Peer Advising 101: Most Common Questions and How I Google Answers

Peer advisers receive a lot questions that could be answered if the many UC Davis websites were more easily navigable. Much of the peer adviser work comes in the form of knowing what to Google and how to navigate through UC Davis websites to find relevant information. Here are some of the most frequent reasons for visiting a peer adviser and what I will Google to help answer them.

Graduation check

In my experience, the most common reason for seeking BASC drop-in advising is for a graduation check. Graduation checks involve checking miscellaneous college and university requirements in addition to major and general education requirements. I usually find the above links with a Google search similar to this:

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Seniors who are seeking a pre-graduation degree check will be referred to their major adviser due to the importance of such a check. However, peer advisers are happy to help students who have questions about their major requirements or GE progress. In the BASC office, we use a paper copy of the GE requirements as a visual reference for explaining the overlap rules and which requirements are satisfied by major courses. Degree requirement PDFs for each CBS major are available on their respective BASC website pages (Select Major > left sidebar > Major Requirements (B.S/A.B.)).

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Alternatively, you can find degree requirements on the general catalog.

I will also pull up the student’s OASIS and MyDegree.

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MyDegree provides a visualization of one’s progress in GE and major requirements as per their OASIS record. Ignore the “degree progress” bar at the top of MyDegree and focus on what it says about the completion of each requirement. Always compare MyDegree alongside OASIS in case MyDegree omits a class. Mistakes sometimes arise through MyDegree, so use the resource with caution and clarify any possible mistakes with a major adviser.

Schedule planning

The second most common reason for seeing a peer adviser seems to be to plan upcoming schedules. I will still bring up OASIS and MyDegree to keep track of what courses they have taken already. Schedule Builder is an obvious resource for planning schedules and checking course offerings for the following quarter. For planning more than one quarter ahead, I google two additional things:

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On the general catalog, I navigate to “Departments, Programs, & Degrees”. This brings up a full list of departments within the University. If planning the order to take upper division BIS courses, for example, select the Biological Sciences department and then navigate to the BIS courses tab in the upper right. This provides a full list of BIS courses, their descriptions, and prerequisites.

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The tabs next to BIS courses contain degree requirements for B.S. and A.B. in Biological Sciences.

My second google search:

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The course search tool allows us to look back in time at what courses were offered during past quarters. This can help give an idea of when courses are offered in the future. For example, if CHE 8A has been offered every Fall and Spring for the last three years, but never in Winter, we have good reason to believe it will continued to be offered in Fall and Spring but not Winter. Another way to check when courses might be offered in the future is through the OASIS academic plan tool (Forms and Petitions > Submit A New Form > Academic Plan). If you select a course on a quarter it is not typically offered, the academic plan will warn you with a small red warning next to that course.

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Is it too late to drop a course?

Another very common type of question I get is “how do I add, drop, P/NP a course? / is it too late to drop, add, P/NP a course?” To answer the second question, I generally google:

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The UC Davis academic calendar outlines important deadlines each quarter, including last day to add classes, drop classes, opt for P/NP, and add/drop with a PTA/PTD.

The question of how depends on what action they are trying to take. If adding, dropping, swapping sections, or electing P/NP before the relevant deadline, simply use schedule builder. Click Edit next to Letter Grading to change to P/NP, and click Actions to Swap sections or drop.

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Late adding a course is also done through schedule builder after receiving the PTA from the professor. Late dropping requires adviser approval, and the petition is initiated through OASIS.

Conclusion

Web searching may seem menial, but with these simple Google searches and knowing how to navigate the links I provide above, the majority of questions I get from other students seeking drop-in advising can be answered. The amount of information available spread across innumerable UCD websites can be daunting when trying to figure out (for example) “can I graduate?” Concise Google searches and knowing where first to look is how peer advisers answer those sort of questions for students every day.

Justin Waskowiak
BASC Peer Advisor
4th Year, Genetics and Genomics major

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Pre-health Standardized Exams

When I say summer, you think… test prep!! Did I get that right? Wait, you were thinking of beaches and ice cream? Well, for some people, summer might be a nice break, but for many College of Biological Sciences students, summer is the perfect opportunity to gain experience in their intended field, take summer classes, or… prepare for dreaded exams. If you are trying to enter a health-related field after undergraduate education, the odds of needing to take a grueling multiple hour exam are high.  These exams will test your stamina, scientific knowledge, and critical thinking skills. But don’t worry, you’ve already started studying! Yup, by taking your major required courses, you’ve already begun the preparing yourself. So, props to you for taking the first step! The next thing to do is understand what exam you’ll be taking and how you can continue preparing for it. Depending on which field you wish to enter, there is a corresponding exam.

