2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Advising



Responsibilities

Academic advising is a process that assists students in the clarification of life goals and the translation of these goals into educational plans. It provides assistance to students as they explore educational opportunities and develop educational plans and objectives. Academic advising connects students with the University by bringing meaning to its mission, its curriculum and to the learning environment that is the University community. Academic advising is committed to assisting and supporting students with developing their educational, career and life goals. It provides access to campus resources and coordinates the integration of all aspects of student life into learning experiences. It is an individualized avenue of communication that assists students in the planning and decision-making process.

Although academic advisors provide assistance, it is the student’s responsibility to know the university policies, procedures, requirements, and seek out assistance when needed. There are a variety of academic advising systems available at UCF in each of the colleges, schools, and the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.

Freshman (First Time in College - FTIC)

Every incoming freshman is assigned a professional first year academic advisor. Academic advisors also collaborate with the University’s Colleges and Schools, and link students to advisors in various academic programs. The assignment of a first year advising office will be based on the specialized services of each program and the student’s particular needs. Academic advising is one of the most important services provided at UCF and can impact a student’s successful progression to graduation.

New FTIC Students can expect to:

  1. Attend a mandatory UCF Orientation that will provide:
    1. Initial academic advising in a group setting and preparation for the first term, including schedule planning and registration
    2. An assessment of high school grades, entrance and placement test scores, and AP, dual enrollment, CLEP credit or other forms of college-level credit;
    3. An awareness of expectations for success at UCF; and,
    4. Information about key academic policies and important deadlines.
  2. Connect with their first year advising office according to the following designated priority order:
    1. First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE) - for first year students in the EXCEL, COMPASS, LEARN Living Learning Community, STEP, Access Program and the Out of State Student Mentoring (OSSM) Living Learning Community programs and those not in a special population listed below (HPH 116)
    2. Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA) - for Division I student athletes (WDSC 110)

These offices provide students with general education advising, academic exploration for undeclared students, academic support, registration assistance, and on-going information about University policies and procedures throughout the first year experience. For more information about the first year advising offices and their services, please see the “Student Development and Enrollment Services ” chapter of this Undergraduate Catalog.

  1. Participate in programs and advising activities that will promote a successful transition from high school to the university.
  2. Transition to an academic advising office within the college of the student’s chosen major sometime during or at the completion of the first year.

The Burnett Honors College

New students will:

Attend the UCF Orientation designated for The Burnett Honors College. At this time students meet with Honors staff and learn about The Burnett Honors College courses and GPA requirements, and register for Honors and non-Honors classes.

Continuing students will:

  1. Contact the department of their major and meet with their advisor in the department during the first two months of any semester to review progress and plan a program of study;
  2. Meet with their advisor in the department of their major prior to registration;
  3. Contact the Office of Honors Advising (BHC 109) and based on the recommendation from their academic advisor and the requirements for University Honors, an Honors Advisor will assist with Honors course selection;
  4. Continue to register for classes online;
  5. Check their “Fee Invoices/Schedule” to ensure accuracy of class schedule; and,
  6. Attend any mandatory Honors advising appointments.

College of Arts and Humanities

Majors within the College of Arts and Humanities should meet with their major/minor advisor concerning major/minor requirements and with an advisor in CAHSA regarding all other inquiries. CAHSA is located in Colbourn Hall (CNH) room 201 and advisors can be reached via email at cahsa@ucf.edu or in person by visiting CAHSA during regular business hours. Students can also access CAHSA’s website at: http://www.cahsa.cah.ucf.edu.

