Expand the links below to find out about a host of resources for students in our department.
Baccalaureate degree options
Please take some time to learn about our baccalaureate degree options and the special opportunities available to our students.
Our department offers several Biology degree options. Click on the links below for details about each one.
- B.A. (general biology)
- B.S. Cell & Molecular
- B.S. Ecology & Evolution
- B.S. Microbiology
- B.S. Medical Technology
- B.S. Biotechnology
- B.S. Marine Biology
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!
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
The Biology Department Advising office has temporarily suspended face to face meetings with students.
Any appointments made with either advisor will be phone or video chat (Zoom) meetings.
Within the past month, every Biology major received an email with a link to make an appointment with our advisors. If you need to speak to an advisor, check your email for our earlier message and use the link we gave you in our earlier email. As you are making the appointment, you will be asked which type of meeting you prefer: phone or Zoom.
If you have lost the email with the appointment link, or if you are not a Biology major, use the “Make an appointment with Dr Richardson” link on this page to get an appointment. Dr Richardson will contact you by email 24-48 hours before your appointment to ask which type of meeting you prefer: phone or Zoom.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. While we are not seeing students face to face at this time, we continue to monitor this email several times a day on weekdays. You can also call us directly at (818) 677-2675 during business hours. Messages will be returned promptly.
WE HAVE TWO ADVISORS, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT SCHEDULE:
Dr Terri Richardson - CR 5104, (818) 677-7305
**SPRING 2020 Hours** (01/2020-05/2020)
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30-2:00pm, by appointment only (use link below).
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-2:00pm, by appointment only (Junior/Senior mandatory advisement).
Fridays 8:30-12 noon, "WALK-INs" (via Zoom).
If a disability prevents you from accessing our online appointment system, please contact our office by phone at (818) 677-2675 for assistance.
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.
If you cannot reach Dr. Richardson by phone (above) and/or the office is closed, the Biology Department Office (818-677-3356) will be able to tell you when Dr. Richardson will return to campus.
Dani Amoroso, MS - - CR 5104, (818) 677-2675
**SPRING 2020 Hours** (01/2020-05/2020)
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30-2:00pm, by appointment only (Junior/Senior mandatory advisement).
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 noon-2:00pm, "WALK-INs" (via Zoom).
Dani earned her MS degree in Biology here at CSUN, studying Ecology and Evolution doing research on California native Dudleya sp., and has recently joined the Advisement team in our department.
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.
How to prepare 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.
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:
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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 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 (http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/).
Biology Department Tutoring
Paths to graduation
Tools for Navigating your Path to Graduation and Special Opportunities
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 Program
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!
Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships and Awards
There are more than 20 scholarships and awards available to Biology students. Learn more about scholarships and awards.
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.