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Our Student Handbook provides a resource for students seeking information regarding Natural Sciences student services, advising information, academic programs, college and university resources, student organizations, college academic policies and procedures and a little help from current students!  

Access our handbook here: CNS Student Handbook

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Spring 2020 UT Registration Information

Please review the following information regarding your Spring 20 UT registration.  It is your responsibility to review and verify that your schedule is correct before the 12th class day.

Verify your schedule here: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/registration/classlist.WBX

1st through 4th class day               1/21/20 through 1/24/20

Adds and drops may be done online.

5th through 12th class day             1/27/20 through 2/5/20


A registered student wanting to add a class should go to the department offering the class. Adds are at the discretion of the department offering the course. Payment for added classes must be received by 5 pm, 12th class day. You should verify your registration record on or before the 12th class day. Late adds on or after the 12th class day are only approved if there is a documented administrative or departmental error.  


Drops may be done online. The online registration system closes at 5 pm on the 12th class day, Wednesday 2/5/20. Drops initiated after 5 pm on 2/5/20 will indicate a Q on your transcript and no refund will be given.

Change Grade Status. Change to pass or fail or back to letter grade online. 


If you wish to drop all your courses, this must be done in person, WCH 1.106. A physical form of photo ID is required, either UT or government-issued. You must also schedule an appointment to meet briefly with a nonacademic counselor. Refund schedule is below and is printed in the Course Schedule. No refunds will be given after the 20th class day 2/17/20.

Withdrawals Refund % 

During the 1st through 5th class days        80%

During the 6th through 10th class days      70%  

During the 11th through 15th class days    50%

During the 16th through 20th class days    25%

After the 20th class day                              None 



Students on probation that withdraw after the 20th class day will be automatically placed on dismissal.

For any further general queries or questions on our college policies, see our Student Handbook linked near the top of the page.





Revisions are ongoing until June 8th, 2020.  



Last year's OA Team:




Felipe C.


Major: Chemistry
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Everyone should go to Longhorns: Beyond the Surface. This show talks about social justice issues and diversity on campus. This version of the show last year during my orientation session literally changed my life, and this year I had the privilege of being part of the cast and being on the committee that produced the show!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: I think that being a student at UT is the perfect balance of being a part of a huge university and also being able to connect with smaller cohorts. Longhorns are able to say that they are a part of a very competitive and prestigious university while being able to be part of smaller communities that empower you to change the world.

Hamza A.


Major: Biology
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: My favorite part of orientation is conversing with and interacting with new students as they are trying to figure out what they want to take away from their next four years on the 40 Acres.
Favorite thing(s) about UT: My favorite aspect of UT is all the opportunity it holds. If you want to research you can do that here, if you want to get involved and become a student leader you can do that, if you want to study abroad, or study outside your major and take a class from nationally ranked programs you can do that here at The University of Texas.

Janette C.


Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Keeping Up With Bevo :a Dash of UT Traditions ( I come out in the show ;) *hint hint)
Favorite thing(s) about UT: Diversity, School Spirit, Opportunities, and of course our beautiful tower

 Joe L.


Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Keeping Up With Bevo :a Dash of UT Traditions ( I come out in the show ;) *hint hint)
Favorite thing(s) about UT: Diversity, School Spirit, Opportunities, and of course our beautiful tower

 John G.


Major: Chemistry and Economics
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Check out Longhorns: Beyond the Surface!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: Definitely the people.

 Josh S.


Major: Biology
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Come check out "Keeping up with Bevo: A Dash of UT Tradition" because we all need a laugh after a long day...I might make a cameo appearance too!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: I love that UT has so many amazing things to offer to its students.  There are countless opportunities for students to discover their interests, prepare professionally, meet new people, network, and change the world.

 Katie H.


Major: Nutrition
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: A cool thing to check out during orientation is all the amazing evening programs.
Favorite thing(s) about UT: My favorite thing about UT is the diverse student population and the excitement of living in Austin, where there is never a dull moment.

Zoi T.


