Student Counselling at the Department of Biology

Credit transfer If you have credits which you have completed elsewhere and want to substitute some of the studies that are part of the degree, discuss the matter with the student advisors before handing in the application form to the department office.

Drawing up the Personal Study Plan If you need help with the planning of your studies, please contact the student advisor whose field most closely corresponds with your own interests.

Updating the Study Plan If necessary, the study plan is updated during the studies and approved by the student advisor. It is recommended that you update your study plan at the beginning of each semester, as the teaching schedule (available courses) changes each year.

Exchange Studies The University has exchange programmes with several universities abroad, so you can complete a part of your studies in other European universities or even outside the continent. The International Office provides more information about exchange opportunities and the department’s international coordinator helps with the study plan.

Final Grade for the Study Modules In order to get the degree certificate from the faculty, you have to apply for a final grade for the study modules in both the major and minor degree studies. The final grades are requested with an application form from the department office (with minor studies, contact the office of the department which organised the teaching). Before the student can apply for the final grade, the personal study plan which details the courses that belong to each module has to be approved by the student advisor.


Student counseling at the Department of Biology:​


  • Biology education track: Kai Ruohomäki, Natural Science Building 1, 2nd floor, room 231, contact to agree on a meeting time: tel. +358 2 333 5766, kai.ruohomaki(at)
  • EcologyToni Laaksonen: Natura, 2. krs, h. 232, puh. 333 6357, vastaanotto sopimuksen mukaan, tokrla(at)
  • Exchange students: Hanna Tuomisto: Natural Science Building 1, 2nd floor, room 235, Tue and Wed 2–3 pm, tel. +358 2 333 5634, hanna.tuomisto(at)
  • Physiology: Tomi Streng: Natural Science Building 1, 1st floor, Wed 10 am – 12 pm, tel. +358 2 333 5633, tostren(at)
  • Genetics: Christina Nokkala:  Natura, h. 313, puh. 333 5572 (tai 333 6683), vastaanotto sopimuksen mukaan, chrinok(at)
  • Molecular Plant Biology: Esa Tyystjärvi: PharmaCity, 6th floor, contact to agree on a meeting time: tel. +358 2 333 5771, esatyy(at)
  • Environmental Sciences: Timo Vuorisalo: Natural Science Building 1, 2nd floor, contact to agree on a meeting time: tel. +358 2 333 5792, timovuo(at)