College of Undergraduate Studies

  • Request More Information
  • By submitting this form, I understand that the University of Central Florida may email me, or contact me via telephone and/or text messages about educational services at the phone number(s) provided, including a wireless number, using an automated technology. I also understand that consent is not a condition of enrollment.

Phone & Fax

407-823-2028 (Fax)


Appointment Request Form Email:


Trevor Colbourn Hall,
Suite 239

Regardless of the degree that is chosen, it is critical that students work closely with a College of Undergraduate Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies professional advisor each semester. These full-time academic and career advisors assist students with their myriad of questions, concerns, and opportunities each step of the way from declaration through graduation. Advisors provide guidance on class scheduling, getting involved with undergraduate research, finding internships, post-baccalaureate goals, careers, and discussing university policies and procedures. Our office is appointment-based and advisors are able to assist students in-person, over the phone, and through videoconferencing via Zoom.

Male student holding textbooks

Our Advisors are here for you

Our professional advisors help guide you through the curriculum while highlighting valuable co-curricular opportunities so that you earn a degree that is of greatest possible value to you in the most reasonable amount of time. While the professional advisors provide guidance and recommendations, the final decision on, and responsibility for your academic career rests on your shoulders. 

One other thing to remember is to remain courteous and respectful. Rudeness, harshness, abusiveness, raising your voice, etc., may result in your loss of access to advising. Extreme cases will result in disciplinary action.

Declaring one of our Majors, Minors, or Certificates

Students interested in the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Leadership Track are required to meet with a professional advisor in order to declare their major. Students may submit a major change request via their myUCF portal for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Bachelor’s in Integrative General Studies. Major change requests for the Integrative General Studies program will be approved once eligibility requirements are verified.  Students may also declare a College of Undergraduate Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies minor or certificate via their myUCF portal.

Student who are requesting to meet with a professional advisor to declare Interdisciplinary Studies will receive access to an informative Webcourse that will explain our degree programs and help you to choose your individualized plan of study. We strongly encourage students to review all of the information contained within the Webcourse in advance of their meeting with a professional advisor to ensure that an informed decision is made at every stewill make course recommendations, discuss university graduation requirements, and provide a timeline for graduation. It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester for as long as you are majoring in one of our programs. We greatly look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

It is important and helpful to note that since students are required to complete a hardcopy major declaration form, it can take 5-7 business days before a student’s major is officially changed and reflects on their myKnight Degree Audit.

Hannah Hollinger, IDS Environmental Studies ’17

Scheduling an appointment through myKnight STAR for students currently declared in Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Integrative General Studies

Watch our video tutorial or follow the instructions below.

Access your myUCF portal

Click on Student Self Service followed by myKnightSTAR

myKnight STAR homepage

myKnight STAR may open in a new browser tab. Click on “Schedule Appointment”

Create a New Appointment

Use the drop-down menu and select the following –

Select the date/time

This is defaulted to show availability of all academic advisors. If you would like to meet or need to meet with a specific advisor, click on “View individual availabilities”

Details & Confirmation

Confirm the modality (in-person, phone, or virtual/Zoom). Note: Karen Baxley is unavailable to meet via Zoom. If you schedule an in-person appointment and feel unwell, please reschedule or convert your appointment to virtual/Zoom or phone by calling 407-823-0144.

Last Steps

Enter your UCF Knights Email and a phone number to be sent reminders for your appointment. Schedule your appointment by clicking on the Schedule button.

You’re all set!

Advising for Majors, Minors, and Certificates

The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Track have two required courses, IDS 3933 – Cornerstone Experience, and IDS 4934 – Capstone Experience. IDS 3933 should be taken your first full semester in the major, and IDS 4934 must be taken in your graduating semester. The prerequisite for IDS 3933 is ENC 1102 and being officially declared into the major. The prerequisite for IDS 4934 is IDS 3933 with a “C” or better and filing your Intent to Graduate via your myUCF portal.

In these two required courses, students learn to use the interdisciplinary process to address complex real-world issues across a range of contexts, issues that cannot be solved through a single disciplinary approach. In these courses, students learn that while disciplinary specialization can focus on one facet of an issue, an interdisciplinary approach provides multiple perspectives from multiple disciplines to produce innovative new solutions to issues.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree has a more prescriptive curriculum but also incorporates two required courses, IDS 3150 – Foundations of Environmental Studies and IDS 4893 – Capstone in Environmental Studies, which also provide students with context and cohesion to the Environmental Studies degree program.

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Integrative General Studies has a uniquely flexible curriculum and features two required courses in the major, LDR 3115 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership, and IDS 4939 – Senior Seminar (General Studies Capstone).

Interdisciplinary Studies advises for the Environmental Studies, Leadership Studies, and World Comparative Studies Minors.

We also advise for the Leadership Studies and Cultural Tourism certificates. Advising for the GIS Certificate is handled by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne in the Sociology Department. Advising for the Service-Learning Certificate is handled by Experiential Learning.

For all other declared minors and certificates, please visit the department that houses the minor.

Interdisciplinary Studies is appointment-based. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to schedule same-day appointments. We assist students either in-person or over the phone.

Prospective and current students may schedule an appointment by calling our office at 407-823-0144. If you prefer to make an appointment in person, we are located in Trevor Colbourn Hall, Suite 239. You may request an appointment (Note: this is a request, but does NOT schedule an appointment, it is merely a request) by filling out the following form:   

The majority of the courses that students take with our degrees, minors, and certificates are housed in other departments and colleges. Therefore, the IDS program cannot grant overrides to students for courses that are not taught through Interdisciplinary Studies/College of Undergraduate Studies.

