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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
  • 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 a Transition Advisor, please see "Schedule a Transition Advising Meeting" section below.
  • 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.
  • If needed, the Transition Advisor may schedule a follow-up appointment for you. 
  • 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.
  • Once you make a successful transition into a new academic career, you will be prompted to complete a brief post-transition advising survey.

Transition Peer Mentors

Meet the Transition Peer Mentors working with the CNAS Transition Advisor for this academic year.   Transition Peer Mentors are available to assist students who are considering switching colleges or those who are in the process of transitioning.  Learn more about their experience below.

Transition Peer Mentor Vincent
I am currently a third year student working on getting my business economics degree. My interests lie within the expanding gaming world and how economics effects the industry. Originally I thought I had to be some sort of computer programmer in order to even have a chance of being involved with video games. However, through the transition process I was able to see that there are many different ways to achieve this goal. Although I did not participate in the Peer Mentor Transitioning Program I did have some guidance that allowed me to realize that transitioning from CNAS to CHASS was the right path for me to take. Since my transition I could not be happier with my major."
Vincent Guzman
Business Economics
Transition Peer Mentor Genevieve
I am currently a second year student here at UCR, taking on my dream of working with Art History. Before my transition into CHASS I was a Math major interested in working with high school students and helping them understand the joy in facing challenges head-on. Although I started my path wanting to help out youth, by the middle of my first year I began feeling like I did not fit in. Changing majors from a seemingly well-promising one to one many people did not approve of was the hardest challenge I had to face. Not only because of my own self-doubts but also the doubts of those around me. I did not have a support system, even after having expressed to my friends and family that this was my passion. This made one of the hardest times in my life even harder. I struggled and fought with self-consciousness and self-doubt trying to understand why I was putting myself through this, but I have learned that having a liking in something, and having a dream in something are different. That is why I am excited to be a peer mentor and help others who were like me, lost and confused, help identify their dreams. I think everyone deserve to have chance to pursue their passions, and find their own inner happiness. Hopefully I can provide support to those around me who needed a little extra help, just like I needed.
Genevieve Vasquez
Art History
Transition Peer Mentor Kayla
I am a third-year psychology major with the goal of becoming a physical therapist. Since my junior year of high school, I always had my mind set on graduating as a biology major, even though I knew I was interested in Psychology. However, as a biology major, I found that I was struggling and not enjoying my major. If it was not for the Peer Mentor Transitioning Program, I would have never known I could reach my goal without majoring in a science-heavy major. Furthermore, without the program, I would have been terrified throughout the process of changing majors. Change is scary and new, especially as a new adult out on her own. I am so thankful for this program because it eased my fears and made me feel more confident in myself. It showed me that there is no one or right way to pursue what you want.”
Kayla Dickens
Transition Peer Mentor Negia
I am currently a third year pre-med student and am planning to do a postbac program after college. My transition from CNAS to CHASS took place during the last quarter of sophomore year. Coming into UCR, my utmost goal was to graduate with a degree in biology and go into medical school. As time moved on, certain circumstances in my life made this goal harder to obtain. Although I still remain determined to get into medical school, I realized that Sustainability Studies was the better option for me and was put into the transition program. The transition process helped me figure out my plan and gave me endless resources in order to do so. Eventually, I transitioned into CHASS as a Sustainability Studies major and am thankful for the easy transition and overall opportunities that the Peer Mentor Transition program has given me. Aside from the opportunities it has given me, this program has made me more open-minded and accepting of obstacles that come and go throughout our lifetime.
Negia Gamboa
Sustainability Studies

Additional Transition Advising Information

  • 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 Process

    Students pursuing majors in BCOE must be eligible to declare a BCOE major within their first year of residency.  For most students, this means the end of their Spring quarter of Freshmen year. 

    Students who place into ARC 35 or MATH 6A should hold off on meeting with the Transition Advisor until successful completion of MATH 6B with a C- grade or higher.

    Students must pass all BCOE major change course requirements on their first attempt.  Students who do not pass on the first attempt will no longer be eligible to pursue a major in BCOE and must declare a CNAS major.  Grades below a C- are not permitted for major change criteria.

    Students are required to meet quarterly with the CNAS Transition Liaison to monitor progress towards BCOE majors.

    Students with remaining questions should contact the Transition Advisor.

  • Schedule a Transition Advising Meeting
    • Click on “Search" 

    • Choose “Academic Advising” in the drop-down list

    • For "Consultant," choose the advisor based on your last name from the list below:

      • Katie Smith: A - F
      • Kia Herron: G - M
      • Johanna Navarrte: N - T
      • Denise Correll: U - Z
    • Select the date range of your desired appointment and click “Search”

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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 call the front desk (951) 827-7294.

  • Transition Resources
  • Contact Us

    CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    1223 Pierce Hall
    (951) 827-7294