Undergraduate Advising

Academic advising services are provided remotely during the COVID-19 emergency. There are no in-person appointments. Remote advising will continue to facilitate social distancing while preserving the same quality of service to our students.

Online Advising Information

Students should follow UF directives and limit in-person contact unless necessary. 

Please consult the following Frequent Advising Issues and Solutions section below before contacting your academic advisor.  

Current ChemE majors: For questions not answered in the following text, please email from your email and include your UF ID number, and concise information about your question. It is our intention to return your email within 48 hours, there may be a longer response time due to these extraordinary circumstances.

Frequent Advising Issues and Solutions

Q:  I have a hold on my account. Can you clear it?

A:  It depends. To clear an advising hold, complete and email to a copy of your ChE Curriculum Plan (131, 134) from your email and include your UF ID number. Include any questions about your summer/fall registration.

If it is another kind of hold, contact the specific department listed in the description of the hold and ask for assistance.

Q:  How do I register?

A: Reference the following resources:

  1. Registration dates and deadlines:
  2. Registration instructions:

Q:  How do I know what classes to take?

A: To choose your classes:

  1. Reference the ChE Curriculum Plan (see link at left)
  2. Discuss course load/course sequence with the academic advisor (see more contact information below) and/or ChE Peer Advisors (see more contact information below)

***Note: Review any changes to your course schedule with the academic advisor to ensure that you remain on track to graduate***

Q:  I am trying to register for a Chemical Engineering course and I’m getting a prerequisite error. What do I do?

A: Please refer to the Course Descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog to find all of our prerequisites.  If after consulting the course description, you feel that the error is incorrect, please email from your email and include your UF ID number, the course you are trying to add, and why you feel the error message is incorrect.

The department policy is that no student can take a class without having had the pre-reqs listed in the Catalog. Class instructors do not have authority to override this policy. There are no exceptions.  

Q:  I am trying to register for a course outside of Chemical Engineering and I’m having a problem.  What do I do?

A:  Contact the department offering the course. Department contact information is available from the UF Homepage.

Q:  I have questions about pre-health requirements, gen eds, foreign language, AP/IB credit, etc., not appearing on my Degree Audit?

A:  Start by checking the Transfer Course section at the bottom of your Degree Audit on If the class is listed, then contact from your email and include your UF ID number, and explain the problem.

If the class is not listed on your Degree Audit, then contact the Admissions Office to determine if your transcript was received.

Q:  I have a petition or other form to be signed. What do I do?

A: From your email, please send the completed form (include additionally required documentation, such as personal statement, plan of work, etc.). Include pertinent information about your petition/form in your email. Please remember to include your UF ID and phone number in case additional information is needed. Your form will be signed electronically and returned to you via email.

Q:  I am concerned about Excess Hours. How do I know how many hours I have remaining?

A: Look at your Excess Hours screen on  Hours and a list of all courses are included. 

Q:  I don’t know what courses to take for summer/fall. Can you help me figure it out? And while we’re at it, can we plan the next few semesters?

A: Refer to your degree audit in ONE.UF to see which courses you have remaining for graduation and compare that to your BSChE Curriculum Plan (131, 134). You can use the Undergraduate Catalog to see a general semester plan. You can click on the hotlinks for any courses in that list to see descriptions and prerequisites. Then go to the online schedule of courses (see and start working out your schedule.  If you’ve checked all of these pages and still don’t know what to do, send us an email and we will try to help.   


Virtual Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Attend a ChEPA Group Advising Session to get your advising hold removed for spring 21 registration –  Time/dates: ChEPA Facebook page (

  • Group Advising is informal, just stop by and chat with peer advisors and other students. Zoom Link:
  • This is a great way to get insider information on course load, course sequence and other issues.
  • Plan out your schedule and your future!
Schedule an Advising Appointment with Cynthia

Zoom Links:
Monday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Tuesday 9:00am – 11:00am

Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am

Thursday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Friday 9:00am – 11:00am

Combination BS/MS Degree Program

Learn about the Combination BS/MS degree program that allows qualified students to simultaneously earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degrees. 

Cynthia SainCynthia Sain
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
262 CHE-SC
(Chemical Engineering Student Center)
PO Box 116005
Phone : (352) 294-2891
Fax : (352) 392-9513
email: About Cynthia: 
Cynthia has served as the first University of Florida (UF) Chemical Engineering (ChE) academic advisor since 2003. She earned an MS in Leadership Development from UF, was named “Advisor of the Year” by the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, was recognized by the college’s Institute for Innovation with an Innovation Award, and recently received the inaugural Career Influencer by the UF C3 Center. For the academic year 2017- 2018, she served as UF west campus Advisor in Residence.Cynthia is the founding Director of ChemE Day, a networking event that has connected over 1,900 students directly with industrial mentors. She is the founding advisor of the Chemical Engineering Peer Advisor Group, this group provides unique student to student insight on academic and professional issues. Cynthia served as the chair for the Engineering Advisory Council (EUAC) Professional Development Committee (2009 – 2011). Under her leadership the committee created the first EG Undergraduate Advisor Certification Program. This program was later used as a launching-point for the UF advisor certification program. As the chair of the EUAC Best Practices Committee (2017) she has worked to create consistent advising practices and a sense of community. She has served on the UF Undergraduate Advising Council (UAC) Preeminence Task Force where she provided qualitative data analysis of preeminence issues in the advising community.Cynthia has scheduled more than 50 industrial speakers for the ChE Undergraduate Seminar Series. She co-developed the ChE Undergraduate Research Program that sponsored student research presentations at the National American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference each fall. Cynthia has shared her professional development enthusiasm by teaching the departmental section of the EGS 1006 Introduction to Engineering and the ECH 4934 Professional Seminar classes.
Shaura ThomasShaura Thomas, M.Ed., GCDF
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

261 CHE-SC
(Chemical Engineering Student Center)
PO Box 116005
Phone : (352) 294-7003
Fax : (352) 392-9513
Spyros Svoronos, Ph.D.Spyros Svoronos, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
264 CHE-SC
PO Box 116005
Phone : (352) 294-2891
Fax : (352) 392-9513


Graduate Advising

Shirley KellyShirley Kelly
Graduate Academic Advisor
263 CHE-SC
PO Box 116005
Phone: (352) 392-4753
Fax: (352) 392-9513
Kirk J. Ziegler, Ph.D.Kirk J. Ziegler, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
261 CHE-SC