Advising Units

Academic advising is a team effort; your advisor will provide the support and information you need to make decisions about your education. Academic advisors care about you as a whole person, and are here to guide you, to listen and to motivate you when you need some extra encouragement. It is your responsibility as a UC Merced student to read and understand the UC Merced General Catalog, and to know and fulfill the requirements for graduation.

First Year and Undeclared Advising (Bobcat Advising Center)

The UC Merced Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) serves all undeclared students, and starting Fall 2018 will serve all first year students.  BAC advisors assist students in planning their academic program including major and minor, course selection and activities that support their educational goals, adjustment to the academic rigor of the research university, and accessing resources tailored to the student’s individual needs. 

School of Engineering

Bioengineering, B.S.
Computer Science & Engineering, B.S.
Environmental Engineering, B.S.
Materials Science & Engineering, B.S.
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

School of Natural Sciences

The School of Natural Sciences' (SNS) advising staff is dedicated to creating an atmosphere that promotes success,a s well providing academic advising in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive. Their programs and services are designed to help students develop decision making skills that will empower them to full advantage of their educational experience. The School of Natural Sciences' encompasses major advising, pre-health advising, peer advising and the EXCEL! program.

-- EXCEL!: This program is designed as another layer of academic support within the School of Natural Sciences. EXCEL! uses tips and tools that have been successful at college level science and math programs at many campuses that can enhance academic success.

-- Pre-health Advising: This uit exists to serve all current students and alumni who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.  Pre-health Advising promotes student success and professional development by empowering students to become self-directed learners and decision-makers. We provide quality pre-health advising and health career exploration to help students develop sound, realistic educational and career plans.

Available SNS majors and minors


School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

In keeping with UC Merced Academic Advising’s mission, the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) advising program strives to empower students to develop sound educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans and provide a supportive atmosphere that guides students towards becoming self-directed learners and decision-makers.

Available SSHA majors and minors