MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising

Virtual Advising: Drop-In Hours & Appointment Schedule:

NOTE: MCD Biology Advising is currently operating with reduced staff, so we thank you in advance for your patience as there may be a delay in email response times and limited appointments available. Thank You! 

 NOTE: 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 best meet with an adviser.  

How to Access MCD Biology Advising

  • Peer Advising: Virtual advising with a Peer Adviser. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the Host invites you in.

*Drop-In Advising links are provided in the Advising Calendar above.

What Can I Meet with a Peer Advisor About?
-Academic Plans
-Questions about Major Qualification Criteria
-Enrollment Troubleshooting
-Questions about Petitions such as: Course Repeat Petitions or Exception to Policy
-General Questions or Referrals to Camus Resources


  • Drop-In Advising: Virtual advising with an MCD Biology Adviser. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the Host invites you in. 

*Drop-In Advising links are provided in the Advising Calendar above.


  • Appointments: One-on-one virtual advising with an MCD Biology Adviser. View the MCDB Adviser Appointment days and times on the Advising Calendar above. Schedule an appointment through Slug Success in advance, you will then be provided with a Zoom link. 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. Click here for more information about how to make an appointment through Slug Success.


  • Email: You can email us at regarding:
    • General questions
    • Progress/Graduation Checks (remaining major requirements)
    • Getting Forms Signed


2022 Declaration Deadlines = April 29th for 6th quarter frosh / Feb 4th for 2nd quarter transfers


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 Drop In advising everyday (no appointment needed!) and can answer questions regarding:
    • Short-term academic planning
    • Major qualification policy
    • Enrollment troubleshooting


  • 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.


2021-2022 Workshops: Coming Soon!

Throughout the year, MCD Biology Advising 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, and more.





MCD Biology Advisors:





MCD Faculty Advisor:

John Tamkun
MCD Curriculum Chair:

John Tamkun

MCD Department Chair:

Grant Hartzog