MCDB Enrollment Guide for Fall 2021

Update 5/24/2021

Our goal will be to offer enough lectures, labs and discussion/lab sections to accommodate students who need to be remote while also providing in person learning experiences for those who are able to return to campus.

Table of Contents: 

  • Enrollment Support Resources (where to get help when you need HELP Enrolling)
  • Time Conflicts with classes you need
  • MCDB Enrollment Guide And Announcements
  • In Fall 2021, MCDB Will Be Offering The following Courses
  • Senior Lab and DC Information
  • METX Course Information
  • WHEN WILL THE WAITLIST OPEN
  • MCDB Policies
Enrollment Support Resources (where to get help when you need HELP Enrolling):
  1. Understanding the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes document to assist you in your search and selection of courses.  Paying close attention to whether the class and any associated sections are online, remote, in person, or a combination will be very important. This resource also provides definitions of the different types of instruction: synchronous and asynchronous and hybrid instruction.
  2. Peer Academic Success Coaches: If you need help understanding what you’re seeing in the Schedule of Classes, Peer Academic Success Coaches will be hosting enrollment support events via zoom beginning on May 12th of Advising Week, these will continue through the enrollment period. See their schedule and how to access them here!  Peer Coaches are well equipped to help students with the following:
  • Choosing classes and building a schedule for spring quarter (GE's, electives, showing students how to identify major qual criteria via online resources)
  • Navigating the class search (including recently implemented changes related to identifying remote vs. in-person classes)
  • Assisting students with enrollment via MyUCSC (add, drop, swap, edit, validate cart) 
  • Troubleshooting basic enrollment issues (identifying causes of error messages, resolving basic time conflicts, etc.) 
  • Helping students access and use their Academic Advisement Report (AAR) to identify needed requirements
  1. Office Of The Registrar: If you need technical help enrolling in classes, the Office of the Registrar has the following options available for enrollment and records support. 
Available Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Enrollment Helpline:  831-459-4412 
  1. NEW: Zoom Office of the Registrar Peer Advising!: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time (PST) - Register Online
  2. MCDB Staff Academic Advisers:
Time Conflicts with classes you need:
The MCDB Department Advisers cannot override time conflicts or provide permission codes to override time conflict. If you would like to request an override for a course conflict please do the following:
  1. Confirm with the faculty for BOTH courses that are impacted and approve the course time overlap.
  2. Have a plan in place for any missed work or attendance.  
  3. Then make sure you will not end up with two finals at the same time.
If you meet this criteria, once your enrollment appointments are open, please contact The Office of the Registrar directly at 831-459-4412 with the 5 digit class number for the course and any associated section that we are adding, and the registrar will assist with overriding the time conflict.  

 MCDB Enrollment Guide And Announcements:

From now until the first day of class, we (MCDB Advisers, Department Staff and the Chairs) will be vetting and analyzing the waitlists directly. The reason we vet/assess directly from the waitlist is because the waitlist confirms that you have satisfied the required pre-reqs and are seeking a seat in the course. All students who have the pre-reqs should enroll on the waitlist. Being on the waitlist will help you get into class. THE ONLY WAY to request a seat in a course that is full is to get on waitlist during second pass enrollment. THE waitlist opens only during second pass enrollment. 
If you are not able to enroll or waitlist during your enrollment appointments 
It may be because:
  1. You are missing a prerequisite
  2. Have or had an enrollment hold
  3. Because you have exceeded the number of units you are allowed to waitlist
  4. You did not waitlist for other reasons
You can complete the Enrollment Request Sign In Sheet for Fall 2021 on the first day of class: Thursday, September 23 at 8am!
The reason we are waiting until the first day of class to open the form is because many enrollment problems/challenges that students are encountering right now will be resolved well in advance of the first day of class or they may decide that they are no longer interested in taking the class.
In Fall 2021, MCDB Will Be Offering The following Courses:
Remote Option to satisfy DC and Senior Lab. Remote Option to satisfy DC and Senior Lab (see below for more information on the Senior Lab and DC requirements):

BIOL 189W-02 (2 units)
BIOL 104L (3 units)

