MCD Biology Enrollment Guide for Winter 2023!

Updated 11/9/2022

This Enrollment Guide contains important information and updates about enrolling in classes for Winter Quarter 2023.

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Helpful Reminders: 

  • Prioritize your major courses during First Pass enrollment and add GE’s during Second Pass enrollment, if necessary. 
  • Waitlists can only be joined during SECOND pass
  • Ensure you have no holds on your enrollment by checking your MyUCSC Student Center well before your enrollment appointment. 
  • Need to repeat a class for the third time? Be sure to check in with your College regarding a Double Repeat/Triple Take petition!

 

Winter Enrollment Schedule (At-a-Glance): 



Table of Contents:

Winter 2023 Enrollment Resources 

How to Get Support During Enrollment

    • Remember! If you are emailing mcdadvising@ucsc.edu, be sure to put your College in the subject line!

 

What Should I Enroll In?

Winter 2023 Transfer Students

If you have not completed the CHEM 8B Organic Chemistry equivalent at your community college → Enroll in BIOL 105 Genetics or BIOE 107: Ecology  and CHEM 8B Organic Chemistry

If you have completed the equivalent of the Organic Chemistry Series (i.e, CHEM 8A, CHEM 8L, and CHEM 8B) at your community college → Enroll in BIOL 100 Biochemistry and any lower division course you have not already completed (e.g.,  MATH 11B, STAT 5 or 7/L, or PHYS 6A/L).

 

Second Quarter (Fall 2022) Transfer Students

If you have completed CHEM 8B Organic Chemistry → Enroll in BIOL 100 Biochemistry. You can pair it with any lower division course you would like (e.g.,  MATH 11B, STAT 5 or 7/L, or PHYS 6A). 

*Note: BIOL 100 is the main prerequisite for most upper division MCD Biology (BIOL) courses and should be completed as soon as possible after transferring to UCSC.

You can declare your major right now by clicking HERE.

Also note that your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) may not be accurate regarding the lower division courses you transferred in. Please consult your “Transfer Credit: Report '' in MyUCSC for accurate transfer information or speak with an MCD Biology Advisor.

 

Second Quarter (Fall 2022) Frosh

Continue your General Chemistry Series with the aim of completing CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C/1N (Note: CHEM 1N is not a qualification requirement, however, it is a major requirement) by the end of Spring 2023. MATH 11A is also a high priority. 

Once you complete CHEM 1A, you can enroll in BIOL 20A. Once BIOL 20A has been completed, you can look to enroll in BIOE 20B and BIOL 20L in the subsequent quarter. 

*Remember that ALL qualification courses need to be completed by your 5th quarter, so that you can declare in your 6th quarter.


Full/Closed Class - What Should I Do? 

Always prioritize qualification courses and Core Four (BIOL 100, 101, 105 and 110) courses during first pass enrollment. We usually hold some seats in courses until after second pass enrollment, so don’t assume that a class is full or closed just because it has a waitlist.

The ONLY WAY to request a seat in a course that is FULL is to get on a waitlist during second pass enrollment. A spot on the waitlist does not guarantee a spot in the class, so make sure you have a back up plan. 

If you are not able to enroll or waitlist during your enrollment appointments, it may be because:

  1. You are missing a prerequisite
  2. You have an enrollment hold (check your portal for details)
  3. You have exceeded the number of units you are allowed to enroll in or waitlist

If you were unable to waitlist or add a class from your portal, you can complete the Enrollment Request Sign In Sheet for Winter 2023 a week before the First Day of Instruction: Tuesday, January 3 at 8am!

*Note: The Enrollment Request Sign In Sheet does not override holds or prerequisites. 

The reason we are waiting until the week before 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.

 

Academic Planning

MCD Biology Curriculum Plan 2022-2023

Visit the MCD Biology Department Curriculum Plan to help you plan your courses for the rest of the year. Please remember that the curriculum plan is subject to change.

Note that other departments have these too:


Need a Second or Third Class? 

Be sure to meet with your College Advisor to check your General Education (GE) requirements as well as other University requirements are met. The Colleges have provided a list of courses that have few (if any) prerequisites - this list is called the “Best Bets List”. If you have questions regarding the Best Bets list, please contact your College Advisor.

Remember! You have at least 2 Advisors at UCSC! MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising is your Major advising home; your College Advisors are your General Education and University Requirement advisors - they also have resources to help you be successful during your time at UCSC.

 

Need to Make a Plan for Yourself? 

Visit our MCDB Academic Planning Page where you will find blank plans, sample plans, and checklists for your majors.

 

Important MCD Biology Department Updates

New Prerequisites for MCD Biology Courses

The MCD Biology department has revised our prerequisites for most of our upper division courses - be sure to read the course descriptions for courses.

BIOL 100: Biochemistry has a new prerequisite of CHEM 8B in addition to the continuing prerequisites of BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B. Please remember that the MCD Biology Department strictly enforces prerequisites for our Core upper division courses (BIOL 105, BIOL 100, BIOL 101, BIOL 110).

 

Human Biology, BS Major

The Human Biology, BS major has been discontinued with the introduction of the Global and Community Health majors. 

Students who started at UCSC Fall 2022 or before are STILL ELIGIBLE TO DECLARE HUMAN BIOLOGY, BS AS THEIR MAJOR. Need to declare the Human Biology major? Check out the MCD Biology Petition to Declare webpage. Not going to meet the qualification requirements for the major before your 5th quarter at UCSC? Be sure to submit an Appeal or Pre-Appeal.

Proposed and Declared Human Biology, BS majors please check your email for a message from MCD Biology regarding the Discontinuation of the Human Biology Major dated August 10, 2022 (8/10/2022). A general message regarding the Discontinuation of Human Biology, BS is posted on the MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising website.

Health Sciences Internship (Graduation Requirement): The Health Sciences Internship (BIOL 189) is still required for both Human Biology, BS and both concentrations for Global and Community Health, BS. 

Be sure you attend an information session and apply for your Health Sciences Internship TWO (2) quarters in advance of when you want to do your internship - for example, if you are looking to do an internship for Fall (or Summer) 2023, look to attend an information session and apply for your internship during the Winter 2023 quarter. 

Check out the Health Sciences Internship FAQ’s page.

 

BIOL 130L: Human Physiology Lab for Winter 2023: Due to extremely limited space, to enroll in this course you will need to wait until Second Pass to add yourself to the waitlist - MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising will be monitoring the enrollment in this course. Be sure you are checking your email between Second Pass and the First Day of Instruction for updates regarding enrollment in this course.

 

**NEW** Global and Community Health Major

The Global and Community Health office is now OPEN!!! Located in Soc Sci 1, room 117. 

Our Health Sciences Internship Coordinator, Global and Community Health Managing Director, and the Global and Community Health, BA Advisor are located in the GCH Office. 

MCD Biology Advisors and the Career Success Career Engagement Specialist for the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences also have rotating hours in the GCH office throughout the end of the Fall and Winter quarters.

Health Sciences Internship is still required for GCH BS majors (regardless of concentration): Be sure you apply for your Health Sciences Internship TWO (2) quarters in advance of when you want to do your internship - for example, if you are looking to do an internship for Fall (or Summer) 2023, look to attend an information session and apply for your internship during the Winter 2023 quarter. 

Check out the Health Sciences Internship FAQ’s page.

 

MCD Biology, BS

BIOL 104L is planned to be offered during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Reminder - BIOL 104L is only required for MCD Biology, BS FROSH admitted Fall 2021.

 

Neuroscience, BS

BIOL 126: Neural Plasticity and Cognitive Neuroscience is being offered during the Winter 2023 quarter ONLY for the 2022-2023 academic year. Note: The Curriculum Plan was recently updated to reflect the BIOL 126 Winter offering. Please remember that the Curriculum Plan is subject to change and should be checked frequently when class planning.

If you have any issues regarding completing BIOL 126 in the Winter 2023, specifically about the prerequisites for BIOL 126, please contact MCD Biology Advising at mcdadvising@ucsc.edu or submit an Exception to Policy petition if you are looking to enroll in BIOL 125 and BIOL 126 concurrently. 

 

Upper Division Senior Exit Labs

All senior exit / DC labs are “closed” and will show “0 of XX Enrollment” during First Pass - be sure you add yourself to the waitlist for the class during Second Pass.

Due to limited space, students graduating at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year will be prioritized for Senior Exit Lab/DC courses. If you have already met the requirement for your senior lab / DC, PLEASE do not enroll in another one! 

Biology BS majors: Please utilize the option of choosing the shaded electives on your checklist to meet the senior exit and DC requirements.

 

BIOL 115L Eukaryotic Molecular Biology Laboratory

Fulfills the upper division lab requirement for Biology BS, MCD Biology BS, and Neuroscience BS majors only. Capacity of 16.
  • Due to extremely limited space, to enroll in this course you will need to wait until Second Pass to add yourself to the waitlist - MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising will be monitoring the enrollment in this course. Be sure you are checking your email between Second Pass and the First Day of Instruction for updates regarding enrollment in this course.

 

BIOL 129L Neurobiology Lab

Fulfills the upper division lab requirement for Neuroscience, BS ONLY. Other MCD Biology sponsored majors if room is available in the course. Capacity of 20.
  • Due to extremely limited space, to enroll in this course you will need to wait until Second Pass to add yourself to the waitlist - MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising will be monitoring the enrollment in this course. Be sure you are checking your email between Second Pass and the First Day of Instruction for updates regarding enrollment in this course.

 

BIOL 186L Undergraduate Research in MCD Biology

Fulfills the upper division lab requirement for Biology BS, MCD Biology BS, and 2020 or earlier Neuroscience BS majors only. Enrollment is by application only
  • Please do not submit an application unless you already have a faculty member who is serving/willing to serve as your research mentor and you have carefully reviewed the course description. Capacity of 25. Priority will be given to students who submit an application by Wednesday, November 23, 2022. 

 

METX 119L General Microbiology Lab 

Fulfills the DC and Senior Lab requirements for the MCD Biology, BS major ONLY. 
  • Due to extremely limited space, to enroll in this course you will need to wait until Second Pass to add yourself to the waitlist - MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising will be monitoring the enrollment in this course. Be sure you are checking your email between Second Pass and the First Day of Instruction for updates regarding enrollment in this course.


Important Policies for MCD Biology-Sponsored Majors (consult the catalog for full details):

  • Letter Grade Policy: All major and minor requirements require a letter grade. P Grades will not be accepted to satisfy major specific requirements. 
    • Exception: Only courses completed in Spring 2020 are 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. 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 Exception to Policy asking for permission - Note: There is no guarantee that any petition submitted will be approved.

 

  • C- grades CANNOT be used to satisfy a major 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.

 

Best wishes for a wonderful Winter quarter!

Leanna, Christine, Kylie, and Mariah

MCD Biology Undergraduate Advising

Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Division of Physical and Biological Sciences

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