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Biology Advising

The Biology Department is home to an increasing number of majors who have unique advising needs specific to their area of concentration and future career aspirations. As a student you must do all you can to plan ahead and map out a schedule for the classes you need to graduate. Keep in mind that course offerings and policies change. What may have been true for your friends may be different for you. Therefore, throughout your academic career, the Biology Department Faculty and Advisors are available to help answer the questions that will inevitably arise. Be sure to stay informed and make the effort to see your advisor every semester to ensure you stay on track and reach your goals. Use the following information to learn more about our Biology Advisors and what they can do for you!

In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, UNF has transitioned to remote work until further notice. Advisors will continue to meet with students via phone and Zoom web conferences. Appointments can still be scheduled through the myWings Advising tile. When scheduling your appointment please indicate your preferred remote meeting option.  

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • Biology Majors: Schedule an appointment through your myWings account.
  • Non-majors: Call the main COAS Advising office at (904) 620-2797.

More information on College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) Advising:

COAS Academic Advisor for Biology

Rachel Decker Headshot

Rachel Decker, M.S., M.S.N, Building 59, Room 1313

B.A. Biology and Rhetoric and Composition, Oberlin College (2005)

M.S. Biology, University of South Carolina (2011)

M.S.N. Acute Care Specialty, Yale University (2017)


I grew up in Salt Lake City, went to school out East, and have lived in Jacksonville since 2017. Along the way I've had a lot of different jobs,and been down several career tracks, because I still can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. Above all,I'm a mom, wife and ocean enthusiast.

I'm excited and honored to be an academic advisor at UNF and a part of this diverse and talented department. I hope my experience in both ecology and healthcare will be of use to students pursuing careers in these tracks,or those simply interested in learning more about them. I look forward to meeting you all!