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Biochemistry Advising Resources

Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry

This page is meant to provide resources to assist you in planning your degree progress.

Contact Your Adviser

Email Advising:

Most advising questions can be answered over email! Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Use the chemistry advising email above, NOT the personal emails of Chem/BMB advisers.
  • Include your full name and student ID number.
  • If you are requesting assistance with forms, please attach a copy of your form to the email.

In-person Advising (Currently Zoom): Slug Success

The adviser for the Chemistry B.S. is Rexton Lynn.

Make an appointment with Rexton.
How to use Slug Success.

Degree requirements and planners
Online forms
Commonly used/required student forms used at UC Santa Cruz

Note: This list is not exhaustive. For questions about forms, contact your college adviser first and then reach out to if we may be of assistance in completing the forms.

Enrollment Policies

Lab Attendance and “Crashing”

Enrolled students who do not attend their first lab meeting will be dropped.  Attendance will be taken in the first 10 minutes, students not present when roll is taken will be dropped from the lab and their seats given to those on the waitlist.

  1. Gen Chem Labs (1M and 1N) do not have a lab lecture.  O Chem labs (8L and 8M) do – held once a week.
  2. O Chem Labs (8L and 8M): All students enrolled, waitlisted, or seeking a seat in a lab MUST attend the first class meeting (lab lecture) which is noted in the schedule of classes.
  3. “Crashing” lab sections:  In the case of all Chemistry labs, “crashing” is not an option, even if you are on the waitlist for the lab. Only enrolled students (not including waitlist) may attend the first lab. If you are on the waitlist, you must wait for confirmation notification by the Registrar’s Office regarding your official enrollment in a lab section prior to attending the lab section.

Gen Chem labs are offered every quarter.  Students have the option of delaying the lab for a future quarter if the lab sections are full. Enrollment is not concurrent:  CHEM 1B lecture / CHEM 1M lab      CHEM 1C lecture / CHEM 1N lab


All Chemistry courses will have a wait list.  Do not contact the instructor asking for a permission code.

Wait lists will be available at the start of Second Pass enrollment: Log in to MyUCSC to view your waitlist appointment time. For your best chance at becoming enrolled, add or swap onto a waitlist as soon as they become available.

All wait lists will be set to auto-enroll unless otherwise noted: Students will be automatically enrolled as space becomes available in the course and notified via email.

Wait lists will manage enrollment: If you want to enroll in a full course, you MUST enroll onto the waitlist.  To allow for fair access to enrollment, individual requests to instructors or the department will not be entertained.

Chem Lab Waitlists

If you are waitlisted in CHEM 1B, CHEM 1C, CHEM 8A, CHEM 8B, you will not be able to waitlist the corresponding lab course (CHEM 1N, CHEM 1M, CHEM 8L, CHEM 8M) until you are officially enrolled in the class, unless you have previously passed the courses.

Independent Study

If you need an independent study course number for enrollment for either your Senior Thesis or Lab Research, you must complete a Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies form. You must have an informal agreement in place with the Professor/Faculty Sponsor prior to completing this form.

Enrollment Updates

Updated 5/12/21

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Students should have received an email on May 10 from that has a link to instructions on Understanding the Fall 2021 Class Schedule, including how to tell if the course and/or lab or discussion section you want to take will be in-person or remote or hybrid. Please check your email for the full instructions.

The short instructions are as follows:

If a course (or lab or discussion section) has a classroom listed as the location, it will be offered in-person on the day/time listed in the schedule.

If a course (or lab or discussion section) doesn’t have a classroom listed (instead lists ‘Remote Instruction’ or something similar), it will NOT be in person but may be at a certain time.

Some courses, discussion sections, or labs may have a combination of in-person and online/remote, so please pay close attention when making your schedule.

*For enrollment information/procedures/updates on BIOL courses, including BIOL 101L, 104L and 189W-02, visit the MCD enrollment website For updates on courses sponsored by other departments (non CHEM/BIOC courses), please visit the appropriate department websites.

Remote and In-Person Labs

All lower division CHEM labs for Fall 2021 (CHEM 1M, CHEM 1N, & CHEM 8L) will be remote. All upper division CHEM labs offered in Fall 2021 (CHEM 122 & CHEM 146A) will be in-person.

CHEM & BIOC lecture sections have both remote & in-person offerings.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will be monitoring enrollment numbers throughout the enrollment period and adjusting capacities as possible/necessary.

General Chemistry

First Year Students: Sequencing of General Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C

Please note that CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B do not have to be taken in order. These are 2 separate courses that do not build upon each other. CHEM 1A requires placement in Math 3 or equivalent (ALEKS placement score,AP test scores, or AM 3) and is a prerequisite for CHEM 1C but NOT CHEM 1B. Please keep this in mind if you find your Gen Chem course is full. You may have other options!

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 8M: enrollment is restricted (for Winter enrollment) during first pass to those majors in which it is a requirement. The enrollment restriction will lift during the second pass. CHEM 8M is offered both Winter and Spring Quarter.

CHEM 110/L: enrollment is restricted to chemistry majors, minors and proposed majors. Students outside of chemistry who wish to take this course should complete the Enrollment Request Form . Once all chemistry majors have had an opportunity to enroll into CHEM 110/L, those on the request form will be contacted via email with next steps if there are seats available. Entering your information on the form does not guarantee your enrollment into the course or lab.

Non-chemistry students needing a third quarter of organic chemistry should enroll into CHEM 109.

**CHEM 109 and CHEM 110L cannot be taken together. CHEM 109 does not substitute CHEM 110. CHEM 110 is the prerequisite for CHEM 110L.

How to declare

Students may petition to declare once they have completed all qualification courses and met the GPA requirements.
Students who entered UC Santa Cruz as first-year students are required to formally declare a major by the deadline in their 6th quarter on campus. Students who transfer to UC Santa Cruz are required to declare a major by the deadline in their second quarter.

To initiate the process to declare, students should complete the online petition to declare (below) no later than two weeks prior to the declaration deadline. For assistance, please contact the chemistry advising team at

Online Petition to Declare

Students enrolled in their final qualification policy course at the major declaration deadline may submit the petition, but will not be declared until satisfactory grades have been posted. To view the Petition to Declare Major form, you must be logged in to your UCSC email account.
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