Lab Course Information

The Division of Biological Sciences offers a number of laboratory courses throughout the academic year and summer session. Undergraduate laboratory courses promote student learning and understanding by providing students with a safe, hands-on practice in experimental biology. Experimental learning provides a foundation for student success.

Undergraduate laboratory course policies and procedures differ from lecture courses in terms of enrollment, fees, and safety. Please carefully read the information below and take action as required.

Student Responsibility

Students MUST complete the online Biology Lab Safety Training and Assessment BEFORE the first lab meeting. See the section below, "Lab Safety Requirement", for further details.

Lab Enrollment

There are special regulations, procedures and deadlines associated with enrollment in biology lab courses.

  • The Division of Biological Sciences follows university enrollment and electronic wait list processes for all lab courses. Please review Undergraduate Enrollment for additional information.
  • Students may enroll or wait list using WebReg until the first class meeting; after the first class meeting the automated wait list will no longer function. 
  • Whether a student is enrolled or wait listed, attendance at the first lab meeting is mandatory. 
  • All students, whether enrolled or wait listed, must complete the on-line Lab Safety Training and pass the Lab Safety Assessment prior to the first lab meeting.  See below for labs requiring assessment.
  • After the first meeting, adding a lab course requires instructor and divisional approval via the UC San Diego Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).
  • Enrolled students who miss the first class meeting, or do not pass the Lab Safety Assessment (if required), will have their lab space revoked.  It is the students responsibility to drop the course or risk receiving a "W" or non-passing grade in the course.
  • Students who drop a biology lab course after the end of the second lab meeting will be assigned a “W” for the course. If the student already has a “W” in the course, a final grade of “F” will be assigned. Student will be responsible for the lab fee associated with the particular lab course.

For further information, see the frequently asked questions about undergraduate lab course enrollment.

Lab Fees

Students who enroll in Biology lab courses are charged a lab fee which is assessed at the time of registration.  Please see Instructional Materials/Laboratory Fees for additional information.

The current fees are as follows, but are subject to change without notice:

  • BILD 4 $40
  • BILD 51 $50
  • BIBC 103 $50
  • BIBC 151 TBD
  • BICD 101 zero
  • BICD 123 $100
  • BICD 145 $50
  • BIEB 121 $50
  • BIEB 123 $100
  • BIEB 131 $50
  • BIEB 135 zero
  • BIEB 143 zero
  • BIEB 167 $50
  • BIMM 101 $80
  • BIMM 121 $90
  • BIMM 143 TBD
  • BIMM 171A $125
  • BIMM 171B zero
  • BIMM 185 zero
  • BIPN 105 $90

Students who drop a lab course before the end of the second lab meeting are eligible for a refund of the charged lab fee.  Refunds are automatically processed by Student Business Services.

In most lab courses, students will also be required to purchase lab coats, goggles and other safety equipment not covered by the lab fee.

Lab Safety Requirement

All students, enrolled or waitlisted, for the laboratory courses below are REQUIRED to demonstrate an understanding of general lab safety and UCSD Undergraduate Biology lab rules and policies. Completing the on-line Lab Safety Training and passing the Lab Safety Assessment fulfills this requirement.

Enrolled students who miss the first lab meeting, or do not pass the Lab Safety Assessment, will have their lab space revoked. It is the students responsibility to drop the course or risk receiving a "W" or non-passing grade in the course.

  • The Lab Safety Training and Assessment are available at any time, but the assessment will apply to a specific quarter. 
  • The assessment must be completed and passed BEFORE the first lab meeting. Plan ahead!
  • The self-study training and assessment should take approximately 1-hour to complete.
  • The assessment portion is timed. Students will have a maximum of 30-minutes to complete the assessment.
  • Students may take the assessment as many times as it takes to pass.
  • Students will be certified once the assessment is passed. Certification information will be available to lab instructors for verification prior to the first class meeting.
  • Certification is valid for one quarter.
Take the online self-study Lab Safety Training and Assessment.

Accommodation

Students who need accommodations (such as alternative test format or extra time) due to a documented disability must email biologysafetytraining@ucsd.edu well before the start of the quarter.

Extension (Concurrent Enrollment) Students

Email biologysafetytraining@ucsd.edu as soon as possible to avoid any delay in your studies. Passing the safety assessment does not imply or guarantee enrollment in a lab course.

Biology Lab Courses Requiring the Lab Safety Assessment

  • BILD 4
  • BILD 51
  • BIBC 103
  • BIBC 151
  • BICD 101
  • BICD 123
  • BICD 145
  • BIEB 121
  • BIEB 123
  • BIEB 131
  • BIEB 135
  • BIMM 101
  • BIMM 121
  • BIMM 171A
  • BIMM 171B
  • BIPN 105

Lab Safety Questions & Contact

If you have questions about Undergraduate Lab Safety Training or the Lab Safety Assessment, please carefully review the information above and the frequently asked questions.

If, after reviewing the information contained on this web page you have additional questions about Lab Safety Training and Assessment, please send a detailed email to biologysafetytraining@ucsd.edu.

Questions? Contact Student & Instructional Services (Pacific Hall 1128) through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) or by phone at (858)534-0557.