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.
The menu at the top of this page links to several resources that will help you plan your academic career. If you are a new student or have just transferred to Cal State LA, you will want to check out the orientation advisement documents for detailed information and advice on the university, general education, and major requirements. If you are a biology or microbiology major, you will find information on the mathematics requirements for life science majors. Also available are the program forms for the baccalaureate and minor degrees in biology and microbiology. The graduation roadmaps are suggested plans designed to inform students about the sequence of courses needed to satisfy degree requirements. Some sample syllabi are provided for several of the courses offered by the Department. The information on future course offerings will help you plan your academic schedule. Lastly, some of the other commonly used forms are available for downloading. But remember, none of this information is a substitute for faculty advisement!