Help! I am a College of Sciences major and don’t know where to go for academic advising!

Every student will need academic advising over the course of their studies. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to discuss a variety of topics (including schedule planning, degree progress, academic standing, and more), and in many cases it can be confusing to know where to begin when it comes to your options for academic advising. It is important to remember that each student has multiple advisors available to them each semester, and that each of these advisors can assist with different topics and specializations.

Departmental Advising

Every student has a major departmental advising office available to assist them with specific concerns in relation to their degree. The departmental advisor is typically a faculty member or administrator that works specifically with your major and is an expert in your field of study. Departmental advisor availability varies from major to major, so please contact your program directly for additional information:

DEPARTMENT UNDERGRADUATE COORDINATOR LOCATION PHONE EMAIL
Anthropology Dr. Sandra Wheeler HPH 309F 407-823-3769 Sandra.Wheeler@ucf.edu
Actuarial Science Dr. David Nickerson TCII 206 407-823-5528 David.Nickerson@ucf.edu
Biology Ms. Jenna Schmidt

Dr. Joshua King

BIO 301 407-823-2141 Jenna.Schmidt@ucf.edu

Joshua.King@ucf.edu

Chemistry Dr. Pedro Patino CHM 107A 407-823-4051 Pedro.PatinoMarin@ucf.edu
Nicholson School of Communication & Media NSC 143 407-823-2681 NASSC@ucf.edu
Forensic Science Dr. Tamra Legron-Rodriguez CHM 325 407-823-1167 Tamra.Legron-Rodriguez@ucf.edu
Mathematics Dr. Laura Yang

Dr. Maria Capursi

MSB 105 407-823-3489 Laura.Yang@ucf.edu

Maria.Capursi@ucf.edu

Physics Dr. Elena Flitsiyan PSB 430 407-823-2325 Elena.Flitsiyan@ucf.edu
School of Politics, Security, & International Affairs Dr. Nathan Ilderton

Dr. Robert Bledsoe
(Pegasus Plan Advisor)

Mr. Nick Schenk

HPH 302 407-823-2608 Nathan.Ilderton@ucf.edu

Robert.Bledsoe@ucf.edu

Nicholas.schenk@ucf.edu

Psychology Ms. Karen Cox PSY 250 407-823-2219 Karen.Cox@ucf.edu
Sociology Dr. Michael Armato HPH 409 409 407-823-0758 Michael.Armato@ucf.edu
Social Sciences Dr. Michael Armato HPH 409 407-823-0758 Michael.Armato@ucf.edu
Statistics & Data Science Dr. Nizam Uddin TC2 208 407-823-2692 Nizam.Uddin@ucf.edu
Please visit your Departmental Advisor for:
  • Major Specific Questions
  • Class Scheduling
  • Course Content Questions
  • Internships
  • Independent Studies
  • Career Information

College Advising

The College of Sciences Advising Services office (COSAS) provides academic assistance to undergraduate students within the College of Sciences. We strive to efficiently and professionally advise and serve students and the public with clear communication, concerned care, and creative solutions to problems while offering an inclusive and welcoming environment. We help students with matters concerning college and university requirements, policies, and procedures. Students use our services primarily by walk-in or by appointment for advising and special problems.

Typically if you don’t know where to go or who to see your COSAS advisor is often the best place to begin. In addition to the services listed, COSAS advisors also serve as liaisons to the major departments indicated below:

 

Ms. Dena Ford CSB 250 407-823-6131 Dena.Ford@ucf.edu
(All Biology majors)
Mrs. Jillian Thompson CSB 250 407-823-6131 Jillian.Thompson@ucf.edu
(All Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Psychology majors)
Ms. Dena Ford, Interim CSB 250 407-823-6131 Dena.Ford@ucf.edu
(All Communication majors, Math (all concentrations), Physics, and Statistics)
Mrs. Nicole Williams CSB 250 407-823-6131 Nicole.Williams@ucf.edu
(Sociology, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Political Science, and International & Global Studies)

COSAS Specific Advising Contacts:

Please visit your College Advisor for:

  • Undergraduate Policies and Procedures
  • General Advising/Special Problem Appointment
  • Advisement in General Education Program, Gordon Rule, Foreign Language, University Credit Hour Requirements
  • Advisement for grade forgiveness and course withdrawals
  • Questions about readmission after disqualification and seeking college support.
  • Help with understanding and adjusting your myKnight Degree Audit
  • Course substitutions within the major and minor (Students request these from the department, departments then submit them to COSAS to be entered into audit)
  • Special registration (approved by departments for overrides, overloads, and independent study)
  • Graduation Procedures, Graduation reviews and Pre-graduation letters for employers, etc.
  • Academic Standing and Probation Questions
  • How to begin the course evaluation process
  • How to apply as transient
  • Review of Various Forms (SAP, URA, ARC, ROTC, University Waiver, etc.)

