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SUMMER ORIENTATION 2021

WELCOME!

Welcome to all of our incoming Bioscience Longhorns! This site contains important information and tasks for incoming freshmen and transfer students to complete before, during, and after your online orientation session.

  • You can stay up-to-date with general UT orientation information here.
  • Make sure to view all of the general CNS orientation presentations and handouts here.
  • Follow us on social media (@CNS_Advising) during your orientation week for a chance to win CNS swag: Instagram and Twitter

CNS Orientation Giveaway 2021 image with t-shirt: Follow us on social media (@CNS_Advising) during your orientation week for a chance to win CNS swag: Instagram and Twitter with links to social media accounts 

Before Orientation

VIEW OUR ORIENTATION PRESENTATIONS

Watch and listen to our additional Bioscience-specific orientation presentations below. You can also read accessible transcripts provided for each.

Please watch or read the following:

  1. Orientation Presentation #1 (Introduction and Building Your Schedule)
  2. Calculus Requirements For Your Major
  3. Orientation Presentation #2 (Using the Course Schedule and How to Register)

These presentations will address Bioscience degree options, entry-level course requirements, building your schedule, calculus requirements, registration information, resources, and more!

TAKE THE UTMA

All incoming CNS students are required to purchase and take the UT Math Assessment. The exam is proctored via video and must be completed in one sitting.

SET UP A ZOOM ACCOUNT

Use your UT EID to set up a Zoom account through UT. You will attend orientation events, small group meetings, and your advising appointment via Zoom. Test your audio and video capabilities with a friend or family member to make sure you can see and hear everything. For troubleshooting Zoom during your scheduled advising appointment, please see the guidelines here.

DURING ORIENTATION

ATTEND SCHEDULED EVENTS

Attend all required events for freshman or transfer orientation. Optional events are also a great way to get plugged in on campus and learn about all of the opportunities available to you as a student at UT!

ATTEND YOUR SCHEDULED ADVISING SESSION

You will receive a Zoom link to join your advising session at a scheduled time via email (check your spam folder if you don't see yours in your inbox!). During this 1-on-1 session, your advisor will help you choose classes for the fall semester based on your major, professional goals, and applicable AP scores or transfer credit. 

For troubleshooting Zoom during your scheduled advising appointment, please see the guidelines here.

USE THE COURSE SCHEDULE

Look at the Fall 2021 course schedule to see which courses are being offered and which sections are currently open. After your advising appointment, you will need to use the course schedule to find unique numbers to plug into the registration system when your registration time opens up. Class locations on the course schedule are subject to change and some courses may be offered in-person, hybrid, or online.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Check your RIS page to see when your registration time becomes available and use the unique numbers for the courses you planned with your advisor to register for courses. For step-by-step instructions on registering for classes, watch this video.

Register with your 98 number that includes your FIG seminar, CH 301, and BIO 311C first. Students in the FRI program will register with a 99 number that will include an NSC 109 seminar in place of UGS 018. Then add additional unique numbers for courses you're attempting to register for.

If you need registration help, your advisor will be available to help via Zoom. This Zoom link will be provided to you in an email after your advising appointment.

Familiarize yourself with common schedules for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Freshman Sample Schedule

Freshman Schedule with FIG (Freshman Interest Group)

UGS 018 — First-Year Interest Group

CH 301 — Principles of Chemistry I

        BIO 311C — Introductory Biology I

UGS 302/303 — Core Signature Course

4-hour Calculus course or additional 3-hour Core course

**You should aim to register for 12-13 hours during your registration window to reach full-time status.**

Freshman Schedule with FRI (Freshman Research Initiative)

NSC 109 — Topics in Research Methods - FRI

CH 301 — Principles of Chemistry I

        BIO 311C — Introductory Biology I

UGS 302/303 — Core Signature Course

4-hour Calculus course or additional 3-hour Core course

**You should aim to register for 13-14 hours during your registration window to reach full-time status.**

BE FLEXIBLE

The goal of registration is for you to enroll in courses you need to get started on your degree. Sections offered at your preferred times or taught by your ideal professor may close during registration. You will need to be flexible! After your advising appointment, use the Course Schedule to find multiple unique numbers of open sections for your desired courses. Be prepared with several backups. You will have an opportunity to attempt to shift your schedule around during the Add/Drop Period at the beginning of the semester.

AFTER ORIENTATION

PAY YOUR TUITION

Pay your tuition by 5 p.m. the day of your deadline (you can find it on your “My Tuition Bill” page) so you don’t get dropped from your classes! If you are paying with financial aid, be sure to read the Office of Financial Aid’s FAQs. Apply for a Tuition Loan to cover your costs, if necessary.

TAKE THE ALEKS CHEMISTRY ASSESSMENT

If you registered for CH 301/301H for Fall 2021, you must take the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment and score an 85% to secure your registration in the course. You will need to complete this assessment before the first class day. This assessment takes 1.5-2 hours and must be completed in one sitting. Register and find more information here.

VISIT THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS OFFICE + CAREER SERVICES WEBSITES

If you are thinking about applying for medical school, dental school, or any other pre-health professional school after graduation from UT, you will have access to the Health Professions Office for pre-health advising services. You can take a look at the resources on their website, where they have put together everything from prerequisite lists to DIY planning guides for you to use.

If you're not sure what you'd like to do with your degree after graduation, you can get an idea of what other Bioscience graduates from UT have gone on to do using the resources for your major put together by CNS Career Services. They also have guides to help students who are planning to apply to graduate school.


Troubleshooting ZOOM

SET UP ZOOM WITH YOUR UT EID

Use the IT@UT Zoom setup instructions here if you're having trouble. Using your UT EID to set up your account will allow you to access UT meetings and events.

TEST YOUR AUDIO AND VIDEO

Use Zoom's audio settings to test your audio and microphone through Zoom's audio settings (access by clicking on the arrow next to the Mute button).

Practice calling a friend or family member (they do not need to have a UT Zoom account) to make sure you can see and hear everything. You will attend various events, including your advising appointment, via Zoom and it's important to make sure these things are working!

Ask your Orientation Advisor (OA) for help during your small group meetings if they cannot hear or see you.

EXIT/QUIT ZOOM AND REJOIN THE MEETING

Sometimes audio problems will resolve themselves if you exit or quit Zoom, reopen Zoom, and attempt to rejoin the meeting.

USE YOUR COMPUTER'S AUDIO

Unplugging your headphones and/or external microphone can resolve some audio problems. Try unplugging these items and see if using your computer's input and output resolves the issue.

CALL INTO YOUR ZOOM APPOINTMENT

If your audio malfunctions during your scheduled advising appointment, you should call into your Zoom appointment using the phone numbers provided on your appointment confirmation email. You can continue to see your advisor's screen so they can share resources with you, but you'll replace your computer's audio with a phone call.


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