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Academic Advisement

Academic advising assists students in forming intentional partnerships that connect their needs, values, abilities and goals to CSUN’s educational program. Academic advising is an on-going relationship and a collaborative process that will help students identify and reach their academic objectives through investigation and use of a wide variety of campus resources. Academic advising is the shared responsibility of faculty, staff and students. It incorporates the continuum of teaching and learning moments that both stimulate and support students in their quest for an enriched quality of life. These interactions assist students in realizing their academic and professional goals and facilitate timely graduation.

CSUN provides a wealth of academic advising services and resources for students including referrals to faculty and staff advisors in your major. These major advisors can be located at:http://www.csun.edu/academic/.

Transfer and graduate students should seek advisement in their major.

Freshmen should seek advisement using the following list of academic advising offices.

Pre-professional Advisement


There is no specific pre-dental major at CSU Northridge, but most students accepted into dental school have majored in Biology or Chemistry. The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required, and most students admitted to dental school have a baccalaureate degree. The courses listed below are the minimum requirements for most dental schools. To enroll in the listed Biology, Chemistry, English, and Physics courses, appropriate prerequisites may be required. Check catalog course descriptions for prerequisites.

Pre-Dental Curriculum – Minimum Requirements

  • BIOL 106/L, 107/L Biological Principles I, II (8)
  • CHEM 101/L, 102/L General Chemistry I, II (10)
  • CHEM 333/L, 334/L Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II (8)
  • CHEM 464 Principles of Biochemistry (3)
  • PHYS 100A/AL, 100B/BL General Physics I, II (8)
  • AAS/CHS/ENGL/PAS155 Freshman Composition (3)
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Literature (3)

Many schools recommend or require additional courses (e.g., another year of Biology courses, Psychology). Dental schools vary with respect to math requirements. Very few schools require Calculus, although some require Trigonometry, Precalculus, or Statistics. A broad exposure to the arts and humanities is encouraged. For specific information, consult CSUN’s pre-dental advisors in CR 5104, study the book “ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools,” published by the American Dental Education Association, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036-2212, and visit the website at www.adea.org.


  • Pre-Law Advisor: Department of Business Law Faculty Mentors 
  • Faculty Office: JH3121 
  • Phone: (818) 677-2905 
  • Email: business.law@csun.edu 

Pre-law students should seek to develop skills in critical thinking and writing, as those will be useful in law school and as a practicing attorney. Recommendations include classes in business law and other critical thinking disciplines, as well as other classes in which students are assigned extensive writing and given substantial feedback. A critical understanding of the values and institutions with which the law deals and a sense of how the law relates to the business community are also valuable. Central to all this is the power to think clearly, carefully, and independently. Skill in research, in analysis of relevant data, in deductive and inductive reasoning, and in reasoning by analogy all foster the student’s power to think creatively. The cultivation of these skills and insights is not the province of any one discipline at the University. Choice of major should be governed by the student’s interests and abilities in light of the comments above. It is recommended, though, that you schedule an advisement appointment with either the University pre-law advisor above or a pre-law advisor within your major department sometime before your senior year to discuss strategies and deadlines in the law school application process. Additional information, including detailed advisement and news about events and pre-law opportunities, is available on the pre-law advisement website at www.csun.edu/lawprogram/. Information on pre-law events is also posted on the Pre-Law Bulletin Board posted outside the Political Science office in Sierra Hall 210.

The LSAT exam is a very important component in law school admission decisions. LSAT exams are offered 4 times yearly (2 times at CSUN). Information about the LSAT and the law school admissions process is also available from the Law School Admissions Council website at www.lsac.org.


  • Department of Biology 
  • (818) 677-3356 
  • www.aamc.org 

Pre-health professional students may select any major in the sciences or humanities provided they include the courses required by the professional schools. Requirements to enter each of the health professions can be found on the URLs indicated below:

Medicine (www.aamc.org); Osteopathy (www.aacom.org); Podiatry (www.aacpm.org); Chiropractic (www.chirocolleges.org); Physician Assistance (www.aapa.org); Dentistry (www.adea.org); Optometry (www.opted.org); Pharmacy (www.aacp.org); Veterinary Medicine (www.aavmc.org); Naturopathic Medicine (www.naturopathic.org).

Competition for entrance into the health-professional schools is intense. Students (both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate) are encouraged to seek advice of a pre-professional advisor (located in CR 5104) early in their enrollment at the University regarding proper preparation for the professional schools. Preparation in the sciences should begin in the freshman year.

A suggested pre-medical curriculum for medical schools is given below. For specific information, consult a pre-medical advisor, study the book “Medical School Admission Requirements,” published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, and visit www.aamc.org.

Pre-Medical Curriculum: 

Students are advised to take both the Mathematics and Chemistry Placement Tests (MPT and CPT) before registration, and to note the course prerequisites, so that courses at the appropriate level can be selected.

  • BIOL 106/L, 107/L Biological Principles I, II (8)
  • CHEM 101/L, 102/L General Chemistry I, II (10)
  • CHEM 333/L, 334/L Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II (8)
  • PHYS 100A/AL, 100B/BL General Physics I, II (8)
  • MATH 255A Calculus I (3)


  • MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)
  • ENGL 155 Freshman Composition (3)
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Literature (3)

Recommended Studies: Many schools recommend or require additional courses in fields such as Genetics (BIOL 360), Cell Biology (BIOL 380), Embryology (BIOL 441/L), Biochemistry (CHEM 464), Computer Science (COMP 100), Conversational Spanish (SPAN 101/C) and Behavioral Sciences (PSY 150). Many recommend or require both Calculus and Statistics. Medical schools also emphasize the humanities and social sciences, and it is imperative to develop critical thinking and verbal and written communication skills.

Factors considered by professional schools reviewing applicants for admission include GPAs, scores on professional school entrance examinations (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, PCAT, VCAT), clinical experience in related fields, research, recommendations from faculty members and supervisors, and interviews with applicants.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is changing in 2015. The new MCAT will require knowledge of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, basic Psychology and basic Sociology. These courses should be taken before the MCAT if the student plans to take the MCAT in 2015 or later. While taking the MCAT in the spring rather than in the summer of the year of application may be suitable, many students prefer to take the test in the summer so that study time can be uninterrupted.