Current and Prospective Undergraduate Students

CBC Advising Team on balcony in Chemistry and The Commons

Prospective & Current Undergraduate Students

Regardless of which major or program of study, ALL students will enjoy a high level of Departmental support!

Pictured above the CBC Advising Team: (left to right) Olivia Mendoza, Sr. Program Coordinator; Yanely Hurtado, Student Assistant, Hibram Sanchez Garcia, Academic Advisor; Carleen De Armon, Academic Advisor; Olivia Culbert, Student Assistant

Prospective students who plan to attend the University of Arizona may request a visit to CBC.  This form is only for new incoming students.  Current students email the CBC Advisors to learn more.


One of a student’s most important connections is to a Chemistry and Biochemistry Advisor. Advisors help students achieve their academic goals and career goals by assisting them in planning their undergraduate studies and activities. We also help students connect to resources and people within CBC and the university, so they can make the most of their time at UArizona. Please feel free to make an appointment with an Academic advisor at any time, whether your needs are related to your academic journey or your well-being and success.
Carleen De Armon

Academic Advising for all CBC students.

Office: Chemistry, Room 314B

Phone: (520) 626-7908


Olivia Mendoza

Research, Thesis, Ambassadors, and Outreach Advising.

Office: Chemistry, Room 314D

Phone: (520) 621-3868


Hibram Sanchez Garcia

Academic Advising for all CBC students.

Office: Chemistry, Room 314A

Phone: (520) 626-0605


The CBC Advising Team will be holding in-person and Zoom drop-in hours for Majors, Non-majors, and Prospective Students. Hibram and Carleen will be happy to meet with any student on Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to answer quick questions, declare minors, or take care of little matters. To get help in person, please come to our advising offices at the Chemistry Bldg, Rm 314, or meet us virtually on Zoom by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you!

Knowing what's going on within the Department, around campus, and within the community is vital to a student's ability to participate in events and activities. Students are urged to get and stay Connected!

How Can We Help?

If you are interested in majoring in Biochemistry or Chemistry, and would like to learn more about the CBC department, we can arrange a visit. We arrange for visitors to meet with an advisor and our CBC student ambassadors, and the ambassadors will take you to visit several research labs. An ideal time to visit is during spring break week (usually mid-March). We are not open on the weekends. We encourage parents to visit with their students!

All prospective freshmen must apply to the UA through the | Office of Admissions |. Prior to enrollment, you must attend a mandatory orientation session. During orientation you will meet your major advisor and enroll for classes. You can also schedule a tour of the UofA while you are on campus through the | Office of Admissions |.

Are you planning to transfer from a community college or another University? Check out the | Transfer Center | for more information about applying to the University and the procedure once you are admitted. You can also review the | Course Equivalency Guide | to see how courses articulate at the university.

If you are currently at an Arizona community college please check out our | Transfer Pathways | to see what courses are required in order for you to spend two years at a community college and an additional 2 years at the university. Please note that depending upon your math placement, we may recommend spending more time either at the community college or the university, depending upon your needs and interests. Transfer orientation is required, so contact Admissions to reserve your slot.

Courses You Plan to Take or Have Completed within Arizona

If the course is from a public Arizona community college or university, you do not need to have pre-approval. We have articulation agreements with public, in-state schools.

Check the Course Equivalency Guide to see how courses will transfer to UA. If your class does not automatically come in as a direct UA equivalent, you must contact the department for proper evaluation. 

Once you complete the course, you must send UA an official transcript or the credits will not appear in UAccess. A "C" or better is required for a course to transfer, although it will not affect your GPA at the UA.

Courses You Have Completed Outside Arizona

For out-of-state and private institutions, verify your school and course have not been previously evaluated here. If a direct equivalency is listed for the course at the institution you plan to attend, then it will automatically articulate as that course when you submit the transcript. Please use the Transfer Evaluation Form to request an evaluation of the course for UA course equivalency or substitution. Complete all required fields. If you do not submit the syllabus, we will follow up asking for it, only delaying the process. Submission without syllabi will be denied. You can submit supplemental supporting documentation, such as course calendars, book lists, etc.

If you have not heard from anyone after three weeks, please check on the status of your request by contacting an advisor. An advisor can check the status of the request and confirm if it was received or not. If it has taken that long, it's likely there was a technical glitch, and your request never made it through. 

Change/Add Major

You must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. New major meetings are not allowed during priority registration. You may receive course suggestions during priority registration and declare after that period has finished. Seats in majors only courses will not be reserved for anyone who intends to declare during this time.

  • Appointments for minors are not necessary. Most questions can be answered on a drop-in basis (see advisor availability below) or through email.  Your major advisor can add the BIOC/CHEM minor. We do not require that you meet with us to add the minor.
  • If, after consulting the requirements for your catalog year and major, you still have questions, please email the respective CBC Academic Advisor (listed in the column on the left).
  • Read through the Undergraduate Major/Minor Checklists

Your faculty advisor is different than your academic advisor. Faculty advisors for BIOC majors provide advising and approval on independent study, directed research, and senior capstone options. Biochemistry faculty can also provide professional and graduate school advising.

Besides your academic advisor, faculty advisors can also help you identify and explore career options, help you develop a plan for reaching long-term goals; encourage you to take advantage of college success strategies and resources to help you reach academic goals; promote exploration of experiential-learning experiences and on-campus experiences to develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and explore career goals. BIOC majors are assigned a faculty advisor after completing BIOC 296b. If you need further information send an email request to:

In addition to BIOC and CHEM programs, the following programs are available on the UA campus to students:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry encourages all students to become involved in Research. By providing undergraduates with many opportunities to participate, through credit courses, paid positions, and a wide range of research areas, we feel there is something for everyone!

If you are curious about our program and student research opportunities, you may want to visit the | CBC Undergraduate Research Poster Fair |, which is open to the public each spring.

You can visit the Undergraduate Research page for additional resources. 

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