A degree plan is the prescribed set of courses that lists specifically the University and program requirements for your major and degree.
Having a degree plan in place will facilitate us in assisting you to attain your educational goal. It lists all of the courses and other requirements you will need to fulfill prior to graduation. Think of it as a navigational tool for success.
It is important that you file a degree plan so that you are aware of the degree requirements pertaining to your catalog. Some majors require that you file a degree plan your first semester of attendance; others require you to file it upon completion of 35 credit hours. If unsure, you should ask your academic advisor.
If you have a degree plan on file, you can access it from http://degreeplanner.tamucc.edu.
The purpose of academic advising is to help you formulate and reach your own educational goals, while also making sure that you understand the objectives and requirements of your chosen major field. Academic Advisors can assist students with:
Appointments can be made in Center for Instruction 350D or by calling 361-825-3928.
Academic Advising Center Hours:
Monday through Friday: 8am - 5pm
Advisors are assigned by discipline or by major. To find out who is your Science & Engineering Academic Advisor visit the Contact page and find the advisor for your field of study.
Is there more than one Academic Advisor?
Yes. See the Contact Advisors page.
All Academic Advisors for the college are located in the Center for Instruction, room 350. Appointments can be made by calling 361-825-3928.
In order to provide students with the accurate and timely information in regards to their academic careers, both the Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentors offer assistance in slightly different areas. A student's Faculty Mentor can offer great advice about what the classes are like, what is covered in a course and what former students have shared about their experience in the class. Faculty mentors are also resources for career planning information and possible internships.
Academic advisors compliment the mentor's knowledge by advising students on what classes are available, clearing them for graduation, assisting with scheduling or registration issues, and providing academic policy and procedural information as needed. Additionally, advisors are available to help track students' degree progress and offer referrals to helpful student services on campus.
It depends on your major.
The top 5 reasons to meet with your Faculty Mentor/advisor include:
When you meet with your Faculty Mentor please be sure to bring a copy of your degree plan with you.
Some of the reasons you should develop a semester-by-semester plan are so you can have a general idea of when you will be eligible to graduate, know in which semester you need to take each course, and find out the prerequisites for each course.
When should I apply for graduation?
You should apply for graduation before the published last day to apply for graduation. This date can be found on the University calendar: www.tamucc.edu/academics/academic_cal.html
Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor immediately! Call 361-825-3928 for an appointment.
Please see our advising Terminology page or e-mail your Academic Advisor.
Registration is an incredibly busy time for advisors. It is strongly recommended that you make an appointment to speak with your Academic Advisor and/or Faculty Mentor prior to the start of the regular registration period. You may make an appointment even before schedules are published to determine what classes you should be looking for when the schedules are released. Advisors are available to help you establish your degree plan, review your class schedules and assist with registration issues or problems.
Registering for courses, to include dropping and adding courses, before a semester starts can be done via SAIL online (with the exception of first-time freshmen and students with certain holds). However, once a semester has started, all students must go to the Registrar’s office in the Student Services Center to make scheduling changes until registration for the semester officially closes.
Lab Safety Seminars must be registered with any science course that has a lab. There are different CRNs for a course Lecture, Lab, and Lab Safety Seminar. The Lab Safety Seminar can be found via the online Banner Schedule, http://banner.tamucc.edu/schedule/. Select the term you are registering for and in the course subject drop down menu, scroll down and select ‘SMTE – Science/Math and Tech Education.’
It is recommended that you see your Academic Advisor each semester to make sure everything is going as planned.
It is recommended that students either schedule an appointment or e-mail their Academic Advisor or Faculty Mentor if they have questions or concerns.
Certain students are required to be advised prior to registration each semester. If you fall into one of the categories listed below, you will have a registration hold on your record and need to be advised prior to being able to register.
It is advisable to check registration status prior to the beginning of the registration period and resolve any outstanding issues early.
It is recommended the students meet with their current Academic Advisor prior to changing their major. Their advisor can then refer them to the advisor who handles their new major or minor.
Please refer to the university policy on course repeats, located in the university catalog.
I’ve been told that I can drop a class at any time during the semester. Is this correct?
Each term there is a set date, which is the last day that a student can drop a course. Students should always be aware of the drop deadline for each term. To find the drop date: www.tamucc.edu/academics/academic_cal.html.
You may go to the Office of Admissions & Records or update your contact information via the SAIL system at http://sail.tamucc.edu/. Your permanent address can only be change in-person.
Please see our Advising Terminology page or e-mail your Academic Advisor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when it relates to your academic success.
The GPA calculator is currently available from the CASA homepage at http://casa.tamucc.edu/gpa.php.
Any student who began college for the first time as a freshman in Fall 2007 or thereafter may not drop more than 6 (six) courses during their entire undergraduate career. For exceptions to this rule, please contact your academic advisor.
Internship information can be found at the Career Services website