Advisement for Chemistry

Chemistry and
Biochemistry Advisement Center Syllabus


Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry
& Biochemistry at California State University, Los Angeles is committed to
providing students with accurate, up-to-date advice on progressing through departmental
majors and University requirements. The intent is that you will become
knowledgeable about the structure of your major, understanding why certain
courses are required and the order in which they are to be taken. Through
advisement you will also be better able to make good choices on electives in
the major and in general education that suit your interests and career goals.


We aim to empower students to
become active participants in determining their own success at the university
as an engaged student, active learner, and self advocate. The goal is to
support students in their timely completion of degree requiements and


Initial Advisement

Immediately after becoming a
Chemistry or Biochemistry major, please make an appointemt with Prof. Scott
Nickolaisen, Chemistry & Biochemistry Principal Undergraduate advisor to
discuss your planned course schedule for your first year in the department.
Please download and
bring a copy of your Unofficial Transcript from your GET account. If
your transcripts have not yet been evaluated in GET, bring copies of those


Location             Physical Sciences

(323) 343-2382


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TTh          X:00 am-Y:00 pm



Seeing an Advisor

initial advisement, the department recommends that you see your academic
advisor at least prior to the registration period for the fall term and again
prior to the registration period for the spring term.

  1. Make
    an appointment so that your advisor can devote uninterrupted time to you
    advisement session. Call or email you adviser.
  2. Cancellations
    - if you know you will not be able to keep your appointment, please let
    you adviser know as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule.
  3. Your
    adviser is not obliged to honor your appointment if you are more than 10
    minutes late.



Preparing for Your
Advisement Session

  1. If
    you have questions about the chemistry or biochemistry major, bring a list
    of your questions.
  2. If
    your questions are about general education requirements or general
    education course selection, bring a list of questions or courses you are
    interested in taking.
  3. If
    you are meeting with an advisor to talk about university policies,
    procedures, or requirements, do your homework first by reviewing the information
    provided in the catalog or on the web at
  4. If
    you are experiencing academic problems, give some thought to what you
    believe are causing these problems and have a tentative plan for solving
    them.  Your advisor will discuss your situation with you and help you identify
    some interventions and strategies for success.  The advisor will want to monitor
    your progress and have you return for a follow up meeting.
  5. If
    you wish to discuss your academic plan please review your Unofficial
    Transcript from your GET account
    and bring a list of
    questions/concerns to the advisement session.
  6. Plan
    ahead in order to make your time with an advisor more productive.


of Students

  1. See
    an advisor on a regular basis, at least twice yearly (preferably prior to
    the registration period for the fall term, and again prior to the
    registration period for the spring term).
  2. Check
    your CSULA email regularly.  This is the official means of communication
    used by the University.  (
    You can find step-by-step
    instructions to forward your CSULA email to your personal account at the
    following link:
  3. Make
    and be responsible for your own decisions.
  4. Know
    the requirements for staying in good standing.
  5. Maintain
    accurate and complete advising records.


of Advisors

  1. Assist
    the student to develop a plan for meeting their declared major and general
    education requirements.
  2. Review
    the students’ selection of classes to make sure courses are appropriate.
  3. Help
    the student develop strategies for academic success.
  4. Provide
    information regarding University requirements, policies & procedures.
  5. Help
    the student plan appropriate steps to correct academic difficulties.
  6. Maintain
    accurate and complete advising records.
  7. If
    needed, refer the student to appropriate campus resources.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students
    will understand their personal responsibility for their own academic,
    personal, and professional success.
  2. Students
    will have an awareness of how to utilize the necessary information,
    resources, and available options to make sound educational and lifelong
  3. Students
    will understand what they need to do to achieve their desired goals.


Key Considerations
for Academic Success

1.    Go to class every
day and get to know your professors. 

  1. Understand
    the policies, procedures, and impact academically and financially for dropping
    classes within or beyond the no record drop period.
  2. Balance
    school with other areas of your life.  Plan and devote enough study time
    to do as well as you can in your classes.
  3. Have
    good study habits and get academic assistance early if needed.


University Advising Resources

Chemistry and Biochemistry academic majors are good preparation for subsequent
admission to medical or dental school. If you are a pre-health professional
student, take advantage of the Health Careers Advisement Office (HCAO). The
University also maintains student support services such as the Career
Development Center, Testing Center, Tutorial Center, and Writing Center.
Additional information may be obtained at the UAAC website: