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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.

Learn more about the baccalaureate degrees

Use the links before 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 


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! 

Biology Advisement

Do you need to reach an advisor?



Dr. Terri Richardson

  • Email: terri.richardson (at)
  • Junior and Senior Biology majors who have not applied to graduate: You will be required to meet with a Biology Advisor during the Spring ’22 semester. You will receive an email on FEB 1, 2022 which provides a link to make an appointment.

  • Senior Biology majors (who have applied to graduate), Freshman and Sophomore Biology majors and Biology minors: Please use this link to make an appointment with Dr. Richardson: schedule an appointment. For detailed instructions on making an appointment click here: instructions to make advising appointments.

  • Non Biology majors/minors requesting Pre-Health advising: email terri.richardson(at) to request appointment.

  • Zoom walk-in advising, Fridays 12noon-3pm.

Click here to walk into Dr. Richardson's Zoom room (**Meeting ID: 844 570 0850**). Note: No walk-ins on Feb 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, May 27.
Walk-in advising is only for brief (5 min) questions. There may be a wait. Please be patient.

CLICK HERE to see a calendar view of advising hours 


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)

  • Junior and Senior Biology majors who have not applied to graduate: You will be required to meet with a Biology Advisor during the Spring ’22 semester. You will receive an email on FEB 1, 2022 which provides a link to make an appointment.

  • Senior Biology majors (who have applied to graduate), Freshman and Sophomore Biology majors and Biology minors: Please use this link to make an appointment with Dani on Mon/Wed: schedule an appointment. For detailed instructions on making an appointment click here: instructions to make advising appointments.

  • Zoom walk-in advising, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12noon (BEGINS on 02/01, ENDS on 06/02).

Click here to walk into Dani Amoroso's Zoom room (**Meeting ID:607 147 425; Passcode: walkin**). Note: No walk-ins on 3/24, 4/28, 5/26.


Walk-in advising is only for brief (5 min) questions. There may be a wait. Please be patient.


CLICK HERE to see a calendar view of advising hours


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


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

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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:





(Community College Schools)  

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

(Entry level MSN)





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). 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 (

Biology Tutoring

Biology Department Tutoring

The Department offers tutoring in Biology courses to students on the first floor of Magnolia Hall, CR5329, on a "drop in" basis. See schedule in left-hand column.

Paths to graduation

Catalina semester

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 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!

U-RISE Program at CSUN

The Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) is a student development program that is replacing the MARC and RISE programs at CSUN. We are inviting you to apply. Applicants who are in the last two years of their degree program and plan on pursuing a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in the basic biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply. Students in the U-RISE program will participate in a variety of skill-building activities that are designed to make them more competitive for entry into graduate programs. Activities include completing a long-term research project (e.g. over 4 semesters and a summer leading to a senior thesis), attending and presenting at scientific conferences, and participating in professional development workshops. Please see the attached information sheet for details.


Submit your application to Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Director U-RISE Program:

By E-MAIL (preferred method) at: csunmore(at)
(NOTE: the @ symbol has been replaced in the email address above to avoid automatic spamming)


By Regular Mail at:
Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Director U-RISE Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8303


The deadline for complete applications is 9:00am on February 26, 2021. Interview dates and times will be based on the number of qualified applicants, and the availability of the selection committee. Successful candidates will be notified no later than Friday March 19, 2021 (Interviews will be on March 11th or 12th, 2021).

Below are the links to more information about the program and the corresponding application forms:

U-RISE 2021 Information

U-RISE 2021 Application Form

U-RISE Confidential Reference Form



Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training program

The role of the Bridges to the Doctorate Training Program (T32) is to develop a diversified pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. and who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce.

To meet the minimum qualifications you must be accepted into a MS/MA program in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, Mathematics, Health Sciences or Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, you need to be a member of group considered underrepresented in basic biomedical research.

For more detailed information, see the following document: Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training - Program Information (PDF)

To apply, download and fill out the following form: Bridges to Doctorate - 2021 Application form (PDF)

The following is a reference/recommendation form that will need to be submitted in support of your application: Bridges to Doctorate - 2021 Confidential Reference form (PDF)

Here is a list of participating faculty mentors: Bridges to Doctorate - Faculty Mentors 2021-2022 (PDF)


Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

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

Research opportunities

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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