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Advising Services

Notice: Undergraduate advising services are gradually transitioning from solely online to both online and in-person offerings for the 2021-22 academic year. Please be thoughtful in determining which service is most appropriate based on the specific advising need.

Academic advising is a process designed to facilitate student development and communicate information regarding degree programs, courses, resources, and departmental policies/procedures to help students attain their educational goals. The academic advising process helps students to:

  • understand policies and procedures, curricular options, and academic program requirements
  • define and outline their educational objectives
  • plan programs that incorporate their interests, abilities, and goals
  • take full advantage of the facilities and resources available at UC San Diego

Advising Options

Ask A Question in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Current students can submit a brief question 24-hours a day through the Virtual Advising Center, within the Ask a Question area. An advisor will respond within 72 business hours (and often sooner), and the response can be viewed in the Contact Record area.

Note: Response times may exceed three working days during enrollment periods.

FAST 15: Drop-In Advising (Online)

Fifteen (15) minute online drop-in sessions are available to all students in real time to address simple inquiries related to major/minor requirements, the degree audit, current or upcoming quarter planning, etc.

Drop-In Advising days/times are noted on the advising calendar below. When Drop-In Advising is open students will be able to meet with an advisor by signing in to the Meet with Advisor area of the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Availability is subject to change.

FAST 15: Walk-In Advising (In-Person)

Fifteen (15) minute walk-in sessions are available to all students in Pacific Hall 1128 to address simple inquiries related to major/minor requirements, the degree audit, current or upcoming quarter planning, etc.

Walk-In Advising days/times are noted on the advising calendar below. When Walk-In Advising is open, students will be able to sign in to meet with an advisor in the lobby of Pacific Hall 1128.

Availability is subject to change.

Campus forms that need to be reviewed by a biology advisor should be sent to biousis@ucsd.edu as a PDF attachment. Campus forms will not be signed in-person.

Scheduled Appointments (Online & In-Person)

Only available to currently declared biology majors.

Thirty (30) minute online and in person appointments are available for complex inquiries, such as long term planning or readmission.

Current students who are declared as a biology major within our School may schedule an appointment by signing into the Meet with Advisor area of the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Incoming transfer students will be able to schedule long term planning appointments after they are enrolled in FA22 courses.

Incoming freshmen will be able to schedule long term planning appointments after FA22 quarter begins.

Appointments scheduled outside of these parameters will be cancelled.

Form Submission (Online)

Campus forms that need to be reviewed by a biology advisor can be sent to biousis@ucsd.edu as a PDF attachment.

Before sending forms to Biology, ensure all guidelines for completion are met. Signed forms will be returned via the VAC (Contact Record area).

Turnaround is not immediate, and could take up to 72 business hours. Students are expected to plan accordingly.

Information Sessions and Workshops

Information sessions and workshops are designed to introduce and expose students to academic and cocurricular services and programs vital to their success.

Topics include:

  • Academics
  • Graduate/Professional School
  • Study Abroad
  • Career Options
  • Student Development
  • Research

Biology information sessions and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Check the info sessions page for dates.

Note: Not available during summer, winter, or spring breaks.

Pre-Health Program Advising

Pre-health advising is offered through the Career Center. Students interested in pre-health programs should review Healthbeat resources, and refer specific inquiries to Healthbeat advising.

Once students identify specific courses that are required for pre-health programs, biology advisors can assist with plotting biology-related coursework into an individual long term plan or addressing questions about specific biology courses or enrollment.

Undergraduate Advising Schedule

Communication Protocol

The official methods of communication used at UC San Diego by the Division of Biological Sciences and your college are email communication via a students’ UC San Diego email account and the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Due to privacy regulations, the advisors will communicate solely through the VAC or your UC San Diego email account. While some inquiries may be resolved through email correspondence, most situations benefit from face-to-face interaction, so please select the most appropriate form of communication to address your inquires.

Questions

Current UCSD students: Please submit your questions via the VAC. An advisor will respond in 1-3 business days.
Non-UCSD students: Email us at biousis@ucsd.edu