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Academic Advising

The Chemistry Academic Advising office serves undergraduate student majors and students enrolled in Chemistry courses with questions including, but not limited to:

  • Course Enrollment
  • Major Requirements
  • Minor Requirements
  • Department Policies
  • Academic Regulations

Student Affairs Office

Location and Phone

York Hall 4010 (Revelle)
Phone: (858) 534-4856 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Advising Appointments 

Fall, Winter, Spring: Monday-Thursday, Weeks 3-10 

Summer: Monday-Thursday, Weeks 3 & 4         

Walk-In Advising 

Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm (last walk-in at 11:45) & 1:00pm-4:00pm (last walk-in at 3:45)

Location Map

Walk-in Advising

Advisors are available to answer your simple or time-sensitive questions:

  • 15-minute session per student visit
  • Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00AM - 11:45AM & 1:00PM - 3:45PM

Examples of walk-in advising topics: 

  • Degree audit check and correction
  • Choosing classes for the next quarter
  • Submit Academic Forms (i.e., Study abroad, VA, Double Major, Max Unit)
  • Major requirements and policies
  • Information on campus resources
  • Research opportunities

Advising Appointments

Advisors are available to meet for 30-45 minutes to discuss complex questions or long term academic planning:

  • Develop a quarter-by-quarter academic plan
  • Review forms for Readmission
  • Additional topics/questions- Call to determine if an appointment is necessary

How To Schedule

Call our office at (858) 534-4856 during business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12pm & 1pm-4:00pm

Or visit Chemistry & Biochemistry Student Affiars office- York Hall 4010

  • Appointments are available:
    • Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters: Monday-Thursday, Weeks 3-10 
    • Summer: Monday-Thursday, Weeks 3 & 4

Appointment Policies

  • Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. 
  • Appointments are available for declared Chemistry Department majors only.  Non-majors may use Walk-In or Virtual Advising Center to address questions related to Chemistry
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will need to reschedule your appointment.

VAC (Virtual Advising Center )

The VAC serves as a record of all correspondence between students and academic advisors. 

Current UCSD students can submit a brief question 24-hours a day through the Virtual Advising Center.

  • VAC messages are reviewed daily by advising staff
  • Questions are reviewed according to place in the queue 
  • Typical response time is 1-5 business days (depending on time of the quarter)
  • Ideal for when you are unavailable to stop by for walk-in 

Please use email etiquette and courtesy when submitting your message. State your question/s clearly and if applicable, refer to previous communication with advising staff.

Non-UCSD students- ask questions via email to

Peer Advising

Who are Peer Advisors?

Chemistry Peer Advisors are undergraduate students majoring in one of the degree programs and who are available to answer questions from fellow students.  It is especially helpful for freshmen and new transfers, but all are welcome!  They can provide insights on questions such as:

  • Why did you pick Chemistry as a major?
  • What is it like to be a Chemistry student at UCSD?  
  • What resources have you found helpful?
  • How did you get involved in research or teaching?
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Fridays (weeks 1-9), 9am-12pm in York Hall 4020B

Have quick questions? Our Peer Advisors are also available via e-mail at

Minh Le Peer Advisor

Minh Le
4th Year Transfer
Chemistry Minor


       Minh is a 4th year with a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry (Inorganic focus). As an international student from Vietnam and a transfer student from Miramar Community College, Minh understands difficulty in adapting to a completely new environment. One of his goals as a peer advisor is to assist others in their transition to life at UCSD - both academically and personally. Minh's ten-year plan is to successfully retire his parents by taking over their family company, Minh Hung Enterprise. He also works as a bus driver for the UCSD transportation services. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his cousin's soccer team.




 Elise Funseth 
4th Year
Chemistry Major

     Elise is a fourth year undergraduate chemistry major and economics minor. She is from Napa, CA and came into UCSD undeclared, not sure what major she wanted to pursue. She discovered her passion for chemistry her first year while taking a seminar class and getting to know peers and professors in the chemistry department. She is currently involved in the UCSD Pre-Dental Society and plans on attending dental school after graduation with hopes of becoming an orthodontist. During her time in college, she has tutored at The Preuss School, gone on a service trip to Mexico, attended many oncampus events, and even worked at one of Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurants. In her free time she loves hiking, spending time with friends, and exploring San Diego. Her goal as a peer advisor is to help other students find their passion and create the best path for their future.

Ayuri Kirihennedige
2nd Year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major

     Ayuri is a second year pharmacological chemistry major from Northern California. She is currently pursuing UCSD’s 7-year B.S. PharmD program. Ayuri would ideally like to work with a Japanese pharmaceutical company as a liaison between Japan and the United States. Her goal as a chemistry peer advisor is to holistically help students reach their goals by addressing study habits, class choices, and different methods of seeking academic assistance.

Tri Tran
2nd Year
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

     Tri is a second year biochemistry major at Revelle College. He is currently involved in ACS-SA and is a volunteer at the UCSD Health’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Tri’s goal as a chemistry peer advisor is to assist others in achieving their ideal academic journey and share his sincere passion in the field of chemistry. He aspires to attend medical school in the future. In his free time, he enjoys photography and hanging out with friends. In this upcoming summer, he plans to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland through UCSD’s Global Seminar.




   Richard Niederecker
1st Year Master's Candidate
in Chemistry


     Richard is a first year Master's candidate in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, with the goal of becoming a physician scientist. He transferred to UCSD from Saddleback College and is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jerry Yang’s Lab working on developing a hydrogel capable of delivering a protein to peripheral nerves. He has attended multiple undergraduate summer research fellowships and was an AMGEN Scholar at UCSF. Additionally, he is a co-coordinator of Roger’s Community Garden in Revell college where he has participated in student run research on translational gardening techniques to benefit underserved communities.




Michael Mundo

4th Year

Chemistry Major


     I am a fourth year marshall student majoring in chemistry. I came from Covina, California and decided that I wanted to attend UCSD after visiting the campus during my Junior year of high school. After graduation I plan to pursue a masters in chemistry. My goal as a peer advisor is to use what I’ve learned as a student in order to assist other students along their academic journey in any way I can.