University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science


Purpose of Academic Advising

The fundamental purpose of academic advising in the Department of Psychological Science is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas.

Familiarize yourself with the purpose of academic advising and the responsibilities of the student and of the advisor in this process.

Seeking Other Sorts of Advising?

student with textbook Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to psychological science. There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Advising in Psychological Science

In general, each psychological science faculty advisor has about 50-60 assigned advisees so we provide here an overview of advising issues to facilitate the process. In general, you can expect a solid advising session to include some or all of the following:'

  • Your faculty advisor will assist you in assessing your progress toward academic and career goals, and help you understand the requirements and policies for your major and degree.
  • Your faculty advisor will respond to your questions related to specific courses that meet your academic goals.
  • You and your advisor can jointly develop an action plan for reaching your academic goals.
  • You and your advisor will discuss your grade point average, and, if appropriate, specific strategies to improve your grade point average.
  • If appropriate, your advisor will help you identify student services on campus that may be particularly appropriate for your needs and interests.
  • Your advisor will help you pursue opportunities for undergraduate honors, research, and internships, should you be interested.
  • Your advisor will listen to and respect the decisions you make regarding your UVM education and career goals but will NOT MAKE THESE DECISIONS FOR YOU OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THESE DECISIONS. THIS RESPONSIBILITY RESTS SQUARELY WITH YOU!

Please consult these three additional references for advising in the Department of Psychological Science:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Advising in Psychology (VIDEO)
  • Getting A Psychological Science Advisor

    You will be assigned a psychological science faculty advisor if you declare psychological science as your major when you first enroll at the University of Vermont. Students who are switching from another major or from "Undecided status" to a psychological science major should declare the psychological science major using the online form. You will then be automatically assigned a psychological science advisor.

    Be sure to contact your new advisor by phone or e-mail to introduce yourself and, if needed, set up an advising appointment. You should meet with your advisor prior to the pre-registration period each semester to discuss your progress towards fulfilling your degree requirements.

    Now that you are a psychological science major, the Department strongly advises that you meet in person at least once per semester with your academic advisor. It is the student's responsibility to schedule and attend the meeting at the agreed upon time. It is important to confer with your psychological science faculty advisor at least once per semester over email or in person while following carefully the College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements and the

    Advice on What Courses to Take

    The online CATS AUDIT (Curriculum and Tracking System) operated through the Registrar's Student SIS access, permits a student to analyze exactly what College, Major, and Minor requirements she or he has fulfilled and which remain unfilled at any point in time. Therefore, BEFORE contacting your advisor, run a CATS audit so that you are aware of your current progress in meeting your program requirements. If you believe that the information in your CATS Audit is incorrect, contact the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office (656-3344).

    UVM Arts and Sciences Dean's Office
    UVM Arts & Sciences Dean's Office

    First Year Course Suggestions
    • In the first semester of your first year, it is best to take PSYS 001 (Introduction to Psychological Science) as this is the gateway course to the Department as well as a prerequisite for 100 level psychological science courses.
    • It is best to take at most two 100 level psychological science courses so you can concentrate on meeting the College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements.
    • Arts & Sciences degree requirements are described on the College of Arts & Sciences' website. Special questions regarding these requirements are best answered by an advisor in the Dean's Office. Just call 656-3344 or stop at 438 Main St. (just behind Waterman Bldg.) and ask to speak to an advisor.
    Second Year Course Suggestions
    • It is important that you take PSYS 053 (Research Methods) the Fall of your second year and PSYS 054 (Statistics for Psychological Science) the Spring of your second year so you can complete the rest of your major requirements in a timely manner. PSYS 053 is the gateway course to the psychological science major and a prerequisite for almost all 200 level psychological science courses.
    • It is also important to take PSYS 053 & 054 during your sophomore year if you plan to study abroad in your junior or senior year so as to guarantee meeting 200 level course prerequisites.

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