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Student Advisement Center for Biology Majors

The Biology Advisement Center offers information and guidance on a wide variety of subjects related to success in the Biology major.


For sophomores and continuing freshmen, read letter from chair about need for advisement before registering for Spring Semester.

Location: Chaparral Hall 5104; (818) 677-2675;

Appointment Hours for:
• Dr. Richardson (Pre-health advising; general biology advising) M-F 8:30-3:00 by appointment.
• Dr. Dole (general biology advising) Monday: 10:00-4:00 by appointment
• Dr. Beck (general biology advising) Thursday 9:00-3:00 by appointment

Health Professions Advisement Center

Office Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 3:00 pm BY APPOINTMENT
MORE on how to prepare for a health profession career such as: Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, Veterinary medicine, Graduate Nursing or Physician’s Assistant programs.

Clinical Laboratory Science Advisement

Students interested in a career in clinical laboratory science should major in the Medical Technology track of the B.S. in Biology The Medical Technology track prepares students for the clinical year of training and the California License exam in Clinical Laboratory Science or for training and certification in Public Health Microbiology. It is designed to meet the State academic requirements for Clinical Lab Science. Students who complete the course sequence for Medical Technology will be prepared to apply for the clinical year of training in Clinical Lab Science or to begin a career in industry or government. Students choosing this track should contact professor Sean Murray ( with questions. Please study the requirements for the Medical Technology track in the university catalog. Click here for Biology's entry and scroll down to section D

Biology Major Information

BA and BS degrees compared

It is crucial that you start your Chemistry and Biology courses early on. Do NOT take all your General Education courses and then expect to march through the Biology Major in two years. The courses are in sequence, so it takes years to get through them. Anyway, you need some fun stuff to mix in with the hard stuff each semester.

Core courses and their prerequisites
B.A. (general biology)PDFpdf icon
B.S. Cell & MolecularPDFpdf icon
B.S. Ecology & EvolutionPDFpdf icon
B.S. MicrobiologyPDFpdf icon
B.S. Medical TechnologyPDFpdf icon
B.S. BiotechnologyPDFpdf icon
B.S. Marine BiologyPDFpdf icon

Pursuing a 2nd Bachelor's in Biology?

The Biology Honors program provides an opportunity for outstanding Biology majors to gain research experience with individual faculty guidance and may be of value for research-minded premedical students. The designation "Honors" will be added to the academic record of any student who completes the program. The university catalog at the bottom of the page on the B.A. lists the conditions for being in the Honors program.

Earning a single-subject teaching credential in Biology

Marine Biology semester on Catalina Island

Tropical Biology semester in South or Central America

How-to Information

Change major or option

Remove a registration "hold"

File for graduation (You must do this when you've earned 90 units.)


You're a transfer student—HERE is what you need to know.

Learn the consequences of probation and disqualification and how to deal with them.

Repeating a course? Learn relevant University policies and the consequences of doing so.

Rules on course withdrawals

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Involvement with research is great experience if you can fit it into your routine, and it looks good on a resume or application to grad or professional school. Many research labs all over the world provide summer internships, often with expenses paid. And of course CSUN faculty have on-going research year around for students who are on the ball. Check out our research specialties, and don't be afraid to visit and talk with professors about their research interests.

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