Quarterly Enrollment Updates


Last Updated 2/22/2024

Spring Enrollment Schedule (At-a-Glance): 

  • First Pass Appointments: 2/27/2024 
    • Credit Limits:
      • Senior Standing: 19-credit limit
      • Junior, Sophomore, and Frosh Standing: 14-credit limit
    • Appointments every half hour - 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • First-pass enrollment remains open during your assigned appointment window
  • Second Pass Appointments and Waitlist: 03/07/2024 
    • Credit limits: 
      • Enrolled: 19-credit limit
      • Waitlist: 14-credit limit
      • Appointments every half hour - 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Also see: 

Enrollment Reminders:

  • Courses located in “CoastBio” rooms are held at the Coastal Biology Building
  • Courses located in “Lg Discovery” rooms are held at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.
  • Courses located in “Ocean Health” rooms are held at the Ocean Health Building
  • These facilities are located at UCSC’s Coastal Science Campus. They are not located on the main campus. Please carefully check the location of your courses when planning your schedule.
  • Student Responsibility: You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of your enrollments. Be sure to verify your classes, modes of instruction (in person, online, or hybrid), classroom location, and grade options prior to the enrollment deadlines listed in the Academic and Administrative Calendar.

Special Course Information & Applications: 

BIOE 20F: Field Biology in Practice (2 units)

Enrollment by application. Introduction to the practice of field biology. Includes implementing the scientific process from formulating and testing hypotheses, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Grounded in the natural ecosystems surrounding the UCSC campus, this course incorporates field and lab techniques, natural history of flora and fauna, and both observational and experimental biology.

BIOE 75: Scientific Diving
Enrollment by application. Course work includes lectures and scuba diving. Topics include subtidal sampling techniques, navigation, low visibility diving, search and recovery, rescues, small boat use, oxygen administration for divers, technical blue water deep diving, physics, and physiology. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Prerequisite(s): skill level equal to Advanced Scuba Diver Certification, pass scuba physical, provide own scuba gear, be certified in CPR and First Aid; and interview: pass swim test and scuba skills test.

Final applications are due March 1st at 11:59 pm.
Contact Dave Benet at divingsafety@ucsc.edu with additional questions about enrollment.

BIOE 82 - 01: Intro to Field Research, Conservation, and Land Management (2 units)
Enrollment by application. This course serves as an introductory class that focuses entirely on exposing freshmen, sophomores & transfer students to local habitats throughout the Central Coast of California and how to conduct field-based studies. To facilitate immersive field-based teaching, the course will include two-weekend camping trips. Lectures will be scheduled as evening sessions to discuss field trips and provide background information, as well as introductory material in field research.

BIOE 82 - 02: Intro to Field Research and Conservation (2 units)
Enrollment by application. This is a course primarily based on three-weekend outdoor field experiences staying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Swanton Pacific Ranch as well as surrounding lands managed for conservation including state, federal, non-profit, and private lands. This course serves as an introductory class that focuses entirely on exposing freshmen, sophomores & transfer students to local habitats throughout the Central Coast of California and how to conduct field-based studies.  

BIOE 114/L Herpetology with Lab (7 units)
Enrollment by application. 
The study of amphibians and non-avian reptiles is known as Herpetology. This group of organisms is quite strange in a systematic sense because they are non-monophyletic. For example, Crocodilians are more closely related to birds than to lizards or snakes, and lizards and snakes are more closely related to mammals than they are to amphibians! This course can be considered a multi-disciplinary natural science course as it covers aspects of the natural history, ecology, evolution, systematics, behavior, biogeography, physiology, and conservation biology of reptiles and amphibians worldwide. Applications Due Fubruary 25th. 

BIOE 128L Large Marine Vertebrates (7 units) 

Enrollment by application. Learn about the field methods used to study large marine vertebrates, participate in field research at the elephant seal colony near UCSC, and undertake a rigorous independent research project. This year, BIOE128L will be taught by Professor Roxanne Beltran. Applications Due February 24th. 

BIOE 189F Queer Ecology* 

*Planned, but not yet approved for Spring 2024.  Please check back for updates, both here and in the Class Schedule.  Application link will be provided if the course is approved for Spring 2024.

Through this seminar series, students will hear presentations from queer speakers detailing their research in ecology and conservation biology. Speakers and students will explore the intersections between queerness and ecology, including discussions of queer experiences in a field that has historically marginalized queer identities and how viewing the natural world through a queer lens has the capacity to improve and alter mainstream scientific insights around sex, gender, and beyond.


Undergraduate Research Courses

EEB Undergraduate research courses provide students with academic credit for undergraduate research work done in an EEB faculty laboratory. Courses are offered Fall, Winter, and Spring only. Learn how to get started in undergraduate research and enroll in research courses here.

The following research courses are not visible in the Schedule of Classes. Click here for enrollment instructions for these courses:

  • BIOE 182F Exploring Research in EEB, 2 units
  • BIOE 193F Independent Research in EEB, 2 units (Prerequisite: BIOE 183W)
  • BIOE 193 Independent Research in EEB, 5 units (Prerequisite: BIOE 183W)
  • BIOE 195 Senior Thesis in EEB, 5 units (Prerequisite: BIOE 183W)

BIOE 183W Undergraduate Research in EEB - Writing:  Students may enroll directly but must have faculty sponsor arranged and completed undergraduate research contract on file with the department by first class meeting.

Other Course Information

Is BIOL 105 full? Please waitlist the class during your second enrollment appointment to seek a seat in the course in Spring 2024. More information about BIOL courses is available here.

How to enroll in an upper division ENVS course: All upper division ENVS courses require ENVS 100/L as a prerequisite. To petition to take an ENVS upper division class without the ENVS 100/L pre-requisite, please fill out this petition. If successful, students will receive a permission code to enroll during second pass enrollment. For more information about enrolling in ENVS courses as an EEB student please contact ENVS Advising at envsugpc@ucsc.edu.


Did you receive a P grade in a major requirement course in Spring 2020? Please note that while your P grade is accepted by the department, it will not show as completed in your Degree Progress Report (DPR) automatically. Your DPR does not inform the enrollment system of your prerequisites, so there is no consequence to not having your P grade reflected in your DPR.


Have More Enrollment Questions? Please visit the registar website for more FAQs and Enrollment Information.