IB Undergraduate Advising

In support of the IB major, the Undergraduate Affairs Office (UAO) 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. 

UAO staff advisors are available year-round to help students plan for the upcoming semesters. For more information about how the advisors can help you succeed, visit us in 3060 VLSB.

Undergraduate Staff Advisors:

Staff advisors are available Mondays through Fridays to answer your questions. See the hours below. Click on an advisor's name to view their profiles.

Zachary Chestnut
Elinor Gregorio


(510) 643-1667
3060 VLSB
Monday - Thursday: 9AM - noon, 1 - 4PM
Friday: 9AM - noon, 1 - 3PM
Drop-ins only! We do not make student appointments.

Peer Advisors

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,

Monday -Thursday: 10AM - noon, 1PM - 4
Friday: 10AM - noon, 1PM - 3

More about Peer Advising

Faculty Advisors

The Undergraduate Student Services Office assigns a faculty member as your major advisor during the declaration process.

Develop a good student/advisor relationship.

  • 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.

We also encourage you to meet and talk to other IB faculty, particularly those conducting research in an area that interests you.

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 for you. Add them to your network of resources and information here at Cal.

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