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
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.
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.
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 (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.