Advising Updates

UNL Mathematics
UNL Mathematics

Hello Math and Data Science Majors,

I hope that your fall semester continues to go well and that you are learning things that you find interesting! Priority registration started on Monday, October 23rd, so I am busy with meetings and emails. I look forward to meeting with you to help with your Spring 2024 semester and future course plans, and I would encourage you to use my appointment availability and drop-in meetings rather than sending emails to me at this time of year.

Research ACE/CDR Courses
One of the parts of choosing classes for your next semester is attempting to find courses that will fulfill your ACE and CDR general education requirements. There are many resources available to help you with this including the Degree Planner, the Degree Audit, the Undergraduate Catalog, and ACE course website. The overall goal when researching ACE and CDR courses is to not only find a course that will fulfill your degree requirements, but to find a course covering content that you will enjoy learning. The ACE and CDR requirements are designed to increase your skill set in ways that will help you with courses in your major, with working with others, and with life after graduation. These courses are also designed to expose you to topics and information that would be outside of your major and perhaps outside of your comfort zones. However, these courses are not meant to be a roadblock or barrier to completing your degree, and they are not design to be work to keep you busy. The key is to find those classes that you will enjoy the most while increasing your skills and experiences.

My first recommendation would be to use the degree audit and/or degree planner available in MyRed to see what ACE and CDR requirements that you have left to fulfill. Both of these tools will also tell you what courses will fulfill a particular ACE or CDR requirement, but unfortunately, the list of courses for each CDR requirement will be much less specific. My second recommendation would be to research the content and prerequisites for a course on the Undergraduate Catalog ( by searching for that course. The Undergraduate Catalog contains a course description, the course prerequisites if any, and possibly other important course information about each course the University offers. My third recommendation would be to research semester course offerings and content categories on the ACE courses website ( This website normally has a list of ACE courses being offered for the upcoming semester, and it has a list of ACE courses that fall into a specific content areas.

My final recommendation is specific to finding CDR courses where the list of classes is much less specific, and I would suggest looking up lists of courses by subject area in the Undergraduate Catalog ( Each CDR has a specific list of course subject areas that will fulfill the requirement:

- CDR Writing: any ACE 1 certified course
- CDR Science: almost any 3 credit hour or more course from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics
- CDR Lab Science: one lab course from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geology, meteorology, and physics
- CDR Humanities: almost any 3 credit hour or more course from classics, upper-level classical languages, English, film studies, history, upper-level modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies
- CDR Social Sciences: almost any 3 credit hour or more course from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, national security studies, psychology, or sociology that is not a CDR Science course (i.e., ANTH 242, GEOG 155, GEOG 281, PSYC 273, etc.)
- CDR Human Diversity in US Communities: the approved list in available the degree audit and this requirement can overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Sciences

Remember ACE and CDR requirements cannot be overlapped, so for example, you cannot complete your ACE 1 and CDR Writing requirements with only one ACE 1 course. I would be happy to help with finding and enrolling in these courses!

CSCE 311 Course Time
The School of Computing has made a change to the CSCE 311 course time to allow students the opportunity to take both CSCE 311 and a Statistics course during the Spring 2024 semester. The School of Computing now plans to offer the CSCE 311 course on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30-12:20 pm in Louise Pound Hall Room 105 and on Thursdays at 9:00-10:15 am in Avery Hall Room 347.

These updated meeting times should work with STAT 102 (TR 12:30-1:45 pm in Keim Hall Room 262), STAT 251 (TR 11:00-12:15 pm in Hardin Hall Room 142), STAT 318 (MWF 10:00-10:50 am in Hardin Hall Room 49), STAT 450 (TR 12:30-1:45 pm in Animal Science Room A128), and STAT 463 (TR 11:00-12:15 pm in Animal Science Room A130 & M at 12:30-1:20, 1:30-2:20, or 2:30-3:20 pm on city campus).

Priority Registration
Priority Registration times are assigned to students based on their current class level (actual earned hours). Within each class level, Priority Registration times are distributed randomly each term from earliest to latest. The priority class levels and registration dates are:

1. Seniors (89 credit hours or more) - NOW to Wednesday, October 25th

2. Juniors (53-88 credit hours) - Thursday, October 26th to Monday, October 30th (no weekend times)

3. Sophomores (27-52 credit hours) - Tuesday, October 31st to Thursday, November 2nd

4. Freshmen (0-26 credit hours) - Friday, November 3rd to Tuesday, November 7th (no weekend times)

If you have a hold on your MyRed account that prevents registration in classes, you will not be able to use your Priority Registration date and time. Information about holds can be found within the MyRed Message Center. If you have questions about a hold, please contact me or the office listed under the hold information. It is also important to be mindful of To Do items in your MyRed Message Center as sometimes these To Do items can turn into holds. If you are on Probation this semester, we must meet to discuss your academics in order for your Probation hold on enrolling in Spring 2024 semester classes to be removed.

Now is the time to start working on your course plan for the Spring 2024 semester, so please don't hesitate to schedule a meeting with me to discuss any questions you have about classes or degree requirements.

Best wishes, Doug

Fall 2023 Advising
I am taking in-person, Zoom, and phone meetings in 45-minute blocks from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm every weekday when I am not taking Zoom drop-in advising meetings. I am also take Zoom drop-in advising meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Zoom drop-in meetings are being coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences with a schedule and a link to the Zoom room available at

You can schedule a meeting with me by using the Student Success Hub via this link, by calling the College of Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center at 402-472-4190, by calling me at 402-472-4319, or by emailing me at You can find instructions for how to access and schedule meetings in the Student Success Hub system here.

Math Department Events
The Math Department has many upcoming events that might be of interest to you along with a weekly (or almost weekly) colloquium series. A listing of all upcoming Math Department events can be found at

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