Preparing for your

Academic Advising


A Quick Guide


  1. Review the degree plan for your major so you understand the 'big picture' of your degree.
  2. Review the road map for your major so you can see what courses your major department recommends for you for the upcoming semester.
  3. Be sure you check the recommendations for the CURRENT semester as well as for LAST semester to make sure you are caught up! For example, if you missed a class last semester that you should have taken, prioritize registering for that class NEXT semester.
  4. Create a “Plan A” schedule that conforms with your major's road map for the next semester. That is, write down the 4 to 6 (or more) classes you need for next semester. You should write down BOTH the course designation and title – that is, CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I (as an example) and not just “General Chemistry I.” Use this form as a template!
  5. Create a “Plan B” schedule that includes AT LEAST two ‘fallback’ courses for which you can register if any of your Plan A courses are full by the time you register for next semester. In other words, if you plan to take ENGL 1302, CHEM 1312, HIST 1301, and BIOL 2301, but when you register, ENGL 1302 is completely full -- what else can you take (and come back to ENGL 1302 in a future semester)? That is your "Plan B!"
  6. If you are not sure what to use for your "Plan B," a good place to draw Plan B courses is from the UTRGV Core Curriculum because those courses are certain to apply towards your degree regardless of your major. (Just be sure that your degree does not require you to take certain core courses over others -- this information is in your degree plan!)