Getting started in Plant Sciences - 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 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...

  • Ensure your official transcripts arrive to UC Santa Cruz by July 1; all official test scores, including AP scores, must arrive by July 15.
  • Complete parts 1 & 2 of the Slug Orientation Course process to receive your enrollment appointment date.
  • Students who have taken college-level transferable classes that may apply to the requirements of this major should submit an unofficial transcript to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Advising Office via email at prior to July 1, in addition to the official transcript required by the UCSC Admissions Office. Major requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Complete the Math Placement process. It takes up to three business days for ALEKS PPL placement to post in your student record. Completing the assessment by July 16 will ensure your placement is posted before enrollment begins (although depending on your enrollment appointment, you may have more time!).
  • Students can take the Chemistry Self Assessment test for assistance in determining when to begin in general chemistry.

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

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

Special enrollment procedures:

Enroll in classes during your online enrollment appointment time. 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.

Skills important for success in this major:

Critical and logical thought, complex problem solving using scientific rules and methods, deductive and inductive reasoning.

Other Information:

The Plant Sciences 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:

Bee Vadakan
EEB Advising Website
105A Coastal Biology Building Coastal Science Campus