The Advising Process

Once you have decided on a track and declared your major you will want to check out your SASS audit. General questions about degree planning and SASS audits can be found at Degree Planning 101.

You will notice on your SASS audit that you have several choices to make regarding which classes to take. The next step in the process is to read up on these courses and get an idea of which ones you prefer. Course descriptions can be found in the Catalogue.

After you have done this, or if you are still unsure which track you want to do and have questions, you are ready to meet with our Department Advisor, Chasidy Fisher Hobbs. You can make your own advising appointment through Make Advising Appointment (You will need to log into your UWF email).

After you have met with our Department Advisor and decided on a degree plan it will soon be time to begin thinking about "What is next?" The semester before your senior year you will meet with a Department of Environmental Studies Faculty Member to discuss plans for post-graduation. At this meeting the faculty member will also help ensure you are right path to graduate on time. Our Department Advisor will discuss this with you at your initial advising appointment.

Advice from an Advisor

1.      One of the most common mistakes made by students is dropping a class without consulting their advisor first. It is highly recommended you speak to your instructor AND an advisor before withdrawing from a course in order to avoid potentially adding a year to your graduation date.

2.      Financial Aid generally considers 12 hours to be full time. However, completion of the required 120 hours in a 4 year period requires an average of 15 hours each semester (unless several summer courses are taken).

3.      Pre-requisites are another area students sometimes falter. Be sure to double check not only department pre-requisites but also individual course pre-requisites.

4.      Changing the order of classes you take is generally ok, however it should never be done without consulting your advisor. This is mainly because some courses are only offered once per year, few every other year and it could significantly impact your graduation date.

5.      Some students near the end of their degree plan and realize they would like to earn the GIS certification also. While this is absolutely acceptable, if this decision is made early on it can save a student an extra semester or two.

6.      Graduation does not happen automatically after you complete your degree requirements. Details on when and how to apply for graduation can be found at Graduate Information.