Undergraduate Departmental Petition Instructions

The Division of Biological Sciences strictly enforces the requirements set forth for all biology majors . Therefore, students who wish to utilize a course that is not prescribed for their biology major must request an exception by submitting an Undergraduate Student Petition . The petition must be accompanied by supporting documentation and will be reviewed by a biology faculty member to determine if biology credit can be granted.

While it is preferred that students petition after their coursework has posted to their record, we will review coursework prior to it being taken on a conditional basis. If you plan to submit conditional petitions, you will be limited in the number of courses that can be reviewed.

Petitions are not guaranteed to be approved and take approximately 4-5 weeks to be processed.

Notification of the decision is sent through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) . All petitions can be submitted to the front desk of the Biology Undergraduate Student and Instructional Services Office (USIS) located in Pacific Hall 1128 or via email to biousis@ucsd.edu.

Please see instructions below regarding petitioning course work. If you plan to take major course work outside of UCSD, you should consult with a biology advisor so applicable procedures can be verified. You should verify that your plans will not impact your ability to meet prerequisites, complete the upper-division unit requirement, or satisfy the Biology Residency Requirement, or receive degree conferral in a timely manner.

Upon completion of coursework taken outside of UCSD, all official transcripts must be sent to the UC San Diego Admissions office for evaluation and posting to your academic history. Note: It takes approximately 10-12 weeks from the time you send transcripts for them to be received, evaluated and posted to your academic history.

Lower-Division Course Work Taken Outside of UC San Diego

  • Coursework that has expired or has not been reviewed in the past would need to be petitioned for consideration of major credit.
    • Submit a petition along with all related course materials - syllabus, title of textbook, lecture notes, exams, etc. (See the Sample Petitions section below for instructions on how to complete your petition)
    • All lower division courses must meet the minimum criteria below to be considered by petition and applied to the major if approved:
      • UC transferable
      • Letter grade of C- or better

If you plan to take chemistry, mathematics, or physics course work outside of UCSD, please contact the respective UCSD Department to determine the process for course evaluation.

Upper-Division Course Work Taken Within and Outside of UC San Diego

  • Coursework that has expired or has not been reviewed in the past would need to be petitioned for consideration of major credit.
    • Submit a petition along with all related course materials - syllabus, title of textbook, lecture notes, exams, etc. (See the Sample Petitions section below for instructions on how to complete your petition)
    • Courses must meet the minimum criteria to be considered by petition and applied to the major, if approved.

Upper-Division Biology Laboratory Credit Within and Outside of UC San Diego

  • Coursework that has expired or has not been reviewed in the past would need to be petitioned for consideration of major credit.
    • Submit a petition along with all related course materials - syllabus, title of textbook, lecture notes, exams, etc. (See the Sample Petitions section below for instructions on how to complete your petition)
    • Courses must meet the minimum criteria to be considered by petition and applied to the major, if approved
    • In addition to the standard criteria, lab courses must also require written work (i.e. research paper, lab report, etc.) and approximately 80 hours of time spent in the lab.

Sample Petitions

If the course(s) meets all of the guidelines listed above, you may submit your petition(s). You will need to complete one petition for each course you want reviewed (do not write multiple courses on a single petition). Submit your petition(s) and requested course materials (e.g. syllabus, course description, lecture notes, exams, fieldwork, papers, etc.) to the Biological Sciences Student and Instructional Services Office located in Pacific Hall 1128.

For Courses Taken Outside UC San Diego

For Courses Taken at UC San Diego

Under "Request", list the course information as it appears on your UC San Diego academic history (e.g. course subject, course number, course title, term/quarter, institution, country, EAP/OAP/another UC, units, and grade). Under "If UCSD Course", list the course information as it appears on your UC San Diego academic history (i.e. course subject, course number, grade received, units, and term/quarter completed).
Under "Reason", list what biology credit you are seeking (you can list a general requirement like Biology Elective or a specific course like BIMM 114). Under "Reason", list what biology credit you are seeking (you can list a general requirement like Biology Elective or a specific course like BIMM 114).
Submit the completed petition and course materials to Pacific Hall 1128. Submit the completed petition and course materials to Pacific Hall 1128.
We will notify you of the outcome via the VAC in approximately 3-4 weeks. We will notify you of the outcome via the VAC in approximately 4-8 weeks

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Student Responsibility

Students who wish to petition course work towards their major must initiate the process. Biology Advising staff will NOT automatically review course work or update student records.

Questions? Contact Student & Instructional Services (Pacific Hall 1128) through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) or by phone at (858)534-0557.