Undergraduate Academic Advising
Advising Week Sign-ups
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the UIC campus guidelines for social distancing, undergraduate advising will be conducted remotely this Fall 2020 term. Please read the “Remote Advising Procedures” below for up-to-date instructions on advising.
Remote Advising Procedures (as of 10/9/2020)
Due to current health concerns, faculty will be conducting their advising appointments remotely the weeks of October 19-30, 2020.
Students will receive instructions from their faculty advisor with details on how they will conduct their advising appointments. Students who do not receive an e-mail by October 19, 2020 should e-mail their advisor (Advising list below). Students who do not receive a response can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and await further instructions.
Most faculty will conduct their advising appointments through Webex meetings. Webex is capable of sharing voice (over phone or computer), video, and computer screens, if enabled. Students can “attend” the meeting by using a computer or Webex-enabled device with microphone (and camera, if enabled), or by dialing into the meeting from a phone (without screen sharing). Faculty who use Webex will send a session link and phone number that will be enabled for the scheduled advising appointment.
Some faculty will provide a campus phone number or another remote method of contact so please monitor e-mails closely for instructions.
Note: Paper faculty advising forms will not be required. Faculty advisors will complete a form on student’s behalf that will list the courses agreed upon during the appointment. The completed form can be e-mailed to students by the faculty advisor or by contacting email@example.com. Advising Evaluation Surveys will be conducted online and are mandatory. The survey link will be e-mailed to students approximately one business day after the advising appointment. The results are anonymous but completion is recorded.
Concentration Area Elective forms and Modification of Major forms can be e-mailed to the advisor and then submitted to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org for DUGS approval (recommended only for students who are graduating in 2021).
Continue to follow the instructions below for Preparing for your Advising Session.
Advising Appointment Sign Up
Find your name and your assigned advisor on the bulletin board outside of SEO 218, and make a note of your advisor’s office location.
Go to the door of your advisor’s office and look for a sign-up sheet that offers 15- to 20-minute appointment slots during advising week (or alternative instructions). If the sheet is posted, write your full name in an available slot and make a note of your appointment.
NOTE: Advising forms will not be available until Advising Week.
Preparing for Your Advising Session
Print the appropriate curriculum flowchart from the Student Resources page.
Cross off any courses you have taken, and bring this copy with you to your advisor meeting.
Visit the Courses page to see which classes are being offered next semester by the bioengineering department.
Consult your concentration area elective form and plan ahead.
Plan your schedule ahead of your advising session through the “Plan Ahead” tool:
- Go to: https://my.uic.edu/
- Sign in with your NetID
- On the welcome page, click “XE Registration”
- Click the “Plan Ahead” tool
- Save a New Plan
- From here, you can add/drop courses into your schedule to make sure there are no time conflicts.
Note: this is just a planner and does not sign you up for courses. You still need to sign up once registration opens.
Your Advising Session
Prior to your scheduled appointment with your faculty advisor, come to the bioengineering office in SEO 218 and pick up the faculty advising form from the counter. You are responsible for bringing two other forms to your appointment: the uAchieve (DARS-Degree Audit) report and the curriculum flowchart.
During your appointment, make sure that you and your advisor complete and sign the faculty advising form. Make sure that all copies of your form are complete and legible. Otherwise, your advising hold cannot be removed. This appointment is also an ideal time to obtain your advisor’s signature on a completed concentration area elective and/or modification of major form, if you need either one of those.
After your appointment, bring your faculty advising form to the bioengineering office in SEO 218. You keep the white copy for your records, and you leave the pink and yellow copies in the basket located on the counter.
Advisor evaluations are conducted online. You will receive a link by e-mail to complete the online advisor evaluation survey approximately 24 hours after you have submitted your faculty advising form. The survey takes less than one minute, and submissions are kept anonymous. A completed faculty advising form and advisor evaluation survey are required in order for your advising hold to be removed. Students who are intending to transfer into a different program must still meet with their bioengineering advisor and complete an advising form. There will be no exceptions.
Note: See the undergraduate Student Resources page for a full selection of links.
- BS in Bioengineering course catalog page
- BS in Bioinformatics course catalog page (coming soon)
- Bioengineering minor course catalog page
- Bioengineering courses page
- uAchieve – (formerly Degree Audit Reporting System-DARS), which provides an unofficial audit of progress toward the undergraduate degree that reflects courses in progress.