The College of Arts & Sciences provides academic advising to students from the beginning
of their sophomore year through graduation.
All appointments will be virtual until further notice.
Please ensure that your phone number is listed correctly or indicate a correct phone number in the Additional Information section when booking your appointment.
Your academic advisor will call you on the phone number indicated at the time of your appointment. Please note that the call may come to your phone as a blocked or private number or No Caller ID.
The following services are available to students:
- One-on-one advising by appointment
- Academic advising and program information for majors and minors
- Degree completion/graduation checks
- Orientation sessions for new students within the College of Arts & Sciences
- Registration and drop/add information
- Evaluation of academic transcripts and review of articulation of transfer credits
- Referral to faculty mentors for career and professional school advising
- Referrals for internship and research opportunities
- Maintenance of academic advising records
- Certification of graduation requirements
- Information regarding the transient enrollment process
Meet the Advising Teams
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Director of CAS Academic AdvisingToggle More Info
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What do you like about academic advising?
I like the fact that advising is the only structured service on a college campus in which all students have the opportunity for on-going, one-to-one contact with a concerned representative of the institution. Academic advising is a relationship building experience! I enjoy building relationships with students over time as they navigate the academy. I enjoy crafting pathways for students in their academic pursuits. I like that I am part of their academic journey as I get to be a “sage on the stage” by using my expertise to share knowledge with them through advising and teaching them about their majors and being a “guide on the side.” I enjoy using my skills to engage them in first-hand learning through program requirements, degree plans and experiences. I like the fact that advising plays a vital role toward student success in enhancing their journey from the point of matriculation through to graduation.
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Majors I advise: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Marine Science, Physics
Top five strengths: Resiliency, Empathetic, Persistence, Respectful, Advocacy
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Broga-Yoga for Brothers, Writing, Listening to music, Playing word games on my I-Pad, and Watching moviesAdvisor II, Natural Sciences Team LeaderOffice: SHPhone: 239-590-1424E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRodney DennisonAcademic Advisor IIOffice: MHPhone: 239-745-4260E-mail: email@example.comColleen PetersAcademic Advisor IOffice: SHPhone: 239-590-7412E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you like about academic advising?
My favorite part of academic advising is meeting with students on a daily basis and getting to know them as they progress through their academic journeys. I enjoy listening to students talk about their dreams and encouraging them to do everything possible to fulfill those dreams. I am grateful for opportunities to bring hope and encouragement into difficult moments of students’ academic pursuits and to work with them as they overcome various obstacles. I also find it very rewarding to see students graduate and fulfill their dreams of earning a college degree.
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Majors I advise: Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Marine Science, Environmental Studies
Top five strengths: Analytical, Deliberative, Consistency, Responsibility, Learner
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, enjoying nature, photography, reading, musicAcademic Advisor IOffice: SHPhone: 239-590-7203E-mail: email@example.com
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Please familiarize yourself with CAS Advising, the degree evaluation process and other degree requirements that will assist you in your pursuit of a degree within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Your advising hold will be lifted once you attend the Eagle View Orientation and the CAS Advising session.
All First Year students have an Advising Hold (AV) placed on their accounts once they are eligible to transition from First Year Advising (FYA) to the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Advising. Students will be sent an invitation to a Canvas Transition Course. After accepting the course invitation, students should review these Canvas modules and familiarize themselves with CAS Advising, the degree evaluation process, and other degree requirements that will assist students in pursuit of degrees within the College of Arts & Sciences. In order to have the AV Hold removed, students must complete the Canvas course and earn a perfect score on the Transition Quiz: The AV Hold will then be removed within 48 business hours. Registration for future semesters will be restricted if the AV Hold remains active.
Please review the modules on your CAS Advising community on CANVAS to familiarize yourself with CAS Advising, the degree evaluation process and other degree requirements that will assist you in your pursuit of a degree within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Your advising hold will be lifted once you complete ALL modules in CANVAS.
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StUDENT ADVISORS Treat students, staff and faculty with respect. Treat students, staff and faculty with respect.
Schedule an advising appointment at least once per semester for proactive planning. Arrive on time and prepared to appointments.
Arrive on time and prepared to appointments. Know degree requirements and sequencing.
Stay current on curriculum changes and educate students on degree requirements and sequencing.
Know where to find answers to questions on campus and online. Know resources on campus and online, and build relationships with offices that serve students. Be engaged in the decision-making process regarding your academic career.
Empower students to make purposeful decisions about their academic career.
