Guidelines for Math Advising
How it works
Undergraduates are advised by the A&S Advising Center until they declare
a major, at which time they are sent to their major departments for
advising. In the Mathematics Department, each student is assigned to
a faculty member for advising. A student will normally stay with the
same advisor until he or she graduates.
Prior to enrollment for any term, a student must meet with his/her academic
Although students can now self-enroll, they are blocked from doing so until they
meet with their academic advisors. Your students are locked out of
the self-enrollment process until
you give them the go-ahead.
Many students will need your advice in choosing their
math courses. In some cases, they may need help choosing courses to satisfy
the A&S general education requirements.
Most students have registered several times through the Advising Center before
they come to us, and consequently have a good understanding of the
general education requirements.
Students have online access to their degree progress report, so they can
check for themselves which of these requirements are outstanding.
You can also view this
report online (see below). Sometimes these reports have mistakes. If a student thinks
that she has fulfilled some requirement that her progress report says is
still outstanding, she should go to the A&S Records in Thackeray 140
to clear it up.
Students can search for courses to satisfy any general education requirement
by searching the course descriptions at the A&S Undergraduate Studies
Special considerations for future teachers
You should ask your advisees if they are considering careers in
secondary education. Admission to programs leading to certification requires
courses in Abstract Algebra (Math 0430), Number Theory (Math 1020),
Geometry (Math 1290), and a statistics course (Stat 1000 is a good choice).
Note that the first three of these courses count toward a
Mathematics degree, but not toward an Applied Mathematics
degree. On the other hand, the statistics course
can count toward an
Applied Math degree, but not toward a Mathematics degree.
The School of Education also requires a course
in the history of mathematics (Math 1230). This course is offered once each
year in the fall term. It does not
count toward the requirements for a Mathematics or Applied
The complete list of admission requirements for secondary education in
mathematics can be found at
The Peoplesoft Advisor Center
You can view your advisees' academic records and clear their advising
holds through the Peoplesoft Advisor Center. To access the Advisor Center,
login to Peoplesoft through the my.pitt.edu portal, and
navigate to Self Service -> Advisor Center.
Viewing academic records
To view the academic record of an advisee
Login to the Advisor Center.
Click the my advisees tab.
Click the View Student Details link next to your advisee's name.
From the popup menu on the left under the Academics heading,
Degree progress report, and then click
the >> button.
Choose the University of Pittsburgh from the Institution menu,
and report type Academic advisement transcript and
How to clear the advising hold
Self-service enrollment is enabled by clearing the ADV service indicator.
From the Advisor Center, this is done as follows.
Note: To enable fall term registration, you must remove both the
fall and summer service indicators.
Click the General Info tab at the top of the page.
Click edit service indicators.
Click ADV to select the advising service indicator, and click
the Release button.
Click OK to save the change.
Frequently Asked Questions
A list of frequently asked questions (with answers!) about Math advising
is available at