Advising

Spring 2019 Advising Schedule for W.A. Franke College of Forestry &Conservation Students

All students except seniors that have filed graduation paperwork must attend an advising session to obtain an advising number for registration for Spring 2019 courses.  Registration begins on October 22nd.  Please be sure to attend one of the sessions designed specifically for your major.  Be prepared to log into Cyberbear so we can help you get your course plan for Spring 2019 ready so that you can register the week of October 22nd.

If you fail to attend an evening advising session, your advisor may not be available to meet with you and you may not be able to register on time.  If you have a conflict due to work, class, or family, please document that conflict and get in touch with your academic advisor or Program Director to make other arrangements as soon as possible.  If you are not sure who these people are, you can find that information on your profile page in Cyberbear.  Students with families are welcome to bring their children.  

Seniors who have completed graduation paperwork do NOT need to attend an advising session; they can obtain their advising numbers from a staff member in Forestry room 103.  Seniors who have not completed graduation paperwork or who are graduating after Spring 2019 must attend an advising session.  

Additional information will be distributed via your University of Montana email account.  Please be sure to check your email for important details.  

Spring 2019 Course Registration Timetable

Ecosystem Science and Restoration Majors

Tuesday, October 9th - Terrestrial Option; STONE 107; 5:00-6:30
Wednesday, October 10th - Aquatic Option; STONE 107; 5:00-7:00

*ECSR Students - Please sign up with a doodle poll to let us know what night you plan to attend our Ecosystem Science and Restoration Advising Nights:  https://doodle.com/poll/mq4uxix5ebg76dpi.  We will have important announcements, faculty that advise in each option to introduce themselves and help out, and snacks!

Please come with your updated academic plan!  If you can't come to your option but can the alternative night, please do so.

Forestry Majors

Wednesday, October 17th - STONE 106; 5:00-7:00
Thursday, October 18th - STONE 106; 5:00-7:00

Advising for Forestry Majors

Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management Majors

Monday, October 15th - STONE 106; 4:00-5:00
Wednesday, October 17th - STONE 107; 4:00-6:00
Thursday, October 18th - STONE 107; 4:00-5:00

Resource Conservation Majors

Monday, October 15th - STONE 106; 5:00-7:00
Tuesday, October 16th - STONE 106; 5:00-7:00

Wildlife Biology Majors

Monday, October 15th – STONE 107; 4:00-7:00
Tuesday, October 16th – STONE 106; 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, October 16th – STONE 107; 4:00-7:00

Who is my advisor?

Find out who your advisor is:  Go to Cyberbear and use your Net ID and password to log in.  In the Navigation menu located at the top of the screen, select Student Services.  This will take you to your profile page which will show your advisor and faculty mentor.

If your profile does not have an advisor listed for you, please stop by the FCFC Student Services Office in Forestry 103.

You may contact your advisor and mentor directly.  Contact information is available in the FCFC Directory or contact your department office for assistance. 

Why do I need an advisor?

Academic advisors have information on policies, deadlines, general education requirements and more.  You will be assigned a permanent academic advisor soon after the beginning of fall or spring semester depending on when you begin your studies here at UM. 

Faculty mentors are your primary source of career information and can serve as references for jobs.  You should talk to them about your career choices and interests in your field.  We encourage you to meet with them each semester.

Group Advising

All of our undergraduate degree programs have group sessions each semester for students to be advised.  You should come prepared to these sessions with your NetID and password.  It is also advised that you review your major status in Degree Works and make a tentative plan using the Registration link, selecting the appropriate semester, and then clicking on the Plan Ahead link.  All of this can be found on your Cyberbear profile page.

Advising Numbers

Advising numbers are only available to students who have attended a group advising session or have seen their advisor.  These numbers change every semester.  Post-bac (students who already possess a Bachelor’s degree) and graduate students do not need advising numbers to register for classes.

Who to contact for advising help

Shonna Trowbridge for general advising questions and all majors except WBIO: 406-243-4844; Forestry Bldg. room 103B

Melanie Sourbeer for all Wildlife Biology advising: 406-243-5272 
Forestry Bldg. room 103C

Jennifer Harrington for Native American student advising and mentoring: 406-243-5561 
Forestry Bldg. room 101

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