Biology

Biology Advisement

Do you need to reach an advisor?

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WE HAVE TWO ADVISORS:

Dr. Terri Richardson

  • Email: terri.richardson (at) csun.edu
  • Junior and Senior Biology majors, and Biology minors needing general or pre-health advisement: follow this link to make an appointment with Dr. Richardson: https://csun.campus.eab.com/.
    Appointments are available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • Freshman and Sophomore Biology majors make an appointment with the link that will be sent to your CSUN email address AUGUST 30, 2021. Please do NOT use link above.
  • NON-Biology majors/minors, CSUN Alumni, or Prospective Students needing pre-health advisement: follow this link to make an appointment with Dr Richardson. Appointments are available Monday and Wednesday at:
    https://www.flashappointments.com/client/lgn/mobile.cfm?busId=9733

  • Zoom walk-in advising: Fridays 9:30am-11am (starts 9/3/21).
    Walk-in advising is for brief questions. There may be a wait. Please be patient.

    Click here to walk in.

    * Meeting ID: 844 570 0850

    * No walk in on 9/24, 10/29 (Vacation) and 11/26 (Holiday)

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) csun.edu

  • Junior and Senior Biology majors, and Biology minors: follow this link to make an appointment with Dani - https://csun.campus.eab.com/.

  • Dani earned her BS in Environmental Science in 2012 and went on to earn her MS degree in Biology at CSUN.
  • Freshman and Sophomore Biology majors make an appointment with the link that will be sent to your CSUN email address on AUGUST 30, 2021. Please do NOT use link above.

    * Dani takes appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Zoom walk-in advising: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:30pm-3pm (starts 9/7/21). No walk-in on 10/26 (meeting), 11/11 and 11/25 (holidays).
    Walk-in advising is only for brief (5 min) questions. There may be a wait. Please be patient.

    Click here to walk-in!
    Meeting ID: 607 147 425
    Passcode: walkin
    No walk-in on 11/11 and 11/25 (holidays)

 

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 biologyadvising@csun.edu

 

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.

 

 

Screen shot of student portal.

 

 

Use the links below 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 

 

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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 and programs:


MEDICAL SCHOOL

DENTAL SCHOOLOPTOMETRY SCHOOLOCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTPHARMACY SCHOOLPHYSICAL THERAPY


VETERINARY SCHOOL


NURSING

(Community College Schools)  

NURSING
(CA Undergraduate Public) 
NURSING
(CA Undergraduate Private) 
 NURSING
(Accelerated/Second BSN)

 
NURSING
(Entry level MSN)

 CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOL DENTAL HYGIENE FORENSICS
 


GENETIC COUNSELING


PODIATRY

 

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 Fall 2021). Students can also email Karen Koch to set up another day/time if necessary. 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 (http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/).