Academic Advising is a collaborative relationship between you and your academic success coach. Your academic success coach will assist you with your educational, career, and personal goals by helping you understand University policies and procedures, major requirements, and campus resources. Your academic success coach will guide and support you as you make your own decisions about majors, course selection, campus involvement, and preparation for graduation. Connecting with your academic success coach regularly is important to your success in college! 

Coaching Appointments & Questions

Due to high volume, the Biology department is only taking appointments for students who are graduating shortly or have an urgent department-related problem. Please use the form below to share details about your issue. The form will also provide answers to common department-related questions based on your selections.

All other students with general questions or seeking course/scheduling advice are welcome to visit the College of Sciences walk-in hours, available both in person and via zoom. Hours and modalities are posted on the College of Sciences Advising Services website. When you arrive / log in, please state that you are in need of Biology major advising.

Click Here to Request an Advising Appointment


Student’s Responsibilities

Advising staff will do their best to assist students in a timely manner, but rude or disparaging behavior will not be tolerated. Any students being disruptive will be asked to leave our office and will be reported to Student Conduct if necessary.

Expectations of Students

  • Know who your advisor is and how to contact them.
  • Become knowledgeable about policies, procedures, and requirements of the university (review catalog, academic handbooks, department checklists)
  • Accept responsibility for your own academic and personal growth and success as well as for decisions and consequences.
  • Take initiative in seeking advisement each semester.
  • Be an active participant in the academic advising experience and educational experience at UCF. Be sure to check your degree audit regularly.
  • Schedule an advising appointment regularly, and arrive at the appointment on time.
  • Come to advising appointment prepared to openly and honestly discuss major requirements, academic policies and procedures, course selection, and any issues that may impact academic success.
  • Access planning tools (myKnight Audit) before making important academic decisions.
  • Ask for clarification if advisors use language or terms that are unfamiliar, or if you have specific concerns.
  • Update your information, including student email address, phone number, and mailing address in your myUCF portal.
  • Consult with an advisor about schedule changes, late add/drop, changing major, withdrawing from college, and changing catalogs.
  • Use the resources available on campus to enhance your college experience.
  • File an “Intent to Graduate Form” on your myUCF account by the end of the term prior to the term in which graduation will occur.
Appointments with our Undergraduate Advising Coordinator are scheduled Monday-Friday and are 30 minutes long. These are reserved only for students who need to complete a graduation review, are on academic probation, or have to complete an SAP appeal. Please use the form above to request an appointment.

Peer advising is available on an as-needed basis. Our peer advisors are highly trained current Biology students who can help with university policies and general advice on course selection.

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Advisor? A Federal Work Study Award is required and it is a minimum 1-year commitment. Submit your resume to biosasst@ucf.edu.

Meet the Team

Christa Diercksen

Christa Diercksen

Undergraduate Curriculum Director


Sandra Talbert

Sandra Tabert

Senior Academic Success Coach


Carmen Fugueroa

Carmen Figueroa

Academic Success Coach

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Can a peer advisor help me?

Yes. Our peer advisors are trained in all advising except specialized forms and final semester graduation checks. Please complete the Qualtrics Advising Appointment Request form here.

I would like advising on my pre-professional application, can this office help?

Please contact Office of Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising (407-823-3033, TCH 205). They specialized in this type of advising.

What kind of jobs can I get after graduation with my biology degree?

Career Services (407-823-2361) will gladly help you make a plan for your future and edit your resume.

How many credits can I take each semester?

14 credits in the Summer and 17 credits in the Fall and Spring is the maximum amount of credits students can enroll in.

I need Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal form filled out, what should I do?

Please complete the Qualtrics Advising Appointment Request form and note that you have an SAP appeal to complete.

I need a Sciences Academic Plan form filled out, what should I do?

Please complete the Qualtrics Advising Appointment Request form here and not that you are on probation.

I am a high school student, a student at a different college/university, or a UCF student within a different major considering switching my major to Biology, who can I talk to about this?

We are the department you should talk to! Please complete the Qualtrics Advising Appointment Request form here.

I am a current Biology major and wish to talk to someone about switching my major to something OTHER than Biology. Should I make an appointment?

Contact the department of the major you are interested in; we are only able to advise on the requirements of our own department.

How do I know if I can earn course credit for an internship I’ve been accepted to?

Please submit your information here. Please provide detailed information/description of the work you’ll be doing, including the date range, and hours/week. We’ll also need the name, title, and email address for your internship supervisor. Keep in mind that you cannot get internship credit for a job you are already doing. It must be completely separate.

What should I know about withdrawing from a class?

A “W” will appear on your transcript for the attempt of the course in this semester, but your GPA will not be affected. There is no refund of tuition when a student opts to withdraw from a course. A withdrawal is completed on myUCF through the Student Self Service Center. If you are receiving financial aid, you should review the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at https://finaid.ucf.edu/general-info/withdrawals/ to see how your aid will be affected. If you have any questions on your aid, please contact Financial Aid at (407) 823-2827 or FINAID@UCF.EDU.

I’m receiving a pre-requisite error for BSC 2010C and/or STA 2023, but I have the pre-requisites. What is happening?

You are most likely attempting to register for a section that takes place at the UCF Downtown campus. Only students who’s major and/or minor is located at UCF Downtown (not Biology) are permitted to register for these courses. We suggest choosing “Main Campus (Orlando)” when searching for classes to avoid this.

I’m receiving a pre-requisite error for BSC 2011C, but I have the pre-requisites. What is happening?

Biology majors, along with a handful of other majors require BSC2011C for their major and Biology students especially cannot take any classes within their major until they complete BSC2011C. That is why students at UCF with majors that require Bio 2 must take precedence; they need it to graduate from UCF. Non-Degree seeking students and students with declared majors that do not require BSC2011C – Biology II as part of their major will be able to get an override into an open class or override onto the waitlist for a closed class beginning one week prior to the beginning of the semester you are requesting an override for.

I’m receiving a pre-requisite error for a College of Sciences class, but I am taking/took the pre-requisites at a different institution and my transcripts haven’t been received yet. What can I do?

You can request an online override here by attaching proof that you are currently enrolled in or have already completed the pre-requisites.

I received an email notifying me that I will be dropped from a course that I enrolled in, why did this happen?

It is most likely because you met the prerequisites for the course when you originally enrolled but no longer meet those requirements. You will have to find a new course, provide proof of the prerequisites being met, or acquire consent from the instructor to remain enrolled in the course.

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