MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising

Welcome to Molecular, Cell & Developmental (MCD) Biology Undergraduate Advising!


Important Announcements

Please note that the MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising Office is currently not scheduling in-person meetings. Please check below to see how best to meet with an adviser.

We have posted our 2022-2023 Curriculum Plan - please note that the Curriculum Plan is subject to change.

Fall 2022 Enrollment Information

  • Be sure to read our Enrollment Guide for Fall 2022
    • Note regarding Senior Exit/DC Labs: 
      • All senior exit / DC labs are “closed” and will show “0 of XX Enrollment” during First Pass - be sure you add yourself to the waitlist for the class during Second Pass
      • Due to limited space, 4th and 5th year seniors (students with an EGT of Fall 2022, Winter 2023, or Spring 2023), will be prioritized for enrollment in Senior Exit/DC Lab courses. 
      • If you are looking to enroll in a Senior Exit/DC Lab, be sure to have the search options set to seach "All Courses" to see the course details as the courses are closed during First Pass Enrollment.


How to Access MCD Biology Advising

MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising is implementing a Caseload based advising approach starting the Fall 2022 quarter - this means each MCDB Advisor is assigned to meet with students from a specific College. This is to promote Student/Advisor relationships. Each MCDB Advisor is assigned to 3 or 4 Colleges.

Though we are assigning our advisors to work with a specific College, please note the differences in Advising options:

MCD Biology Peer Advising 

For all MCD Biology Peer Advising, you do not need to meet with a specific Adviser or Peer Adviser.

Please use Peer Advising Drop-in for:

  • Academic Planning
  • Questions about Major Qualification Criteria
  • Enrollment Troubleshooting
  • Referrals to Campus Resources

Peer Advising Workshops- we plan to offer workshops each quarter regarding:

  • Academic Planning
  • MCD Biology Qualification Requirements
  • Enrollment and Course Search
  • Graduation 
  • and more!

Please see the MCD Biology Peer Advising calendar below for Peer Advising Drop-in and Workshops


MCD Biology Undergraduate Adviser Drop-In

MCD Biology Staff Advisers will be holding individual drop-in hours weekly - you do NOT need to meet with your assigned advisor. Drop-in advising is normally limited to a maximum of 15 minutes as this is a space for quick, mostly general questions.

Drop-in advising for the Fall 2022 Quarter will be virtual. You will be placed into a virtual/Zoom waiting room until the Host/Adviser invites you in. 

Please use the MCD Biology Drop-in advising for:

  • Quick questions about MCD courses 
  • Questions about Major Qualification Criteria
  • MCDB Appeals Process
  • Questions about Petitions such as:
    • Course Repeat Petitions
    • Exceptions to Policy
  • General Questions or referrals to Campus Resources

Please note - if your question is best suited for your assigned Advisor, you may be redirected during Drop-in to schedule an appointment or to email your questions to your advisor (See below for how to email your assigned advisor).  

Group Drop-in advising will be available during "busy advising" times - i.e. Advising Week, Enrollment Week, and the first week of the quarter. During these "busy advising" times, individual drop-in and appointments will not be availalbe.

Please see the calendar below for MCD Biology Undergraduate Adviser drop-in times:



MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising Email

Please continue to email us at using your UCSC email address; please be sure to include your Student ID number in your email.

Please use email for:

  • General questions
  • Progress/Graduation Checks (remaining major requirements)
  • Getting forms signed

To be sure your email is sent to your assigned adviser, be sure you put you College in the subject line (see example below):


If you are in John R. Lewis College and have questions about the Curriculum Plan, your subject line should show as:

Subject: John R. Lewis College - Questions on Curriculum Plan


NOTE: If you do not put your College in the subject line, a response to your email may be delayed (5-7 business days) as we will need to first find your College, then route it to your assigned advisor.


MCD Biology Undergraduate Adviser Appointments

Appointments are one-on-one advising appointments (usually about 30 minutes) with an MCD Biology Adviser to go more in-depth regarding your academic record. You should only be meeting with your assigned advisor. 

All MCDB Advising Appointments are scheduled through Slug Success in advance, you will then be provided with a Zoom link in your appointment confirmation and reminder messages from Sluc Success. Follow the Zoom link at the time of the appointment, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the Host invites you in. 

NOTE: If you are in Slug Success and do not see MCD/MCD Advising on the list of offices you can schedule an appointment with, this means our appointments are full - We open our appointments 2 weeks in advance.

Please click the link with your College name to schedule an appointment with your assigned MCD Biology Advisor:

Adviser: Ali Adviser: Christine Adviser: Dianne
Kresge College College Nine Cowell College
Oakes College John R. Lewis College Crown College
Porter College Rachel Carson College Merrill College
Stevenson College


NOTE: If you schedule an appointment with an advisor who is not your assigned advisor, your appointment will be canceled. If the available appointment times do not work for you, please email with your College in the subject line to request an appointment due to a time conflict. If the appointments are all full (i.e. there is no time conflict), please try to schedule an appointment for a later date as our appointments open 2 weeks in advance.





MCDB Biology Advisors:





MCDB Faculty Advisor:

John Tamkun
MCDB Curriculum Chair:

John Tamkun

MCDB Department Chair:

Grant Hartzog

MCDB Department Manager:

Teel Lopez