Bridges Students 

New biology majors

Are you new to CSUN or to the Biology Department? If so, please take some time to learn about our baccalaureate degree options and the special opportunities available to our students. Your advisors will ask you to start your Mathematics and Chemistry courses early on, and to make steady progress with your General Education courses.  Learn more about the baccalaureate degrees

Core courses and their prerequisites
B.A. (general biology)B.A. (general biology)PDFpdf icon
B.S. Cell & MolecularB.S. Cell & Molecular PDFpdf icon
B.S. Ecology & EvolutionB.S. Ecology & Evolution PDFpdf icon
B.S. MicrobiologyB.S. Microbiology PDFpdf icon
B.S. Medical TechnologyB.S. Medical Technology PDFpdf icon
B.S. BiotechnologyB.S. Biotechnology PDFpdf icon
B.S. Marine BiologyB.S. Marine Biology PDFpdf icon

The Biology Honors program provides an opportunity for outstanding Biology majors to gain research experience with individual faculty guidance. The designation "Honors" will be added to the academic record of any student who completes the program. Learn more about the Honors program! 

How to plan and track your academic progress

For Non-Biology Majors: Evaluation of courses taken elsewhere to see if they are equivalent to biology courses required in your major at CSUN

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. If a disability prevents you from accessing our online appointment system, please contact our office by phone at (818) 677-2675 for assistance.

Make an appointment to talk with an advisor

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

Special note: Due to Fall Sophomore Workshops, walk in hours for Fall 2016 will be modified, as listed below:
--Tues 10/11: no walk in
--Fri 10/14: walk in opens 1130am
--Tues 10/18: walk in 830am-12noon, arrive by 11am to ensure you will be seen
--Fri 10/21: walk in 830am-1pm, arrive by 12noon to ensure you will be seen
--Tues 10/25: walk in 12noon-4pm, arrive by 3pm to ensure you will be seen
--Fri 10/28: no walk in.
Appointment Hours for:
• Dr. Richardson (General Biology advising) 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30-3:00 (by appointment) 
Tuesdays and Friday: 8:30-2:00 (Walk In: no appointment needed)
• Dr. Dole (General Biology advising)
Monday: 10:00-4:00 by appointment
• Dr. Odom (General Biology advising)
Tuesday: 8:30-1:00 by appointment
Wednesday: 8:30-12:00 (Walk In: no appointment needed)

Health Professions Advisement Center

• Dr. Richardson (Pre-Health advising)

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30-3:00 (by appointment) 
Tuesdays and Friday: 8:30-2:00 (Walk In: no appointment needed)

How to prepare for a health profession career such as: Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, Veterinary medicine, Graduate Nursing or Physician 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 should contact Dr. Sean Murray or Dr. Terri Richardson and study the catalog requirements for the Medical Technology B.S. option.

Teaching Credential Advisement

Admission to a CSU credential program or University intern program requires demonstration of subject matter competence in biological science, and there are several ways of completing that requirement. The most common is passage of a set of state-administered California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), with six testing dates per year ( Learn more about becoming a teacher

Biology Department Tutoring

The Department offers tutoring in Biology courses to students on the second floor of Chaparral Hall, CR5217, on a "drop in" basis.
Tutoring hours will resume during the Fall semester.

Special opportunities for biology majors

Catalina Semester

This semester-long program provides an intensive undergraduate exposure to marine biology, and is designed for students with a serious commitment to environmental and marine science. The program is based at the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC), situated on Santa Catalina Island, 26 miles from Los Angeles, CA. Read more about Catalina Semester! 

Tropical Biology Semester

The Tropical Biology Semester is a package of concurrent coursework totaling 16 units, appropriate for upper-division undergraduate or graduate credit. The purpose of the courses is to expose students to the biology of the Neotropics by visiting the major ecosystems/plant communities of Ecuador. Read more about Tropical Biology Semester! 

CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program

Our inter-institutional training program provides an opportunity for engaged, interested, and successful trainees, both Graduate and Undergraduate, to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to springboard into careers in stem cell research. This program is expected to contribute significantly to the number of students prepared for research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine that span the spectrum, from basic studies to translational approaches. Read more about the Bridges Program!

Becoming involved in faculty research

Many CSUN faculty have on-going research programs year around, for students have a deep interest and have completed a sufficient amount of introductory coursework. Look at our faculty research specialties, and don't be afraid to visit and talk with professors about their research interests.

Marine Biologycells-molecules-physiologygenetics-developmentmicrobiologyEcology and Evolution

Scholarships and Awards

There are more than 20 scholarships and awards available to Biology students. Learn more about scholarships and awards