If you are interested in: Allopathic medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, or Podiatric medicine, you will take the Medical School Admissions test (MCAT) administered by the AAMC.

  1. The exam is 7.5 hours long (including breaks) and broken into 4 sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skill
  2. Some classes to take before the exam include: BIS 2ABC Introduction to Biology, CHE 2ABC General Chemistry, CHE 118ABC Organic Chemistry, PHY 7ABC General Physics, BIS 102 & 103 or 105 Biochemistry, NPB 101 Human Physiology, and PSC 1 General Psychology.
  3. If you find yourself with extra time, consider taking: BIS 104 Cell Biology, MIC 102 Microbiology, BIS 101 Genes & Gene Expression, EXB 106 Human Gross Anatomy, and PSC 41 Research Methods in Psychology.
  4. Other logistical information:
    1. Cost is: $315 (fee waivers available)
    2. Can be retaken: 3 times in a single testing year, 4 times in a two year period, and 7 times in a lifetime.

If you are interested in: Dentistry, you will take the Dental Admissions test (DAT) administered by the ADA.

  1. The exam is 5 hours long (including breaks) and broken into 4 sections: Survey of Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning.
  2. Some classes to take before the exam include: BIS 2ABC Introduction to Biology, CHE 2ABC General Chemistry, CHE 118ABC Organic Chemistry, STA 100 Statistics, and NPB 101 Human Physiology.
  3. If you find yourself with extra time, consider taking: BIS 101 Genes & Gene Expression BIS 102 & 103 or 105 Biochemistry, BIS 104 Cell Biology, MIC 102 Microbiology, EXB 106 Human Gross Anatomy, and EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution.
  4. Other logistical information:
    1. Cost is: $475 (fee waivers available)
    2. Can be retaken: 3 times but must be 90 days apart; to take more than 3 times, candidates must submit a request.

If you are interested in: Pharmacy, you will take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) administered by Pearson Education.

  1. The exam is 4 hours long (including breaks) and broken into  sections: Writing, Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Critical Reading, and quantitative reasoning.
  2. Some classes to take before the exam include: BIS 2ABC Introduction to Biology, CHE 2ABC General Chemistry, CHE 118ABC Organic Chemistry, PHY 7ABC General Physics, STA 100 Statistics, NPB 101 Systemic Physiology, BIS 102 & 103 or 105 Biochemistry, Calculus, and Statistics.
  3. If you find yourself with extra time, consider taking: MIC 102 Microbiology or EXB 106 Human Gross Anatomy.
  4. Other logistical information:
    1. Cost is: $210 (fee waivers available)
    2. Can be retaken: 5 times; to take more than 5 times, candidates must submit a request.

If you are interested in: Optometry, you will take the Optometry Admissions test (OAT) administered by the ASCO.

  1. The exam is about 5 hours long (including breaks) and broken into 4 sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning.
  2. Some classes to take before the exam include: BIS 2ABC Introduction to Biology, CHE 2ABC General Chemistry, CHE 118ABC Organic Chemistry, PHY 7ABC General Physics, and NPB 101 Human Systemic Physiology.
  3. If you find yourself with extra time, consider taking: EXB 106 Human Gross Anatomy, BIS 101 Genes & Gene Expression, or BIS 102 & 103 or 105 Biochemistry.
  4. Other logistical information:
    1. Cost is: $465 (fee waivers available)
    2. Can be retaken: 3 times but must be 90 days apart; to take more than 3 times, candidates must submit a request.

 

If you are interested in: Veterinary Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, Dietetic Internships, Nursing (MSN), Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, or Occupational Therapy, you will take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) administered by the ETS.

  1. The exam is 3.75 hours long (including breaks) and broken into 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.
  2. Unlike other pre-health standardized exams, the GRE is not content based. Test prep books may be most useful solidifying core concepts. However, other Arts and Humanities or Social Science courses which emphasize critical thinking and reasoning may help.
  3. Other logistical information:
    1. Cost is: $205 (fee waivers available)
    2. Can be retaken: 5 times but must be 21 days apart within any continuous 12-month period.

