Students and advisors work collaboratively, as partners, throughout the process of accomplishing students’ personal, academic, and career goals.
Computer Science Advising is located on the second floor of the Computer Science Building.
WHO TO CONTACT
Prospective and high school students: please contact Debbie Bartlett (see below) for more information.
Undergraduate students: undergraduate students are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor each semester.
Change of major and transfer students: please contact one of the advisors (see below) for more information.
Data Science students: please contact Ben Prytherch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate students: please contact Tanya Robbins at email@example.com.
DO I NEED TO MEET WITH AN ADVISOR?
Yes if you are interested in any of the following:
- Changing your major to Computer Science or Applied Computing Technology
- Adding Computer Science as a second major
- Exploring the major
- Adding a Computer Science minor
OPTIONS TO SCHEDULE WITH AN ADVISOR – VIRTUAL EDITION – SPRING 2020
|Option 1: (Preferred) Schedule in Navigate||For students with a CSUID who would like to schedule directly.||Schedule an appointment in navigate. Keep an eye out for a Zoom appointment notification. Advisors prefer a video conference call so that they can share their screen with you. You are welcome to turn off your video or to request a phone call.|
|Option 2: Fill out the Scheduling Form||For any student having trouble using Navigate OR students without a CSU ID (Transfer students, etc.)||Please use this Form to request an appointment. The CS front desk will review your form and call you back within an hour during normal business hours (9am-5pm on M-F) to assist you in scheduling an appointment that works best for you.|
|Option 3: Call the CS front desk directly and leave a voicemail (970) 491-5792||For any student having trouble using Navigate OR students without a CSU ID (Transfer students, etc.)||Leave a voicemail with 1. your name and 2. the best phone number to reach you at. The CS front desk will call you back within an hour during normal business hours (M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to assist you in scheduling an appointment that works best for you.|
REGISTERING FOR CLASSES
It is highly recommended that all computer science majors meet with an academic advisor to update check sheets and to make sure graduation requirements are being met. Students may register for classes by accessing RamWeb. Students also can use RamWeb to check for their registration date, holds, etc.
VIEW YOUR COURSE MATERIAL IN CANVAS
Login to Canvas to view most of your courses and course materials.
BENEFITS OF ACADEMIC ADVISING
- Assistance with interpreting the Computer Science degree program requirements
- Assistance selecting and registering for courses
- Referrals to other resources on and off-campus
- Assistance interpreting forms and policies
TIPS TO IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Students who are having difficulty in their classes often complain that they are trying as hard as they can, and are frustrated by their inability to do better. Much of this frustration can be alleviated by changing your study habits and taking simple measures to organize your time and use it wisely. Here are a few suggestions that can have a profound effect on your grades:
- Go to class. We know this sounds obvious, but resist the urge to skip class. Research shows the biggest factor in determining your academic success is class attendance.
- Use faculty and GTA office hours. This is one of the best investments you can make – it’s basically free, one-on-one tutoring with the teacher. When you don’t understand something, make a note of what you don’t understand, and ask for explanation during office hours. Faculty/GTA office hours are notoriously underused.
- Get help early. If you are having difficulty with coursework, don’t wait until the end of the semester to get help.
- Set aside blocks of time each week to study. Treat this time as sacred, or as a job that must be done at the same time each week, no matter what.
- Do the reading assignments in the assigned text book. Students tend to view text book assignments as optional, or as mere reference works. This is not the case. Text books are the framework of the course, which lectures highlight and supplement. In order to do well in any college level class, doing the reading assignments is essential to success.
- Use your study time to do the reading assignments in advance of the class in which the material is to be discussed, and working problems at the end of the chapters (if appropriate). Make notes when you read, and mark things that are not clear to ask about in class.
For more information and help, we recommend you visit:
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) offers a variety of academic help to students, including tutoring, study groups, workshops, and more!
CSU Collaborative for Student Achievement provides guidance for primarily first and second year students.
The Calculus Center offers extended tutoring and small group mentoring. Join in early, and make this a part of your routine to help structure yourself for success in your more challenging math courses.
Computer Science Help Desk hours for Spring 2019: Mon-Thur 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Fri 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sat no help desk hours, Sun 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.