Incoming Students

Welcome New Students!


The Department of Plant Sciences houses five majors, Biotechnology (BIT), Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR), Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry (EHUF), International Agricultural Development (IAD), and Plant Sciences (PLT). Now that you have completed Aggie 101, you are ready to review the following information in preparation for scheduling your first quarter at UC Davis. This webpage is meant to be a resource for you as you prepare for your first quarter at UC Davis. We invite you to return to this website frequently for any questions that you might have.

Academic Planning

There are many factors involved when academic planning. Factors such as course choice (e.g. placement in gen chem, calculus, CHE 118 or CHE 8), AP credits, restricted electives, minors, professional goals, research, jobs, general education choices, and more will all influence your final schedule.

Freshman in their first quarter should register for their first course of gen chem (depending on placement) and either calculus or BIS 2B. Depending on comfortability, some students may decide to take all three the first quarter, but most typically take two (gen chem and either calculus or BIS 2B). It is important to not overload your first quarter. We recommend 12 – 15 units for your first quarter. Freshman should find balance with a GE, First Year Seminar, and/or Career Discovery Group.

Transfer students will have a unique situation regarding transferrable coursework, so it is recommended to reach out to your major advisor to have a full evaluation done of your transfer coursework before registering for courses. We recommend 12 – 15 units for your first quarter.

  • If you’d like to see what courses transfer into UC Davis from your community college, please refer to
  • For more information on IGETC

Preparing for your Advising Appointment

In your advising appointment, you will be meeting with your major advisor. They will help you select courses for your Fall schedule and answer any questions you may have to help prepare you to register in the coming weeks. Once you are here in the Fall, you may then schedule an in-person appointment with either a Peer Advisor or Staff Advisor to create a full academic plan. We will address any questions you may have pertaining to course selection, placement exams, and any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores you may have, or coursework you may have transferred from another institution.

Still have more questions? Check out our FAQ’s for New Students!