For more information about any of these exams, how to create a study plan, or what resources are available to you, please contact Health Professions Advising (HPA).

Christina Duong
BASC Peer Advisor
Fourth Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major w/Spanish minor

What I Would Have Done Differently: A Third Year’s Exploration of the Top 3 Things I Wish I Knew

When you start out at UC Davis, the experience is new, no matter who you are. Whether you are a first year fresh from high school near or far, a transfer student, or a returning student that took some time off, getting acclimated is a hardship that everybody struggles with. Now, for some, the period of hesitation before fully diving into what college has to offer can be a little on the longer side. That’s OK!! Getting your footing is not something to push too quickly. Take your time, and follow these quick tips for the best transition into the life of an Aggie.

When I came to UC Davis as a freshman, I did not have any real role models for help when it came to applications, choosing classes, choosing a major, choosing roommates, etc. It was all new to me. My mother went to university in Spain where she is from, and my father received his degree so long ago that everything has changed too rapidly to get a grip on it. As the first of my siblings to give college a go, I was spearheading my own entrance in the college life. As a third year and a new Peer Advisor in the College of Biological Sciences, I am still constantly learning new things about what it means to be here, so I felt it best to use this platform to tell you a few things I wish I had known/done from the beginning.’

First: It is NEVER too early to make an academic plan.

Now, you may be thinking, what is an academic plan and how/where do I make one? And let me tell you, you are not alone. So much information is relayed during orientation, that it is almost impossible to catch it all. So, here is what you do.

Open your Oasis file at oasis.ucdavis.edu and sign in with your Kerberos ID and passphrase.

In another tab open up your specific College’s Majors page and find your major’s requirement list. (hint: another way to do this is by using the catalog.ucdavis.edu resource which allows you to select “Degrees and Programs” on the lower left of the home screen. Scroll to your Major by alphabet and boom! There you have it.
Use this as your guide for choosing classes, and always make an appointment with a Major Advisor or come see a Peer Advisor in your College office if you have questions

On Oasis, hit the “Forms and Petitions” tab in the top bar of your Oasis File

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Once here, hit the blue “Submit a New Form” button on the right and scroll to the “Academic Plan” option from the list of options.

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Now, you will have a blank canvas for you to input all of your major required courses, minor courses, GE’s etc, so that you can efficiently plan out your time. No more going into Pass Times blind! Just type in a course code and off you go!
*Don’t forget to save it when you are done so you can go back later!

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Ok now for the Second Tip: It is never too early to consider doing a Minor.

Something that I wish I had known early on, was that minors usually require around 20-25 upper division units for completion. This is super do-able! If you find something outside of your major, say a language or music, or another interest that you discover while at Davis, consider a minor! Take a look back at the catalog or at UC Davis’s Master List of Minors for more information (link: https://www.ucdavis.edu/minors )

If you find something you like, plan out the required classes in your Oasis plan! Often times, minors can fulfill some or most of your required GE credit as well so talk to a major advisor and consider your options!
Finally, we reach Top Tip #3: Go to the Involvement Fairs, Dorm Floor Dinners, and get involved with your Peers!

Often times, acclimating to a new environment is best accomplished through finding people with common interests. Find out what is available. Our campus has hundreds of student-run and community-sponsored organizations to be a part of.

Whether it is associated with your major, cultural identification, hobbies, minor, or something you have never thought about being involved in before, being a part of a club or other social system is always a good route to take.

Get to know your neighbors! When moving into the dorms or a new apartment, when starting a new quarter/class, or when signing up for a new club, meet the people around you. Making connections to other students and faculty is a major force in making UC Davis home.

To wrap this up, if you have kept with me to this point, I want to say that you can do it! Starting at a new university is difficult for so many people and for a variety of different reasons. Share your experiences with friends, family, other students, your neighbors, advisors, you name it!

Here at UC Davis, we are always looking to offer you as much as we can in order to make this the best campus possible for everyone. Let us help light the way for your most successful college experience!

