Advising How To:

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Schedule an Advising Appointment

Enroll in Research and UTA Credits

Choose the Correct Research Form (1901, 1903, 1904)

Find a Co-Sponsor for External Research

Get a Permission Number

Download Your AAR (Academic Advisement Report)

Fill out a Progress Tracker

Make an Academic Plan

Search for Gen Ed Requirements 

Set up a Swap for a Waitlisted Class

 

Scheduling Advising Appointments:

Please Note: Not all appointment types are available at all times.  Appointment types vary throughout the semester, based on anticipated student needs.

Biology Drop-In Advising (via zoom!)

(Check your email for times/links or email bioadv@pitt.edu for info.)
Biology Advising Drop-In hours are great for quick questions that can be answered in under 5 minutes.  We also have designated drop-in hours with our Biology Peer Advisors.  To discuss long-term plans, complex problems, or have an advising hold lifted, you should sign up for an advising appointment via the Navigate Student app.

10 minute Appointments

Perfect for quick questions or check-ins.  Students may sign up for these 10 minute appointments via the Navigate Student app or website.  Non-majors and prospective students are welcome to make these appointments except during peak enrollment periods (October and March).

General  Advising Appointments 

Designed for in-depth discussions of academic planning, career goals, extracurriculars, and more complex issues.  Students may sign up for these 30 minute appointments via the Navigate Student app or website.  Non-majors and prospective students are welcome to make these appointments except during peak enrollment periods (October and March). 

Pre-Enrollment Appointments

This is a 30-minute appointment designed for planning and discussion of Spring and Summer 2021 scheduling, and for lifting advising holds.  These appointments are reserved for majors only.  

15-Minute Senior Specials

Exclusive for seniors who will graduate in April 2021, this 15-minute appointment offers a quick review of their plan and their advising hold removed.

 

The steps for scheduling appointments have changed slightly.  Download a mobile app called Navigate-Student or access Navigate-Student through myPitt. 

To download the app:

  • Search for “Navigate Student” in the App Store or Google Play Store
  • Once you download the app, you will be prompted to select your school (University of Pittsburgh)
  • You will be asked to sign in with your Pitt username and password
  • You will be asked to authenticate your login using two-factor authentication 
  • You will be prompted to fill out a short survey about your academic experiences and interests
  • Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be able to access it through Pitt Mobile in the “Academic Success” section

To use the web version:

To schedule an appointment:

  • Click on the purple “Appointments” icon at the bottom of the home screen
  • Click the blue “Schedule (or Drop in for) an Appointment” button
  • Choose “Advising” as the type of appointment
  • Start typing “BioSci” as the Service
  • Pick a date for the appointment or leave it as the default
  • Click the blue “Find Availability Time” button
  • Choose how you would like to meet (In-Person or Virtual)
  • Choose the date/time that works for you
  • Be sure to click the “Schedule” button to confirm your appointment

To cancel or re-schedule an appointment:

  • On the Navigate student app, simply go to My Appointments > Upcoming > Click on your Appointment > Cancel Appointment. 
  • Then you can use the link sent to you by your advisor or the app or web version to schedule another appointment

 

Enroll in Research and UTA Credits:

Enrolling in UTA, research or independent study credits?

Follow these simple instructions…

  1. Download a fillable form from the Advising Documents and Forms webpage.
  2. Complete the personal info and project portions, making sure to initial it.
  3. Complete the bottom of the form with your research mentor (and BIOSC co-sponsor for external research labs) – making sure you get all necessary signatures/initials.
  4. Take a picture or screen shot of the completed and initialed form and save it with your name (example: Lastname_BIOSC1690 form).
  5. For Summer 2022: submit completed forms by emailing bioadv@pitt.edu.
  6. For Fall 2022: submit completed forms to the enrollment survey by 3 pm on the last day of Add/Drop (advisors need time to do the enrollment). Please contact bioadv@pitt.edu with questions.

***You must have all signatures or initials on the submitted form to be enrolled.

***If you are doing multiple experiences (for example, UTA and research), you must submit separate surveys for each.

 

Choose the Correct Research Form:

There are three different BIOSC research ‘courses’.  Read a little more about the options here to make sure you choose the correct one! Still have questions?  Email bioadv@pitt.edu to get answers.

1.   BIOSC 1901: Independent Study.  For students choosing to do a biology-related internship at a company (Zoo, Aviary) or just beginning research in a lab where they will be learning the techniques and the project.  This form can be used for working on projects inside or outside the Department of Biological Sciences

2.   BIOSC 1903: Undergraduate Research: For students continuing in research and participating in an independent project.  Students complete different forms for doing research in a lab within the Dept of Biological Sciences (INTERNAL) or in a lab outside of the Dept of Biological Sciences (EXTERNAL)

3.   BIOSC 1904: Undergraduate Honors Research.  Only for students who have been accepted into the BIOSC Dept honors program. Students complete different forms for doing research in a lab within the Dept of Biological Sciences (INTERNAL) or in a lab outside of the Dept of Biological Sciences (EXTERNAL)

 

Find a Co-Sponsor for External Research:

If you already know someone in the Bio Dept., such as someone you might ask for a letter of recommendation at some point, or want to UTA for, then this is a great way to have a secondary relationship with them. Think if there’s anyone like that. 

Or, you can ask a professor you know slightly but would like to interact with more.

Otherwise, we have a “default” faculty who can co-sponsor any student who needs someone. If you are not familiar with our faculty, this could be a good option. You can change to someone else in a later term if it seems to make sense.  Email an advisor for details on our default co-sponsor.

 

Get a Permission Number:

To streamline permission #s (and get them to you quickly!) we have created a Qualtrics form.  Please use this if you need a permission # for a BIOSC course.  For all other courses (CHEM, PHYS, STAT, etc, etc) contact the department offering the course.

https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rdSKsFbCIvHYRE

 

Download Your AAR:

To view or download a copy of your Academic Advisement Report, please refer to the following training document.

Advisement Report - Navigation

 

Fill Out a Progress Tracker:

You can find all of our Progress Trackers here. Click on your major, then "Major Requirements" to access the forms. Be sure to choose the form with the correct General Educaiton Requirements. Once you choose the correct tracker for your intended major, follow these steps to successfully complete it.  Have your AAR handy!

Biological Sciences

Computational Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Microbiology

Molecular Biology - Biochem

Molecular Biology - Cell/Dev

 

Make an Academic Plan:

Take ownership of your path to graduation!  See how all of your requirements fit into your remaining semesters.  Refer to the Master Course List and use the Semester Planner to chart your path to graduation.

 

Search for Gen Ed Requirements

Watch this video to learn how to find a class that satisfies a specific gen ed requirement.

 

Set up a Swap for a Waitlisted Class:

You can use the Swap feature to waitlist a preferred course in your enrollment shopping cart.  This feature will automatically drop a course in which you are enrolled (your second-choice course), allowing you to move off the waitlist and into your preferred course without being stopped by a time conflict. You must set up the swap at the same time that you enroll in your second-choice course.  Follow these instructions.