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)

Walk-In Advising

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

  • 15-minute session per student visit
  • Monday-Thursday
  • 8:30AM - 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 Appointment

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.

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

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?

Peer Advising takes place at YORK 4020B during the regular academic year. 

Check back later this summer for FALL 2018 meeting times!

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


Minh Le
4th year
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 Filipovic Peer advisor

Milan Filipovic
3rd 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 Pathan Peers

Razina Pathan
3rd year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major



     Razina is a third 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.




Peer Advisor Chehayeb

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 Shake, peer advisor

Jacob Shake
3rd Year 
Chemistry Major 


Jacob is a 3rd 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 industry.

Staff Advisors

Erica Lennard, Director of Student Affairs 

Erica has had a rewarding career with UC San Diego for over 15 years, in a variety of roles. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCSD, she started out on campus as a student employee at the UCSD Library and also the Medical Center. With the support of terrific mentors and role models, she later moved into leadership roles on campus. She has served as the Director of Student Affairs and Industry Relations in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since January 2011. She thoroughly enjoys working with our Student Affairs team to help guide both our undergraduate and graduate students towards their degree goals, and she is also proud to support our excellent faculty as they pursue impactful, cutting-edge scientific research. 

On a personal level, Erica is committed to health and wellness, and earned a national certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She keeps active with her husband and their energetic Golden Retriever. She enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, reading, and continuously learning!  
Erica’s door is always open if she can be a resource to you during this enriching time in your life as you strive for success in your educational and career pursuits!

Ethel Regis Lu, Academic Advisor

Ethel graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Biology and Ethnic Studies.  As an undergrad, she was actively involved in student-led outreach efforts through APSA and the Cross Cultural Center as well as mentored high school and incoming students through OASIS and CREATE.  She went on to a PhD program in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and in 2009, returned to UC San Diego where she has been able to pursue her interests in student program development and academic advising.  She enjoys talking to students about their academic interests and encourages students to make UCSD their “home” where they and others can thrive!  

Hanna Foley, Academic Advisor

Hanna graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and has a background in education, peer mentoring, tutoring, and ESL teaching. In 2015, she moved back to her hometown of San Diego and soon after started her career in Student Affairs in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at UCSD. As a former transfer student herself, she understands the unique struggles that come with transitioning from community college to the UC system, and is happy to help students with this transition wherever possible. She is passionate about supporting students in acheiving their academic goals, and getting all of their questions answered! Off the clock, she enjoys traveling, biking, yoga, drawing, and trying every Thai restaurant in San Diego.

Brenna McCarty, Intake Advisor

Brenna graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and gained a background in student affairs in her work as a New Student Advisor before returning to her hometown of San Diego. She has pursued her interest in education and community engagement through work at several local nonprofits. She enjoys helping students navigate the ins and outs of the university and supporting them achieve their personal goals. She is passionate about health and wellness, and she loves cooking, spending time outdoors, hiking, and camping.

Joanna Peralta, Front Desk Student Worker

Joanna is in her final year at UC San Diego in Revelle College.  She is currently pursuing a double major major in Biological Anthropology and Human Development, as well as a minor in Psychology.  She is a sorority sister actively involved in Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Inc.  Originally from Orange County, Joanna loves to to cook, bake, and dance!  She enjoys the outdoors and hopes to travel soon!  

To contact the Chemistry Academic Advising office, students must use the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  You may also call (858) 534-4856 to schedule appointments or for general inquiries.  To reach us by email, please contact using your UCSD email address.