Mythbusters: UC Davis Edition

Between university, college, and major requirements, plus prerequisites for graduate and professional school programs, it can become slightly difficult to keep the seemingly endless amounts of information straight. Incorrect information can often be disguised to seem true, and it’s easy to be misled or overwhelmed by a million different sources. Here are a few common myths that are in need of debunking – test yourself and see how well you know your stuff!




It’s impossible to graduate in four years.

It is absolutely possible to graduate in four years. In order to stay on track, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your major requirements, plan your course schedules ahead of time, and meet with a peer adviser or your major adviser if you need help. However, although it is entirely possible to finish your degree in four years, it is absolutely normal to take more than four years to graduate. It’s difficult to know exactly what you want to study right away – fear not; you’re not alone! Most students change their major at least once before they graduate. If you change your major within the College of Biological Sciences, a majority of the lower division prep courses overlap between majors, so you won’t necessarily be behind on prerequisite courses. Be proactive about planning ahead and taking advantage of the resources available to you!


All preparatory courses in series, such as CHE2ABC, must be taken consecutively and must be finished within the first two years before moving on to upper division courses.

Although a majority of the lower division preparatory courses are in series – MAT17ABC, CHE2ABC, BIS2ABC, CHE118ABC or CHE8AB, and PHY7ABC, these courses do not necessarily have to be taken three quarters in a row. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to take MAT17A during Fall, take a break from calculus in the Winter, and continue with MAT17B in the Spring. It just depends on the rest of your course schedule for that quarter and when you plan to finish the series. However, it’s important to pay attention to when each course is offered – for example, CHE2B is only offered during Winter and Spring. Therefore, plan accordingly! Continue reading “Mythbusters: UC Davis Edition”


Summer Sessions

Spring quarter has taken off and we will soon be deciding what to do with this three month summer vacation.  You can work, intern, or just relax on a couch all day! But if you are looking at taking summer classes either at a UC campus or a community college back home then there are some things you will want to consider!

First off: Why consider taking summer school?

  • A student can complete additional units towards his or her degree and can help a student graduate within 4 years.
  • A student can use summer school to meet minimum progress. For information on minimum progress visit
  •  Summer school is a great option for students who have had trouble getting into classes during the academic year.
  • Taking course during summer can lead to a more balanced work load during the academic year.
  • Students can take courses in order to satisfy his or her GE requirements.

Now that you have heard the pros to summer school you are probably wondering, ” So, do I have to take summer school at Davis to get credit?” The answer is no! There are quite a few options of where a student can take summer classes and be given credit at UC Davis.

Community Colleges:

  • Community college is usually close to home! Many students at UC Davis are far from home and want to head back home for their summer vacation. Also living at home has no or low housing costs.
  • Community college can save you money! UC Davis summer sessions can be pricier than a community college. Community college fees are approximately $46 a unit.
  • Most community colleges are on the semester system and have different way of calculating units.  To convert the semester units to quarter units, multiply the semester units by 1.5. For example, 3 units at a community college on the semester system is converted to 4.5 units at UC Davis. This can be a great reason to take courses at a community because you are give more units which can help towards the GE requirement, graduation, or minimum progress.
  • Another important concept that most students get confused with is the difference between a classed being articulated and a class being transferred. If a class articulates, that means that a class at a community college is equivalent to a class at UC Davis, and the student will get credit for completing the course. On the other hand, if a class is just transferable, then the student will only receive units for having completed the course. To check if classes at your community college can be articulated use
  • Community colleges do not offer upper division courses and courses taken at the community college will not factor into your GPA.

UC Davis  and other UC Summer Session:  Summer sessions at UC Davis or any other UC campus offers some additional benefits when compared to a California community college.

  • Taking summer classes at a UC can help improve your UC cumulative GPA.
  • Repeating course can only be done at a UC campus if your intention is to replace the initial grade received in the course.
  • Many lower and upper division courses needed for your major, university, and college requirements are offered at UC Davis.

If you are considering doing summer session at another UC campus, please come in to see a major advisor at the Biology Academic Advising Advisor to make sure a class articulates

Extra information for UC Davis  Summer session:


Summer Session 1: June 23-August 1

Summer Session 2: August 4- September 12

Pass times appointments: April 28 – May 2

 If you are receiving financial aid, simply register for classes and the financial aid office will distribute financial aid based on the classes registered. For more information about classes offered, fees, and other important dates visit