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.
Below you will find a brief description of the most common locations for academic advising for College of Sciences majors along with names and contact information for these resources:
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:
|Anthropology||Dr. Sarah Barber||HPH 309D||407-823-2207||SarahStacy.Barber@ucf.edu|
|Actuarial Science||Dr. David Nickerson||TCII 206||407-823-5528||David.Nickerson@ucf.edu|
|Biology||Ms. Jenna Gonzalez and Dr. Hoffman||BIO 301||407-823-2141||Jenna.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chemistry||Dr. Pedro Patino||CHM 107A||407-823-4051||Pedro.PatinoMarin@ucf.edu|
|Communication||Ms. Sierra Cater||NSC 143||407-823-2681||Sierra.email@example.com|
|Forensic Science||Dr. Tamra Legron-Rodriguez||CHM 325||407-823-1167||Tamra.Legron-Rodriguez@ucf.edu|
|Mathematics||Dr. Maria Capursi||MSB firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Physics||Dr. Elena Flitsiyan||PSB 430||407-823-2325||Elena.Flitsiyan@ucf.edu|
|Political Science & IGS||
Dr. Nathan Ilderton
Dr. Robert Bledsoe (Pegasus Plan Advisor)
Dr. Jonathan Knuckey (Pegasus Plan Advisor)
|Psychology||Ms. Karen Cox||PSY 250||407-823-2219||Karen.Cox@ucf.edu|
|Sociology||Dr. Amy Donley||HPH 409D||407-823-1357||Amy.Donley@ucf.edu|
|Social Sciences||Dr. Michael Armato||HPH 409||407-823-0758||Michael.Armato@ucf.edu|
|Statistics||Dr. Nizam Uddin||TC2 email@example.com|
Please visit your Departmental Advisor for:
- Major Specific Questions
- Class Scheduling
- Course Content Questions
- Independent Studies
- Career Information
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||Ryan.Sexton@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:
- Graduation Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Readmission/Probation Inquiries: email@example.com
- General Advising Questions: COSAS@ucf.edu
- College of Science course evaluations: firstname.lastname@example.org
To ask a question or send an advising request immediately please see the form at the bottom of this page.
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.)
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
- 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
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)||Colbourn Hall, Room 202
|Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (Part of the College of Medicine)||Health and Public Affairs II, Room 335
|College of Business Undergraduate Student Services||Business Administration 2, Room 101
|College of Education and Human Performance: Office of Student Affairs||Education Complex, Room 110
|College of Engineering and Computer Science||Engineering I, Room 107
407-823-2455, (see advisor email in link below)
|College of Health and Public Affairs||Health and Public Affairs 2, Room 115
|Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (Part of the College of Undergraduate Studies)||Classroom I, Room 302
|College of Nursing||
University Tower (UTRW), Third Floor
|Rosen College of Hospitality Management||Main Campus: Classroom I, Room 302H
Rosen Campus: Suite 201
|College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS)||College of Sciences , Room 250
407-823-6131, Ask a question