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Policies and FAQs

Academic Honesty

Advising

Completing your degree

Enrolling in classes

Normal progress and probation

Understanding your grades

Answers to FAQs

Academic Honesty

  • There are many forms of Academic Dishonesty, SOME include the following:
    • Cheating
    • Copying from others during an examination.
    • Communicating exam answers with other students during an examination.
    • Offering another person’s work as one’s own.
    • Taking an examination for another student or having someone take an examination for oneself.
  • Dishonest Conduct
    • Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key from the instructor.
    • Changing or attempting to change academic records without proper sanction.
    • Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit in more than one course without consulting all instructors involved.
    • Forging add/drop/change cards and other enrollment documents, or altering such documents after signatures have been obtained.
    • Allowing another student to copy off of one’s own work during a test.
  • Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is intellectual theft. It means use of the intellectual creations of another without proper attribution. Plagiarism may take two main forms, which are clearly related:

    • To steal or pass off as one’s own the ideas or words, images, or other creative works of another.
    • To use a creative production without crediting the source, even if only minimal information is available to identify it for citation.

Credit must be given for every direct quotation, for paraphrasing or summarizing a work (in whole, or in part, in one’s own words), and for information that is not common knowledge.

  • What happens to students who are found committing Academic Dishonesty?
    • Students who have been found committing Academic Dishonesty may be suspended or disqualified from the university.

Advising

  • Do students need to attend academic advising?
    • Academic advising is strongly encouraged at least once a year, in order to track degree-progress and ensure a timely and successful graduation!
  • When should students meet with a counselor?
    • Incoming students should meet with a counselor during their first quarter; in addition, if a student is struggling with the curriculum or schedule, they should meet with a counselor as soon as possible. However, the counselors enjoy meeting with students, and encourage you to meet with them at any time!
  • How do I receive pre-health advising?
    • Pre-Health advising is provided by all of our highly-trained academic counselors. Simply call our office at (949) 824-5318 to make an appointment

Completing your degree

  • What is the expected time-to-degree?
    • Students in the School of Biological Sciences MUST complete their degree within 4 years. A transfer student may have 3 years to complete their degree. Very few exceptions are made.
  • How do I make sure that units transfer from another school?
    • If you are transferring courses from a California community college, please visit Assist.org; if you want to ensure a course is transferred from another school other than a California community college, we urge you to make an appointment with a counselor in our office. We typically require a course syllabus and transcript.
  • How do I change my major? Where do I find the requirements for changing?
  • How do I track my degree progress?
  • Can I meet with a counselor to plan my schedule?
    • We strongly encourage students to meet with the counseling staff to plan your course schedule! Our office is open T-F 9-12 and 1-4; M 10-12 and 1-4. You may call us at (949) 824-5318 to make an appointment.
  • What are the progress-toward degree policies for the School of Bio Sci?
    • Students entering UCI as freshman are expected to graduate within four (4) years.
    • Students entering UCI as transfer students will be expected to graduate within three (3) years.
    • Students will not be approved for a change of major into the School of Biological Sciences unless they can complete the degree in a total of 4 (four) years at UCI (for students entering UCI as freshmen) and three (3) years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
    • Second majors or minors will not be approved unless the student can complete both the degree and double major (or minor) in a total of four (4) years at UCI 9for students entering UCI as freshmen) and three (3) years at UCI (for students transferring to UCI).
    • Students who have successfully completed three laboratory courses will be given the lowest priority for registration in additional laboratory courses.

Enrolling in classes

  • Can I still add or drop a class?
    • Biological Sciences lab courses add/drop must be completed prior to the first day of instruction for the current quarter. Specific deadlines are posted on the schedule of classes (i.e. WebSOC comments). All other Biological Sciences courses can be added or dropped via WebReg through the end of Week 2. Following Week 2, students may petition to add or drop a class via Student Access by explaining the need for the late change.
  • Can I take less than 12 units a quarter?
    • Students that wish to take fewer than 12 units must apply for Part-Time Study which is approved only under specific university guidelines. Students that are not approved for part-time study will be placed on probation if they complete fewer than 12 units. Housing and financial aid may also be impacted and students should consult with those offices.Students that are having trouble enrolling in 12 units should consult with their academic advisor for suggestions. A number of workload credit options are available for students to meet their unit minimums.
  • How many pass/no pass can I have each quarter?
    • All Bio Sci students must take major-required courses for a grade; the only exception is Bio Sci 100 and 194S. If you would like to take a G.E. course P/NP we encourage you to meet with a counselor to discuss this further.
  • I can’t add a class in WebReg, what can I do?
    • There are several reasons why you may not be able to enroll:
      • You do not meet the published prerequisites, or WebReg is unable to recognize that you do meet the prerequisites (common if the prerequisite was taken at another college).
      • You do not satisfy one of the restrictions placed on the course. Major and school restrictions are common as are ‘NOR’ (New-Only Reserved), seats reserved for first time students. Check the comments in WebSOC for details.
      • The course is full or it conflicts with another course you are already enrolled in. Look for an alternate time or add yourself to the waitlist. You may also be trying to exceed your approved number of units.
      • In all cases, you can contact the department or school that offers the course for assistance.
  • If I drop a course, will there be a notation on my transcript?
    • If you receive approval to drop a course after the sixth week, you will receive a ‘W’ (withdrawal) notation on your transcript. There are no exceptions.

Normal progress and probation

  • What is considered “Normal Progress” or “Good Standing”?
    • To maintain “good standing” a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0, and a Bio Sci GPA of at least a 2.0; making “normal progress” would be completing coursework in order to graduate within 4-years.
  • What is Academic Contract?
    • An academic contract is required of students who are not in good standing and is used as a method of assisting students in achieving success at UCI. Contracts vary, and if you are in jeopardy of not maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA, 2.0 quarter GPA, and a 2.0 or higher Bio Sci GPA, you need to meet with a counselor ASAP.The Academic Contract provides students with three options above (including meeting criteria to remain as a Bio Sci student, the option to change your major out of Bio Sci, and to withdrawal voluntarily from UCI).
  • What happens if I do not meet my contract?
    • If you do not meet an Academic Contract, you may be Academically Disqualified from the University, effective the end of the academic year designated on your contract. In some cases, a student may appeal.

Understanding your grades

  • When can I repeat a course?
    • A student may repeat any course where a grade of “C-“ or below was received. A student may repeat up to 16 units of coursework. We have put a repeat restriction on all biology courses and will only remove the restriction at the beginning of Open Enrollment.
  • What is the minimum GPA to graduate?
    • A student must graduate with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 Bio Sci GPA.