New Transfer Student Information Session

Congratulations on your admission to UC San Diego, and welcome to the Division of Biological Sciences!

Transfer students who were admitted into a biology major at time of admission to the university are encouraged to register for an Online Biological Sciences New Transfer Student Information Session.

Online Information Session

The online information session covers items you need to know before you begin your first quarter at UC San Diego. Topics include:

  • Major Requirements
  • Transfer Courses and Equivalency
  • Schedule of Classes - How are biology courses scheduled?
  • Biology Course Offerings
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Enrollment
  • Wait Lists - What happens when you can't enroll in a class?
  • Enrichment Opportunities
*If you plan to view the Online Transfer Information Session, registration is mandatory.
*You must have an active UCSD email address to access the registration system. Please note that it may take 24 to 48 hours after activation for the registration system to recognize your UCSD email account.
*Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information and instructions.
Registration for the Transfer Student Information Sessions is now closed.

A list of URL’s covered in the Online Information Session are provided so you do not need to note them as you view each module.

While you can view the Online Information Session through September 20, to receive the most benefit, we recommend you review all modules prior to enrollment.

Fall Quarter Major Course Recommendations

Fall quarter major course recommendations will not be automatically provided following the online session. If you would like assistance selecting major courses for fall quarter, we can help you AFTER you have viewed the online information session AND your transfer coursework has posted to your Academic History on TritonLink. Transfer coursework should be posted to your record by mid-August if transcripts were post-marked by the July 1 st deadline. You can receive fall quarter major course recommendations in one of the following ways:

  • New Student Site: Contact a Biology advisor electronically by using the Online Advising tab within the New Student Site. An advisor will respond to your inquiry within 3 business days providing you with major course options for fall quarter. You will be notified via your UC San Diego email when your question has been answered. You will then need to log in to the New Student Site and return to the Online Advising/Ask a Question tab to read the response.
  • Online Appointment: Schedule an online appointment which will be conducted remotely using the Zoom application. Students receiving major course recommendations via an online appointment will need to download the Zoom application on an electronic device. An online appointment can be scheduled by calling 858-534-0557 (Monday-Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, closed Tuesdays 8:00am-1:00pm). A confirmation message will be sent via the New Student Site before the scheduled appointment. You will be notified via your UC San Diego email when the online appointment confirmation has been sent. You will then need to log in to the New Student Site and return to the Online Advising/Ask a Question tab to read the message which will include detailed information on how to access the appointment.
  • On-Campus Advising: Visit a Biology advisor on-campus in Pacific Hall 1128 during walk-in advising hours. Please refer to the map for directions. You can also reference the interactive campus map (type in Pacific Hall PACIF) to assist with directions. Parking lots P102 and P103 are closest to Pacific Hall.


  • Purchase a parking pass on the UCSD Transportation Services website. Once on the Transportation website, select the Buy a Permit cart, select Manage my Account Online Services (center of the page), select UC San Diego Single Sign-on (toward bottom of page).  You will need to log on using your PID and password.  Select Permits (top left of the page), Get Permits, One Day Printable Permit. You will need to have printing capabilities in order to print the parking permit and display it on your car dashboard.  The system will ask for an address, however the permit will be printable.  It will not be mailed.
  • Purchase a parking pass by the hour at the Osler Parking structure (one to two hours is sufficient).
  • Purchase a day pass at the Osler Parking structure. You will need vehicle information (e.g. license plate, make, and model).
  • Occasionally, Transportation Services will activate parking stations/kiosks in parking lots P102 and P103 where you can purchase a parking permit by the hour.
  • Purchase hourly parking via the Parkmobile app (
  • There are a small number of metered spaces (coin only) in lot P103. These spots fill quickly during the day.
  • Park off campus on La Jolla Scenic Drive North, La Jolla Shores Drive, or Torrey Pines Road and walk or bike to campus. It can take 15 - 30 minutes to walk to Pacific Hall.
  • Utilize ride sharing which can drop/pick-up in front of Pacific Hall.

Finding a parking space at UC San Diego can be difficult and time consuming so please plan accordingly.

Important Dates

Task Timeline
Request Major Course Recommendations We recommend you request these as soon as possible once transfer coursework is posted to your UCSD Academic History and after you view the Online Information Session
Transfer Coursework Tentatively Scheduled to Post August 15
View Online Transfer Session Modules We recommend you view the Online Information Session no later than August 25 as it is most beneficial to watch the modules prior to enrollment
Fall Quarter Enrollment Begins August 26
Last Day to View the Online Information Session September 20
Fall Quarter Instruction Begins at UCSD September 26