Undergraduate Advising

CRES advising is currently remote via email or Zoom. We will continue to be available in this manner until COVID cases have declined and our team is safe to return to in-person advising.

Email Advising

Please allow 3-5 business days for a response, particularly around high volume times such as advising week and enrollment. When you are emailing us please always use your UCSC email account, and provide your full name and student ID number (SID). If you have a time sensitive matter (i.e. signature required or information needed by a deadline), please put "urgent" or "time sensitive" in the subject line. Otherwise student emails are responded to in the order received. 

Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for:

  • Anything related to CRES courses or requirements
  • Signature on forms (will all be done digitally)
  • Major progress check questions (including double majors/minors)
  • Submitting Independent Study to obtain course number for enrollment
  • Checking on the status of course substitution petition
  • Updates needed on your academic planner 

Contact crespeer@ucsc.edu for:

  • General advising on CRES courses, policies and procedures
  • Major progress check questions (single CRES majors only)
  • Creating academic plans (single CRES majors only)
  • A CRES student's experience or advice on questions you may have

Contact other Department Advisors for:

  • Permission codes for electives outside of CRES 

Contact your College Advising Office for:

  • General Education requirements
  • IGETC questions
  • Unit completion
  • Enrolling in more than 19 units
  • Academic standing 

Advising Appointments: You can schedule 30 minute Zoom appointments via Slug Success. Please provide more details in the "Comments" as to the reason for making an appointment. Depending on the nature of the issue, you can also use the "Comments" field to request additional time for your appointment.  

For help with Slug Success, please refer to these how-to guides. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance. If you are not currently proposed or declared in CRES, please select the Academic Planning/Guidance, Choosing/Exploring Major/Minor, or Declaring/Adding/Changing Major/Minor as the appointment reason when scheduling your appointment.

Important Dates: As a matter of practice, please get into the habit of referring to the University's academic calendar for key dates and deadlines.  


Advisor Role and Responsibilities
Student Role and Responsibilities
  • Help you reflect on career goals, how they align with your educational and identify alternative career paths.
  • Help you consider your future professional or academic career options.
  • Provide you with opportunities to critically reflect on academic choices and to develop decision-making skills.
  • Provide you with opportunities to develop and refine critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Help you create suitable educational plans and select appropriate courses.
  • Clarify and interpret institutional requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Refer you to appropriate institutional and community support services as well as internal and external resources that will supplement your education goals and career aspirations.  




  • Be proactive and initiate contact with me. Respond to emails and requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Explore and utilize both external and campus resources.
  • Provide as much information up front when making appointments so I know what you wish to discuss and can come prepared with information.
  • Show up for appointments on time and prepared with questions which will allow us to make good use of our time together. Please let me know in advance when possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment.
  • Actively participate in the advising session.
  • Review the course catalog, program webpages and degree requirements then schedule courses that are in alignment with your educational goals and move you toward degree completion.
  • If something is unclear, ask questions.
  • Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices. 


Declaring CRES

Students interested in CRES may declare at any time. While specific courses are not required in order to declare, ideally, students will be enrolled in or have completed CRES 10 with a C or better. 

Declaring Another Major/Minor

Students wishing to declare a second major or minor program with CRES are required to file a quarter-by-quarter academic plan showing that you are able to complete the program within the maximum number of quarters of enrollment available to you at UCSC.

By the end of your junior year, you should complete the CRES Major Requirement Checklist and make an appointment to meet with the CRES Peer Advisor (single CRES majors only) or the Undergraduate Advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate by the expected graduation term (EGT) on your student portal.  

Your CRES advisors are Shauntay Larkins and Domingo Canizales.

Virtual Advising for Spring 2022

Please use Slug Success App to check availability.

If you just have a quick question, email cres@ucsc.edu. Double majors/minors can email or make an appointment with Shauntay directly

Your CRES peer advisor for the 2021-2022 academic year is Andrea Duran.

Virtual Spring Advising Hours 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00am - noon
The peer advisor can be reached at crespeer@ucsc.edu.

CRES advising is available via email, Zoom and Google Hangouts/Chats. Please let us know if you have a preferred method of meeting.

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