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New Student Orientation

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Academic Advising & Course Registration


Do you have a passion for discovery? A burning need to figure out the "why?" to the challenges our world faces? Do you envision yourself changing the landscape of our world through innovation and research? You have a place at the College of Science.

We welcome all investigators, puzzlers, thinkers and problem solvers. Check out the programs we offer and the opportunities that await you. We look forward to welcoming you to campus, and we're here to help you succeed.

ORIENTATION CHECKLIST


You must complete your New Student Virtual Orientation modules before you meet with an academic advisor. If you have questions about how to complete the Virtual Orientation modules, you can find more information here.

You can contact the Office of Orientation & Transition with further questions by emailing orientation@utah.edu from your UMail account or by calling 801-581-7069.

Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising and Registration section below.

Now that you have completed your New Student Virtual Orientation modules, you will be able to register for a group advising and registration session with your department. Use the links below to register for a session via Zoom.

BIOLOGY

Wednesday, July 28 │ 1-5pm

Friday, July 30 │ 10am-2pm

Wednesday, August 4 │ 1-5pm

Friday, August 6 │ 10am-2pm

 

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY

Wednesday, July 28 │ 1-5pm

Friday, July 30 │ 10am-2pm

Wednesday, August 4 │ 1-5pm

Friday, August 6 │ 10am-2pm

 

MATHEMATICS

Wednesday, July 28 │ 1-5pm

Friday, July 30 │ 10am-2pm

Wednesday, August 4 │ 1-5pm

Friday, August 6 │ 10am-2pm

 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

Wednesday, July 28 │ 1-5pm

Friday, July 30 │ 10am-2pm

Wednesday, August 4 │ 1-5pm

Friday, August 6 │ 10am-2pm

 

Prepare for Your Advising Session
  • Make sure your FERPA pin is set up
  • Check out the Math Placement website and come with an idea of what math class you think you should be in (a list of the math classes you took in high school is also helpful here)
  • List of AP/IB classes taken and the scores you received on tests
  • Think about the goals you have for your first semester
  • Come ready to participate and ask any questions you have so far!
    • What gen eds are most helpful for my degree?
    • How do I build my class schedule around my job?
Attend Your Advising Session
  • This is where your advising hold will be removed so that you can register for courses
  • Learn more about the College of Science and your department
  • Meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor in a breakout room for quick first semester course planning (you will not receive a four year plan at Orientation)
  • Learn how to use Schedule Builder
  • Talk with Science Ambassadors and ask any questions you have
  • Register for Fall 2021 classes!

Come by our drop-in hours!

Sign up for a tour of campus with two of our College of Science Ambassadors!

>>Tour the College of Science<<

Departments & Majors


 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


You can expect a group Zoom session with your department in which you will:

  • Learn more about the College of Science and your department
  • Meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor in a breakout room for quick first semester course planning (you will not receive a four year plan at Orientation)
  • Learn how to use Schedule Builder
  • Talk with Science Ambassadors and ask any questions you have
  • Register for Fall 2021 classes!

Prior to your virtual group advising and registration session...

  • Make sure your FERPA pin is set up
  • Check out the Math Placement website and come with an idea of what math class you think you should be in (a list of the math classes you took in high school is also helpful here)
  • List the AP/IB classes you have taken and the scores you received on tests
  • Think about the goals you have for your first semester
  • Come ready to participate and ask any questions you have so far!
    • What gen eds are most helpful for my degree?
    • How do I build my class schedule around my job?

The Office of Orientation & Transition will remove your university hold after you complete your Orientation Canvas modules. Your College of Science academic advisor will remove your college hold after you attend a group advising and registration session.

You will use a tool called Schedule Builder to register for classes each semester. Once you've found the classes you would like to take on the Class Schedule, you will add them to your cart using Schedule Builder. You will have plenty of time to go through this process during your advising and registration session and our student ambassadors will be there to help you through it.

The Fall 2021 class schedule can be accessed here. You can get there from your Student CIS page as well. Please see this video for a tutorial on navigating to the schedule.

Take a look at this short tutorial, which will explain how to filter and read the class schedule.

For details on the different class types and a tutorial on creating a fully online schedule, take a look at this video.

It depends on the major, but in general, College of Science majors are encouraged to spread their general education courses throughout their college career. Meet with an advisor to discuss your major and requirements specifically!

Course Planning Resources


Campus Resources


Undergraduate Opportunities


 

Employment Opportunities

Career & Professional Development at the U of U.

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Science Themed Communities

Unique housing opportunities for science students.

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Honors College

Innovation across all disciplines.

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Center for Science and Mathematics Education

The CSME promotes the academic success and career readiness of undergraduate students.

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LEAP Science Course

Society and Science: Issues of Life and Death & Issues of War and Peace

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Science Ambassadors

Delivering science with a smile.

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Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid

Scholarships for first-year, undergraduate and graduate students.

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Science Research Initiative

Placing first-year students in real science research.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS


Sahar Kanishka

Sonia Sehgal

2021 Research Scholar

2021 Churchill Scholar

2020 Research Scholar

Josh Carroll

Vignesh Iyer

Kyle Kazemini

Brennan Mahoney

Women in Mathematics

Jordan Herman, PhD’20

Boyana Martinova

Quaid Harding

Sahar Kanishka

Jessica Stanley

Dalley Cutler

Alex Acuna

Ana Rosas

2020 Churchill Scholar

Anna Vickrey, PhD’20

Rachel Cantrell

2016 Churchill Scholar

2017 Churchill Scholar

2018 Churchill Scholar

Goldwater Winner

Cameron Owen 2018 Churchill Scholar

2019 Churchill Scholar

Goldwater Winner

Dominique Pablito

HIV Microscopy