• All students must be advised before each registration period: once in the Fall for Winter and Spring terms and once in the Spring for Summer and Fall Terms. After the advising session, the Biology Department Office Staff clears the advising hold in the University computer, and the student may then register via my.csustan.edu any time after the designated registration date and time. Freshmen have priority, then Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores in terms of registration times.
  • Students are assigned an academic advisor, and it is the responsibility of the student to make an appointment during the advising period with the assigned advisor. This is usually the four weeks prior to priority registration. Students who miss an advising appointment must contact the advisor for an appointment at the convenience of the advisor.
  • Students initiate the advising process by signing up online under the Advising link on the Biology Department webpage. Students are also directed to the online advising form. Each student should fill in, print and bring the advising worksheet to the advising appointment. While students cannot save the changes they make online to their advising forms, faculty can update the worksheet from transcript information and save the changes as the student progresses through the major.
  • Office staff will pull student files and place them in the appropriate faculty boxes the afternoon prior to advising appointments. Included in that file should be an evaluation form from Admissions and Records (A&R), transcripts, an advising check list for the major and general education, and a sheet on which to write in the list of courses suggested for the coming term or terms. The A&R form will indicate degree being pursued, and any Concentration or minor. That form also indicates what if any General Education courses, W.P. course and placement tests (ELM, EPT) the student still needs to take. The form will also list courses in the major that the student has completed from other colleges. They usually do not list courses in other sciences or math (unless G.E.). Thus for each new student, it is necessary to examine the transcripts to see what chemistry, physics, math and biology courses the student has completed. A&R will miss some biology courses that we can count as electives (for example, human physiology, anatomy, bacteriology) if the course prefix varies from our own.

Updated: July 05, 2023