Welcome to the Biology Department's advising page!

Staff

Logan Watson and Arlene Castillo

Biology and microbiology degree information

Changing majors

Biology course information

Top 5 tips for success

25 Frequently Asked Questions

Freshman Orientation 2018 (slides)

Bioadvising Hours in LSN-102

The Biology Undergraduate Advising Center is generally open:

Mon-Fri  8:30-12:00 and 1:00-3:30pm

Walk-in advising hours vary week to week and can be viewed here:

WALK IN ADVISING HOURS

 

Advising appointments are available upon request except during peak advising times at the beginning of the semesters and during registration periods

 

Biology Undergraduate Advising Office, LSN-102

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr. San Diego, CA 92182-4614

 

(619) 594-6442

bioundergrad@sdsu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 
 

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 2018-19

This checklist shows the class offerings for the department of Biology, including our anticipated offerings for Spring 2019 and Summer 2019. Note that the final Spring 2019 schedule may change slightly before registration in November 2018.

2018-19 Class Schedules

 
 

Are you planning to enroll in Calculus? Please view the registration requirements:

                            Mathmatics Placement Assessment

 

Are you planning to enrol in CHEM 200? Please view the registration requirements:

                          Chemistry Department Placement Exam


 
 

Are you graduating next year?

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:

Logan Watson, Biology Advisor
Ms. Arlene Castillo, M.S., Administrative Coordinator

Dr. Greg Harris, Professor and Vice Chair of Biology, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Curriculum


Biology Undergraduate Advising Office, LSN-102
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-4614
(619) 594-6442
bioundergrad@mail.sdsu.edu
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/bioadvise/index.html

The office is open 8:30-noon and 1:00-5:00, Monday to Friday.

 

Important links:

Office of Advising and Evaluations
Office of the Registrar
Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement
Health Professions Advising Office
Office of Admissions

 

Highlights from the F '18 Academic Calendar

     
Aug. 27 First day of classes  
Sept. 3 Holiday-Labor day-campus closed  
Sept. 10 Last day to add/drop for Fall  
Nov. 1
Nov 12
Spring registration begins
Holiday-Veterans Day-campus closed
 
Nov. 21 No classes. Campus open.  
Nov. 22-23 Holiday-Thanksgiving-Campus closed  
Dec. 12 Last day of Fall classes  
Dec. 13-19 Finals  
Dec. 24-27 Holiday. Campus closed.  
Jan. 2, 2016


Holiday. Campus closed.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 



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