CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

Transition Advising

CNAS Transition Advising

The mission of the CNAS Transition Advising Program is to provide specialized high-touch academic advising and programming to UCR students who are transitioning out of CNAS due to lack of progress towards a CNAS degree, or realizing a potential for better major fit outside of their current college.  The Transition Advisor, along with Transition Peer Mentors and academic advisor liaisons from other UCR colleges, will guide, motivate, and provide academic resources to all CNAS transition students in an effort to encourage them to “Choose To Succeed.” 

What is Transition Advising?

As a CNAS student, you may find yourself in a situation where a CNAS major no longer fits your academic plan, either by choice or due to academic challenges. Transition Advising is way to help you navigate the process of switching majors into CHASS. 

If you have decided that a science major is not for you, or if you are Undeclared and will not meet any CNAS Change of Major criteria by the time you reach 75 units, you may benefit from meeting with the Transition Advisor, who will assist you in creating a transition plan to move forward outside of CNAS.


What to Expect During Transition Meetings
  1. Your initial transition meeting will be most effective as a scheduled appointment, rather than a drop-in session.  Drop-in sessions are only 15 minutes long, whereas appointments may last up to 45 minutes.  During your initial transition meeting, there is a lot to cover, so drop-in sessions are only recommended for follow-up meetings.  To schedule an appointment with the Transition Advisor, Elizabeth Jimenez, visit http://myadvising.ucr.edu.  When selecting the reason for the appointment, please choose “Transition Advising.”
  2. During the initial meeting, the Transition Advisor will discuss with you the details of your current situation and help you develop a Transition Plan, which will include your options for continued academic success, an outline of appropriate next steps, major and career exploration, petition instructions (if applicable), etc.
  3. If needed, the Transition Advisor may schedule a follow-up appointment for you. 
  4. At the end of the meeting or shortly after, you might be given a Transition Plan to keep for your reference,depending on the complexity of your transition.
  5. Once you make a successful transition into a new academic career, you will be prompted to complete a brief post-transition advising survey.


CNAS to CHASS Transition Workshops

The CNAS Transition Advisor and the CNAS Transition Liaison from the CHASS Student Affairs Office hold quarterly workshops that allow CNAS students who are interested in CHASS to see what majors CHASS has to offer.  Please see the Transition Advisor for more information on upcoming workshops.


CNAS to BCOE Transition Program

CNAS students working towards BCOE only have 1 year from the time they start at UCR to meet Change of Major criteria for the BCOE major they'd like to switch to or they will have to remain in a CNAS major.  Please check back on here for more information about the transition process to BCOE.  Please see the Transition Advisor for more information. 


Transition Peer Mentors

Transition Peer Mentors who have experienced a CNAS to CHASS transition first-hand and who are successful and happy in their new respective majors in CHASS work with the Transition Advisor to provide you with trustworthy guidance.  Not only will the Peer Mentors share their success stories with you to encourage a positive outlook during what could be a stressful time for you, but they will also provide you with effective and believable one-on-one mentoring into the world of CHASS. They will recommend campus resources based on your needs and will assist you beyond your initial meeting with the Transition Advisor.

If you are a current CNAS transition student and would like the guidance of a Transition Peer Mentor, please email the Transition Advisor, Elizabeth Jimenez (elizabeth.jimenez@ucr.edu).   If you have not yet had an initial transition meeting with Elizabeth, you are required to schedule one before you are assigned to a Transition Peer Mentor. 


Peer Mentor 2017-2018:
FridaFrida Montoya: Transition: Biology → Public Policy Law (Family and Policy Institutions) with a Business Administration Minor

“I am currently a 4th year student interested in learning how politics plays a role in the health industry; with the ultimate goal of becoming a well-rounded Nurse Practitioner. Even before my transition, I knew that I still wanted to pursue my path on the medical field-- the new task at hand was merely figuring out the new path I would have to take to get there. Without the Peer Mentor Transitioning Program, it would have been extremely difficult for me to find the resources and individuals to whom I would have needed to communicate with on my own for my transition. In addition, I would have most likely not graduated in 4 years-- like I am now. I am truly grateful for this program because it enabled a smooth transition into CHASS for me, which seemed intimidating at first. The CNAS transitioning process allowed me to become more open-minded to the idea that change is not always bad, but a form of understanding and adapting to the inner growth we oftentimes encounter at the college level.”  



Contact Us
Elizabeth Jimenez, Transition Advisor
CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
1223 Pierce Hall
(951) 827-1765
Schedule a Transition Advising Meeting
  1. To schedule an appointment or to view drop-in availability, visit http://myadvising.ucr.edu.

  2. Click on “Search 

  3. Choose “Academic Advising” in the drop-down list

  4. Choose “Elizabeth Jimenez” as the Consultant

  5. Select the date range of your desired appointment and click “Search”

  6. Green time slots are available appointment times that you may click on as your transition advising meeting time

  7. When selecting a “Reason” for your appointment, please choose “Transition Advising”

  8. Include the phone number that you would like Elizabeth to reach you at in case of rescheduling.

  9. In the Notes section, please explain what you would like to focus on in your appointment.

  10. Click Save.  You will receive an email confirmation as a reminder of your appointment.

  11. Please be on time.  After 15 minutes into the appointment, you will be considered a No-Show and will need to reschedule.  If you know you will be late or absent, please email Elizabeth or call the front desk (951) 827-7294.



CHASS Transition Liaison – a CHASS Undeclared Advisor who works in partnership with the CNAS Transition Advisor for all programs and issues regarding transition

Please check back later for the contact information for the CHASS Transition Liaison.  In the meantime, feel free to contact the CNAS Transition Advisor, Elizabeth Jimenez (elizabeth.jimenez@ucr.edu) for more information about transitioning to CHASS.

Other important resources to help you narrow your list options for your new major:

CHASS Majors and Major Change Criteria
BCOE Majors and Major Change Criteria
Health Professions Advising Center
Academic Resource Center
UCR Counseling Center
UCR Career Center
Careers In Your Major
UCR Student Affairs Case Manager


Transition Calendar


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Advising Center Information

CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising
1223 Pierce Hall

Regular office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tel: (951) 827-7294 or (951) 827-3102
Fax: (951) 827-2243 or (951) 827-2798
E-mail: cnasstudent@ucr.edu