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Note: For all in-person meetings, you must wear a mask and show proof that you have building access either through your Safer Illinois app or your Boarding Pass.

Continuing for the fall 2021 semester we will hold a limited amount Express appointments each weekday, i.e. one advisor on duty. The Queue page will have the specific times posted each morning for that particular day. These meetings are designed to be quick, 10 minute sessions. If a longer discussion is necessary you will be asked to schedule a full 30 minute appointment. Express appointments can be in person, online, or by phone.

Beginning Thursday, August 19th advising appointments will be available in Zoom (, over the phone, or in-person. If you choose the Zoom option an advisor will send you an email invite for the meeting. You must use your Illinois email and NetID password when joining the meeting. If you choose the phone option, please be sure to leave an accurate number where we can reach you. All varieties of appointment can be made using or calling (217) 333-6774.

We will do our best to answer questions addressed to within 24 - 48 hours. If a question requires a detailed response, or if you have questions about things that we cannot discuss via email (like grades), we will ask you to make an appointment using one of the other methods discussed above.

The next curriculum change period: October 4 -29, 2021. If you are interested in declaring an MCB major please attend one of our MCB information meetings. Current biology majors do not need to attend a meeting. They may simply fill out this form.

Express Advising, Walk-in Advising & MCB Workshops
Biology freshmen are welcome to go to either MCB or IB Express hours.

Prospective Student MCB information meetings.

Prospective students must attend an information meeting before they are allowed to sign up for an individual advising meeting with an MCB advisor. 

All MCB informational meetings will be offered virtually via Zoom this fall.

See below for more information on declaring the MCB major.

 Transferring to MCB from Another LAS Major on the Urbana Campus

Current Illinois undergraduates, in an LAS major, who wish to change their major to MCB must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an MCB informational meeting.
  2. Complete the Curriculum Change Form during the posted application period. Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted to MCB once the form has been processed.

Intercollegiate Transfers (ICT) (Transferring to MCB from a non-LAS Major on the Urbana Campus)

Current Illinois undergraduates who wish to ICT into the College of LAS and declare MCB as a major, must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an LAS information session.
  2. Attend an MCB informational meeting.
  3. Apply online using the link emailed to you by the College of LAS. Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted to MCB once your application has been processed.

MCB Advisors can be contacted by email at or by calling 217-333-6774.

For general information on suggested courses to take prior to transferring please refer to our MCB Prospective Student Guide.