Major: Environmental Science - Geology Track
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Check out the Longhorns: Beyond the Surface Program. It was the show that truly made me feel like I belonged at UT.
Favorite thing(s) about UT: Exploring campus! The 40 Acres is beautiful and sometimes when I wander (get lost) I'll find a secret garden or another gym.

Laura T.


Major: Biology and English
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Be sure to check out the show "Keeping Up With Bevo: A Dash of UT Tradition"! It's a great chance to be entertained and to learn cool things about UT that you might not learn otherwise!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: My favorite part of UT is the turtle pond! It's a great place to read or study, and the turtles are adorable. I even watched one lay eggs one time!

 Amber M.


Major: Human Development & Family Sciences and Biology
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: My favorite Orientation program is definitely Longhorns Beyond the Surface. It highlights a lot of the really awesome differences among UT students and all of the opportunities here to celebrate our strengths and diversities while recognizing our amaxing talents that make us all Longhorns.
Favorite thing(s) about UT: I love UT because I have the ability and resources to explore all of my interests and begin my path to changing the world!

Daniel R.


Major: Social Work
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: For incoming students, the large UT campus may seem a bit intimidating, especially when picking out classes and ensuring a reasonable walk from one location to another. I would recommend just taking a look around campus and exploring the buildings. Get acclimated to your surroundings and don't be afraid to ask questions. Explore campus on your own, with a group or on a tour and get a first hand look at what the university has to offer!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: My favorite thing about UT is that it offers an interesting aura to university life. It is a large and prestigious institution and one is in complete control of the college experience they wish to have during their time on the Forty Acres. From classes to extracurriculars to internships, your college experience is completely in your hands at the University of Texas at Austin.

Alice C.


Major: Public Health and Sociology
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: Longhorns: Beyond the Surface program!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: All the different people I can meet! And that there are amazing things happening on campus all the time and I get to be a part of it!

Anthony T.


Major: Undeclared/ Pre-Pharmacy
Thing(s) to check out at Orientation: I would check out Tex Flix  for a good laugh!
Favorite thing(s) about UT: There's so much to do in Austin and you get so much freedom here.



Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact us!



Revisions are ongoing until June 8th, 2020.  


Common AP/IB Transfer Credit:


We recommend waiting until you meet with your academic advisor at orientation to determine which credits you can claim for your AP/IB scores.  Follow up with your academic advisor may be required for summer AP/IB submissions.

We also recommend students wait until meeting with their advisor to take the ALEKS chemistry assessment as refunds are not an option for the ALEKs preparation package. 


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CNS Core Recommendations:


All students pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University must complete the forty-two-hour statewide core curriculum. 

Below is the list of available options for coursework that you will be able to discuss during your advising meeting at orientation. 

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 CNS Sample Schedules:


The College of Natural Sciences would like to reassure you that you will be able to enroll in the courses needed to keep you on track for graduation.  

We highly recommend being as flexible as possible regarding your schedule options to reduce possible anxiety about your fall registration & classes.

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Click here for CNS Orientation Information

Stop and Watch:


Please watch these instructional videos to learn how to navigate the resources that are available for you at the University of Texas at Austin.

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 CNS Math Options:


Every College of Natural Sciences student is required to purchase the Math Readiness Package and take the UT Math Assessment (UTMA) by June 1st.  You will discuss your UTMA results during your academic advising appointment.

The UTMA is designed to determine the calculus course that best fits your needs and abilities.  Nobody fails this assessment because it is simply an indicator of your high school calculus preparation. 

UT Austin has the resources for pre-calculus and calculus learning opportunities to assist you in your success.


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 Important Links & Dates:


A Quick Response (QR) code consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera that points to a website or application.

To access QR codes, open your camera on your smartphone or device and hover over the code. 


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Video Transcript for Academic Advising Module in Canvas:


Ten days before your orientation session, New Student Services will send you an email with an invitation for your orientation materials.  This email will include your action items to complete, provide information to prepare you for your remote orientation experience, and include specific information for the College of Natural Sciences.

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