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Advising Services

Notice: Undergraduate advising services are gradually transitioning from solely online to in-person offerings for the 2021-22 academic year. As such, in-person advising options may be limited and are subject to change. 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

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.

Scheduled Appointments (Online & In-Person)

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

Appointments are available during the below days/times, outside of busy enrollment periods, and can be made up to two weeks in advance. Availability is subject to change.

For FA21, appointments will not be available during Weeks 0, 1, 7, and 8, due to enrollment advising demand.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, click on the time block for your preferred day to see available appointment times. If the same time block is listed multiple times, multiple advisors are scheduling appointments during that time, and students are encouraged to check day/times in each time block to display all appointment availability.

The advisor will reach out through the Contact Record area of the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) to confirm your appointment day/time, and provide you with important day-of appointment information (e.g. how to access the appointment/meet with the advisor).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
In Person (Pacific Hall 1128) 1:00pm-2:30pm 1:00pm-2:30pm 10:00am-11:30am 1:00pm-2:30pm
Online (Zoom) 1:00pm-2:30pm; 2:30pm-4:00pm 3:00pm-4:30pm; 4:30pm-6:00pm

8:30am-10:00am; 8:30am-10:00am; 10:00am-11:30am; 10:00am-11:30am; 3:00pm-4:30pm; 4:30pm-6:00pm

10:00am-11:30am; 1:00pm-2:30pm; 1:00pm-2:30pm; 2:30pm-4:00pm

Form Submission (Online)

Campus forms that need to be reviewed by a biology advisor can be sent to 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.


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