In person option to to satisfy DC and Senior Lab (In person option to to satisfy DC and Senior Lab):BIOL 109L (5 units)
BIOL 121L (5 units) apply here here

The following courses will have:
  • Remote Lecture
  • Required In-person sections
BIOL 20L
BIOL 101L
The following courses will have:
  • Remote Lecture
  • A mix of In-person and remote sections
BIOL 20A
BIOL 101
BIOL 105
BIOL 110
The following courses will have:
  • In-Person Lecture
  • A mix of In-person and remote sections
BIOL 15
BIOL 102J (equivalent to BIOL 20L): Apply to this lab here
BIOL 121L: Apply to this lab here
BIOL 186F
BIOL 186L
BIOL 186R
BIOL 188
BIOL 189
BIOL 189W-01
BIOL 89
BIOL 80A
Need a second or third class:  Best Bets List for Fall 2021
Find more information about other elective options and requirements for your major here: https://mcd.ucsc.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/academic-planning1/index.htm

Senior Lab and DC Information: 

Remote Options:

Students need to satisfy BOTH the DC (writing) requirement and the Upper Division Senior Lab by completing the options listed above for each requirement.

BIOL 104L: Satisfies The Senior UD Lab without the Writing 

AND

BIOL 189W-02 + BIOL 101L: Satisfies the DC (writing) without the Senior Lab

In-Person options to Satisfy the DC and Senior Lab:

BIOL 109L: 5 credit course that satisfies both Senior Lab and DC

METX 119L: Satisfies the DC and Senior Lab requirements for the MCD-BIO BS major ONLY

BIOL 121L: Apply to this lab here, 5 credit course that satisfies both Senior Lab and DC

 

METX Course Information:

METX 119L: Satisfies the DC and Senior Lab requirements for the MCD-BIO BS major ONLY
METX 100 is approved to Satisfy one Upper division Elective for the following majors: 
  • Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology B.S.
  • Human Biology B.S.
NOTES about METX 100:
1. You can use either METX 100 or METX 119 but not both to satisfy UD Elective in the MCD and Human Biology majors
2. Students will now be allowed to use either METX 100 or METX 119 to satisfy the prerequisite for enrollment in METX 119L.
METX 140 is approved to Satisfy one Upper division Elective for the following majors: 
  • Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology B.S.
  • Human Biology B.S.
METX 140 is not interchangeable with BIOL 101 as a 101L pre-req. 

WHEN WILL THE WAITLIST OPEN?

The waitlist opens during Second-Pass Appointments! See your appointment day to get on the waitlist below!
  • 05/25/21: Priority Groups: 19-credit limit; 14-credit waitlist limit; 12:00-1:00 p.m.; appointments every half hour.
  • 05/25/21: Seniors: 19-credit limit; 14-credit waitlist limit; 1:00-4:00 p.m.; appointments every half hour
  • 05/26/21: Juniors: 19-credit limit; 14-credit, waitlist limit; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; appointments every half hour.
  • 05/27/21: Sophomores: 19-credit limit; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; appointments every half hour.
  • 05/28/21: Frosh: 19-credit limit; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; appointments every half hour.
  • 07/08/21: Enrollment remains open for continuing undergraduates until 11:59 p.m. on 07/21/21.
MCDB Policies:
  • Letter Grade Policy: All Major requirements require a letter grade. P Grades will not be accepted to satisfy major specific requirements. Only in Spring 2020 were students permitted to fulfill a major requirement with a P grade.
  • Major Policy Reminder: Effective Fall 2019, all MCD Biology-sponsored majors must complete BIOL 20A and all of the Core 4 courses (BIOL 100, 105, 101 and 110) at UCSC. Which means that frosh who began attending UCSC in fall 2019 and onward, will need to remember that the above classes cannot be taken outside of UCSC unless they submit an appeal asking for permission.
  • C- grades CANNOT be used to satisfy a major or GE requirement and cannot satisfy a prerequisite for another course. You must repeat a course if you receive a C- grade for major or pre-requisite credit. Only grades of “C” (2.0) or better will fulfill major requirements.