Biology Advisement

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Tseng College/Open University Students:
We are in the process of evaluating your Fall 21 BIOL course requests and will be in touch with you in late August with details.



Dr. Terri Richardson

  • Email: terri.richardson (at)
  • Dr. Richardson will be on vacation from August 1st - August 20th
  • Biology majors/minors needing general or pre-health advisement: follow this link to make an appointment with Dr. Richardson - for the Fall ’21 semester will be coming soon. Only appointments through the end of August ‘21 are currently available.
  • NON-Biology majors/minors, CSUN Alumni, or Prospective Students needing pre-health advisement: follow this link to make an appointment with Dr Richardson -
  • If you have an urgent concern, or need an appointment before Fall, please contact the College of Science and Math Advisors (818) 677-4558,

Dr Richardson has been CSUN’s Health Professions Advisor since 2006 and has been one of the CSUN Biology Department Advisors since 2010. Her area of expertise is advising individuals from all majors who are preparing to enter Medical, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Dental, Pharmacy, Optometry, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, and other allied health schools/programs. She can provide advice regarding course selection and sequencing, choosing extracurricular experiences, and preparing for entrance exams, applications and interviews.

Dr Richardson graduated from CSUN (BA Biology ’98, MS Career Counseling ’09) and the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine (MD ’04).

Dani Amoroso, M.S.

  • Email: danielle.amoroso (at)
  • Dani Amoroso will be on vacation July 26th-July 30th and August 16th-August 20th
  • Biology majors/minors: follow this link to make an appointment with Dani -
  • Walk-in Zoom Advising ends for Summer ’21 on July 15th. Walk-in advising will resume in once the Fall ’21 semester begins.
  • If you have an urgent concern, or need an appointment before Fall, please contact the College of Science and Math Advisors by calling 818 677-4558 // smssceop (at)

Dani earned her BS in Environmental Science in 2012 and went on to earn her MS degree in Biology at CSUN.

For her graduate work, she studied ecology and evolution doing research on evolutionary trends in California native Dudleya species. She can help Biology majors/minors plan their degree requirements, as well as discuss career opportunities and graduate degrees in the field.


You can reach us both at


If a disability prevents you from accessing our online appointment system,
please contact our office by phone at (818) 677-7305 for assistance (please leave a message with your student ID number).



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.
Talking to one of the Biology advisors can help you in a variety of ways. Advisors can help you to choose an emphasis within the Biology majors and design a plan to graduate.
They can also shed light on various career paths and post-bachelor’s programs.




Keep track of your Academic Progress

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR/audit) lists your completed and remaining graduation requirements. You can use the DPR/Planner to plan future classes and determine your graduation date.

You are required to see an advisor at certain points in your academic career. Be sure to check your CSUN student email address frequently for important correspondence from your Advisors and Department.



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Use the links before to access more information on specific Biology degree requirements

BA BiologyBS Cell and Molecular BiologyBS Ecology and EvolutionBS Microbiology
BS Marine BiologyBS BiotechnologyBS Medical Technology 



Preparing for a Professional Career

Check out our YouTube Channel for helpful videos on pre-health professions, including a new series of videos on Nursing! You’ll also hear words of wisdom from CSUN Professor’s in a variety of biology disciplines.

The Advisement Office can provide you with detailed information about the pre-requisites to attend the following professional degree schools and programs. Follow the links below to see a brief summary of the pre-requisites for each of the listed professional schools:




Students interested in a career in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) 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.

For more information on California Clinical Lab Science Training Programs, contact our CLS Advisor, Karen Koch, who holds office hours on Zoom (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm in Spring 2021). In addition, please make sure to review the catalog requirements for the Medical Technology B.S. option.

Students interested in Teaching can begin by learning more about becoming a teacher.
Admission to a CSU credential program or University intern program requires demonstration of subject matter competence in biological sciences, 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 (