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Academy of Integrated Science Advising

Let us help you navigate Virginia Tech as an Academy major!

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Flowcharts of coursework, sample plans of study, FAQ, and more can be found on individual programs pages

Academic Advising

For students wishing to transfer into one of our majors or add one of our minors, please use the information on this page, including the current students pages above for a given program in AIS (linked above). We would also love for you to schedule an appointment with us via Navigate. Scroll down and click “Schedule an Appointment” to meet with one of our advisors. 

For current AIS students, we are available by Zoom (or in person by request) to meet with you to discuss course planning, academic challenges, and anything else you may need help navigating. Scroll down and click “Schedule an Appointment” to meet with your assigned advisor.

Force Add Requests for Fall 2023

Please contact our AIS Advisor, Melanie Sontheimer, for help with force adds. You can reach her at 

Note: No force add requests will be processed before August 5th. You may request a force add prior to August 5th, but we will not be adding students until on or after August 5th

Dates & Deadlines

The following dates & deadlines can be found on the Registrar’s Dates & Deadlines webpage.

  • Academic Calendar and Census Dates
  • Change of Major Availability
  • Class Meeting Times
  • Drop/Add & Course Request Dates
  • Grade Deadlines and Availability
  • Religious & Ethnic Holidays

Schedule an Appointment

Our advisors are happy to meet with you to discuss your plan of study, help you in your decision making, and point you to resources. Please make an appointment with us anytime you need help or have questions!

College of Science Forms

If your primary major is in the College of Science, including NANO, NMED, and SYSB, your academic forms can be found here. This includes things like Undergraduate Research, Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere, Course Withdrawal, and more.

Changing to/from an AIS Major

You can change your primary major to an AIS major during the change of major dates or can add a secondary major at any time. Because our majors are truly interdisciplinary, they compliment many other majors and add a unique depth to your academic curriculum at Virginia Tech. Follow the link below for instructions on how to add or drop an AIS major or minor.

Hokie Spa

Hokie Spa is your student portal. You can update your personal information, run a Degree Audit Report, view your transcript, and more.

Turning In Forms/Plans of Study to Your Academic Advisor

To remain FERPA compliant, your AIS Academic Advisor will be accepting forms that you need to be signed via Google Forms. Please turn in all forms for which you need your advisor’s signature via the Google Form link rather than emailing them. This will protect your student data.

Meet Your Advising Team

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Melanie Sontheimer

Academic Advisor
Phone: 540-231-5145


James Steiner

Division Leader 
Science Technology & Law
Phone: 540-231-9216

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