In support of the IB major, the Undergraduate Student Services Office (USSO) is part of the Biosciences Divisional Services in the L&S Biological Sciences Division and the Departments of Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology. Our services are guided by the following mission:
BDS Student Services Mission Statement
We partner with faculty, staff, and students to create an inclusive academic community that offers holistic advising and innovative services to support educational success.
Advising support for IB undergraduates is provided by:
Staff advisors are available year-round, Monday through Friday, to answer your questions. Click on an advisor's name to view their profile.
See an Advisor
Students can see an advisor for drop-in or scheduled appointments, depending on the intended appointment subject. Drop-in advising is suspended during the remote learning period, but those questions can be answered in a same-day appointment. Refer to the table below to determine if you need to make an appointment.
|Schedule a 30-minute appointment for:||Same-day appointment for:|
|Declaring a Single Major, Double Major, Simultaneous Degree||Course Planning|
|Changing a Major||Study Abroad|
|Academic Difficulty||Excess Units|
|SAP Appeal||Research, Honors|
|Transfer Coursework||Career Planning|
|Undeclared Senior Hold (discussion)||Advising Holds|
|Withdrawal & Readmission||Info about IB|
|Petitions & Appeals|
Current students can schedule an appointment via CalCentral. Appointments are only available 2 weeks in advance and up to 24 hours prior to the appointment time. Same-day appointments, in place of drop-in advising, can be scheduled on CalCentral starting each day at 8am, up to 30 minutes prior to the appointment time. Note that same-day appointments are limited to 15 minutes.
To schedule an appointment: Use the above button to go to CalCentral's appointments page or from the CalCentral homepage: under My Academics, go to your Advising card and select +New Appointment. Fill out the information in the form: "Academic Advising" for Category, "Undergrad Letters & Science" for College, and "Integrative Biology BA" for Advisor Type. In the next screen, you will choose an advisor and schedule a time to see them. To finalize it, click on "Book It!" at the bottom. Refer to this CalCentral PDF guide for a walk-through of the appointment system; use the options above to book for IB.
Former and prospective UC Berkeley students, those without CalCentral access, can use this link to schedule an appointment.
Email is the best method of contact during the campus' remote learning period.
Peer Advisors are available to discuss the content of specific classes, help you to develop plans and answer general questions about being a student at Cal. They are available during the fall and spring semesters in 3060 VLSB.
IB students are assigned a faculty advisor during the declaration process. Developing a good student-advisor relationship benefits both parties. We also encourage you to meet and talk to other IB and Berkeley faculty, particularly those conducting research in an area that interests you.
- Your advisor can assist with questions about coursework to fulfill requirements and career goals.
- He/She can be a good mentor for your present and future goals.
- Share your future goals with your Faculty Advisor, even if they might change, including what has inspired you to establish such goals.
Faculty advisors are available only during the semester. Some request that students sign up for appointments outside their offices at least 24 hours in advance; others are available for drop-in advising. See the table below for office hours, location, and preferred method of scheduling an appointment. Please note that the hours and availability are subject to change without notice.
Faculty Advising Office Hours for Spring 2021
Faculty advising update during remote learning period: Faculty advisors are still available. Please refer to this table for office hours and method of contact (must be logged in to a Berkeley account to view).
Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)
Establish and maintain contact with your Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). GSIs can be supportive in helping students achieve immediate and long-range goals. GSIs can also be a valuable conduit to earning a research opportunity. Add them to your network of resources and information here at Cal.