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Advising Services

NOTICE: At this time biology advising is being done remotely through online services. 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 and/or observed campus closure.

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.

FAST 15: Drop-In Advising (Online)

Fifteen (15) minute 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 Drop-In Advising Queue in the Meet with Advisor area of the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Availability is subject to change.

Scheduled Appointments (Online)

Thirty (30) minute online appointments are available for complex inquiries, such as long term planning or readmission. Requests for appointments can be made through the Virtual Advising Center Ask a Question area and the reason for the request must be noted.

Appointment availability is limited; if an advisor deems the rationale for the request appropriate, additional scheduling information will be provided.

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.

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