Biology Advisement

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-bachelors programs. You are required to see an advisor at certain points in your academic career.

Location: Chaparral Hall 5104
(818) 677-2675


Our Advisors Are:

Dr. Jim W. Dole (General Biology)
Dr. Dole specializes in General Biology advisement. He is available by appointment on Mondays from 10am-4pm.

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


Dr. Terri Richardson (General Biology and Health Professions), M.D., M.S
Dr. Richardson specializes in pre-health coursework and has years of experience - not only from her own medical school journey - but also from the experiences of the countless students she has advised. She is well-versed in all pre-health disciplines, including nursing, pharmacology, PT, OT, PA, Dental, and MD. She also advises on adding biology classes to other majors to qualify for post-graduate programs, as well as all 7 of the possible biology degrees, including general biology.

You can see Dr. Richardson during walk-in hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-2pm. 


Keep track of your Academic Progress

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



Preparing for a Professional Career

Our departmental advisors can discuss with you several career options for after graduation (and more convenient academic pathways to get there), including Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, Veterinary medicine, Graduate Nursing or Physician Assistant programs. Here's a link to a great video that discusses many points related to professional careers, and how you can prepare for one as a Biology major. 



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. Follow this link for more information on California Clinical Lab Science Training Programs. Students should contact Dr. Sean Murray or Dr. Terri Richardson and study 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 (