Academic Advising

Contact Information


For Atmospheric Sciences, Geographic Information Science, and Geography -

Nancy Coscia,; 1105 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210

For Air Transportation -

Jocelyn Nevel,; 1085 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210

Academic Advisors in the Department of Geography are committed to helping students succeed academically.  Our mission is to guide students through the opportunities and resources available within the Department of Geography and the Atmospheric Sciences Program to ensure they are prepared for a successful career or high-caliber graduate school upon graduation.

Schedule an Appointment (Current Ohio State Students)

Most advising concerns should be addressed in a pre-scheduled appointment.  Items such as change of major, schedule planning, time to completion, petitions, SAP appeals, and graduation applications.

If you have an issue or question that will take longer than 5-10 minutes to resolve, please schedule an appointment through the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

  • Phone:  614-292-6961
  • In Person:  100 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

Interested in GIS Major:  Please see below.

Summer 2018 Walk-in Advising Hours (Walk-ins are not available during the summer months.  Please call 614-292-6961 for an appointment.):

Walk-ins are limited to 10 minutes and intended for items such as class drop/add, quick questions about major requirements, submitting a course enrollment form, or reviewing a completed class schedule for the next term.  Walk-ins are first-come, first-served.

Appointments will be scheduled for issues that cannot be addressed in the limited time of a walk-in.

  • Nancy Coscia (Derby 1105) -
  • Walk-ins will be available starting Aug. 27, 2018.
  • Jocelyn Nevel (Derby 1085) -
  • Walk-ins will be available starting Aug. 27, 2018.


Current Ohio State Students interested in declaring a major in Geographic Information Science or Geography: Spatial Analysis

Currently enrolled OSU students interested in the GIS or Spatial Analysis majors are required to attend a Major Information Session before scheduling an individual advising appointment with a Department of Geography advisor.  Students may declare the GIS or Spatial Analysis major during the Major Information Session.

Summer 2018 Major Information Sessions  

  • Tuesday, May 22    3:00 - 3:45 PM    Derby Hall 1186
  • Wed., May 23     9:00 - 9:45 AM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Wed., May 30     3:00 - 3:45 PM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Wed., June 6      9:00 - 9:45 AM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Fri., June 15       9:00 - 9:45 AM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Tues., June 26    3:00 - 3:45 PM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Mon. July 23       3:00 - 3:45 PM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Tues., July 24     9:00 - 9:45 AM     Derby Hall 1186
  • Fri., August 17    2:00 - 2:45 PM     Derby Hall 1186

Please register to attend a major information session with the link below:

Register for a Summer 2018 Major Information Session

Future Ohio State Students

OSU Admissions offers a variety of opportunities to visit and learn more about OSU.  We encourage prospective students to arrange an Admissions Overview and Tour to learn about Ohio State's application and admissions requirements.

If you are interested in a Geography major (including Air Transportation, Atmospheric Sciences, Environment and Society, Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography, or Urban, Regional and Global Studies), we encourage you to attend a Visit Day that offers a Social and Behavioral Sciences Overview.  These Visit Days are denoted with a "yellow star" on the date selection calendar when you select one of the Geography Department majors.

During a Visit Day that includes a Social and Behavioral Sciences Overview session, you wil be provided summary information about this group of majors and meet one of the Geography Advisors.

Unable to make it to campus for a visit? No problem! We are happy to send you additional information via email, postal mail or phone. Please contact Nancy Coscia, Academic Advisor, at to request additional information.