Sandra McAteer
BASC Peer Advisor
Third Year, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major

Founding Your Path: An Interview with Dr. Graham Coop

Welcome back, Aggies! Winter quarter is now in full swing, bringing tons of rain along with it. As we tend to spend a bit more time indoors in winter, it is often a great time for planning ahead and reflecting on the opportunities and paths before us. In our reflecting, it is likely that many of us will experience some frustration and uncertainty in  choosing career and life paths; whether it be about our academics, research, internships, or other long-term plans. While the internet might help in building a pros and cons list (the logical side of decision making), ultimately we have to choose our paths from our heart (what FEELS right). In order to shed some light on the prospect of choosing our own paths, I decided to interview Dr. Graham Coop, a Professor from the Center for Population Biology here at Davis. I chose to interview Dr. Coop in an attempt to capture the journey that led him to a career that he is clearly passionate about (If you have the opportunity to take one of his evolution/genetics classes, you’ll see what I mean).


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Dr. Graham Coop
https://biology.ucdavis.edu/people/graham-coop

I asked Dr. Coop to start with his high school years, inquiring about what interests he had back then. To my surprise, Dr. Coop replied, “I didn’t particularly like what we’d call ‘secondary school’ in the UK. I wasn’t particularly good at it… and I wasn’t even totally sure I was going to go to university. I didn’t get particularly good grades and I barely made it into my safety school.” In the end however, he attended the University of Reading and decided to study physics.

 

In reflecting upon his undergraduate years and transition to college, Dr. Coop continued, “I think it was nice for me to be somewhere different … there are points in your life where you get to change the sort of groups of people you’re hanging out with, and you sort of move to a group of people who don’t know you and don’t have expectations of you … that was really important for me.” While the overall undergraduate experience seemed positive, Dr. Coop distinctly remembered struggling during his first year of his undergraduate experience.  At this point, he and I shared experiences regarding the difficulties that come along with the first year adjustment period. Around the end of his first year, he met with a faculty mentor, where he resolved to try working harder in his academics. In describing this first major turning point, Dr. Coop exclaimed,  “I don’t know what happened, but something clicked and I started to do better.” By graduation, he had one of the highest marks in his class.

During his undergraduate years, he had initially wanted to become a Physicist, though in hindsight, Coop admits to not fully realizing what all a career as a Physicist would entail. While doing some soul searching, he had a conversation about career paths with one of his physics professors. Coop expressed having interest in mathematics and computers, but he was not certain in which career path he could apply these skills to. It was in talking to his professor that Coop slightly changed course as he began considering the realm of biology. As a result of his aptitudes, the professor recommended that he look into mathematical biology, as there are so many complex problems within biology that require mathematical analysis in order to solve them.

That discussion with his physics professor had one of the most profound impacts on his career.  As Dr. Coop recalled, “That was just really wonderful advice and something which really changed the direction I was going in when I’d never really thought about it before.”  Having already been intrigued by biological concepts, such as evolution, Coop became excited to continue developing new skills and apply the knowledge he gained in his undergraduate studies. He went on to receive his PhD in Statistical Genetics at the University of Oxford; then he continued as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago in Human Genetics. From there, he was accepted as a professor here at UC Davis.

In reflecting upon his story, it was clear to see how some of the most important moments of growth occurred with the help of university faculty and professors. Coop expressed how important it was for him to talk with people who helped him see where he could apply his skills and interests. When I asked Dr. Coop what advice he had for students after reflecting back on his own experiences, he wanted to encourage students to “think broadly” about what they want to do, be open to different paths that come their way, and to take advantage of diverse or unexpected opportunities. People often get caught up with having a linear academic plan leading to a precise career, not wanting to stray from their intended path or explore other routes. Coop explained that there are numerous ways for people to create fulfilling journeys and exciting career opportunities to apply their diverse skills. Undoubtedly, having  an open mind was an integral component in each step of the way along his life journey.

When I asked for any final words of wisdom he had for Davis undergraduates, he paused for a moment and stated the following:

“Try to be brave about trying new things when you’re at university … It’s a good time to learn to push yourself and figure out where your limits are. You have the room to actually explore what you want to do … It’s a really valuable time to do that. You’ll probably find that your comfort zone is a lot broader than you think it is when you actually start stepping outside of it.”

One of the fundamental messages I took from my interview with Dr. Coop was about how nonlinear and nonconventional our paths truly are. I hope that this interview offers you a unique perspective, helps you to embrace some of the change and uncertainty of your college years, and inspires you to take chances as you establish your own path.

Petra Silverman
BASC Peer Advisor
4th Year – Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity + Spanish major

 

Free Food and Where to Find it

At drop-in advising, I receive many questions about work-life balance, general education requirements, and other degree-related topics; however, there is still one question that I have yet to hear: “Where can I find free food?”

