Welcome to the Biology Department's advising page!

Staff

Andrew Bohonak, Eddie Lopez, Arlene Castillo

Biology and microbiology degree information

Changing majors

Biology course information

Top 5 tips for success

25 Frequently Asked Questions

Bioadvising office hours for the next 4 weeks (in LS-135)

Week of Aug. 30        
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Week of Sept. 7        
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Week of Sept. 14        
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Week of Sept. 21        
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Eddie Lopez available Limited availability: call or email first Office closed    
         
 

 

 

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Overview of the Department

The Biology department at San Diego State University has excellent degree programs with courses taught by over 40 full time, research active faculty members. We serve and mentor approximately 1600 undergraduate majors in Biology and Microbiology, 80 minors, 200+ graduate students, and thousands of students from other departments. SDSU offers a rich variety of coursework in cellular and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, and related fields. In a typical semester, undergraduates have access to over 50 courses. Nearly all of these have class sizes less than 30, or have associated laboratory sections with less than 25 students. We have a large number of laboratory and field-based courses compared with Biology departments at other institutions. The lower division laboratories are taught by graduate students (rather than undergraduates), and many of the upper division laboratories are taught by the professors themselves.

There are significant opportunities for our undergraduates to conduct research with an internationally recognized faculty. Academic Analytics consistently ranked SDSU faculty research productivity highly when they performed these analyses in 2007-2010: #1 out of 92 small research universities in the United States, #15 out of all 155 public research universities, and #35 out of all 222 American research universities. Within SDSU, the department of Biology has one of the strongest research programs, with undergraduate, Master's and PhD programs in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology.

The SDSU student body is tremendously diverse. See a summary of student diversity and graduation rates on our Frequently Asked Questions page, FAQ #19.

Because of our emphasis on laboratory courses, hands-on activities and research opportunities, our graduates are uniquely prepared for a career in biology or the health professions, or postgraduate education.

 
 

Important: registration blocks

  1. You must be admitted to the major before registering for Biology 366. Finish your major preparation courses by the 5th semester. See the Bioadvising office if this impacts your registration plans.
  2. You cannot register for courses numbered Biology 450 or above until you complete certain upper division writing requirements. See the details on our Frequently Asked Questions #8.
  3. The university blocks students from repeating a course if they earned C or better the first time. There are no exceptions.
  4. SDSU blocks students from taking any course three times. If you cannot earn the grade you need after repeating a particular course, please meet with the Biology advisor immediately.
 
 

Course checklist for 2015-2016          NEW!

Click here for a summary course checklist for the 2015-20156 academic year. This checklist shows the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 class offerings for the department of Biology, plus our anticipated offerings for Spring 2016. Note that the final Spring 2016 schedule will not be known until late fall 2015. If you are planning your Spring 2016 schedule before it is officially released online, meet with Eddie Lopez in the Bioadvising office.

 
 

Are you taking Calculus in 2015-2016?

If you plan to take Math 124:

  • To register for Math 124, you must satisfy the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement.
  • To pass Math 124, it is strongly recommended that you update your current proficiency in precalclulus passing Math 141 with a C or better.
  • If you think you are proficient in precalculus, you should review and strengthen your algebra and trigonometry skills during the summer by using an online review and testing site called ALEKS PPL. Read about ALEKS for Math 124 in this handout and in this FAQ list. The FAQ list is primarily designed for Math 150 students, but should clear up any questions for Math 124.
  • During the first week of Math 124, each student will take a proctored online assessment of precalculus proficiency. Those students that use ALEKS will take a final ALEKS placement assessment. Those students that did not use ALEKS will take a placement test prepared by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • If you do poorly on the proctored assessment, you are advised to drop Math 124 and either take Math 141 this semester, or get additional help early in the semester from the Math Learning Center.
  • Direct any questions to   math.prereqhelp@mail.sdsu.edu

If you plan to take Math 150:

  • To register for Math 150, you must either
      1) pass Math 141 with a C or better, or
      2) satisfy the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement AND pass a Precalculus Proficiency Exam.
  • The Precalculus Proficiency Exam is administered by SDSU Testing Services at specific dates and times during the summer. It is a 75 minute, 45 question multiple choice paper and pencil exam. There is no penalty for guessing. A minimum score of 30 is required to pass. Calculators are not permitted. The Precalculus Proficiency Assessment can only be taken once. Click here for more information.
  • If you do not pass the Precalculus Proficiency Exam, you may either
      1) take Math 141, or
      2) review and strengthen your algebra and trigonometry skills during the summer, and try again to place using an online review and testing site called ALEKS PPL. Read about ALEKS at the bottom of this web page, and in this FAQ list. You may take up to 4 placement assessments through ALEKS. If you pass the online assessment, you will be able to enroll in Math 150.
  • During the first week of Math 150, each student will take a proctored online assessment of precalculus proficiency. Those students that use ALEKS will take a final ALEKS placement assessment. Those students that did not use ALEKS will take a placement test prepared by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • If you do poorly on the proctored assessment, you are advised to drop Math 124 and either take Math 141 this semester, or get additional help early in the semester from the Math Learning Center.
  • Direct any questions to   math.prereqhelp@mail.sdsu.edu
 
 

Are you graduating in 2016?

In April 2010, we held an advising session specifically targeted towards students that were planning for graduation. The advice still holds true, so please click here to watch the event and get advice for the coming year!

This is an approximately 30 minute MPEG (mp4) movie. The file is large (131 MB), but will probably start playing inside your web browser part-way through the download.

 


Contact us

Dr. Matt Edwards, Professor and Vice Chair of Biology
     and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Curriculum

Mr. Eddie Lopez, M.S., Associate Director of Advising
Ms. Arlene Castillo, M.S., Administrative Coordinator


Biology Undergraduate Advising Office, LS-135   See a map
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-4614
(619) 594-6442
bioundergrad@sunstroke.sdsu.edu
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/bioadvise/index.html

The office is open 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:00, Monday to Friday.

* Please print a current copy of your Degree Audit Report (DAR) from WebPortal, and bring it to your advising appointment. *

 

Important links

Office of Advising and Evaluations
Office of the Registrar
Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement
Pre-Professional Health Advising Office
Office of Admissions

Highlights from the Academic Calendar

Aug. 20 Last day of open registration  
Aug. 24 First day of classes  
Sept. 4 Last day to add/drop for Fall  
Sept. 7 Holiday. Campus closed.  
Nov. 11 Holiday. Campus closed.  
Nov. 25 No classes. Campus open.  
Nov. 26-27 Holiday. Campus closed.  
Dec. 10 Last day of Fall classes  
Dec. 11-17 Finals  
Dec. 22-25 Holiday. Campus closed.  
Jan. 1, 2016 Holiday. Campus closed.  
     
Jan. 20, 2016 First day of Spring classes  
March 28 - April 1 Spring break  
May 5 Last day of Spring classes  
May 6-12 Finals  
May 13-15 Commencement  
 



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