Undergraduate Academic Advising

Advising & Procedural Updates: COVID -19

At this time we are offering virtual advising for our undergraduate students and below are the different ways you can connect with our staff during this time:

CIS Undergraduate Advising (Laura and Desirae):

Email: cis-undergrad-advising@seas.upenn.edu

Zoom/Online Drop In Hours: 

Mon – 10-12 / Tue – 2-4 / Wed – 2-4 / Thur – 10-12

To connect to Desirae during those times, please use this link: https://zoom.us/j/5553670176

To connect to Laura during those times, please use this link: https://zoom.us/j/4250439444

Zoom/Online appointment request:

Laura: https://laurafox.youcanbook.me/

Desirae: https://desirae.youcanbook.me/


Director of Integrated Studies – NETS, DMD, CMPE (Amy Calhoun)

Email/Online Appointments: cal1@seas.upenn.edu

Zoom/Online Drop In Hours: 

Mon – 10-12, 2-4 / Tue – 11-12, 1:30-2:30 / Wed – 10-12 / Thur – 2-4 / Fri – 11-1

To connect to Amy during those times, please use this link: https://zoom.us/j/7953459511


CIS Undergraduate Chair (Professor Andreas Haeberlen)

Email: cis-ugrad-chair@cis.upenn.edu

Zoom/Online appointment request: http://ahae.youcanbook.me/

Director of Academic Advising (Lee Dukes)

Email: ldukes@seas.upenn.edu


Changes to Undergraduate Procedures & Forms

Please see the updated changes to SEAS procedures such as petition for action forms, declaring a minor, course substitution forms, etc. by visiting the RAS website.


Changes in Grade Type

As you may have heard from recent messaging you will now have the option of taking any course for Spring 2020 as pass/fail. If you decide to do that for all or any of your courses you will have until end of day April 13th to make that change in Penn In Touch. All courses that you decide to change to pass/fail will still count towards graduation requirements for your major or minor including CIS/EAS 499. If you have any questions then please use the resources above to get in touch with us or you can visit the SEAS Opt In Pass/Fail Grading FAQ website.



How Advising Works

Upon entering the program, each student is given a faculty advisor who can answer questions you have about your program and who is responsible for monitoring your course selections and performance. The best way to get in touch with your advisor is via email or attend their office hours. Your CIS advisor is listed on PIT.

If you find that you are having problems with any course, please talk to the professor of the course as early as possible to see if there is some way to improve your performance. If this fails, talk to your academic adviser who may be able to point you to useful resources.

Please feel free to email the CIS advising staff with questions: cis-undergrad-advising@seas.upenn.edu.

CIS Advising Handbook

The CIS advising handbook is a repository of articles related to how to navigate through our program. Click the link below for more information: https://advising.cis.upenn.edu/index.php

AP Credit Information:

  • Score 5 on the Java CS AP-A exam, or score a 4-5 on the Java CS AP-AB exam, awards 1 CU for CIS 110.
  • All students must take CIS 120.

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