Academic Planning

Students should develop an academic plan for completing their degree requirements by following the steps below. 

1.  Download and print an Academic Planner (PDF) or access an electronic academic planner. All electronic planners include a planning page and a 19-20 major checklist. Students must make a copy of the Google sheet in order to have editing privileges (File > Make a copy). If you'd like input on your plan from an MCD adviser, be sure to share it with mcdadvising@ucsc.edu! Please access the electronic planners below:

Biology BS         Human Biology

MCD Biology     Neuroscience

2.  Understand your catalog rights:

"Catalog Rights" provide you with the option of following your majors requirements in effect the year you entered UCSC, or the option to select the requirements established in a subsequent year.  Keep in mind that you must follow one catalog year in it's entirety.  For clarification see the Registrar's information on Catalog Rights.

3.  Download Major Checklist (PDF):

4.  Determine if you are qualified for your major:

5.  Reference these sample academic plans:

6.  It is important to account for prerequisites and when courses are offered.  You can find both prerequisite and course offering information under our Enrollment section for these relevant disciplines:

For more information about developing an academic plan, see the Undergraduate Advising information: Devising a Four Year Plan