Is it even possible to find food without having to empty your wallet for overpriced items on-campus? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Free food is everywhere, and this blog has the answers on where to look.

There are several places on the UC Davis campus that are great locations for finding either some afternoon munchies or even a potential meal. Here are all the facts you need to know about how to access food without having to empty your wallet.

Aggie Compass has many good resources for those facing food insecurity, especially those affected by the recent CA wildfires. The following places are the resources I am familiar with.

The Pantry

Ranging from snacks and non-perishables to toiletries, The Pantry has it all! Located in the basement of Freeborn Hall, room 21, this resource is available to all UCD students and utilizes a simple 3-point system. Each item is worth 1-3 points and each day, students can choose items until total item worth adds up to a maximum of three. For example, if a package of rice equals 3 points, a can of chicken soup equals 2, and a Cliff bar equals 1, students can either choose to take 1 bag of rice, 3 Cliff bars, or soup and a Cliff bar. In the past, I have received cake mix and even girl scout cookies from the Pantry.

Students also can get free, organic student-grown produce on Mondays and Thursdays in addition to their 3 points thanks to the Fresh Focus Program.

Fruit and Veggie Up

Located at Aggie Compass on the first floor of the Memorial Union, Fruit and Veggie Up is a great program that gives UCD students access to free fruits and vegetables donated from the UCD Student Farm, Tandem Farm, the Davis Co-op, and Nugget Markets. From past experience, I highly suggest that students start lining up half an hour before the event in order to obtain the best items, and also beat the crowd.

(More food resources can be found on Aggie Compass’ website)

Give Me a Pizza That

Pizza can be considered one the most popular college staples, and a great way for student organizations to attract potential members is through pizza. Often times, the first general meetings given by club organizations or promotional events have free pizza, so keep an eye out for listserv emails that mention phrases like “First General Meeting” and “pizza or snacks will be provided.”

Hidden Savings at the Grocery Market

For all of the students living off-campus nearby Safeway or Savemart, I have news for you! Though it is not commonly advertised, Safeway and Savemart occasionally have free items available. That’s right, free.

How does one access these mystical, legitimate freebies that seem too good to be true? Sign up for your local grocery store’s free rewards programs. Most grocery stores have rewards programs that reward loyal customers for buying items. Rewards program members will often receive notification emails giving them access to coupon items or even occasional free items. These free items are generally not advertised but can be found either through email or the rewards website. After adding respective freebie item coupons through online or the app, these items can be redeemed at the store through entering the account’s associated phone number. The rewards programs for Safeway and Savemart are Safeway Rewards and Save Smart Rewards, respectively. From Savemart and Safeway this past year, I have received free cookies, almond milk, chicken tenders, and other items.

As a side note, Savemart and Safeway both have very similar prices on grocery items. Per week, one grocery store might have better deals than the other. A tip for Savemart: when shopping, always look out for yellow tags that say “manager’s sale” (the golden flag of savings) on items that are nearing their “best sold by date.” These items are often times marked down to ridiculously, low prices.

In college, when free handouts are hard to come by, who can resist practical and edible freebies?

I have relinquished all of my free food-finding secrets, but I am sure there are more. If you know of any other places where one can find edible freebies, comment below! Sharing is caring 🙂

Thanks for reading and happy snacking!

Vanessa Som
BASC Peer Advisor
3rd Year, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Class of 2020

My Favorite Professors at UC Davis

UC Davis has an outstanding faculty. Over the last 9 quarters I have had the pleasure of attending the lectures of many great professors. Here I will list some of my favorite lecturers and explain what made their classes exceptional.

Tom Gordon

SAS 30 – Mushrooms, Mold, Society

Tom Gordon was the most engaging, fun professor I have taken at UC Davis. While it’s easy to make lecture fun when the subject is fungi, Tom Gordon elevates his lectures to another level with nonstop fascinating historical examples, peculiar anecdotes, and impeccable comedic timing. I got lucky registering for SAS 30 as a sophomore, as most seats are filled by seniors with earlier pass times looking to take this fairly straightforward, albeit renowned GE.

