Advising Services

MCB offers three types of undergraduate advising; staff advisors, faculty advisors, and peer advisors. Each type of advisor provides a unique perspective on the MCB experience, and thus, it's important to review below to see what type of advisor will be able to address your questions. Staff advisors are usually the main resources for intended and declared MCB students. We've also compiled a list of FAQs to answer some of the most common questions we're asked.

Staff Advisors

Staff academic advisors are trained to support students and assist them in successfully completing their MCB major. Staff advisors are primarily available for drop-in advising, though limited appointments are available for more complex issues such as probation, academic difficulty and re-admission.

Students should see a staff advisor in order to:

  • ask questions about major requirements;
  • ask advice about schedule planning;
  • declare the MCB major;
  • have their registration hold lifted;
  • have forms signed that require a major advisor's signature
  • consult about research opportunities, graduate & professional schools, career opportunities, scholarships and internships;
  • get information and course control numbers for independent research;
  • request general assistance, advice or information; and
  • find out about upcoming events and programs.
Contact Us:
Phone: 510-643-8895
Office: 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9a-12n, 1-4p; Friday: 9a-12n, 1p-3p

Clara Ng-Quinn
Academic Advisor
Katie Carson
Academic Advisor
Carina Galicia
Assistant Director

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are MCB professors assigned to advise students about the MCB department, its courses, research, and other academic issues. Students are assigned a faculty advisor when they declare an MCB major.

Students should see their faculty advisors in order to:

  • receive guidance toward achieving academic and career goals,
  • ask questions about the content of MCB courses,
  • ask questions about biological research and about the field of biology in general,
  • ask for recommendations on which graduate schools to attend, and
  • request exceptions to MCB major requirements and policies (obtain their signature on MCB Substitution Form),
  • get their signature on the Curriculum Planning Form, after speaking with a UAO staff advisor first (see above).  

Office hours are designated for drop-in advising unless otherwise noted. Faculty advisor office hours are effective from the first day of instruction until the final day of instruction for the fall and spring semesters. Faculty advisors are not available for office hours during winter or summer break. Students may refer to staff drop-in advising hours during summer sessions and non-instructional periods. To see office hours for our faculty advisors, click here.

PAWS - Peer Advisor Walk-in Services

Peer advisors are junior & senior MCB majors who volunteer their time to complement the UAO advising services by sharing their knowledge of and experience with lower division requirements and upper division classes, experience with student groups on campus, preparation for life beyond the B.A., and use of various campus resources. To see the schedule and more information about who our peer advisors are and which courses they've taken, click here.