New students will:

  1. Meet with a CAHSA advisor in a group setting during Orientation to discuss college policies and procedures;
  2. Meet with a major advisor to discuss major requirements, career opportunities, and plan a class schedule;
  3. Register for classes at a central location; and,
  4. Check their “Fee Invoices” to ensure accuracy of their class schedule.
  5. Create and regularly check their Knights Email account.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with their major and/or minor advisor in the department to review academic progress and plan a program of study for subsequent semesters. Review this plan each term with their major/minor advisor and prior to registration;
  2. Access their Degree Audit at least every term and understand all degree requirements;
  3. Refer any questions pertaining to university credit hour requirements, degree audits, academic standing and college/university policies and procedures to CAHSA. All questions pertaining to major/minor requirements should be directed to the department advisor in the major/minor program; and,
  4. Meet with their major/minor advisor to conduct a graduation review of major/minor requirements in the semester prior to the intended semester of graduation. After seeing the major/minor advisor and in the semester prior to the term of graduation, eligible students will receive an email from CAHSA indicating how to file their “Intent to Graduate” forms and in order to conduct a graduation review. Please refer to the academic calendar for the deadline to file your Intent to Graduate.
  5. Regularly check their Knights Email account.

Graduating students will:

  1. File the online intent to graduate form by the posted deadline for the semester in which they intend to graduate. Please note that the deadline for filing is always the semester prior to the semester in which you intend to graduate.
  2. Complete a webcourse after filing the online intent to graduate and prior to the deadline for filing the intent.
  3. Maintain current contact information and regularly check their Knights email account, degree audit, and webcourse content.

College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration (CBA) strives to provide its students with the highest quality academic advising and career coaching. The Office of Professional Development (OPD) partners with departmental faculty advisors to assist prospective and current business majors develop an educational plan that meets their career goals.

New students will:

  1. Be classified as ‘pre-major’ until admission to the major requirements are met and a change of major request has been processed. ‘Pre-major’ students have enrollment access to CBA non-restricted classes and do not have enrollment access to CBA restricted classes;
  2. Meet college representatives in a group setting during Orientation to discuss admission to the major requirements, college policy, procedures, expectations, and degree programs;
  3. Review degree requirements at Orientation using the Degree Audit and CBA literature to better understand degree requirements and the various components of their Degree Audit;
  4. Submit all requests to evaluate transfer courses for equivalency to UCF courses during their first term of enrollment at UCF. General Education coursework is evaluated for equivalency by Academic Services, while the Business Common Program Prerequisites and all business coursework is evaluated for equivalency by the College;
  5. Meet with a Career Coach in the OPD (BA2, Room 101), to understand the career options of their major; and,
  6. Meet with a member of the OPD Advising Team to review academic progress and develop or update an academic plan, if the major is “Pre Business” and the student is classified as at least Sophomore standing.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with a member of the OPD Advising Team to review academic progress and develop or update an academic plan. Degree requirements and course prerequisites should be reviewed prior to registration each term;
  2. Meet with their Career Coach as directed by activities in the college’s Career Professionalism curriculum;
  3. Register for courses in myUCF at their scheduled appointment time. All changes to the student’s class schedule must be completed by the end of the drop/swap and add periods;
  4. Be classified as ‘pre-major’ until admission to the major requirements are met and a change of major request has been processed. ‘Pre-major’ students have enrollment access to CBA non-restricted classes and do not have enrollment access to CBA restricted classes;
  5. Meet with a member of the OPD Advising Team during the term prior to the anticipated graduation term as needed; and,
  6. File the electronic “Intent to Graduate Form” by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation is intended.

Students placed on ‘Lack of Progress’ due to Major and/or College of Business Administration GPA concerns will:

  1. Have a “hold” placed on their subsequent registration; and,
  2. Meet with the assigned LOP Coordinator to review the student’s academic situation and develop a plan of action; and,
  3. Complete the CBA Lack of Progress .webcourse and any subsequent requirements.

