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.
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.CNAS to CHASS Transition Workshop Schedule - TBAFor assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. A CNAS to BCOE transition student must meet with the Undeclared/College Advisor assigned to their alpha-split, as noted below:
Schedule a Transition Advising Meeting
- To schedule an appointment or to view drop-in availability, visit http://myadvising.ucr.edu.
Click on “Search"
Choose “Academic Advising” in the drop-down list
For "Consultant," choose the appropriate advisor for your intended transition:
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.
Here are some 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
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CNAS Transition Peer Mentors
Meet the CNAS Transition Peer Mentors who are available to assist students transitioning to a different college. Click on the student's photo to read more about their experience transitioning to their current majors.
Kathryn Aquino - Psychology
I am currently a third-year Psychology major hoping to pursue a career in the field of research. Prior to my transition, I was a Neuroscience major convinced that this route was the best fit and would encompass most of my academic interests. As I carried out the first year of my undergraduate career, I soon realized that I was not making the level of progress I had envisioned for myself. It was difficult to process that the major I had felt so strongly about was soon becoming quite taxing to achieve for myself in many respects. Upon reflection, I was able to draw back to my experiences having taken college psychology courses back in high school and only then had I discovered my genuine passion. With the support of the Transition Peer Mentor Program I was successful in my transition from CNAS to CHASS throughout the entirety of my second year here at UCR. Since then I have developed a greater sense of comfort and enjoyment in the courses I am taking, as well as an elevated level of confidence in my ability to obtain a degree in Psychology.
Jasmine Murillo - Psychology
I am currently a fourth-year psychology major with the goal of becoming a physician assistant that specializes in pediatrics. Prior to entering college, I always knew I wanted to have a career in the health field; however, I also knew that I did not particularly enjoy science enough to pursue it for the rest of my life. Despite my feeling, I entered UCR as a Biochemistry major. Soon enough, I found myself disliking my classes, having little motivation to learn the material, and struggling academically. On a limb, I took a psychology class during the last quarter of my second-year and found myself excited to read the text, attend lectures, and study. Yet, I was scared of the feedback I would receive from my family and friends as I transitioned to a CHASS major. Furthermore, I could not overcome the feeling of disappointment I had about abandoning the plan I had laid out for myself. It was through the CHASS Transitioning Peer Mentor program that I found other people who had experienced the same feelings as me, yet managed to make it to the other side and be successful. It was through this program that I realized I could still accomplish my goal without being a science major. I found a support system that guided me during this difficult time in my life and walked me through the process. The Transition Peer Mentor program eased my anxiety, helped me release the feeling of failure, and made me realize that change, although, scary, can be the best thing to ever happen. Best of all - they made me realize despite being an "adult", I didn't have to embark on life alone - they were always there to help me when I needed someone the most. As a peer mentor, I hope to help others, like me, realize that a change in direction can be the best thing to ever happen. In addition, I hope to be that support system for them as they embark on the path of finding their passion.
Melanie Mooangprang - Psychology
Hello! My name is Melanie and I am currently a third-year Psychology major. After undergrad, I plan to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. As I began my college career as a Biology major in hopes of going to medical school and becoming a doctor, I had discovered that I was not enjoying the courses and lost interest in the field of study. Although this was the case, I still wanted to pursue a field of work that allowed me to communicate with people and assist them in working towards good health. I decided to take a course in Psychology during my second year of college and knew that it was the field of study that I was passionate about right away. As I became more familiar with psychology, I have discovered that Clinical Psychology is an interest of mine as well. With the many conflicts that arose during my transition in relation to pressure and worry, I was still able to confidently transition from CNAS to CHASS knowing that I was doing the right thing for myself and my future with the help of my advisors and peer mentors. With that being said, I am looking forward to helping other students during their transition, especially in making them feel confident and proud in pursuing their passions!
Genevieve Vasquez - Art History
I am currently a third-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 is 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 in this world and hopefully through this program I can provide support to those around me who needed a little extra help, just like I needed.