Contact Your Advisor

Physical Sciences Bldg, Room 230

Location: PSB (Physical Sciences Building) Room 230

Chemistry Staff Undergraduate Adviser:  Justyn Vanderplas

Faculty Adviser Chem Majors:  Professor Scott Oliver
Faculty Adviser BMB Majors:  Professor William(Bill) G. Scott

Email Advising

General questions can be emailed to You will get a response within 1-3 business days.  Keep in mind during high volume times, our response can be delayed for up to 5 business days. Due to campus polices on privacy of student records, please use your UCSC email account when corresonding with university officials and offices.  Please include your full name and student identification number in the body of your email. 

In Person Advising

We offer two types of advising; drop in and appointments.

  • Drop-ins are brief 10 minute meetings regarding quick questions such as: graduation checks, enrollment and scheduling questions, signatures on forms, etc. See the chart below for the days and times we offer drop in advising.  
  • Appointments are 25 minute meetings regarding: academic planning, petitions or exceptions, academic enrichment, etc. It allows the advisor to prepare for your meeting so you can maximize your time together.

Appointments are made through Slug Success;

For a walkthrough on how to make an appointment click HERE.

Drop in:

Monday 1pm - 4pm

Tuesday 9am - Noon

Wednesday 9am - 4pm (except lunch hour)

Thursday 1pm - 4pm


Monday 9am to Noon

Tuesday 1pm to 4pm

Thursday 9am to Noon

** No Drop in or appointment hours on Fridays / Available via phone or email only **

Peer Advisors

During the academic year, the department has a peer advising program to provide an additional advising resource for undergraduate majors. The Peer Advisors are advanced students in our majors who provide guidance and advice to other students. 

Each student has at least two staff advisers while enrolled at UCSC:

  • College advisers and preceptors are “generalist” advisers. They can help students understand campus-wide requirements such as general education, academic progress, and time-to-degree policies. They can also help students identify majors that may be a good fit for them. Students are affiliated with their college advisers from admission through graduation.  Contact information for college advisers
  • Programmajor, or department advisers focus on a specific program (like Chemistry). They can help students understand major qualification and graduation requirements, and academic planning for the major. They help students identify appropriate faculty mentors and enrichment opportunities within and related to the program.  Students are affiliated with their program advisers from the time they are formally declared in the major until the time of graduation.  

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