NSS Advisement Center 

Our advising team helps students from orientation to graduation:

  • Understand general education and major requirements to graduate with a major in the College of Natural and Social Sciences
  • Create academic plans and select courses in fulfilling graduation requirements 
  • Identify and integrate co-curricular and extra-curricular activities into an academic plan to help students achieve their academic and professional goals
  • Use the Campus Academic Requirements Report (CARR), departmental checklists/roadmaps, and other tools to monitor their academic progress
  • Apply University policies, procedures, forms, and processes necessary for graduation
  • With referrals to University resources and office


General Education Requirements

The General Education program at Cal State LA enriches the lives of students as they acquire knowledge, learn to think critically, and use methodologies of the various disciplines. Students also learn to prepare for participation in a democracy, to appreciate a sense of shared cultural heritage, and to understand the environment. Students experience self-discovery and personal growth and recognize them as lifelong processes.

NSS Support Programs for Student Research 

  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program 
  • MORE Programs 


Undergraduate Travel Support 

Support for Student Travel (SUST) is a reimbursement program designed to encourage and assist NSS undergraduate students. NSS encourages undergraduate students to gain knowledge and experience by presenting professional academic conference papers, posters and presentations, all of which may include travel in California and out-of-state.

Students funded through SUST can receive partial reimbursement of costs for travel, lodging, and conference registration in support of their professional academic conference papers, posters and presentations . Priority will be given to students who have a paper, panel, roundtable, poster, or presentation accepted at a conference. Personal pursuits are not eligible for funding. Travel prohibited by the government, law, and/or the University are not eligible for funding. All state regulations regarding receipts submission, travel, etc., must be followed.

Students must follow policies and procedures as indicated below for arranging travel and securing reimbursement. Travel money will be allocated according to the availability of funds and priority of travel. Due to the limited funds available through this fund, the amount allocated to individual students will not necessarily cover all expenses, and students may need to find additional sources of funds to augment the funds available through this fund. If the actual trip expenses are less than what were noted in the proposal, then this award will be adjusted to actual cost. Students cannot be reimbursed for expenses beyond the budget allotment without approval from Dean. All awards are for reimbursements, travel advances are not available from this fund.


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Faculty Retreat Summary

Faculty Development Workshop Series 

The following NSS Seminar Series have been scheduled for Fall 2020:

Title: "Playing LEGO in the chemistry lab: designing molecular sponges for a better world" by Dr. Yangyang Liu (chemistry and biochemistry)
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 3:30 p.m.
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Title: “Balamkú: One of the Ten Most Important Discoveries of 2019” by Dr. James Brady (anthropology)
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m.
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Title: "How our body's own antimicrobials attack bad bugs - a microbiologist's perspective and a chemist's perspective" by Dr. Edith Porter (chemistry and biochemistry) and Dr. Yixian Wang (chemistry and biochemistry)
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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