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Geography Advising


Academic advising is a collaborative educational process in which students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success. This partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student and spans the student’s whole educational experience. Portland State utilizes both professional and faculty advisors in delivering advising for students. 

Faculty advisors primarily support students with major specific advising which may also include potential careers and professional opportunities within the discipline.  Click here for more information about what you can do with a degree in Geography.

First-Year Mandatory Advising Requirement
During your first year at Portland State, whether you transferred or began as a freshman, you are required to meet with an academic adviser in your intended major. A hold is placed on your account at the end of your first year which will prevent you from registering for your second year; this hold may only be lifted by your academic adviser. Please see details at

Undergraduate Geography Advisors:
Last Name A-M - Geoffrey Duh (
Last Name N-Z - Martin Lafrenz (
Geographic Techniques/GIS Minor: David Banis (

Professional advisors are available to assist with university general education (University Studies or Honors) and degree requirements, assist with academic standing issues and petitions, and provide referrals to various campus services.

Professional Advisor: Jon Rousseau
Location: m305 Mezzanine Smith Memorial Student Union
Appointments: 503-725-3822 Drop-in Schedule:

Veterans Certification Advisor: Jon Rousseau, Martin Lafrenz, and Geoffrey Duh

Prospective Student Contact: Jon Rousseau, Martin Lafrenz, and Geoffrey Duh