College of Education and Human Performance

New students will:

  1. Be classified as education pending until admission requirements are met and a change of major request has been submitted.
  2. Meet college advising representatives in a group setting during Orientation to:
    1. Discuss College of Education and Human Performance admission requirements needed for enrollment in upper division education classes
    2. Review degree program requirements
    3. Understand expectations and responsibilities associated with a career in education
  3. Be advised by the College of Education and Human Performance’s Undergraduate Advising Office (ED 110) if their major is Elementary Education or Education Pending. Academic advising sessions may be scheduled by calling 407-823-3723;
  4. Be assigned to an academic advisor in the area of their major upon completion of College of Education and Human Performance admission requirements. The advisor’s name and email address appear in myUCF to assist students in making an advising appointment; and
  5. Purchase and utilize LiveText software at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment in the College of Education and Human Performance based on program requirements.

Continuing students will:

  1. Set up an appointment with their academic advisor upon acceptance to their major, or the Undergraduate Advising Office, if a “Pending” major, to review academic progress and to develop an academic plan. Review this plan each term with an advisor prior to registration;
  2. View their Degree Audit through myUCF;
  3. Register at scheduled appointment time in myUCF. Students must complete any changes to their schedules by the end of the published Add/Drop period;
  4. Utilize LiveText software based upon program requirements; and
  5. File an on-line “Intent to Graduate Form” by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation is intended.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

New students will:

  1. Meet with the Engineering and Computer Science Academic Affairs representative in a group setting during Orientation to:
    1. Review the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) academic policies and procedures
    2. Plan an appropriate first term schedule;
  2. Meet with a faculty advisor in the department of their major to:
    1. Understand the career options of the major
    2. Discuss degree program requirements; and,
  3. Be advised in the CECS Academic Affairs Office (ENG1 107) if Undecided Engineering majors. Students are encouraged to seek advisement on determining a major as soon as possible. Failure to declare a major by the end of the first year may result in a delay of graduation.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with an advisor in the CECS Academic Affairs Office or the department of their major during each term. Computer Science majors will be assigned a faculty advisor once they have passed the Computer Science Foundation Exam. Until that time, Computer Science majors will be advised by the CECS Academic Affairs Office or Computer Science Undergraduate Advising Office in HEC 345;
  2. Set up an appointment with an advisor to review your academic progress and to develop an academic plan. Review this plan each term with the advisor prior to registration;
  3. Use the flow diagram or four year plan received during Orientation to progress through the degree requirements;
  4. View a Degree Audit, the registration appointment time, and search for classes (once the class schedule is available) through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu;
  5. Register at the scheduled appointment time in myUCF, or in person in the CECS Academic Affairs Office (AAO). Complete all schedule changes by the end of the published Add period;
  6. Participate in the college designated intervention plan if you have been placed on an engineering or computer science advisement hold. An intervention through the CECS Academic Affairs Office will be required each semester a student is on advisement hold; and,
  7. File the “Intent to Graduate” through myUCF and meet with an advisor for graduation check in the CECS Academic Affairs Office, by the last day of classes of the term prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate.

College of Health and Public Affairs

New students will:

Meet college advising representatives in a group setting during Orientation to:

  1. Discuss degree program requirements;
  2. Understand career options of the major program of study; and
  3. Plan an appropriate first semester class schedule.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with COHPA Undergraduate Student Services advisors (HPA2, 115) throughout each semester to check selection of program courses and progress toward graduation;
  2. Review a Degree Audit through myUCF frequently to check progress toward course requirements; and
  3. File the “Intent to Graduate Form” through myUCF and meet with an advisor in the COHPA Undergraduate Student Services office by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation will occur.

College of Medicine - Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

New students will:

Meet with the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (BSBS) Office of Student Services and Advisement (OSSA) advisors in group settings during Orientation to:

  1. Discuss degree program requirements;
  2. Understand career options of the major program of study;
  3. Be directed to an appropriate academic/faculty advisor for help with information and guidance for medical/health professional or graduate programs admission requirements; and
  4. Plan an appropriate first semester class schedule.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Services and Advisement (OSSA) in HPA2, room 335 every semester to check progress toward graduation and selection of program courses, and to check on possible career and research opportunities;
  2. See an advisor in the Office of Student Services and Advisement (OSSA) if pending major for limited-access Medical Laboratory Sciences program during the first few weeks of each semester to check progress toward eligibility for application to the major;
  3. View a Degree Audit, registration time, and search for classes (once the class schedule is available) through myUCF;
  4. Register for courses at the scheduled appointment time. Complete all schedule changes by the end of the published add period;
  5. File the “Intent to Graduate” through myUCF and meet with an advisor for graduation check in the Office of Student Services and Advisement (OSSA), by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation will occur; and,
  6. Pre-health professional students: See your OSSA and faculty and consult with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisement.

