Contents: Advising Forms ♦ Advising FAQs ♦ Transfer Information ♦ Useful Links ♦ For ABE Advisors (restricted access)
- ABE 4-Year Study Plan (Please bring an updated copy when you visit with your academic advisor; Excel file)
- Course Overload (for College of ACES students only)
Who is my advisor in ABE?
ABE freshmen and sophomores are advised by Drs. Angela Green and Richard Gates . Your advisor is generally assigned by the first letter of your last name and the year of your freshman fall semester. For 2013-2014, assignments are as follows:
- Students with last names starting with A-M: Dr. Angela Green (email@example.com)
- Students with last names starting with N-Z: Dr. Richard Gates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Juniors and seniors should request their career advisor based on their area of specialization (see list below) and visit with Drs. Green and Gates to initiate the transition. Dr. Alan Hansen (email@example.com) serves as the Director and Chief Advisor of the ABE Undergraduate Program. Students may also be visit with Ms. Anne Marie Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general advising.
- Dr. Kaustubh Bhalerao (email@example.com), bionanotechnology specialization
- Dr. Alan Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org), off-road equipment engineering specialization
- Dr. Prasanta Kalita (email@example.com), soil and water resources engineering specialization
- Dr. Kent Rausch (firstname.lastname@example.org), food and bioprocess engineering specialization
- Dr. Luis Rodriguez (email@example.com), biological engineering specialization
- Dr. Xinlei Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org), renewable energy systems (e.g., solar, wind, design of energy efficient structures, etc.) specialization
- Dr. Yuanhui Zhang (email@example.com), bioenvironmental engineering specialization
|Your current advisor's name is listed on your DARS audit.|
What is a DARS audit report?
A DARS audit is an unofficial audit of progress toward the undergraduate student degree that reflects courses currently in progress. You are advised to generate a DARS audit report prior to visiting with your advisor especially if you have specific questions about course credit, registering for courses, etc.
|Your DARS audit can give misleading information if you are not in the College of Engineering. For example if you are enrolled in ABE through ACES, then the DARS audit may be set to evaluate you for the 5-year ABE Sciences degree and provide some conflicting information on general education and other requirements. You cannot "hurt" anything by generating the audits and, with some practice, you can evaluate your progress under different options from the drop-down boxes.|
What courses should I take? In what sequence?
You should use the ABE four-year curriculum as a guide to proper sequencing of courses so you will have the right pre-requisites for upper-level courses. Once you've reviewed this guide, work with your advisor in developing a study plan to ensure you graduate on time.
|Students who enrolled at UIUC during catalog years of 2009 and earlier should refer to the earlier version of the ABE four-year curriculum.|
What is the ABE Learning Community?
All incoming freshmen in ABE have the opportunity to participate in the ABE Learning Community. Within the community, students are encouraged to take classes together so students can get to know one another better during the first year. For more information regarding recommended sections for math, chemistry, and physics courses, please contact Ms. Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I would like to register for more than 18 credit hours in one semester. What do I need to do to get the overload approved?
If you are a student in the College of ACES, fill out the Course Overload form and submit it to the ACES Office of Academic Programs, Room 128 Mumford Hall. If you are a student in the College of Engineering, visit with a Dean in Room 206 Engineering Hall.
What are Discovery Courses?
The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students.Discovery courses and sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of nineteen students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your advisor to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you.
|Discovery courses and sections are intended for first-year students only.|
What is the James Scholar Program?
The Illinois James Scholar program was established to recognize and encourage the talents of academically outstanding students. Students in the program are expected to perform at a superior level throughout their undergraduate careers. They are recognized on their academic record for their accomplishments. We strongly recommend outstanding ABE students to participate in this program and participate in honors activities and projects. For admissions and program requirements, please visit the Engineering and ACES James Scholar webpages.
I want to get involved in pre-professional activities. Any suggestions?
Professional and leadership development begins with actively participating in student organizations. There are several clubs associated with ABE, such as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Student Branch, Illini Pullers, Alpha Epsilon and Solar Decathlon, and there are hundreds of Registered Student Organizations at Illinois, such as Engineers Without Borders, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM). We strongly students to become involved in these clubs from day one on campus.
I am interested in studying abroad. Where do I start?
