1. Course Equivalency Petition 

  • For EAP please petition 1 institution at a time, 2 to 3 courses max.

2. Education Abroad Planning Program

3. Bio Course Prerequisite Clearance Form

  • For non-bio courses, please contact the academic unit that is offering the course.

4. Petition to take more than 20 units for Fall 2020.


P/NP Policy for Spring 2020

Students can review the detailed P/NP policy for Spring 2020 here.

UCI ID Card Policy

All students MUST present their UCI Student ID card in order to receive services from our office. This Includes walk-in advising, appointments, questions at the front desk, obtaining signatures, etc. Please make sure you have your UCI ID card with you at all times. If you do not have it, you will be asked to retrieve it or get a new card in the UCI bookstore.

Enrollment Policies


The School of Biological Sciences strictly observes the University’s add/drop policies.

Requests to add or drop courses after Week 2 are only permitted due to extenuating circumstances which prevent a student from attending and/or completing a course. Students who feel they have a justifiable reason for making such a request should submit an Enrollment Exception application via Student Access. Students should be prepared to provide supporting documentation of their extenuating circumstances.

Requests will not be considered if submitted for any of the following reasons:

  • The student did not know the deadlines, or did not understand the Add/Drop process
  • The course is not required to meet Major, School, or University requirements
  • The student did not meet the proper prerequisites for the course
  • The student is receiving a poor grade because of difficulties with the course material or is under a heavy course/work load

Submit an Enrollment Exception Request on Student Access.


The School of Biological Sciences strictly observes the University’s change of grade option policy. Changes in grade option are only permitted during Week 1 through Week 6 of each quarter. Requests for change of grade option during Week 3 through Week 6 must be submitted as an Enrollment Exception application via Student Access.

Science courses required for School of Biological Sciences majors (i.e. Bio Sci, Chem, Math, and Physics courses) must be completed for a grade. Intention to take other eligible courses or change one’s major out of the School of Biological Sciences does not justify a late change of grade option.

Approval to change the grade option for an upper-division Bio course will only be approved if all major requirements the class could satisfy are already complete.

Graduation Policy

Students majoring in the School of Biological Sciences must follow the deadlines below to be eligible to graduate for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Graduation Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: Friday of 9th week Fall
  • Winter: Friday of 6th Week Winter
  • Spring: Friday of 6th Week Winter
  • Summer: Friday of 9th Week Winter

Application to graduate is located on the Registrar’s homepage: Student Access>Applications>Graduation

*Due to high demand of upper-division bio sci labs, we advise submitting your graduation application ASAP.  Graduation applications can be used to assess lab seat needs and prioritize assistance.

Intent to Graduate in the 5th year – If you intend on staying at UCI for five years (transfer students – four years), then you are encouraged to meet with an academic counselor to discuss your plans.

Change of Major Policy

Bio Sci, Bio/Educ and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology change of major requests will only be reviewed during the first two weeks of every quarter.  The review dates for all other majors will be during spring quarter.  More details to be announced.

Withdrawal Policy

First withdrawal will be allowed without proof of extenuating circumstance or hardship. Further requests will require documentation and are subject to the approval of Bio Sci Student Affairs. Readmission terms will be set by Bio Sci Student Affairs.

Readmission Policy

  • If a student was on contract when they withdrew, then a student will be readmitted on an academic contract for initial remaining terms.
  • If a student is in good standing, then a first readmission request will be granted.
    • If the readmission is a second request or beyond, then the student must wait one full quarter before readmitting.

Part-Time Study Petition (10 units or less)

Students are expected to attend UCI full-time.  Part-time is only granted for the following three reasons: occupation, health, or family responsibilities.  Students will need to provide documentation supporting the reasons cited, which will be subject to approval by Bio Sci Student Affairs.

      • Additionally, students in their final quarter of attendance (with a received graduation application on file), may be granted part-time study.
    • Approved petition forms must be physically in the University Registrar Office, no later than 5PM, Friday of the third week of classes.

Normal Progress within Bio Sci

In order to remain a Biological Sciences major, students must meet the following benchmarks:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Maintain a minimum Bio GPA of 2.0 (this GPA includes only Bio Sci courses required for your degree)
  • Complete Chem 1A-1B-1C/1LC, with minimum grades of C- by the end of your 2nd year
  • Complete Bio 93-94 with minimum grades of D- by the end of your 2nd year
  • Complete Chem 1LD, 51A- 51B/51LB – 51C/51LC with minimum grades of C-, by the end of your 3rd year
  • Complete Bio 97-98-99, with minimum grades of D-, by the end of your 3rd year. *Although a D- is required to progress within Bio Sci courses, please keep in mind that grades consistently below a C will negatively impact your GPA.

If you are unable to complete these courses by the time specified, you will be required to change your major out of the School of Biological Sciences.

*If you entered UCI as a freshman, you must complete the Bio Sci degree within five (5) years.

*If you entered UCI as a transfer, you must complete the Bio Sci degree within four (4) years.

**It is your responsibility to confirm your eligibility for financial aid through all quarters, if you are a financial aid recipient.


Career-related Courses

  • Bio Sci 3AApplying to Health Professional Schools (actual title “Career Decisions”). This class is designed to take students through the application processes for medical, dental, pharmacy and optometry schools.  Many other health related careers will be discussed.  Application timetables, on-line applications, required exams, letters of recommendation, personal statements and interview techniques will be covered.  1 unit of Pass/No Pass workload credit only, offered in winter quarter.
  • Bio Sci 3B Non-Health Careers. This seminar class will introduce different career options in Bio-related industries.  The first two classes will include career preparation topics like resumes for science majors and other information to prepare students for job searches.  The following eight classes will be presented by guest speakers from Southern California based life sciences companies.  Each will give an overview of their company and different opportunities for recent graduates.  1 unit of Pass/No Pass workload credit only, offered every quarter.