


Nicole N.

1:00pm - 2:00



Nicole N.

12:00pm - 2:00

Nicole N.

1:00pm - 2:00


Heidi C.

4:15pm - 6:00

Meghan M.

1:40pm - 3:00

Heidi C.

2:15pm - 4:15





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