Undergraduate Advisement | Biological Sciences

Overview

Advisement is an essential component of successful and timely academic achievement. Students are strongly advised to seek advisement at the beginning of their program and and at least once each academic year. All on-duty faculty members are available for general advisement regarding academic requirements, course selection, and career opportunities in the biological sciences during faculty office hours. For graduation checks and reinstatements, students must make an appointment with the Principal Undergraduate Advisor. You can make an appointment with any of the full-time faculty members through the Biological Sciences Department Office in person or over the phone.

The Health Careers Advisement Office (HCAO) serves pre-health professional students who are interested in the following professions: medicine (allopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic), optometry, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, and physician assistant. Visit the HCAO website for more information.

Mathematics Requirements for Life Science Majors

The following chart summarizes the sequence:

MATH 1050 or MATH 1081 + 1085   MATH 2040 prerequisite & required for BIOL 1100
 
MATH 2040   MATH 2050 prerequisite; requirement for BIOL BS & MICR BS
 
MATH 2050   Requirement for BIOL BS

Note that certain math prerequisite courses can be met by exit exams (University Testing Center in Library South). Note that MATH 2110 and MATH 2120 can be substituted for MATH 2040 and MATH 2050, respectively. You'll need to see an advisor in biology for the necessary course substitution.

Math Exit Exams

Students who wish to test out of certain math courses may take an exit exam at the University Testing Center. This may be a viable option for students who want to demonstrate competency in the material covered by one of these classes because of previous coursework at a community college or elsewhere.

Roadmaps to Graduation

Graduation Roadmaps are suggested academic plans designed to inform students about the sequence of courses needed to satisfy degree requirements. Linked below are roadmaps for both the quarter system and semester system. Four-year roadmaps are provided for freshman who are attending college full-time. Five-year roadmaps are provided for freshman who are working part-time while attending college. Two-year roadmaps are also provided for transfer students who have satisfied all the general education requirements before coming to Cal State LA.

BIOL BS Roadmaps for the Semester System (Fall 2016 or later):
Four-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (semesters)Four-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (semesters)
Five-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (semesters)Five-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (semesters)
Roadmap for GE-Certified BIOL BS Transfer Students (semesters)Roadmap for GE-Certified BIOL BS Transfer Students (semesters)
MICR BS Roadmaps for the Semester System (Fall 2016 or later):
Four-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (semesters)Four-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (semesters)
Five-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (semesters)Five-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (semesters)
Roadmap for GE-Certified Transfer MICR BS Students (semesters)Roadmap for GE-Certified MICR BS Transfer Students (semesters)

Semester Programs

Program Forms for the Semester System (Fall 2016 or later):

BS Degree in Biology Form (after F16)Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (F16 or later)
BS Degree in Microbiology Form (after F16)Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology (F16 or later)
MS Degree in Biology (after F16)MS Degree in Biology (F16 or later)

 

Other Forms

Below are a few additional forms that may be useful. You should not attempt to submit these forms without consulting with an academic advisor. You can make an appointment with any of the full-time faculty members through the Biological Sciences Department Office in person or over the phone.

General Academic Petition Form

This form is used to petition undergrduate academic requirements which may occur under unusual circumstances. An example might be a subsitution of a course for the General Education requirements. Consult with an advisor before submitting this form.

Academic Petition FormAcademic Petition Form

Request for Course Substitution

This form is used to request a course substitution in your undergraduate major or minor. Consult with an advisor before submitting this form.

Request for Course SubstitutionRequest for Course Substitution

Bachelor's Degree Worksheet

This form is used as a checklist of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Complete this form before you meet with the Principal Undergraduate Advisor for a graduation check.

Bachelor's Degree WorksheetBachelor's Degree Worksheet

Grade Appeal & Academic Grievance Form

This form is used to file a formal grade appeal or academic grievance. Before filing this form you must attempt to resolve the dispute informally. You are strongly encouraged to read carefully Cal State LA's Grade Appeal/Academic Grievance Policy.

Grade Appeal/Academic Grievance FormGrade Appeal & Academic Grievance Form