Pre-Health Professional Planning

Pre-professional advisement deals primarily with understanding the requirements for successful application and admission to health professional schools.

Admission to a health professional school is highly competitive. Pre-health professions students are expected to be high achievers, and to obtain good grades with heavy loads and rigorous course combinations.

Most professional schools expect applicants to present at least a “B” average and to carry a minimum of 15 credit hours each term, with the exception of Summer term.

Each student is urged to carefully select a degree-granting major in our program. This will not only allow one to become more competitive for admission, but also to prepare for an alternate career in the event admission to a professional school is denied. Any degree-granting program may be selected as a major for pre-health students; however, the biomedical science major meets all admission requirements for health professional schools including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, physician assistant, etc. Our BS programs provide our students with a solid background to excel in health professional school programs. All students seeking admission to health professional schools should enroll in SLS 2311C - Overview of Select Medical Careers , in their first year at UCF and seek additional guidance from Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisement.

Additionally, prudent use of elective hours in the curricula will permit other appropriate pre-health professions courses to be obtained to help prepare for specific admission exams.

All pre-health professions students are strongly encouraged to participate in the activities of one or more of the student health related organizations and become involved in community service and career shadowing.

Curricula Guidelines

All pre-health professions students are strongly encouraged to enroll in SLS 2311C - Overview of Select Medical Careers  the first semester they are enrolled. This course provides a broad exposure to the various four-year health professions. In addition, the entire pre-professional process (academic preparation, applications, admission tests, interviews, admissions, scholarships, etc.) is explained in depth.

All pre-health professions students should complete the following science courses (many of which are applicable to the GEP) to meet the variable requirements of the Florida medical schools:

General Biology BSC 2010C , BSC 2011C *
General Chemistry CHM 2045C , CHM 2046 , CHM 2046L  
Organic Chemistry CHM 2210 , CHM 2211 , CHM 2211L  
Biochemistry BCH 4053  or BCH 4024  
Biochemistry/Molecular Lab BSC 3403C  
Microbiology MCB 3020C  
Calculus MAC 2253  (prefer MAC 2311C , MAC 2312 )
Physics PHY 2053C , PHY 2054C  or PHY 2048C , PHY 2049C  
Statistics STA 2023  
Immunology PCB 3233  and PCB 3233L  
Neurobiology ZOO 3744  
Psychology/Sociology See recommended list in advising offices
*Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology majors substitute BSC 3403C - Quantitative Biological Methods . 

Dates of Importance

All students should be aware of registration deadlines and test dates for their specific admissions exam (DAT, MCAT, OAT, GRE, etc.). In addition, most four-year health professions schools subscribe to professional application services (AMCAS, ADDSAS, ACOMAS, etc.), thus require completion of a thorough application packet provided by the various application services.

College of Nursing

New students will:

Meet college advising representatives in group settings during UCF Orientation to:

  1. Discuss degree program prerequisite requirements;
  2. Understand Nursing admission requirements;
  3. Understand career options of the major program of study; and,
  4. Plan an appropriate first term class schedule.

Continuing students will:

  1. If accepted into a nursing program, attend a College of Nursing orientation and see a faculty advisor during the first few months of each semester to review program courses and check progress toward graduation.
  2. If a nursing pending major, see an advisor in the College of Nursing, Undergraduate Student Services, during the first few weeks of each semester to check progress toward eligibility for application to the major.
  3. View a myKnight Audit through myUCF each semester; and,
  4. File an “Intent to Graduate” online through myUCF by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation will occur.

