Biology

Students

Bridges Students 

Please take some time to learn about our baccalaureate degree options and the special opportunities available to our students. Learn more about the baccalaureate degrees

Our department offers several Biology degree options. Click on the links below for details about each one.

How to 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.

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; biologyadvising@csun.edu

Our advisors are:
• Dr. Terri Richardson (General Biology and Health Professions Advisor) M.D., M.S. (818) 677-7305 terri.richardson@csun.edu
UNTIL 31 July 2018:
- Mon or Wed 8:30-3:00 by appointment—http:csunbio.sched.cloud
- Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 8:30 AM - 2:00 walk-in hours (no appointment needed)
STARTING 1 August 2018:
M..F 8:30-2:00 walk-in (no appointment needed)
 
• Dr. Dole (General Biology advisor) Ph.D.
Monday: 10:00-4:00 by appointment—http:csunbio.sched.cloud

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. Link PDF icon to 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.

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 (http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/). Learn more about becoming a teacher

Biology Department Tutoring

The Department offers tutoring in Biology courses to students on the first floor of Magnolia Hall, MG4108A, on a "drop in" basis. Schedule

Tools for Navigating your Path to Graduation and Special Opportunities 

Scholarships and Awards

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

Honors Program

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! 

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.

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