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College of Letters and Science

Undergraduate Education and Advising Office
200 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
530-752-0392; http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/

The Associate Dean and staff in the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office can help you with issues relating to your academic goals and experiences. You can consult the Advising Office on matters such as program planning, selection of a major, exceptions to regulations and academic enrichment opportunities. To find answers to your questions and other useful information, including contact information and how to arrange to meet with an adviser, see http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/.

The Undergraduate Education and Advising Office also provides a number of additional services:

  • Determines how your transfer credits from other institutions apply towards completion of university, campus, and college requirements for the bachelor's degree. Applicability of transfer credit toward the major is determined by your major faculty adviser
  • Performs degree checks to identify remaining university, campus, and college requirements, and certifies graduation
  • Acts on petitions requiring the dean's approval
  • Works with students who are in academic difficulty or subject to disqualification on intervention strategies to foster success

Major Advising. All students who have selected a major have an assigned adviser within that major department or advising cluster. New students should contact their department or program office during the first quarter of residence on the UC Davis campus to meet with their adviser. If your adviser is not available when you need assistance, or if you wish to consult an adviser in a major program other than the one represented by your assigned adviser, contact the department or program office for help.
Continuing students who have completed three quarters in residence in the college should consult with an adviser at certain important checkpoint stages in their academic careers. You are urged, however, to maintain regular contact with an adviser in your major to avoid program errors that may delay graduation. Seniors should maintain close contact with their advisers to ensure that they are meeting the major requirements.

Undeclared Advising Program. Students who have not yet selected a major and are undeclared in one of four emphasis areas within the College of Letters and Science are automatically placed in the Undeclared Advising Program which provides academic advising to lower division undeclared students. Undeclared Advising Program students receive academic advising from the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office. They will help you with your academic planning, ensuring progress toward your educational goals and satisfaction of degree requirements.

In addition to the advising services provided in the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office, L&S Peer Advisers staff Residence Hall Advising Team sites in on-campus residence hall areas and are available to Undeclared Advising Program students living in that residence hall complex. Through individual advising, group sessions, and programs, this team will work with you over your first year at UC Davis. They also can assist you in exploring your options before you select your major. Undeclared Advising Program students are required to meet with Letters and Science Advisers in their first and seconds years as long as you remain Undeclared. Students that declare a major within the 90 unit requirement would then be incorporated into the regular Mandatory Advising Program for the College; see below.

Mandatory Advising in the College of Letters & Science. Interacting with an academic adviser regularly in your university career can enhance your college success. Our objective is to build a partnership with you to help you achieve your personal and academic goals. Comprehensive advising in Letters and Science is shared between the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office and the major advisers. We are excited to work with you and are here to help you get the most out of your undergraduate experience and prepare for a successful career. More information on the Mandatory Advising program in the College of Letters & Science can be found at http://ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/academic-advising/mandatory-adv.html. The mandatory advising program targets the following checkpoints.

Advising Checkpoints. At a minimum, you should consult with your faculty or staff adviser at two, possibly three, critical stages in your academic career:

  • Before you complete 90 units of degree credit, including transfer work, you must develop in consultation with your faculty or staff adviser, a proposal for a quarter-by-quarter program of courses showing how you will meet your educational goals and graduation requirements. You must also have declared a major by this time. Filing this plan with your adviser does not preclude subsequent modifications of the plan or a change of major.
  • When you complete 90 units of degree credit, including transfer work, and have a declared major you are required to request a Degree Check from the Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising Office and should consult your faculty or staff adviser concerning course selection and satisfaction of requirements in the major.
  • Before you complete 200 units of degree credit, including transfer work, you must develop in consultation with your faculty or staff adviser, a firm study plan in the form of a quarter-by-quarter program that will satisfy all remaining degree requirements as expeditiously as possible. This plan will be filed with your adviser. If the plan indicates that you will have to register beyond the 225-unit limit in order to meet degree requirements, you must contact the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office immediately. Exceptions to the 225-unit limit are granted by the dean only rarely. Typically, approval is granted only to allow completion of minimum degree requirements.

If you have not met with your faculty or staff adviser before these established checkpoints, a hold may be placed on your registration as a reminder.

Peer Advisers. Student-to-student advising is an important part of the university advising services. The College of Letters and Science peer advisers are available in the Undergraduate Education and Advising office, in 200 Social Sciences and Humanities Building, and on a weekly basis in the campus residence halls to talk with students about their academic concerns.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM