Transfer Students

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.

Planning Your Fall Schedule

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.

A typical UC Davis student studying the biological sciences usually takes 13-15 units per quarter. The following links offer guidance and information for planning your Fall schedule:

View Associate Dean Keen's presentation for invaluable advice on how to be a successful biology student at UCD. In her presentation, she stresses the importance of:

  1. Taking responsibility for your education
  2. Understanding the fast pace of the quarter system
  3. Managing your time wisely
  4. Meeting learning goals
  5. Building relationships with faculty and mentors
  6. Finding the campus resources that you need, such as academic advising
  7. Understanding degree requirements, and those that are unique to the College of Biological Sciences
  8. Building your own UC Davis experience

2017 Transfer Orientation Presentation with Associate Dean Susan Keen (PDF)

View Associate Dean Keen's biography

First Year Mandatory Advising

Units per quarter and balanced workload

Complete your lower-division course work

Upper-division course work

Requirements and electives to fill out your schedule

Transfer student cohort class

Information unique to UC Davis

Graduation requirements

Getting help