Advising — Plan for Graduation
Graduation can be a daunting goal. Like most worthwhile goals, getting there takes careful planning.
In order to help you reach your goal, the College of Science and the Department of Integrated Science and Technology offers
individualized advising for each student. These basic pointers will help you get started:
Every IST student has two advisors assigned to him/her
If you don't know who your advisors are, you can find out by logging on to myMU and looking under the “Brite Student” tab. You can also go to the College of Science office in Science Building room 270 and ask.
- A professional academic advisor that knows the requirements of your chosen major. These advisors keep up with university requirements, changes, and policies as well as those for the college and major. They also assist with your progress towards your degree, help secure financial aid, and know where to send you for help. This will be someone in the College of Science Office of Student Services.
- A faculty advisor that knows your chosen major well. Faculty advisors help guide you toward your career goals and make recommendations for electives that would help you achieve your objectives. They also help students navigate the various career options available. This will be an IST factuly member from your program.
See your academic advisor early
Once the schedule for an upcoming semester becomes available, your academic advisor can help you plan which courses you should take in order to move towards graduation. Fill out an advising sheet for your major/concentration before an advising session in order to be prepared and get the best advice.
Be weary of unofficial advice
If “someone” tells you something about your requirements to graduate who is not an IST or COS advisor, be sure to verify that information with your assigned advisor.
If you are a Freshman or Sophomore (less than 58 credit hours) or on probation, you must see your advisor before registering each semester. The advisor will need to remove your advisor hold before you can register for courses.
When you become a Junior (complete your 58th credit hour), you will need to contact the College of Science Dean's Office and ask for a Graduation Evaluation. You will return after a few days to discuss the results of your evaluation. You will need to do the same when you become a Senior (complete your 90th credit hour).
Learn about jobs available to IST grads
- See your advisor!
- You often need reference letters to go to graduate school or get a job. Your advisor can be one of these references if they know you.
- Some courses are only offers once per year or once every 2-4 years. See your advisor to find out when courses are offered.
- You can't always depend on courses being offered in the summer. Very few IST courses are offered during the summer terms.
- Look at your advising sheets for more hints and information. Print one and keep it current.
- Registering for classes online is very easy, but some students, especially first time freshmen, can be intimidated by the process. Here is an excellent 11-minute video that takes you step-by-step through the process.