Health, Science & the Earth Pathway

In the Health, Science, and the Earth Pathway, students work towards academic and career goals in natural and earth sciences, clinical health occupations, and public health. Whether studying plant and animal life, molecules and chemical phenomena, or the Earth's environment (including water, climate, and natural hazards) and other planetary bodies, students will think critically about human interaction with the world around us.

Students interested in health will learn about approaches and strategies that increase health opportunities for all people. Students are prepared to be problem-solvers who can address illness and disease, facilitate wise use of our planet’s resources, and develop sustainable ecosystems, human societies, and economies.

Majors include: Applied Health & Fitness; Biology; Biochemistry; Chemistry; Earth Science; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Public Health Studies; Science

Pre-professional programs: Pre-Chiropractic Medicine, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medical Laboratory Science, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Naturopathic Medicine Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Radiation Therapy


Important information for students new to PSU:

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should complete Orientation prior to scheduling an appointment with their advisor for their first term. Orientation covers the information necessary to select and register for classes, and students may follow up with their advisor afterwards if they have specific questions. Orientation signups for winter 2021 will begin in late November.   


How to meet with an HSE Advisor:

Students in this Pathway, including Exploratory, are assigned to their advisor based on the major or pre-professional program. Please see the listing below.

To schedule an appointment, call our Front Desk at 503-725-3822 or use the appropriate advisor's link below. Please note that if you have a pre-professional program, you should meet with that advisor, regardless of your major.

For general questions, email hse.advising@pdx.edu. Please do not use this email to request an appointment.

Advisors by Pre-Professional Program

Pre-Professional advisors serve all majors, unless noted otherwise.

Pre-Chiropractic Medicine

  • Leena Shrestha

Pre-Dental Hygiene

  • Laura Marsh

Pre-Dentistry

  • Ari Douangpanya 
  • Leena Shrestha 
  • Liz Shatzer 
  • Melissa Yates 

Pre-Medical Laboratory Science

  • Liz Shatzer 
  • Laura Marsh 

Pre-Medicine

  • Abby Schmidt
  • Ari Douangpanya 
  • Leena Shrestha 
  • Liz Shatzer 
  • Melissa Yates 

Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

  • Leena Shrestha

Pre-Nursing

  • Abby Schmidt
  • Alyssa Dart
  • Laura Marsh

Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Liz Shatzer

Pre-Optometry

  • Laura Marsh

Pre-Pharmacy

  • Laura Marsh

Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Liz Shatzer
  • Jane Mercer (Applied Health & Fitness and Public Health Studies majors only)

Pre-Physician Assistant

  • Abby Schmidt
  • Alyssa Dart

Pre-Radiation Therapy

  • Abby Schmidt

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

  • Liz Shatzer
  • Sang Rich

Advisors by Major

If you are considering a pre-health track (i.e. pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy, etc.), please find your advisor using the pre-professional list instead.

Applied Health & Fitness

  • Please call 503-725-3822 to schedule an appointment.

Biology

  • Sang Rich
  • Leena Shrestha

Biochemistry

  • Ari Douangpanya
  • Sang Rich

Chemistry

  • Ari Douangpanya
  • Sang Rich

Earth Science

  • Stephanie Hamington 

Environmental Science/Environmental Studies

  • Stephanie Hamington
  • Sang Rich 

Exploratory/Undecided

  • All Health, Science, and the Earth advisors

Geography

  • Stephanie Hamington

Geology

  • Stephanie Hamington

Public Health Studies

  • Please call 503-725-3822 to schedule an appointment.

Science*

  • Ari Douangpanya
  • Stephanie Hamington
  • Sang Rich
  • Melissa Yates

* *Students who change to the Science major may continue to meet their original advisor.

Health, Science & the Earth Advisors