MCD Biology Undergrad Advising

As of March 11, 2020, in accordance with the campus COVID-19 response, the MCD Advising Office will not be open for in-person meetings with students. Please check below to see how to "Chat" or Zoom" with an adviser.  

Email is the fastest way to reach us! Email us at 

Scroll down to check our calendar and see adviser availability. Then schedule an appointment using Slug Success or come to drop-in advising. Appointments open every Monday, two weeks in advance. For a walk-through on how to make an appointment using Slug Success click here

Announcement!: Academic Planning workshops are Wednesdays, Jan 27th and Feb 17th.  


MCD Biology Advising can provide assistance with:

  • Determining which courses to enroll in
  • Qualifying for an MCD Biology-sponsored major
  • Declaring an MCD Biology-sponsored major
  • Academic planning for your chosen major
  • Getting ready to graduate

During peak enrollment times, we offer Front Desk Express advising (no appointment needed!) and can answer questions regarding:

  • Short-term academic planning
  • Major qualification policy
  • Enrollment troubleshooting

Throughout the year, MCD Biology Advising also puts on workshops, so check our calendar periodically to see what we've got planned! Past workshops have covered topics such as:

  • Academic Planning
  • Resume Writing
  • Study Abroad
  • Pre-Health Coaching
  • UCSC Grad Research w/ Grad Student Panel

Need a signature?

You can email the following forms to our office:

  • Part-time Final Quarter Approval 
  • Petition to Extend Enrollment
  • Petition for Individual Studies
  • Request for Drop of Major/Minor 
  • Second Major or Minor Declaration Form
  • Simultaneous Enrollment w/ Other UC Campus Application
  • Study Abroad Department Approval Form 
  • UCSC Extension Concurrent Enrollment
  • Veterans Benefits Services Verification

We will email you a copy of your completed form. Students are responsible for final submission of the above forms to the appropriate office.



MCD Biology Advisors:




MCD Faculty Advisor:

John Tamkun
MCD Curriculum Chair:

John Tamkun

MCD Department Chair:

Grant Hartzog