Incoming Freshmen

Welcome to the College of Biological Sciences!

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, welcome to the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis. We are excited to have you join our college and want to make every effort to facilitate your transition to the university and to ensure your success as a student.

We are all privileged to be part of this highly respected institution, and you have made an excellent decision to enter this environment of academic excellence.

As a student at UC Davis, your personal dedication, as well as the commitment of the faculty and staff, are required to maintain our high level of scholarship. Your success will depend on your attitude, motivation and commitment. Many opportunities are available to you that will allow you to enrich your academic career here. Your willingness to engage fully in the academic experience and your involvement in the opportunities available are critical factors in determining your success at the university.

To compare all of the degrees offered in the College of Biological Sciences please see our CBS Major Diagram.

Learn about CBS from the BASC peer advisers! Check out the peer blog, Student to Student.

Freshman Orientation

Upon admission to UC Davis, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are expected to attend Orientation. The Orientation program provides essential information and guidance for new students and special registration sessions to assist students with course selection for their first quarter at UC Davis.

2016 Freshman Orientation Presentation, presented by BASC Advisers [PDF]

2016 Freshman Orientation Presentation to Families by Associate Dean Susan Keen [PDF]

Information about the CBS Cohort Class

Your First Quarter

If you are registering without the benefit of Orientation, the following pages offer pertinent information about planning your academic schedule and provide information about degree requirements in the College of Biological Sciences.

Dean's Advice for Freshmen Students

First Year Mandatory Advising

Units per Quarter, Course Planning Advice

Placement Exams

Chemistry Courses

Math Courses

Entry Level Writing Requirement

English Composition Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

General Education and Elective Courses

Introductory Biology

Freshman Cohort Program