Advising Services

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 Office Location

Pacific Hall 1128

Advising Options

Walk-In Sessions: Fast 15

15-minute walk-in sessions are available in Pacific Hall 1128 throughout the quarter (please see the calendar below for available times) to help with simple questions such as:

  • Degree audit check and correction
  • Current quarter planning and scheduling
  • Selecting classes for the next quarter
  • Academic form review and signature (e.g., Readmission form, Academic Planning form, Financial Aid forms, Double Major petitions, Maximum Unit Appeal forms, etc.)

Note: The last sign-in for a morning session will be 11 a.m.; last sign-in for an afternoon session will be 3 p.m.

These times are subject to change.

Scheduled Appointments

30-minute appointments are available in our office and online.

Office Appointments

30-minutes appointments are available in Pacific Hall 1128 to address inquiries such as:

  • Long-term academic planning for major requirements
  • Options for majors
  • Academic form review and signature (e.g., Readmission form, Academic Planning form, Financial Aid forms, Double Major petitions, Maximum Unit Appeal forms, etc.)

Office appointments start on the hour and half-hour on Monday's from 1:00-3:00pm and Thursday's from 9:00-11:00am.

Office appointments are not available during Weeks 0-2, finals week and summer, winter, or spring breaks.

Online Appointments

30-minutes appointments are available online via Zoom to address inquiries such as:

  • Long-term academic planning for major requirements
  • Options for majors
  • Degree audit check and correction
  • Current quarter planning and scheduling
  • Selecting classes for the next quarter

We cannot process academic forms via online appointments at this time.

Online appointments are offered during various days and times throughout the quarter. Please see the calendar below for available times.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Call (858) 534-0557 during business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-12pm & 1pm-4:30pm, closed Tuesdays 8am-1pm).

A confirmation message will be sent, via the Virtual Advising Center, before the scheduled appointment. For those participating in an online appointment, the message will include detailed information on how to access the appointment.

Appointment Policies

  • Appointments must be scheduled in advance.
  • Appointments are available for declared Biology majors only. Non-majors may use Walk-In or the Virtual Advising Center to address biology-related questions.
  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late will need to reschedule the appointment
  • Students are scheduled with an available advisor; advisor-specific appointments are not available.

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Current students can submit a brief question 24-hours a day through the Virtual Advising Center. An advisor will respond within 72 business hours (and often sooner). 

Note : Response times may exceed three working days during enrollment periods and/or observed campus closure.

Information Sessions and Workshops

Infosessions 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.

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