Academic Planning

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

1.  Download the UCSC Academic Planning Form. The form includes 2020-21 checklists for each of our sponsored majors (see the tabs on the bottom of the document). If you'd like input on your plan from an MCD adviser, go into the sharing settings and choose "anyone at UCSC with the link can edit" and then email the link and your questions to mcdadvising@ucsc.edu! 

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 for all BIOL, BIOE, CHEM, MATH and PHYS courses in the 2019-20 UCSC General Catalog.

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