There are many ways in which you can have an international experience, from a ten day study tour, to summer courses or internships abroad, to studying at a partner university for a semester or academic year. You can get to destinations around the world either by going through ACES Study Abroad Office, International Programs in Engineering (iPENG), or the Illinois Study Abroad Office. You can begin participating in these programs as early as your freshman year, but please visit with your advisor to discuss course selections for semester- or year-long programs. There are substantial scholarships and economic incentives in place to encourage your participation.
|There are several study abroad programs associated with the ABE Dept. If you are interested in semester-long programs to Brazil, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, please contact Dr. Rich Gates (email@example.com) ♦ Brazil, Dr. Angela Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) ♦ China, Dr. Xinlei Wang (email@example.com) ♦ Greece, Mr. Steve Zahos (firstname.lastname@example.org) ♦ Puerto Rico, Dr. Luis Rodriguez (email@example.com) ♦ and South Africa, Prof. Al Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) ♦ Taiwan, Dr. Grace Danao (email@example.com).|
I am planning to take a class at my local community college over the summer. How do I know the class is equivalent to a course at the University of Illinois and that it will transfer?
You are responsible for making sure the courses are equivalent and checking with the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) about the transfer of credits.
|Due to the high volume of students transferring course credits from other universities and colleges to Illinois over the summer, please check back with OAR in early October about courses you took over the summer. Note that once the courses and credits have transferred, they will show up on your DARS audit report.|
I would like to re-take a course to replace a "bad" grade. How does re-taking a course affect my overall GPA and transcript?
The campus grade replacement policy is outlined in the Student Code, Article 3. ABE students who are enrolled through ACES and wish to re-take a course under this policy must complete the Undergraduate Grade Replacement Form, available on the on the ACES Forms and Petitions website. Requests must be received by the ACES Office of Academic Programs (128 Mumford Hall) in which the student is taking the repeat of the course. ABE students who are enrolled through the College of Engineering should visit with a Dean in the Office of Academic Programs in 206 Engineering Hall at the beginning of the semester. Up to four courses can be repeated in this way, if approved.
I would like to drop a course. How can I do this?
|You can drop any courses before the last-day-to-drop deadline of each semester, found on the University Calendar. After dropping, you will still need to be in full-time status.|
Once the deadline to drop has passed, it is much more difficult to get permission to drop. ABE students who are enrolled through ACES must complete a petition to drop a course, available on the on the ACES Forms and Petitions website. This form requires consent of your advisor and final decision rests with the College of ACES. ABE students who are enrolled through the College of Engineering should visit with a Dean in the Office of Academic Programs in 206 Engineering Hall.
Does ABE accept transfer students?
The ABE program accepts highly qualified transfer students. We look for two things in a student's transfer application. First, we want students to have strong academic skills to assure their success in the agricultural and biological engineering curriculum. Second, we want students to have strong fit and an authentic passion for the discipline so that they become active and enthusiastic members of our student body. We are pleased to see a strong record with a GPA of 3.0 or better with A's and B's and no C's in the technical coursework. We are also interested in your experiences and your aspirations reflected in your Personal Statement.
Students interested in talking to an academic advisor or receiving more information can request a departmental brochure or schedule a visit.
What is the procedure for transferring in to ABE?
If you are a freshman and not in ABE, you must remain in your current major for the year and take the ABE requirements listed in the year 1 curriculum, especially Math, Chemistry and Physics. Upon successful progress during your first two semesters you can then petition to transfer. To initiate the transfer, first visit the College of Engineering office in 206 Engineering Hall to pick up a transfer petition. Prepare your petition by getting necessary signatures, writing your Personal Statement, and attaching your current DARS report. Then, set up an appointment to meet with Prof. Alan Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Prof. Hansen meets with all potential transfer students, provides advice about coursework, and evaluates the petitions. Be sure to tell your "acting" ABE advisor about it too!
When is the best time to transfer to ABE?
If you are in the College of Engineering, you should transfer after your freshman year. If you are a University of Illinois student outside of the College, you should transfer after freshman year and after completing the first courses in Math, Physics and Chemistry. If you are from outside the University of Illinois, you should complete your second year and come to the University of Illinois as a junior transfer student. University admission requirements for junior transfers can be found at the UI Admissions web page and UI Transfer Handbook .
What form do I use?
What is the procedure to switch from ACES to COE?
It is very simple, but you must make sure it is done in your junior year. Go to 206 Engineering Hall, where Dr. Umberto Raviolli and his staff (e.g. Ms. Vonda McFarland) can help you with the process. Before you go, make sure you know whether you want to select the Agricultural or the Biological Engineering concentration, since that will need to be specified. Also, if you are already in a Minor program be sure to let Dr. Raviolli's office know so that it is entered into the COE file -- otherwise it might get lost and you'll need to reapply.