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Orientation

Welcome and congratulations, new Academy of Integrated Science Hokies! We are excited to meet you!

Orientation Notice

Orientation academic advising for Academy of Integrated Science majors will be held virtually. Please also be sure to follow the guidance from the New Student Transition office’s webpage.

Students majoring in Computational Modeling & Data Analytics, Nanomedicine, Nanoscience, or Systems Biology must complete all four steps on the College of Science Orientation webpage prior to meeting with their Academy of Integrated Science Academic Advisor. We ask that you complete those four steps first, so that you are more familiar with the university requirements and better prepared for your advising meeting. Please read the remainder of the information on this page to know what to expect for orientation.

Orientation Advising Appointments

In an effort to be flexible and available, we will have advising appointment availability from Monday, June 14th through Friday, July 23rd. Available appointment times will vary by advisors’ schedules during this time, but are generally between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Students will receive an email invitation to schedule their 1-1 advising appointment via their vt.edu email address by January 4th. Note that students can schedule an advising appointment with us before, after, or on their orientation dates with New Student Transition as long as they have completed the first two orientation modules. During this session, we will review your schedule and make changes if needed. Prior to their advising appointment, students must:

  • Create a FERPA self-passcode

  • Complete all four steps on the College of Science Orientation Webpage

  • Complete the pre-orientation survey prior to your appointment (see information below under “Class Registration and Schedule”)

 

Class Registration and Schedule

You will be enrolled into certain major-required courses already prior to your orientation dates based on both your major and your transfer credits.

You will receive a survey in your vt.edu email inbox requesting additional information on courses you would like to take so that our advising team can prepare your schedule ahead of time.

Video Tutorials

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How to Create a FERPA Self-Passcode

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Learn more about which math course(s) you should take

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How to Search the Course Schedule (aka “the timetable”)

Note, these videos were created by our colleagues in the Math department. Do not email mathadvising@math.vt.edu with questions. Instead, email ais@vt.edu with your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

This information can be found on the University Registrar’s webpage on Transferrable Credit. The transfer guide will be particularly useful for Transfer students from a VCCS or four-year institution.

AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of the University Registrar. For dual Enrollment/transfer credits, official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Log into Hokie Spa (www.hokiespa.vt.edu), click Hokie Spa, Grades Menu, then Transfer and Other Additional Credits

  • If your transcript has been received and processed, you will see the equivalent credits posted.
  • You will want to check this frequently to ensure your transcripts are received and processed.
  • If you have questions about this, please email transfercredit@vt.edu.

Computer requirements for CMDA, NANO, NMED, and SYSB can be found here. We have also created an additional guide to help CMDA majors choose the best computer due to the nature of the program and major curriculum.

At this time, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is not allowing students to change their major. However, students are welcome to meet with Transitional Advising during orientation to explore another major and draft an appropriate schedule to successfully change to that major at the end of their first semester..

The classes you will take will depend on both your major requirements and your transfer credit information. Flowcharts of coursework can be found on the “Current Students” pages for each of our degree programs, which will give you a good idea of what you will take. Students can also review their major checksheets to see what their major requires.

CMDA, Nanoscience, and Systems Biology majors have to take MATH 1225-1226, Calculus of a Single Variable. A student can only register for MATH 1225 in their first semester if they qualify to take it. You will need to take the ALEKS PPL test at some point before classes start to ensure that you are adequately prepared for MATH 1225. Please visit the Math 1225 Placement FAQ webpage for more details about math placement.

Nanomedicine majors have to take MATH 1025-1026, Elementary Calculus.

If you have specific questions about your math qualification, please email 1225placement@math.vt.edu

 Current Students Webpages

View these webpages for flowcharts of coursework, checksheets, and more!