Advising

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Mandatory Advising

Interacting with an academic advisor early in your university career can enhance your college success. Mandatory advising is one of the ways your college and department advisors help ensure that you get a strong start at UC Davis. Our objective is to help you achieve your personal, career and academic goals.

Your assigned academic advisor will listen carefully to your questions and concerns, provide a safe and inclusive space, guide your exploration of curriculum, graduation requirements, opportunities in your major, and help you make timely degree progress. Advisors will also encourage, guide and, support you in developing career and academic goals and academic plans.

Another goal of mandatory advising is to review the advising syllabus you received during orientation, and make sure you are keeping up with your annual goals.

Starting Fall 2018: New students will be assigned a primary academic advisor based on their last name. **Do no stress if there are no appointments available with your assigned advisor! Any of our staff advisors can help you release your hold**

 

Stacie Jenkins

Last Names A-F

Rachel Hale

Last Names G-L

Daniela De La Cruz

Telles

Last Names M-Z

  

Cydney Louis

Caitlyn McCarthy

 

First-Year Students (Freshmen)

 

First-year students (who are not transfer students) will meet with a college advisor in the College of Letters and Science, Undergraduate Education and Advising. More information about your first year hold can be found HERE.

 

First-Year Transfer Students

 

Mandatory advising for first-year transfer students in Psychology, Philosophy, STS, and Cognitive Science begins during the Fall Quarter. The goal of mandatory advising for new transfer students is to ensure that you have the opportunity to meet your major advisor, develop an academic plan for your major classes, and discuss helpful resources.

New transfer students have TWO quarters to clear this hold, though we encourage transfer students to meet with us as soon as possible.

To clear this hold, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor in the PSC, PHI, STS, CGS Advising Center. Peer advisors cannot clear this hold.

Do not come in during drop-in hours to clear your hold, we want to make sure that we have a full 30 minutes to learn about you and your educational goals.

The hold will not be “active” until March. If this hold is unresolved by March, it will prevent changes to your Spring schedule and future registration.

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Second-Year Students (Sophomores)

 

Mandatory advising for second-year students in Psychology, Philosophy, STS, and Cognitive Science occurs during the Spring Quarter. The goal of this mandatory advising is to ensure that you are making progress toward your major requirements and to connect you with helpful resources and opportunities in your major.

Second-year students have ONE quarter to clear this hold, though we encourage students to meet with us as soon as possible.

To clear this hold, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor in the PSC, PHI, STS, CGS Advising Center. Peer advisors cannot clear this hold.

Do not come in during drop-in hours to clear your hold, we want to make sure that we have a full 30 minutes to learn about you and your educational goals.

The hold will not be “active” until June. If this hold is unresolved by June, it will prevent changes to your Summer/Fall schedules and future registration.

 

Seniors

 

Mandatory advising for seniors occurs in Fall Quarter. The goal of this mandatory advising is to ensure that you: (1) are on track to graduate, (2) plan for your transition out of college, and (3) finalize your next steps towards your professional goals.

*** You are NOT required to meet with an advisor to clear this hold ***

To Release Your Hold:

1. You must participate in TWO campus engagements in preparation for graduation and your goals after graduation. 

WHAT COUNTS AS A CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT?

You may also with an advisor in your major to discuss graduation and future goals

2. Once you complete TWO engagements, you must summarize your engagements by submitting this GOOGLE FORM. Submission of this webform is necessary to clear your hold.

If you choose to meet with a major advisor as one of your engagements, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor in the PSC, PHI, STS, CGS Advising Center. Meeting with a peer advisor will not count as an engagement.

Do not come in during drop-in hours to clear your hold, we want to make sure that we have a full 30 minutes to discuss your progress toward graduation and your goals for career/graduate school.

The hold will not be “active” until March. If this hold is unresolved by March, it will prevent changes to your Spring schedule and future registration.

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FAQ

Can I meet with a peer advisor to count for Mandatory Advising?

Can I come during drop-in advising to clear my hold?

What if there are no appointments available with my assigned advisor?

I am a senior, and I think I already completed one or both senior engagements last year. Does that count?

I am graduating! Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

I am a senior but plan to stay a 5th year. Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

I already completed the hold requirement. Why do I still have a hold?

