Undergraduate - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I change my major or declare a minor?
    Declarations in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) are only accepted during the periods of instruction for fall, winter, and spring quarter during weeks 0 – 3, weeks 8 – Finals.

    Requests usually take: 7 – 10 business days
    Our office will only accept these requests via email: eebundergrad@lifesci.ucla.edu

    Students must be in good academic standing for the College and the EEB Department (i.e., not on Academic Probation or Subject to Dismissal) in order to be approved for the major change.

    Pre-Requisites for the Majors (Biology; Ecology, Behavior and Evolution; Marine Biology):

    Freshman Admits
    • Completion of Life Sciences 7B with a grade of C- or better
    • Enough units to complete the major without exceeding your current unit maximum
    • Successful completion of latest attempt of a Life Science Core Curriculum course (C- or better)

    Transfer Admits
    • Must have been accepted as a student in department within the Division of Life Sciences
    • Completion of Life Sciences 7B with a grade of C- or better
    • Enough units to complete the major without exceeding your current unit maximum
    • Successful completion of latest attempt of a Life Science Core Curriculum course (C- or better)

    *It is recommended that some lower division courses be completed before arriving to UCLA.

    Pre-Requisites for the Minors:

    Conservation Biology
    • Completion of Life Sciences 7B with a grade of C or better
    • Completion of EEB 100 with a grade of C or better
    • Completion of EEB 116 or Environment 121 with a grade of C or better
    • Enough units to complete the minor with exceeding your current unit maximum

    Evolutionary Medicine
    • Completion of Life Sciences 7B with a grade of C or better
    • Completion of EEB 100 with a grade of C or better
    • Completion of EEB 120 or EEB 185 with a grade of C or better
    • Enough units to complete the minor with exceeding your current unit maximum


  2. What would constitute my being academically ineligible for a major within EEB?
    • All Life Science Core Curriculum courses (major preparation) must be passed with a grade of C- or better
    • Students receiving a grade below C- in two LS Core Curriculum courses, either in separate courses or repetitions of the same course, are subject to dismissal from the major.
    • Students who receive a third grade below C- in the LS Core Curriculum will be dismissed from the major.


  3. Can I get help with enrolling in an EEB course?
    - PTE numbers are not distributed due to TA work load concerns, space, and fairness to all students in the enrollment process.

    - If a course is open and you are within the College’s window of time to add courses via MyUCLA, please refer to the online enrollment system.

    - If a course is closed and there is an established wait list, that will be the only way students will be able to wait list in a course. Please be advised a spot on a wait list does not guarantee enrollment in a course.

    - Effective Fall 2018 and forward, discussion/lab section switches will not be done during Weeks 1 & 2. If you and a fellow classmate would like to switch sections, you will need to do so on your own.


  4. I need help enrolling in a course outside of EE Biology?
    If you have difficulty enrolling in a class that is not an EE BIOL course and require assistance, please contact the department that offers the course.
    - For example, Life Science courses → Life Sciences Core Curriculum Office; Chemistry courses → Chemistry department

    - Transfer students: Please be aware that the enrollment system may not allow you to enroll in classes if you took the pre-requisite(s) at another school.


  5. How can I participate in a Field Biology Quarter (FBQ), joint Field Marine Biology Quarter (FMBQ), or Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) (application process, pre-requisites, selection, etc.)?
    Applications are available online, usually one year in advance. An email announcement is sent through the EEB undergraduate listserv and is also posted on EEB website.

    Pre-requisites: May differ for each field quarter based on location and instructors.

    Selection: A select number of applicants is invited to be interviewed by the instructors leading the program. Fifteen students are chosen to participate.


  6. Are there any scholarships offered by the department?
    There a limited number of scholarships available for students participating in the field quarters (FBQ, FMBQ, and MBQ). Accepted students are invited to apply for these scholarships.


  7. How can I petition a course outside of the department to satisfy a requirement for my major?
    Students in all majors may request to have courses evaluated for equivalency for upper division major requirements. Send your request to eebundergrad@lifesci.ucla.edu with the following information: your full name, UID, major, and category you would like to apply the course (e.g., Biology, Category 5), and the SYLLABUS from the course that you are petitioning.


  8. How can I earn Departmental Honors or Highest Honors?
    Students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may qualify for DEPARTMENTAL HONORS at graduation if they fulfill the following criteria:
    • Have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of 3.400 or above.
    • Have a global (upper division major) GPA of 3.400 or above.
    Students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may qualify for HIGHEST DEPARTMENTAL HONORS at graduation if they fulfill the following criteria:
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.600 or above.
    • Have a global GPA of 3.600 or above.
    • Have completed EE BIOL 198A and EE BIOL 198B with a full-time faculty member in the EE BIOL department.


  9. When should I start doing research and how can I find a research position?
    Students can start research at any time they wish, as long as they have a lab to work in. We recommend that students take on research after they have been at UCLA for a couple of quarters. For many, this is around their 2nd – 4th year.

    Students usually find their faculty mentors through classes they take, i.e., their professors. Who you choose to contact depends on your interest. Take the time to identify faculty members on campus whose research is of interest to you. If you had a positive learning experience in one of your classes, you may want to ask your professor if he/she is accepting undergraduates to their lab. You may also want to consult your teaching assistants about finding a research position on campus.

    Interested in doing research with a faculty member from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology? You can go on our EEB website to get the names and contact information of faculty who are currently available as research mentors.


  10. Where do I sign up to participate in the EEB Research Symposium?
    The Annual Research Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to present their work and informally discuss the research that is taking place within the Department. The Symposium consists of a Poster Session and Seminar given by a department alumnus/a. It is held in Spring Quarter. Submissions for participation are usually in mid-March, and students are notified whether they are approved to participate in April. There is a judged Poster Session where prizes are awarded in two (2) different categories: Undergraduate and Graduate. Judges for the Poster Session are specially invited departmental alumni/-ae.


  11. When do I sign up to participate in the EEB Commencement Celebration?
    The annual EEB Commencement Celebration is usually on the Sunday of Commencement Weekend at the end of Spring Quarter. Students are required to submit their RSVP and ticket orders for all Commencement ceremonies they plan to participate in (including the College ceremony as well as the EEB ceremony) via MyUCLA during a designated ordering period, which is usually from late-April to mid-May. Information is posted on the general Commencement website (www.commencement.ucla.edu) as well as on the EEB webpage, in the Undergraduate section.


  12. Does EEB have any student organizations?
    The EEB Undergraduate Association (UA) is a student-run organization, comprised of current UCLA students who are part of EEB. The UA has a number of activities throughout the academic year, e.g., Mentor-Mentee program, Lunch with EEB Faculty, fundraisers. Members of the UA’s Student Leadership Council also represent the department at functions such as Bruin Day. You are encouraged to visit the EEB UA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EEBUndergradStudentAssociation/