Cal State Northridge
College of Science &
Dept. of Biology
The Biology Department Newsletter
Volume 14: No. 1, Editor: J. Maxwell, Publisher J.W. Dole
California State University, Northridge
The Health Care Corner
New Pre-Dental Advisor
Dr. Mary Corcoran, Pre-Dental Advisor during most of the 1980's before becoming Department
Chair, is returning to the position while Dr. Linda Caren is away on leave. The Pre-Dental
office is now in Science 3216B. Dr. Corcoran's hours are Tuesdays, 2-4, but she is
often available other afternoons as well.
The Pre-Dent Club had a busy fall semester under the leadership of Jennifer Kim (President)
and David Halmos (Vice-President). Boston University, UOP, and UCSF sent representatives
to speak. There were meetings every two weeks once the semester got started.
Students interested in a career in dentistry are urged to join the Pre-Dental Club.
If interested, email Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David (email@example.com).
Dental School Admissions
Though it is still early in the selection process, three students have already been
accepted to dental school for fall, 1999. Farid Azhar was admitted at four Universities:
Boston, Tufts, New York, and Pittsburgh. David Halmos has accepted a spot at Harvard
University. And Jennifer Kim has been admitted to Columbia, USC and UOP Dental Schools.
DAT Application Information
Applications for the DAT are now available at the Pre-Dental office. The test is
now administered on computer and can be taken on almost any day of the year. There
is no application deadline. Once an acceptable application is received in the ADA
Testing Office a notice is sent to the applicant to schedule an appointment for the
test. Walk-in registration is not available.
Biology graduate Anna Martinez, who was both a Howard Hughes Medical Institute HOPE
fellow and a MARC fellow, has been admitted to Cornell, Stanford and USC Medical
Schools. Anna worked in Dr. Steven Oppenheimer's lab and was a co-author on a paper
published in Acta histochemica.
Notes from the Advisement
Grad Checks Due
Undergraduates expecting to graduate in spring or summer 2000
must file a Graduation Evaluation form (Grad Check) by May 7. Grad check forms are
available at the Biology Office in Science 2102.
Students may get their forms completed and signed by visiting the Biology Department
Advisement Center, Science 2133, or any member of the Biology faculty can assist
UDWE Required to Graduate
The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWE) must be
attempted no later than the semester in which 90 units are completed. Students planning
to graduate in spring 1999 must pass the exam no later than April 17. A registration
card may be picked up at Student Financial Services. For additional information,
A free Biology Advisement Handbook, available in the Biology
Office or the Advisement Center, provides invaluable information on program requirements
and course equivalencies. The information is also available on the Internet and is
accessible from the Biology Department homepage.
Students may even submit questions and receive answers through the Advisement Forum
on the Biology website or at http://lrc.csun.edu/HyperNews/jmaxwell/get/openforum.html.
Career Information Available
One or two-page career sheets are available for the asking
at the Advisement Center or the Biology Office. Each sheet describes career opportunities
associated with each option in the Biology major.