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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?

Spring Quarter: Fridays 9-11AM and 2-4PM in York Hall 4020B (Weeks 1-9)

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.



Milan Peer Advisor

Milan Filipovic
4th Year Transfer
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major 

     Before UCSD, Milan balanced working full time while attending college. Now, he is involved in ACSSA, a volunteer researcher at Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and interns at Catalent, a pharmaceutical company. In his free time he enjoys playing cello and bass. He aspires to attend graduate school before leading a career in the pharmaceutical or health industries. 



Razina Peer Advisor

Razina Pathan
4th year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major



     Razina is a fourth year undergraduate student obtaining her B.S. in Pharmacological Chemistry and aspires to go to pharmacy school after graduating. She is currently doing research in Dr. Susan Taylor’s lab in the pharmacology department in Leichtag Biomedical Research, volunteering at the Jacobs Hospital, and is an active participant of Pre-Pharmacy Society. Razina’s goal as a chemistry peer advisor is to help others have great academic experiences as undergraduates. Feel free to reach out to Razina if you have any questions about the extracurricular activities she is involved in.




Natalie Peer Advisor

Natalie Chehayeb 
4th Year Transfer
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

    Before UCSD, Natalie went to community college in OC while working part time as a tutor and a pharmacy technician at Walgreens. She was also the founder and president of Islamic Awareness Club at Saddleback college. She was able to manage having a social life while studying and working. She is passionate about helping others and volunteering specially with the Veterans. She plans to attend Med school after graduation and do research as well. 



Jacob Peer Advisor










Jacob Shake
4th Year 
Chemistry Major 

     Jacob is a fourth year with a major in general chemistry with an inorganic chemistry focus. As a San Diego local, Jacob has been able to balance commuting, school, work, and extracurriculars. Currently, he is working as a volunteer researcher in the Kubiak lab researching electrocatalysts.         

     Jacob came into peer advising the beginning of his 3rd year and they helped him get back on track after a rough year. As a result, one of Jacob’s primary goals is to help other students through peer advising. After undergraduate studies, Jacob hopes to attend graduate school before joining the industry.




 Elise Funseth 
3rd Year
Chemistry Major

     Elise is a third 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
1st Year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major

Ayuri is a first year pharmacological chemistry major from Northern California. She is currently pursuing UCSD’s newly resurfaced 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
1st Year
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

Tri is a 1st 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
4th Year Transfer
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major


     Richard is a 4th year Biochemisry/Chemistry major with the goal of become 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.