Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is my academic advisor?
    • Alex Samoy-Alvarado advises students with last names A-K.
    • Rachel Ridlen advises students with last names L-Z.
  2. How much is the NSCS program fee?
    • The NSCS program is $65/semester for the pre-majors and $400/semester for the majors.
  3. How is the program fee used?
    • The program fee for 2015-2016 is allocated as: 73% support staff, 18% financial aid, 5% student services and 4% operating expenses. The financial aid portion goes back to students in the pre-major or major programs with unmet federal financial need.
  4. Can I study abroad?
    • Yes, see your advisor and start planning early!
    • See Global Arizona for program information.
  5. How do I find a research lab?
    • Begin with the NSCS Undergraduate Research page. We do not place students in research labs, but we can provide assistance, tips, and resources to students.
  6. When is Priority Registration?
    • The priority registration dates are released a few weeks into the current semester. The dates are posted by the University Registrar's Office
  7. How do I find information on secondary majors and other minors?
    • Find the advisor for the department of interest at the University Advising Resource Center. Please be sure to meet with advisors for each degree, major, and minor each semester!
  8. I am a new transfer student. What's next?
    • After completing your Next Steps and the Transfer Student Academic Preview (TSAP), contact your Academic Advisor to set up an appointment. Please email them directly for your first appointment and do not schedule it on your own.
  9. I would like to take summer courses. Where do I find information on this?
    • Summer and Winter sessions have different registration periods. Find more information on the Summer-Winter homepage.
  10. I want to retake my math placement. How do I retake it?
    • Please contact the Math Department and find more information here on retesting.
  11. I have courses from an out-of-state university that may transfer. How do I have them evaluated?
  12. I am not sure if I took the correct course to transfer from an Arizona college. How do I check on this?
    • You can use the Course Equivalency Guide for any in-state, public institution to check on the articulation of transfer coursework. This does not necessarily indicate how these courses meet degree requirements. Please follow up with your advisor for more specific information.
  13. I enrolled in a course with a different start date. When is the GRO deadline?
  14. I have AP, CLEP, IB, and other credit-by-exam. How do I check for the credits I received?
    • If you earned credit, the exams will appear on your advisement report with the code "T" for Test Credit. The catalog indicates potential application to a UA degree. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor to confirm course credit towards specific programs.
  15. I took a pre-requisite at another school. How do I enroll in the course that I need?
  16. Can I use transfer credits to fulfill pre-requisites?
    • Yes! Depending upon the course or school, you can take courses at a comparable university or community college. Select these courses and the school in advance with your advisor in order to find the right classes and stay on track with your degree plan.
  17. I can no longer add courses using UAccess. How do I add a class to my schedule?
  18. I think I am ready to graduate. What do I do?
    • Consult with your advisor to ensure that you are on track with the correct courses, number of units, and all applicable degree requirements. The Application for Degree Candidacy will appear in UAccess when you have reached the number of eligible units. After applying, schedule an appointment with your advisor for a degree check. See the Graduation Services website.
  19. It is my second year, but I am registering with the freshmen. Why am I not considered a sophomore?
    • Class standing is based upon the number of units that you have completed. You can find more information under the Class Standing/Classification Policy in the Academic Catalog.
    • Freshman = 1-29 units, Sophomore = 30-59 units, Junior = 60-89 units, Senior = 90+ units
  20. I want to go to medical school, but I can't find anything on a pre-med major.
    • UA does not have a pre-med degree. However, you should speak with Pre-Health Advising in order to find out more information about admissions and the application process. CBC also has a useful video with advice on medical school.
  21. The class I want is full. What do I do?
    • You can add it to your shopping cart in order to make finding the course again easier. Students who are diligent in checking UAccess for an open seat are more likely to be successful.
  22. I am limited to 19 units to enroll in. How do I add more?
    • Contact your advisor to request a unit limit increase. Approval will be based on past academic performance and is up to the discretion of your advisor. We do not approve requests for unit limit increases for first-semester freshmen or transfer students.
  23. How do I send transcripts from other colleges or universities?
    • Contact the institution you are transferring courses from and request to have your official transcript sent to the UA. 
  24. I am not declared in pre-NSCS or NSCS but am interested in hearing more about the major and/or how to change my major. Who should I contact?
    • THe NSCS academic advisors will be more than happy to assist you with this. Use this link to schedule an appointment with the appropriate advisor based on your last name. Schedule an appointment.
  25. Can I declare a minor in NSCS?
    • NSCS does not offer a minor but UA students have the option to create a thematic minor which they can base on NS/CS coursework. Schedule an appointment with your major advisor to learn more about a thematic minor. Contact an NSCS advisor if you need recommendations on NSCS-specific coursework for the thematic minor.