Maintain active communication with advisors and other offices on campus by checking Eagle Mail regularly (once every 24 hours if wait-listed for a course).
Be accessible to students and faculty. Respond to phone calls and email within a reasonable amount of time (2 business days).
Know how to use Gulfline to search for courses and register based on your plan to graduation.
Know how to use the online degree evaluation.
Know where to find the academic calendar and adhere to relevant deadlines.
Know how to use Gulfline, Banner, online degree evaluation and Eagle Mail efficiently and accurately. Educate students on the effective use of the tools available to them.
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College of Arts & Sciences General Advising Forms
- CAS Advising Syllabus
- Change of Major
- Dual Major/Dual Degree Form
- Schedule Planning Worksheet
- Transient Instructions
College Research/Internship Forms
- Communication Internship Registration Form
- Please contact your Natural Science Advising team member to make an appointment to discuss your research/internship.
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Curriculum Maps listed below are to be used as a general guideline for students and are based on the program requirements for the current catalog year. Some students' scheduling needs may vary based upon completed courses and transfer credits. Please see your advisor for assistance and verification.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes:
- For All Majors: Students are strongly recommended to select required lower-division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
Program Specific Curriculum Maps:
How should I select the classes I need to schedule each semester?Toggle More Info
You should select courses based on the following priorities:
During your first two years:
- Common course prerequisites for your major;
- General education requirements;
During your junior/senior years:
- Any of the above, which were not completed;
- Required courses for your major;
- Electives in your major;
- Concentration coursework (if applicable);
- University Colloquium
I want to take a course at another institution and make sure the credits will count toward my degree. What should I do?Toggle More Info
Schedule an appointment to see a CAS advisor, who will determine whether or not the course you wish to take will fulfill a requirement in your FGCU degree. You can fill out this transient form. Do not sign up for a course elsewhere before you have seen a CAS advisor.
I want to take a class that is closed. What do I do?Toggle More Info
Some courses have a wait-list function in the registration system. If a course is full and has a wait-list function, you can register yourself for the wait list. Further instructions.
I cannot register because there is a hold on my record. What do I do?Toggle More InfoVia Gulfline determine the source of the hold and contact the appropriate FGCU office to determine how to resolve the hold.
When should I register for classes?Toggle More InfoAs early as possible. Your priority registration date (based on number of earned hours) can be found on the Academic Calendar. This will give you the best chance of registering for the courses you want at the times you want them. You can change your registration via Gulfline at anytime until the end of the drop/add period at the end of the first week of classes.
Do I need a “C” or better in the courses in my major?Toggle More InfoYou must earn a “C” or better in all Composition & Computation courses, the common course prerequisites for your major, and all the coursework in your major. Remember: a C- is not a C.
How can I check my degree evaluation?Toggle More Info1. Log into Gulfline
2. Click on Student and Financial Aid
3. Click on Student Records
4. Click on Degree Evaluation
Detailed instructions are available in DegreeWorks
What should I do as I near graduation?Toggle More InfoApplications to graduate must be submitted via Gulfline in the term of expected graduation by the deadline noted in the academic calendar.
What is the Excess Hours Surcharge?Toggle More Info
The 2009 State Legislature enacted a student charge for excess hours. For students enrolling in a state university for the first time in or after the fall 2009 semester, a tuition rate surcharge will be applied for credit hours that exceed 120% of the completion requirements for the chosen degree program. The surcharge will apply to all “excess hours” and will amount to 50% of the tuition rate. For a program that requires 120 credit hours to graduate, all hours that exceed 144 count as excess.
In 2011 the legislature modified the statute and changed the threshold to 115% and a surcharge of 100% of the tuition rate for students entering in fall 2011 and later. For a program that requires 120 credit hours to graduate, all hours that exceed 138 (115% of 120) count as excess.
The law does allow for exceptions to the excess hour surcharge. For example, the courses taken under the following circumstances would not count as excess hours:
- Articulated accelerated credit (e.g. Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, etc.)
- Internship credit
- Certification/recertification and certificate program credits
- Credits withdrawn due to medical or personal hardship
- Credits taken by active-duty military personnel
- Credits required for a dual major
- Remedial and English as a Second Language (ESOL) credit
- Military Science credits in Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs
All students should make every effort to enroll in and complete only those courses that are required for their degree program. Repeating courses, changing majors and adding minors that are not required as part of a major may result in excess hours. Student should regularly review their degree audit and consult with an academic advisor to ensure that they are not enrolling in excess hours.