To ask a question or send an advising request immediately please see the form at the bottom of this page.


Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising:

The mission of the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law advising is to provide guidance and support to students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions. OPPA provides information about the field of law and a wide variety of health-related fields such as allopathic (M.D.), osteopathic (D.O.), and veterinary (D.V.M.) medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health. These careers require academic study in professional school settings beyond the baccalaureate degree, and OPPA assists “Pre-Professional” Students in any undergraduate major by offering academic advising, administrative support, and other activities related to preparing for and applying to professional schools.

The Office of Pre-Professional Advising serves as a focal point for communicating with Pre-Professional Students concerning:

  • Required courses for professional schools
  • Volunteer and shadowing opportunities
  • Internships
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Medical or law school tours or meetings
  • Seminars and related workshops
  • Tests and application materials
  • Important timelines and deadlines
  • Selection of possible professional schools

OPPA’s goal is to enhance the likelihood of success for all Pre-Professional Students who seek acceptance into a professional school. For more information visit the Office of Pre-Health Pre-Law Advising website.

UCF Career Services:

UCF Career Services contributes to the university’s goal of offering high quality undergraduate and graduate education and student development by providing centralized, comprehensive and coordinated career development, experiential learning and employer relations programs.

These integrated programs help students effectively plan careers; integrate their academic studies to work and to the community; develop personal, academic and work competencies, make effective career and related academic decisions; acquire career-related experience; gain professional employment; and plan for graduate or professional school.

UCF Career Services will achieve this mission through the promotion of quality standards, collaborative internal partnerships with UCF faculty and staff, as well as effective external partnerships with key community organizations and employers. Visit the UCF Career Services website for additional information.


Other College Advising Offices:

For students with major, minor, or certificate programs with other colleges knowing where to go for additional details is critical to ensuring degree completion. Below is a listing of the other UCF College advising offices for your reference:

 

College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) Trevor Colbourn Hall, Room 159407-823-3312, cahsa@ucf.edu

http://cahsa.cah.ucf.edu/advising.php

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (Part of the College of Medicine) Health and Public Affairs II, Room 335407-823-5932, bsbsadvising@ucf.edu

https://med.ucf.edu/biomed/

College of Business Undergraduate Student Services Business Administration 2, Room 101407-823-2185, opd@ucf.edu

http://business.ucf.edu/centers-institutes/office-of-professional-development/

College of Community Innovation and Education Education Complex, Room 110407-823-3723, ccieuginfo@ucf.eduhttps://ccie.ucf.edu/undergraduate-affairs/
College of Engineering and Computer Science Engineering I, Room 107407-823-2455, (see advisor email in link below)http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/current-students/academic-affairs-office/http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/
College of Health Professions and Sciences Health and Public Affairs 2, Room 115407-823-0010, CHPSundergrad@ucf.eduhttps://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/undergraduate/
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (Part of the College of Undergraduate Studies) Classroom I, Room 302407-823-0144, is@ucf.eduhttp://www.is.ucf.edu/
Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center For students who would like to change to undeclared or explore majors outside the College of Sciences. https://academicsuccess.ucf.edu/kmetc/
College of Nursing University Tower (UTRW), Third Floor
407-283-2744, ucfnurse@ucf.eduhttps://www.nursing.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate-programs/details/academic-advisinghttp
Rosen College of Hospitality Management Main Campus: Classroom I, Room 302HPhone: 407-823-1112

Rosen Campus: Suite 201
Phone: 407-903-8056
hospitality@ucf.edu
http://hospitality.ucf.edu/students/current-students/academic-advising/

College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS) College of Sciences , Room 250407-823-6131, Ask a questionhttps://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas

Ask a Question/Request Advising

Got a question for your COSAS Advisor and want to send it immediately? No problem! Simply fill out the form below and your advisor will be notified of your concern:

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