A Student Guide to UC Davis

Hi! I'm a senior at UC Davis and I wanted to make a guide for anyone who is currently attending or will attend in the future. I wish I had someone telling me the little secrets the tour guides don't mention.



A little more about me:
I'm majoring in biochemistry with a minor in technology management <-best minor ever. Planning on graduating in Spring of 2013. Came in with way too many units as a freshman so if you have a question about transferring from a CC or anything else, shoot me a message.<br>

If you ask me a question with your username I can answer it straight to your inbox, unless I think it's funny and/or useful to others.
Asker Anonymous Asks:
How was MCB 120L with Morand? I'm planning on taking the class in the winter but I'm afraid of the lab reports, quizzes and his tests since people on rate my professor say he's really hard :( thoughts on it? Thanks!
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

I loved his class, he’s a really great, funny guy. I took it over the summer with him and I’ve heard it’s a little bit easier than taking it during the normal year. We had open book, open laptop tests and the lab reports were in the computer lab and checking answers with others wasn’t exactly being watched. I remember not taking too long on lab reports, but I also had old ones to look at (pretty much the same thing except one new one). Basically, I suggest taking it over the summer. Financially it makes sense because it’s a 10 hour class for the price of 3 units and then you can take more units during the year when the price is fixed.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I failed Mat 17a and is planning to retake it winter quarter. Would the workload be too much if I'm taking Mat 17a again, along with BIs 2a, Che 2b, and Gel 16?
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

Sorry that’s totally up to you and if you think you can handle it. I never took Mat 17a so I’m not sure how hard it would be to take with those other three. If that was your first attempt at calculus it might be easier to take a prep course online or something before risking it.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi! I'm currently a freshman at uc davis. Winter registration for pass 1 recently just ended. I couldn't get the classes I want especially chem 2b. What are the chances of getting in when being wait listed?
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

Your best chance would be wait listing a class with a late lab. As much as it sucks to be in class until 10, you’ll be happy you did when you’re not behind.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi! So I have a question regarding dorms. I got placed into Nova hall in Regan, which is an all female dorm. I'm kind of disappointed because I feel like I won't really get that "college experience" and I won't be able to meet as many guys. I am joining the triathlon team and a couple other clubs so I know I'll be able to meet some guys there. What do you think?
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, I feel I met most of my close friends outside of the dorms in clubs and teams. The triathlon team is cool and if you want, I could introduce you to a few members so it’s less awkward?

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Can you explain what we do In Latin American cinema? Are the movies in Spanish? Is it an easy class?
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

Sorry I have no idea about this. Can anyone else give some info?

On the Latin Cinema class: I took an Italian Cinema class and all of our movies were in Italian, but subbed in English. I would expect it to be the same thing for any foreign cinema class (unless specifically mentioned in the syllabus/your professor). 

— sharpdressedseb

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you know where we can go to get free things at the beginning of the school year? I know there are some events that give out free planners but I am not sure which events they are!
studentguidetoucdavis studentguidetoucdavis Said:

Free things are everywhere! Especially the MU at the beginning of the school year. Planners are handed out in front of the bookstore for the first couple weeks and also at the Buzz by one of the fraternities. Just go up and ask for one, that’s what they’re there for.

It doesn’t seem like I’ll have much time to maintain this blog, does anyone want to take it over?

Davis has a song! Available for download here.

Hurry go buy stuff at the MU outdoor sale! I just got 2 UCD shirts, pants, a sweatshirt and art stuff for $30 :o

Did you know you can rent tablets, cables and chargers from the computer labs (specifically the SCC)? I use these when I want to write out a bunch of useless notes to help remember things. I love UCD.