Math Center Advising Services
The Math Center provides advising for majors or minors in Mathematics and Statistics & Data Science (SDS). We have several different types of advisors to meet your specific needs. For more information about advising within the Math Department, departmental procedures and resources, appointment and email etiquette and more, see our Advising Syllabus.
Michelle Ort and Laurie Varecka are available for your general advising needs. They provide assistance with issues like declaring the math/SDS major or minor, policy questions, course selection for students in the first few semesters of the major, questions about advisement reports, etc. If you have a question and are not sure whom to ask, they a good place to start.
To ask a question, request an appointment, or view availability for drop-in advising, check out the options in the upper right-hand portion of our help page (Michelle and Laurie have primary responsibility for responding to messages received, but other Math Center staff may also reply, for the best possible response time).
To help you create a course of study best suited to your talents, interests, and goals, faculty members from the Mathematics Department have volunteered to act as advisors for math and SDS majors. As students progress in the major, they are assigned faculty advisors based on their major(s) and emphasis (for math majors). Your advisor will then—and each term thereafter —discuss your educational plans with you and help you set up a program of study. They can provide more helpful information regarding the content and difficulty level of the specialized 400-level courses that you will be taking. For math majors who have selected an emphasis with a flexible fifth 400-level course, the course selection must be approved by the faculty advisor if it is not selected from the pre-approved list; in fact, they will be the one to verify that your math or SDS major is complete when it comes time to graduate. Your faculty advisor is also a source of information about careers and/or graduate school, and may know of research and internship opportunities within the University and across the country. Each semester, students are sent a message before priority registration begins to make sure they know who their faculty advisors are and how to reach them. Please watch for this message from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Science Advising Office is available for math or SDS majors who need to finish their degree checks, who need Dean's permission to withdraw from a course after the deadline (or other petition-related items), or if an urgent matter arises and the Math Center staff are not available. The College of Science Advising Office is located in the Gould–Simpson Building room 1017. If your primary major is not in the math department, please consult with your primary college's advising office for assistance with these issues.
- How to declare a math or SDS major
- How to declare a math or SDS minor
- How to prepare for a graduate program in the mathematical sciences
- Advising Handouts (Four-Year Plans, Advising Sheets, ...)
- Help with UAccess registration features
- How to prepare for Calculus and Precalculus courses at the U of A
- Tips for Success