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Welcome to the College of Biological Sciences!

We are excited to have you join our college and want to make every effort to facilitate your transition to the university and to ensure your success as a student. As a UC Davis student, you'll have many opportunities to enrich your academic career.

The Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) is your one-stop-shop for all of your advising needs during your time as a CBS student. Make sure to stay connected with the BASC throughout your Aggie Orientation Experience, check back regularly for updates, and be on the look out for updates and communication from CBS.

How to Get Started:
  • Step 1: Complete Aggie 101
  • All incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete Aggie 101. Refer to your MyAdmissions checklist and follow the instructions on how to complete this online program designed to introduce you to key resources and provide you with information needed to be successful at UC Davis.
  • Step 2: Complete Your Aggie Advising Canvas Course
  • Your Aggie Advising Canvas course will include all you need to know to successfully register for your first quarter including course placement, course planning, building a schedule, how to register, and more! 
    First-Year Aggie Advising Canvas Course
    Transfer Aggie Advising Canvas Course
  • Step 3: Schedule and Aggie Advising Appointment (optional)
  • Have more questions or concerns related to your first quarter preparation that isn’t addressed in your Aggie Advising Canvas course? Please schedule an Aggie Advising appointment with a BASC advisor.
    - First-year student appointments begin on June 10 and Transfer student appointment begin on July 15.
    - Incoming students may begin booking their appointments up to three weeks in advance. 
    Aggie Advising appointments are limited to 1 appointment per student.
    How to Schedule Your Aggie Advising Appointment
  • Step 4: Take Placement Exams for Your Major/College Requirements
  • Complete the math and chemistry placement exams in order to enroll in the appropriate math and/or chemistry course.  
    If you have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), take the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey at least two weeks prior to class registration.
  • Step 5: Register for Classes
  • Register for your first quarter during your assigned Pass 1 time. Registration support will be available should you need assistance! Additional instructions to connect with the BASC Advising team during your Pass 1 time will be sent out approximately 1 week before your assigned Pass 1 time. Please refer to the registration section in your Aggie Advising Canvas course for additional registration details.

    First Year CBS Student Pass I: July 30th-31st
    Transfer CBS Student Pass I: August 12th-13th

  • Step 6: Attend Aggie Orientation Events
  • Get excited about being an Aggie! Read more about Aggie Orientation here. This 2 1/2-day program is your opportunity to start building community networks of support, find resources, and begin your life on campus.

    If you have questions concerning your orientation, please visit the Orientation website for more information. For Parent & Family Orientation details, please visit this website.