Undergraduate Advising

Academic advising services are currently being provided remotely through Zoom and email*. There are no in-person appointments. Remote advising will continue until further notice.

*Email advising is for brief questions (e.g. course clarification, Degree Audit questions, etc.) For more in depth questions, make a Zoom advising appointment (see below) for petitions, change of major, career and professional planning, etc.

Who is my Advisor?

Student Last Name Begins with:

Advisor Contact


Cynthia Sain

Schedule a Zoom Advising Appointment

Zoom walk in timesno appointment needed


Zoom scheduled appointment times:
9:00am – 11:30am

Walk-in Zoom times:
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Walk-in Zoom times:
9:00am – 11:30am

Zoom scheduled appointment times:
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Walk-in Zoom times:
9:00am – 11:30am

Zoom scheduled appointment times:
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Scheduled Zoom times:
9:00am – 11:30am

Friday: Email advising only (for brief questions)


Shaura Thomas

Schedule a Zoom Advising Appointment

Zoom walk in timesno appointment needed

Monday: 9am – 11:30am

Tuesday: 9am – 11:30am

Wednesday: 1pm – 3pm
Friday: Email advising only (for brief questions)

Virtual Peer Advising

Chemical Engineering Peer Advisor Information (ChEPA)

Attend a ChEPA Group Advising Session to get your advising hold removed – 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!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

A: Chemical Engineering advisors can only clear departmental advising holds.  

To clear an advising hold, complete a copy of your ChE Curriculum Plan (131, 134) and email your assigned advisor from your Gatorlink email and include your UF ID number. Failure to do so will delay response time.

If it is a different hold (e.g. Immunization, Violence Prevention, Ready, Set, Work, Local Contact, etc.) check the hold on ONE.UF. Select the hold for removal instructions.

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 BSChE 131cr – for admission after summer B 2019 or BSChE 134cr for admission prior to summer A 2019).
  2. Discuss course load/course sequence with your assigned advisor and/or ChE Peer Advisors (see more contact information above).

***Note: Review any changes to your course schedule with your assigned 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: For Chem E classes, you need to follow the critical sequence shown in your Curriculum plan (BSChE 131 or BSChE 134). Failing to follow this sequence will result in not complying with the pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements (prerequisite error). If you are complying with the critical sequence, please check the UF catalog to make sure you are complying with any non-ChemE course pre-requisites. If you are complying, please email your assigned advisor from your Gatorlink 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 and co-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 ONE.UF. If the class is listed, then contact your assigned advisor from your Gatorlink 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 Gatorlink email, please send your assigned advisor the completed form and required documentation (e.g. personal statement, plan of work, etc.). Include pertinent information about your petition/form in your email. Please remember to include your UF ID and a working phone number in case additional information is needed. Your form will be signed electronically and returned to you via email. 

Petition examples: hardship, international (I-20 extension), enrollment (verification, less than full-time), Bright Futures, etc. Petitions for violating pre- or co- reqs will not be approved.

Note: Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress petitions are now online. Start at

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 ONE.UF. Hours and a list of all courses are included. 

Q: I don’t know what courses to take next semester. 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). Use the Undergraduate Catalog to see a general semester plan. Click on the link 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 have reviewed all of these resources and still have questions, send an email to your assigned advisor.   

Q: I need Technical Electives. What can I take?

A: Technical Elective information and a course list are available on the ChE Advising Canvas page through UF E-Learning.

Note: There are two types of technical electives. You must take a minimum of 3 credits of Chemical Engineering Technical Elective (ChE TE) course work from the Department of Chemical Engineering. The additional minimum 9 credits of Technical Elective (TE) may be taken from 3XXX+ level quantitative course work offered through science, mathematics, or engineering. Detailed information is available on the ChE Advising Canvas site.

Q: I’m thinking about getting a minor. What are some of the most beneficial minors to match with Chemical Engineering?

A: You can use up to 9 credits of your 12 credit Technical Elective BSChE requirement for course work outside your major. Think of science, math or engineering fields of interest (Food Science, Packaging Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, etc.). Start with a class that will meet the Technical Elective requirement.

Note: Coursework for the Biomolecular Engineering minor, offered through the Chemical Engineering department, will satisfy 3 credits of the Chemical Engineering Technical Elective (ChE TE) and 6 credits of the 9 credit Technical Elective (TE) requirement for the BSChE major.  

Current ChemE majors: For questions not answered in the preceding text, please email your assigned advisor from your Gatorlink email, include your UF ID number, and concise information about your question. It is our intention to return your email within 48 hours. Please be patient and do not send multiple emails during peak advising times. Multiple emails will delay our response time.


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 degree and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. 


Cynthia SainCynthia Sain

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
262 CHE-SC
(Chemical Engineering Student Center)
PO Box 116005
Phone : (352) 392-0095
Fax : (352) 392-9513

About Cynthia: 
Cynthia has served as the first University of Florida (UF) Chemical Engineering (ChE) academic advisor beginning in 2003. She earned an MS in Leadership Development from UF. She holds certification in Mental Health First Aid and Group Facilitation. Cynthia was named “Advisor of the Year” by the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, has been 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 2000 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 has scheduled more than 50 industrial speakers for the ChE Undergraduate Seminar Series. 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. She currently teaches a section of SLS 1102 First Year Florida.

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

About Shaura:

Before coming to UF, Shaura served as an academic advisor at Santa Fe College for 11 years. Throughout her tenure, she created the Advising Toolbox that assisted with the onboarding of program advisors from multiple departments across campuses and educational centers, developed the College Success virtual degree audit presentation, produced the Academic Advisement Center newsletter, and served on multiple committees such as Petitions, Screening, Advising Council, Student Development and Leadership, One Advising Professional Workgroup, Policy Review, and Digital Learning Plan.

In 2017 and 2020, Shaura won the Excellence in Advising Award. She has presented at the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) on the topic of “Using Assessment Findings To Improve Practice.” Shaura is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Shaura is a Double Gator earning her Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences and a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education. She is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and completed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida (USF).

Her primary responsibility is to lead programs to recruit, support, and retain transfer students. As a First-Generation and transfer student, Shaura understands what it is like to be the first in your family to attend college, the process of transferring to a big university, and ‘figuring it all out’ as you go. It is her goal to make each student feel welcomed into the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Gator Nation.


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