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Undergraduate Advising Information


Academic Advising

To determine who your assigned advisor is, log into your ASAP account (click here for step by step ASAP instructions).

The College of Sciences Academic Advising is split between two advising centers:

Life and Health Sciences Advising

Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Health, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Public Health
Location: FLN 2.03.02
Phone: (210) 458-4045
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Math and Physical Sciences Advising

Majors: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Multidisciplinary Science, Physics, and Statistics
Location: FLN 1.02.06
Phone: (210) 458-6073
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Interested in pursuing a teaching career?

Majors other than Mathematics should contact Interdisciplinary Education Advising to learn more about the options available for teacher certification in your degree plan.

Additional Resource

Click here to see the UTSA Academic Advising website.

Undergraduate Advisor of Record (UGAR)

A UGAR is usually a faculty member from the department of your selected major. This individual is different than your academic advisor and can provide the following:

  • Additional details about the course material that will be covered in your selected degree program
    (see the Undergraduate Catalog for general course descriptions)
  • Advice and referrals to other faculty members if you are interested in participating in a research lab or independent study
  • Act as the liaison and help find a faculty sponsor if there is an internship for academic credit that you want to pursue
College of Sciences UGARs
  • Biology - Dr. Hans Heidner; Dr. Martha Lundell; Dr. Kelly Suter
  • Biochemistry - Dr. Susan Thomas
  • Chemistry - Victoria Dougherty
  • Computer Science - Dr. Turgay Korkmaz
  • Environmental Science - Jason Gagliardi
  • Geological Sciences - Dr. Walter Gray
  • Mathematics - Dr. Sandy Norman
  • Physics and Astronomy - Dr. Rafael Lopez-Mobilia

Graduate On Time

DegreeWorks is available for students to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks allows students and their advisors to plan future coursework and run degree audits, easily identifying courses that have been completed and courses that are still needed to fulfill degree requirements. Students can access DegreeWorks through ASAP, MyUTSA, or by meeting with their academic advisor.

Degree Works button

With DegreeWorks You Can:

  • Create a semester by semester course plan
  • Monitor your progress toward graduation
  • Create a "What-If" plan that details what happens if you change your major or degree plan
  • Look ahead to how your progress will be affected by the courses you plan to take in future semesters
  • Run GPA calculations based on current grades and future grades

Tuition Rebate Program

The Tuition Rebate program provides a financial incentive for students to complete their first baccalaureate degree with as few courses outside the plan as possible. Click here to see the eligibility requirements.

For more information about the cost and value of your degree and the importance of finishing on time, visit UTSA Money Management.

AIS, Gateway Courses, and Q-Courses

Academic Inquiry & Scholarship (AIS)

Mandatory AIS 1203 course that fulfills the Core Curriculum First Year Experience requirement. The course is a general survey of scholarship practiced within three broad cultures of inquiry: the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. AIS 1203 explores the diverse ideas, values, and practices used by various disciplines to investigate and organize their subject matter and create knowledge.
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Gateway Courses

Courses that are necessary for progression through a chosen major; these usually contain material that requires a clear-cut comprehension in order to be successful in completing other course requirements for the major. Gateway Courses often determine whether a student is a suitable candidate to pursue the indicated major.
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Courses that have been redesigned by integrating quantitative literacy (QL), enabling students to develop their data-reasoning skills. Each academic year additional courses are selected to participate in the QL program.

Additional UTSA academic terms can be found on the UTSA Lingo 101 page.

Graduating with College Honors

The College of Sciences designates certain of its outstanding students as Honors students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision. Click here for details about the College of Sciences Honors program.

Academic Standing

Click here for information about minimum grade requirements, academic warning, academic probation, academic dismissal, and reinstatement policy and procedures.