College of Optics and Photonics

New students will:

  1. Meet with the Photonic Science and Engineering Academic Affairs representative in a group setting during Orientation to:
    1. Review the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and College of Optics and Photonics (COP) academic policies and procedures;
    2. Plan an appropriate first term schedule
  2. Meet with a faculty advisor in the department of their major to:
    1. Understand the career options of the major;
    2. Discuss degree program requirements

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with an advisor in the COP Academic Affairs Office, CREOL 108B;
  2. Set up an appointment with an advisor to review your academic progress prior to enrollment in OSE 3200 - Geometric Optics  and to develop an academic plan. Review this plan each term with the advisor prior to registration;
  3. Submit a change of major in myUCF when pending requirements have been completed;
  4. Use the flow diagram or four year plan received during Orientation to progress through the degree requirements;
  5. View a Degree Audit, the registration appointment time, and search for classes (once the class schedule is available) through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu;
  6. Register at the scheduled appointment time in myUCF. Complete all schedule changes by the end of the published Add period;
  7. Meet immediately with the advisor if you have been placed on an advisement hold. An intervention through the COP Academic Affairs Office will be required each semester a student is on advisement hold; and,
  8. File the “Intent to Graduate” through myUCF and meet with an advisor for graduation check in the COP Academic Affairs Office, by the last day of classes of the term prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate.

College of Sciences

Advising Hours: Monday through Thursday 9-5; Friday 9-12
CSB 250; (407) 823-6131
Email: cosas@ucf.edu
http://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/

Although students may have multiple advisors, College of Sciences majors must meet with an academic advisor within their major department and/or an advisor in the College of Sciences - Advising Services (COSAS) as soon as possible.

New students will:

  1. Meet in a group setting during Orientation with representatives from the College of Sciences to discuss college policies and procedures;
  2. Meet with representatives of the department of the major to discuss major requirements and plan what courses to take;
  3. Refer to COSAS any questions pertaining to General Education requirements, college-level test credit such as AP, IP, AICE, and CLEP; Gordon Rule, university credit hour requirements, university policies and procedures, prerequisite enforcement process, etc.;
  4. Complete their Pegasus Path prior to their first semester, seeking assistance from COSAS as needed;
  5. Check their “Fee Invoices” to ensure accuracy of their class schedule.

Continuing students will:

  1. Contact the department of their major and meet with a faculty or professional advisor during the first two months of any semester to review progress and plan a program of study;
  2. Meet with their academic advisor in the department of their major prior to registration, and before the beginning of the term to ensure their schedule is still appropriate;
  3. Access the class schedule and myKnight Audit online at https://my.ucf.edu;
  4. Resolve any HOLDs placed on their account preventing them from registering;
  5. Check to be sure you are meeting all prerequisites/corequisites of courses you plan to take. Regardless of which college the student may be in, COS enforces prerequisites/corequisites of COS courses through the registration system and notifies students not meeting prerequisites at the end of each term. If necessary, COSAS administratively drops students not meeting prerequisites for COS courses and may require proof of prerequisite completion to remain enrolled if prerequisite was taken somewhere other than UCF;
  6. Register for classes through https://my.ucf.edu. Special assisted registration (e.g., overrides, independent study, thesis) for COS courses must be handled in COSAS. All registration must be completed by the published deadlines (see Academic Calendar in the current UCF Catalog);
  7. Refer any questions to COSAS that pertain to the myKnight Audit or Pegasus Path regarding GEP, CLEP, AP credit, Gordon Rule, university credit hour requirements, as well as policies and procedures. Questions about major requirements in the myKnight Audit should be directed to the department;
  8. Check their “Fee Invoices” to ensure accuracy of their class schedules; and,
  9. Continue to check their Pegasus Path to ensure accuracy and take advantage of the relevant co-curricular and signature experiences.