I am in my 5th year (or beyond), and I already completed my Senior Engagement Requirement last year. Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

 

Can I meet with a peer advisor to count for Mandatory Advising?

First-Year Transfer Students and Sophomores (Second-Year Students): No, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor to clear your hold.

Seniors: You do not need to come to advising to clear your hold; however, if you choose to meet with an advisor as one of your engagements, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor.

Can I come during drop-in advising to clear my hold?

First-Year Transfer Students and Sophomores (Second-Year Students): No, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor to clear your hold.

Seniors: You do not need to come to advising to clear your hold; however, if you choose to meet with an advisor as one of your engagements, you must make an appointment with a staff advisor.

What if there are no appointments available with my assigned advisor?

First-Year Transfer Students and Sophomores (Second-Year Students): You may address your hold in an appointment with any staff advisor pictured above.

Seniors: You do not have an assigned advisor and can make an appointment with any staff advisor if you choose to meet with an advisor as one of your engagements.

I am a senior, and I think I already completed one or both senior engagements last year. Does that count?

No, you must complete your two engagements during the academic year in which you received the hold.

I am graduating! Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

I am graduating in Fall: Though we still recommend you take advantage of the resources that UC Davis has to offer while you are still a student, you may contact the advising center to have your hold released – without formally completing the engagements.

I am graduating in Winter: Yes, you are still required to complete the engagements to have your hold released.

I am graduating in Spring: Yes, if you neglect this requirement, you will be prevented from registration after Pass 2 for Spring registration. Complete this requirement early, so you do not risk delaying your graduation!

I am a senior but plan to stay a 5th year. Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

Yes, you must complete the Senior Engagement Requirement.

I already completed the hold requirement. Why do I still have a hold?

First-Year Transfer Students and Sophomores (Second-Year Students): Please allow at least a week for processing. If it’s been a week and your hold has not been removed, contact advising in Young 101.

Seniors: Holds are removed once a student completes TWO engagements AND submits the Google webform. Please allow at least a week for processing. If it’s been a week and your hold has not been removed, contact advising in Young 101.

I am in my 5th year (or beyond), and I already completed my Senior Engagement Requirement last year. Do I still need to complete the Senior Engagement Requirement?

Our bad! You have already met your hold requirements. Please reach out to the advising center to have your hold released.

 

Major Advising

Peer Advising

Peer advisors have their own drop-in hours, which are listed below. Peer advising should be the first stop for students interested in changing into either a Psychology or Cognitive Science major. Peer advisors can also give you insight into how your major classes will be structured, since they have taken many of the classes themselves! Most of our peer advisors are students in either their junior or senior years - they have plenty of knowledge and experience to share.

Peer Advisors

  • Erika Malagon — Psychology A.B. and Pre-Health
  • Annika Lin  Psychology B.S. Biology
  • Karen Chan  Computer Science and Cognitive Science B.S. Computational Emphasis double major, PSC minor
  • Christen Tamisin - Philosophy and Psychology B.S. Biology double major
  • Melisse Liwag - Psychology A.B. and Cognitive Science B.S. Neuroscience double major 
  • Megan McGillis - Psychology B.S. Biology (Abroad Fall 2018!)

 

They are available for drop-in advising in Young 101.

CONTACT: psychadvising@ucdavis.edu, 530-752-5104

 

FALL 2018 DROP-IN HOURS:

Monday 1–4 p.m.

Tuesday 9 –12, 3–4 p.m.

Wednesday 9-12, 1–4 p.m.

Thursday 11 –12, 1–2 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Please note: Peer advisors cannot sign forms. You must see a staff advisor for approval of academic plans, and anything that requires a signature. If you are graduating THIS quarter, please see a staff advisor for a graduation check.

** Becoming a Peer Advisor! **

We will be hiring again in Winter 2019:

Psychology & Cognitive Science Peer Advisors 

 

Pathways to Graduation

These sample program plans present an overview of courses that students majoring in Psychology must complete to obtain an undergraduate degree within either three or four years. Your program plan will differ, depending on previous credit received, your course schedule, available course offerings, and whether you choose to complete a Bachelors of Art or Science. We strongly encourage students to develop a personal program plan in consultation with an academic adviser.

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