Getting started in Marine Biology: 2023-2024 Entering Frosh


Students are admitted to UCSC with a "proposed major" in most cases, and later petition to officially declare the major. Admission to UCSC does not guarantee acceptance into a particular major. Students must be declared in a major by the end of the second year (or equivalent), so learning about and preparing for a major is a primary goal for first-year students.

Importance of an early start:

This is a course-intensive and/or sequential program, and students who intend to pursue this major must begin taking classes for the major sometime in their first year at UCSC.

Qualification requirements and/or prerequisites for the major:

Review Major Qualification Requirements in the General Catalog.

Frosh who intend to pursue this major should do the following things prior to the beginning of fall term...

  • Complete the Math Preparation and placement process. You have 15 free hours of math skills review to prep you for placement or your next course. It takes up to three business days for ALEKS PPL placement to post in your student record. Completing the assessment by August 2 will ensure your placement is posted before enrollment begins (although depending on your enrollment appointment, you may have more time!).

...and should take these courses their first term:

  • BIOE 20C Ecology and Evolution
  • The appropriate Mathematics class based on placement.

Special enrollment procedures:

Enroll online during your enrollment appointment. Enrolling after your enrollment appointment time may limit the courses available to you

Sample Academic Plan:

Review the Sample Academic Plan in the General Catalog.

Other Information:

The Marine Biology B.S. major is administered by the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Review the information on major requirements, academic planning resources, student opportunities, and more on the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate webpage.

Links to Review:

Program Description (Catalog)
Department Website
Information on Courses and Enrollment
Sample Academic Plans
EEB Getting Started Guide

Advisor Contact Information:

EEB Advising Website
105A Coastal Biology Building Coastal Science Campus