Students placed on probation due to low UCF GPA will:

  1. Have a “HOLD” placed on their subsequent registration;
  2. Be required to complete an online webcourse. Students who continue on probation will be required to complete the webcourse and a mandatory advising session with a COSAS advisor prior to the withdrawal deadline. More information can be found at http://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/current-students/academic-probation/;
  3. Design a plan of study with an advisor within the department of their major for the upcoming semester; and,
  4. Bring the plan of study to a COSAS advisor prior to the withdrawal deadline of the current semester and prior to registration for the subsequent semester.

Graduating students will do the following during the term PRIOR to the graduating term:

  1. Review COS graduation instructions available at http://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ (click on graduation button);
  2. Complete the on-line graduation application on myUCF within the dates specified at http://calendar.ucf.edu;
  3. Complete COS graduation form at http://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ (click on graduation button); and,
  4. Check your Knights Email account for further instruction. Graduating students may be required to see a COSAS advisor to review status.

College of Undergraduate Studies

Students interested in declaring a major in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), IDS Transnational Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies Track, or Environmental Studies must meet with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team to complete the declaration process.

New students will:

  1. Meet with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team during Orientation to complete the declaration process for Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), IDS Transnational Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies Track, or Environmental Studies degree and discuss policies and procedures, degree program requirements, and plan an appropriate first semester class schedule;
  2. For Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and IDS Transnational Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies Track: Meet with an advisor in the department of their minor to review the program’s requirements;
  3. Refer any questions pertaining to general education requirements, AP and CLEP credit, Gordon Rule, and other policies and procedures, as appropriate, to Academic Services;
  4. Register for classes online.

Continuing students will:

  1. Meet with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team prior to registration and/or before the beginning of each term to review progress, select courses, and address any questions pertaining to the program;
  2. Review the class schedule, myKnight Degree Audit, and register online during their scheduled appointment time at https://my.ucf.edu;
  3. For Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and IDS Transnational Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies Track: Meet with an advisor in the department of their minor to review progress;
  4. Check their Fee Invoices to ensure accuracy of their class schedule.

Students on academic probation due to low UCF GPA will:

  1. Have a “HOLD” placed on their subsequent registration; and;
  2. Attend a mandatory meeting with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team to discuss probation policy, academic progress, success strategies, and campus resources available to help students in need of support (academic or otherwise).

Graduating students will do the following during the term PRIOR to the graduating term:

  1. Review graduation instructions available on the Interdisciplinary Studies website;
  2. Complete the online graduation application on myUCF within the dates specified at http://calendar.ucf.edu;
  3. Check their Knights Email account for further instructions. Graduating students may be required to see an IDS advisor to review status;
  4. For Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and IDS Transnational Gender, Race and Sexuality Studies Track: Meet with an advisor in the department of their minor to confirm that the minor requirements have been met.

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

New students will:

Meet college advising representatives in group settings during orientation to:

  1. Discuss degree program policies and curriculum requirements;
  2. Understand career options and major programs of study;
  3. Plan an appropriate first semester class schedule; and,
  4. Review and learn how to interpret the myKnight Audit and advising resources through myUCF.

Continuing students should:

  1. See a Faculty Advisor for assistance with selecting a concentration of study;
  2. View degree requirements according to catalog year and course prerequisites prior to schedule planning;
  3. See a Program Advisor prior to registration to review degree requirements and to make sure you are on track for graduation;
  4. View a Degree Audit through myUCF and contact a program advisor in the Office of Student Services regarding questions or concerns; and,
  5. File an “Intent to Graduate” online through myUCF by the deadline published in the UCF Academic Calendar the semester prior to the term in which you plan to graduate.

Success Coaches are available at 12 UCF Connect locations to guide, to support, and to provide academic advising for strategic completion programs and destination programs at respective locations.  The coaches also serve as points of contact for DirectConnect to UCF students at the locations to provide a seamless transition for prospective students.