Despite being predominantly seniors and no participation points, SAS 30 lectures always had surprisingly good attendance – a testament to Dr. Gordon’s ability to engage students. I can say with confidence that this is the only class I have taken with zero stress and no reluctance to go to lecture. Although seemingly not offered in Fall 2018, SAS 30 is usually offered every Fall quarter. On Halloween the quarter I took this course, Dr. Gordon, in full Darth Vader costume, engaged in a lightsaber duel with this TA. The entertainment value of Dr. Gordon’s lectures is better than most TV. Regardless of your initial interest in fungi, you will leave this class with a lasting appreciation for mushrooms and mold.

Siobhan Brady

BIS 183– Functional genomics

Dr. Brady had excellent speaking presence and organization of course materials that student’s can depend upon. Her friendliness and openness to questions resulted in more class participation than I have ever seen for a lecture that size. The papers assigned for reading were interesting, lectures were organized well with citations so I could easily find the papers which she pulled figures and examples from. Jeopardy day was fun, and practice exam material was helpful and relevant. This was simply an excellently instructed course and I highly recommend Dr. Brady to anyone who has the opportunity to a class under her.

Oliver Fiehn

BIS 103 – Bioenergetics and Metabolism

Oliver Fiehn accomplishes the impossible by teaching biochemistry with bubbly enthusiasm. He explains metabolism intuitively by personifying metabolites and enzymes when discussing their pathways. Fiehn has a good sense of humor, was very approachable, and never failed to answer a question. The flow of information was logical and the organization of the course worked really well for me. One thing I appreciated about Dr. Fiehn is that he would release all previous years’ tests as study material. This eliminated the imbalance of study material spread between students because of test-bank resources that only some students might have access to.

Brian Todd

WFC 134 – Herpetology

I am biased here because I am a huge herpetology nerd and was very excited to take this course, but Brian Todd was an excellent professor. Dr. Todd has a great speaking presence and is very clear in his organization and expectations of students. Monotonous parts of lecture describing family after family of frog were broken up with relevant clips from Davis Attenborough. For someone who registered for WFC 134 with high expectations, I was not let down by the quality of Dr. Todd’s lectures.

Phil Ward

BIS 2C – Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life

It has been two entire years now since I took BIS 2C and my memory has somewhat faded but I remember Dr. Ward as one of the first professors whose lectures I absolutely loved. What stuck with me most was hearing about his harrowing experience of leaches falling from trees in Australia. The enthusiasm he had for evolution and biodiversity matched my own enthusiasm – which made me excited to attend his lectures.

 

I have had other great professors at UC Davis that I could have included on this list,  and I am sure there are countless others whose courses I have not taken. These five professors are ones I remember especially, and I highly recommend taking any course under these professors.

Justin Waskowiak
BASC Peer Advisor
4th Year, Genetics and Genomics major

Want to Change into a CBS Major?

Welcome back to the new school year Aggies! Hope fall quarter is treating you well so far. Being a peer advisor, I help students work towards their goals by answering major-related questions, such as quarterly schedules and major requirements. Since the beginning of the quarter, I often get questions from drop-in students about changing majors. This year, things have changed up a bit in College of Biological Sciences. Before, each major has its own requirements, but now, the major changing requirements for all College of Biological Sciences majors are the same. The requirements are now more simple and straightforward.

UC Davis College of Biological Sciences (CBS) currently has nine majors, in alphabetical order: (1) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Cell Biology, (4) Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, (5) Genetics and Genomics, (6) Marine and Coastal Sciences, (7) Microbiology, (8) Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and (9) Plant Biology. In addition, first-Year students can be admitted as Undeclared Life-Sciences, and they will have to officially declare a major before completing 90 UC units.

Here are the steps if you want to change into a CBS major from a different college, or from another CBS major:
1. Meet with your current major advisor and your intended major advisor to discuss your plans. This is very important because you need to complete the intended major within 225 UC units, and thus you may want to make academic plans and take classes for the intended major.
2. Be in good academic standing and meet minimum progress requirements.
3. Have at least a 2.00 UC Cumulative GPA, which means that you can only change your major after completing your first quarter at UC Davis.
4. Have at least a 2.00 Overall Major GPA in the intended major (and a 2.00 Depth-Subject Matter GPA in upper-division major coursework if applicable).

After you complete the steps above, you can submit the Change of Major Form through OASIS. The form will be reviewed by advisors from you current and intended major.

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Schedule an appointment with a BASC major advisor if you have any questions related to the majors and/or the major changing procedure!

Linya Hu
BASC Peer Advisor
4th year, Genetics & Genomics Major