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 invited to a Biological Sciences New Transfer Student Information Session.  Transfer students have the option to attend an on-campus information session (recommended), or participate in our online information session.  While the New Transfer Student Information Session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to prepare you for your transition to UC San Diego in the fall.


The information session will cover 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?
  • Fall quarter major course recommendations

Information Session Dates

Date Time Location
Wednesday, August 15 (in-person) 1:00 p.m. 2130 Bonner Hall
Thursday, August 16 (in-person) 1:00 p.m. 2130 Bonner Hall
Friday, August 17 (in-person) 9:00 a.m. 2130 Bonner Hall
Monday, August 20 (in-person) 9:00 a.m. 2130 Bonner Hall
June 12 – September 21 (online) 24 hours a day/7 days a week Online

On-Campus Information Session

The on-campus information session is recommended and consists of an hour-long presentation. Following the presentation, you may participate in an optional (but highly recommended) individual advising session to review customized Fall quarter course recommendations for your biology major.

Online Information Session

The online information session consists of nine modules that cover similar information to the on-campus session. Fall quarter major course recommendations will not automatically be provided following the online session. If you need assistance selecting major courses for Fall quarter, we can help you AFTER your transfer coursework has been posted to your UC San Diego record. You can contact a Biology advisor by using the Online Advising tab within the New Student Site or visit us on-campus in Pacific Hall 1128 during walk-in advising hours.


  • If you plan to participate in an on-campus or online 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.
  • Not all on-campus dates may be available. As dates fill up, the registration system will show only those dates that are still available.
  • Once registered, you may change your session date by accessing the registration system. You can change to any open session, pending the session you were previously registered for has not closed.
  • If you registered for an on-campus session and are unable to attend, please contact Biology Undergraduate Student and Instructional Services at (858) 534-0557 so we can delete your registration.
  • For those participating in the on-campus information session, guests may join a student during the presentation portion, however, we will ask visitors to remain outside of the advising office while we conduct individual advising. Guests are not required to register for the information session.
Registration for the Transfer Student Information Sessions is now closed.


What Our Students Are Saying

"I came into the information session fairly worried about the upcoming school year but the advisors, with the information provided and friendly attitudes, really helped to put me at ease. I feel that I can approach them without being scared and I know that they are there to help."

"I was worried/nervous before the session. I was overwhelmed with all the information I received via emails and on New Student site. However, after the session, I felt ready for the upcoming quarter. The academic advising really helped me lot."

"I enjoyed the presentations very much because they were short and to the point. During the entire presentation they answered all my questions. The advising afterwards was not rushed even though they had many students. I felt that the personal attention given is definitely a help for new transfer students since we come from a much smaller community."