Students are required to satisfy the prerequisite(s) for courses wish to enroll in. Some courses are restricted to students within a particular major, minor, or certificate. If a student receives a prerequisite error during the enrollment process, contact the academic department that offers the course and ask about their override policies and procedures. Some colleges and departments may give preference to students in their programs and may decline your override request.

The following courses are taught through the College of Undergraduate Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies: IDS 3933, IDS 4934, IDS 3150, IDS 4893, LDR 3115, IDS 4939, IDS 3333, LDR 2001, LDR 2002, GIS 3043C, and GIS 4301C.

For students who have not earned an AA degree or GERM (General Education Requirements Met) stamp from a Florida public community, state college, or university, will be required to complete UCF’s General Education Requirements – 36 hours of specific coursework, including State Core, and Gordon Rule Requirements.

Students who have attended a private or out-of-state institution may petition General Education, Gordon Rule, and/or foreign language courses for equivalency through Academic Services:

Students wishing to petition or have math courses evaluated must submit their request through the College of Sciences Evaluation Form:

Courses include: college algebra, finite math, explorations in math, calculus, and statistics

Depending on your degree, our office may be able to utilize your transfer credits for the IDS Areas, Diversity Studies restricted electives, or Environmental Studies degree. We can only evaluate credits for admitted students. In most cases, out-of-state, international, and private institution transfer credits will be evaluated for equivalency. Students are required to submit course descriptions and or syllabi from the institution in the year they took the course. Petitions are reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and may take up to 7-10 business days. Our office does not evaluate General Education and Foreign Language courses for equivalency—this is done through Academic Services.

If students are wanting to petition course(s) that serve as a prerequisite for others, we may refer the student to the department that teaches the course for an evaluation. This is particularly true for math, anatomy, physiology, physics, biology, and chemistry courses.

We can only accept courses with grades of a “C” or better for our programs. Departments may offer a Special Topics course or there may be new course offerings that we have missed adding to our approved course list. If you are interested in taking a course that is not in the undergraduate catalog or approved course list, please consult with a professional advisor prior to registration.


Florida Public Institution

College of Undergraduate Studies students wishing to attend another Florida public institution (state college or university) are required to complete an electronic transient form through Florida Virtual Campus at Please refer to the Registrar’s Office website for additional information:

Electronic transient forms are usually processed by the college within 48 — 72 hours of submission.

Students planning on using any transient course for their major or minor must verify with their major or minor advisor that the transient course will count toward the requirements. NOTE: It is against university policy to be transient in the graduating term.

For questions regarding Florida Virtual Campus, please visit for more information.

Florida Private or Out-of-State Institution

College of Undergraduate Studies students wishing to attend a non-Florida or private institution must complete a paper transient form.  Students should schedule an appointment with an IDS advisor for information on completing a paper transient form. Students considering taking courses transient at an out-of-state or international institution should contact an IDS advisor immediately.

Students who have been approved to take classes at another institution while attending UCF might have those hours counted toward meeting financial aid requirements for some programs at UCF.

If you have questions regarding the submission of transient requests, please schedule an appointment to discuss with an IDS advisor.

Financial Aid Information

Transient enrollment will not meet eligibility criteria for institutional aid programs, such as UCF Grant, UCF Scholars Award or Pegasus Scholarships. Courses taken elsewhere must meet some major or general education requirements to be calculated as part of student aid eligibility. All of the following documents must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance on or before the withdrawal deadline of the term in which aid is to be disbursed:

  1. Transient Form for Financial Aid;
  2. Approved Advisor Authorization Form obtained from or Transient Student Approval Form with all required signatures;
  3. A copy of the fee invoice and class schedule from other institution confirming that the classes and hours enrolled match the Transient Form for Financial Aid; and
  4. A completed Consortium Agreement Form signed by the financial aid office of the transient school.

Transient enrolled students must make arrangements to pay tuition and fees at the visited school since there is no system for deferral of those tuition and fees. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to insure that the visited school promptly provides the UCF Registrar’s Office with academic transcripts at the conclusion of the term, confirming that the attempted hours are completed. This will help avoid academic progress problems.

Students who expect to receive funds under any of the federal loan programs must enroll for a minimum of six undergraduate hours at UCF in UCF classes to meet eligibility requirements. Students may not receive financial aid from two institutions at the same time. Students must decide which of the two institutions is the primary school at which they are degree seeking and apply for aid there. Any inaccuracy will result in a mandatory repayment to one of the two schools for the overpayment.

If you have questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The path to success in your chosen profession begins with learning to be successful in your academic program.  With this philosophy in mind, our retention and graduation efforts are geared toward ensuring that all students regardless of previous academic achievement find the right balance in the myriad of responsibilities they may have and possess the necessary skills to learn, synthesize, and apply knowledge.

For students who currently have below a 2.0 UCF GPA and are on academic probation, we require individualized guidance to get you moving back toward academic and personal success.  At least once per semester you’ll be required to meet with our Academic Success Advisor.  Prior to this meeting please complete and return the Probation Appointment Preparation Form by scanning and emailing it to, or faxing it to (407) 823-2028, or hand-delivering it at your scheduled meeting.

The Academic Probation university policy is outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Students who are participating in FTIC or Transfer Orientation in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 will want to review this presentation.

  • Request More Information
  • By submitting this form, I understand that the University of Central Florida may email me, or contact me via telephone and/or text messages about educational services at the phone number(s) provided, including a wireless number, using an automated technology. I also understand that consent is not a condition of enrollment.