Bodega Marine Lab

MCSci Orientation for New Students

Here you will find information for preparing to register for Fall classes. Please read it carefully, and feel free to contact your major advisor with any questions. 

The first step to orienting yourself to UC Davis is to complete Aggie 101 online. Once you have done that, use this page to learn the basics about your major. You will get a chance to review this information in a Webinar and virtual one-on-one appointment with your major advisor before you register for Fall classes. In addition, you will learn more about your major requirements and opportunities during Aggie Orientation in September, and through events early in Fall Quarter.


Welcome to UC Davis Marine and Coastal Science!

The Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences are thrilled to have you join our community. You have a lot of great resources for success to take advantage of as a Marine and Coastal Science major. Some of these include:

  • Getting involved – there are several Marine Science-related clubs you can join, as well as many other ways to get involved. These clubs give students an opportunity to meet other students, volunteer, develop professional skills, and have fun!
  • Bodega Marine Lab (BML) – this lab on the California Coasts hosts summer classes and hands-on research or internship opportunities for students. It’s a highlight of most students’ time at Davis!
  • BML Wednesday Seminar – Every Wednesday at 4pm in Storer Hall 1347, come hear about the latest research coming out of the Bodega Marine Lab
  • Undergraduate Research– students have unique opportunities to get highly involved in research in this collaborative, creative major.
  • Take part in internships – many of our students work on campus, gaining skills for the workplace. The CalTeach/MAST program connects future teachers with classroom experience.
  • Study abroad – gain global experience while working on major or general education coursework.
  • Prepare for careers or graduate school
  • Scholarships – including merit-based or need-based scholarships, and support for research projects and Bodega Marine Lab courses.
  • Engage with faculty and advisors to support you and your individual goals

Preparing for Fall Quarter course registration
First-Year students | Transfer Students


First-Year students | Preparing for Fall Quarter course registration

The Marine and Coastal Science major starts with basic science preparatory courses for the first two years: Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physics, and Statistics.

  • Chemistry
    • Major requirement: CHE 2A.
    • Remember to take the Chemistry Placement Exam during the open testing window online.
    • If you have not yet placed into CHE 2A, speak with your major advisor about which chemistry preparation option is most appropriate for you.
      • WLD 41C: Fall class. Then you would take CHE 2A in Winter.
      • ALEKS program: Summer online chemistry preparation. If choosing this option, go ahead and register for Fall’s CHE 2A now. You will retake the Chemistry Placement test in September after completing ALEKS online
    • If you have AP or IB credit for a Chemistry class, it’s still recommended that you start at the “A” level.
  • Biology
    • Major requirement: BIS 2B.
  • Math
    • Major requirement: MAT 16A or 17A or 21A.
      • MAT 17A or 21A is required for the focus area in “Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology”.
    • Remember to take the Math Placement Exam during the open testing window online.
    • If you have not yet placed into one of these classes, speak with your major advisor about which math class is most appropriate for you.
    • If you have AP or IB credit for a calculus class, it’s still recommended that you start at the “A” level.

Recommended first-quarter schedule:

  • Choose 1-2 major classes
    • Chemistry (whichever class you have placed into)
    • Biology
    • Math (whichever class you have placed into)
  • Non-major class(es) to get you to 12-15 units total
    • Entry-Level Writing Requirement (if you have to complete Entry-Level Writing Requirement, this is the priority) or
    • Non-science general education (don’t take anything with Writing Experience GE until you’ve completed ELWR) or
    • Lower Division College English Composition class or
    • First-Year Seminars or
    • BioLaunch Seminar (College of Biological Sciences only) or
    • Career Discovery Group (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences only) or
    • Aggie Ambassadors (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences only)

Reminders:

  • Don’t take courses you already have AP, IB, or transfer credit for (unless marked as “duplicate credit allowed”)
  • If you can only get into 1 or even no major classes, that’s fine. Everything will count for something useful towards graduation at this point.
  • Only take lower division courses for now (#1-99)
  • Create backup schedules on Schedule Builder for a smoother registration process.

Planning your MCSci Major: 4-year MCSci Sample Academic Plan
First Quarter Recommendation Worksheet_MCS FY (pdf)


Transfer students | Preparing for Fall Quarter course registration

1. Check your transfer coursework on assist.org. Once it is received and processed by UC Davis, it will also show up on OASIS, along with the equivalent UC Davis course.

  • If you have non-California Community College credit, contact equivalent departments at UC Davis to get courses articulated. Your major advisor can help you with this process.
  • Do not take any classes at UC Davis that you already have transfer credit for.

2. Determine what preparatory science coursework you have left to complete. Those classes are the priority for Fall. Take 2-3 major classes and fill in with non-major classes.

3. If you are done with preparatory science coursework, follow the sample academic plan for transfer students

  • Any specific class that’s listed (i.e. STA 100, BIS 101) can be taken in Fall if it’s offered.
  • Placeholder classes like “Depth Course”, “Focus Course”, and “Breadth course” depend on your focus area. Talk with your major advisor and check the MCS Undergraduate Course List for which of these classes are offered in Fall.

4. Final course schedules should have 2-4 major classes, then fill in with non-major classes for a total of 12-15 units. Filler options:

  • Upper Division College English Composition class
  • First-Year Seminars
  • BioLaunch Seminar (College of Biological Sciences only)
  • Career Discovery Group (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences only)
  • Aggie Ambassadors (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences only)

Reminders:

  • Create backup schedules on Schedule Builder for a smoother registration process.

Planning your MCSci Major: 2-year MCSci Sample Academic Plan


Marine and Coastal Science Major Webinar

Review the information above in a webinar this summer. You will get a chance to meet your major advisor, learn about resources for success in your major, get a basic introduction to your major requirements, and learn how to plan your Fall quarter schedule.

Ready to talk to a major advisor?

Once you have read the information above, feel free to start planning your Fall Quarter schedule on Schedule Builder. Visit our advising page to make an appointment with your major advisor to talk about your specific plan. Click “schedule an appointment” and be sure to indicate “New Student Orientation” as the reason.

Aggie Orientation

Watch for information from the UC Davis Orientation program regarding the mandatory in-person Orientation between move-in and the start of Fall Quarter. Some major-related activities include:

  • Drop-in advising for quick questions or schedule adjustments. Don’t worry – You’ll have a chance to learn more in-depth information about your major before Winter registration
  • Marine and Coastal Science Major Advising: Tuesday, September 29th from 3 pm-5 pm in 1309 Earth and Physical Sciences Building - meet other new students and prepare for starting your Marine and Coastal Science major at UC Davis!