Undergraduate Academic Advising
Advising Week October 18 - 29, 2021
In response to campus guidelines, undergraduate advising will be conducted in hybrid format for the fall 2021 term. Please read the “Hybrid Advising Procedures” below for up-to-date instructions on advising.
Late advising must be completed by visiting the office hours of one of the Directors of Undergraduate Studies: https://bme.uic.edu/faculty-and-staff/academic-advisors/.
Hybrid Advising Procedures (as of 10/7/2021)
Faculty will be conducting their advising appointments on October 18 through October 29, 2021.
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 18, 2021 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 will send a meeting link or phone number.
During this hybrid semester, some faculty may schedule in-person appointments or provide other instructions so please monitor e-mails closely.
Note: Paper faculty advising forms will not be required. Faculty advisors will complete an online form that will list the courses agreed upon during the appointment. The completed form can be copied to students or by contacting email@example.com. Advising evaluation surveys will be conducted online and are mandatory. The survey link will be emailed 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 emailed to the advisor and then submitted to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org for the director of undergraduate studies’ approval (recommended only for students who are graduating in 2022).
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.
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 biomedical engineering 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 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 (in-person advising only)
During your appointment, make sure that you and your advisor complete the online faculty advising form. 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, make sure that you received an e-mail of the advising form with the list of courses that was approved by your advisor.
Advisor evaluations are conducted online. You will receive a link by email to complete the online advisor evaluation survey approximately 24 hours after your advising form was submitted. The survey takes less than one minute, and responses are 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 biomedical engineering advisor and complete an advising form. There will be no exceptions.
Note: See the Undergraduate Student Resources page for a full selection of links.
- Biomedical engineering major course catalog page
- Biomedical engineering minor course catalog page
- Bioinformatics major course catalog page (coming soon)
- Biomedical engineering 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.