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Welcome to the. Department of Biological Sciences Summer, 2012 Orientation for Freshmen. What is the purpose of orientation?. Introduce you to our department and its programs. Help you plan your schedule for fall. Provide you with sources of further information. Who are we?.

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Welcome to the

Welcome to the

Department of Biological Sciences

Summer, 2012 Orientation for Freshmen

What is the purpose of orientation
What is the purpose of orientation?

  • Introduce you to our department and its programs.

  • Help you plan your schedule for fall.

  • Provide you with sources of further information.

Who are we
Who are we?

  • 1500 undergraduate majors

  • 50 graduate students

  • 20 full-time faculty members

  • 10 staff members

  • 20-25 part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants

Where are we
Where are we?

  • Department Office

    Sequoia Hall 202

    (916) 278-6535

    6000 J Street

    Sacramento, CA 95819

  • Website: http://www.csus.edu/bios/

Degrees offered in biological sciences starting fall 2011
Degrees offered in Biological Sciences (starting Fall, 2011)

  • BA in General Biology

  • BS (11-12 additional elective units)

    • General Biology (no concentration)

    • Clinical Lab Science concentration

    • Forensic Biology concentration

    • Microbiology concentration

    • Cell and Molecular Biology concentration

    • Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation concentration

    • Biomedical Sciences concentration

Degree requirements
Degree requirements

To obtain a degree in Biological Sciences you must meet

  • CSUS University (General Education + Graduation) Requirements

    • See University Academic Advising Center, Lassen 1013

  • Biological Sciences Department (Major) Requirements

    • See Natural Sciences Advising Center , Seq 238;

      mandatory for your first two years here

    • See Biological Sciences Advisors

      Blue handout lists advisors by area of interest

Biology pre major new
Biology pre-major (NEW!)

  • To be accepted into the Biology major, you must:

    1) Complete Bio 1, Bio 2, Chem 1A, Eng 1A, and Stat 1 with a C- or better [*C in Chem 1A is required for Chem 1B]

    • Only the first or second attempt of these courses will be accepted

      2) Complete a minimum of 30 units at the college level

      3) Have an overall GPA of 2.3 across the most recent 30 graded semester units and the courses listed above (if they are not part of the most recent 30 units)

      ** Students who have not yet completed these requirements (all freshmen) will be considered “pre-biology” [note: new policy as of May, 2012]

Department of biological sciences major requirements lower division

Department of biological sciences major requirements upper division new program

* except for Ecol, Evol, Cons concn

Planning your schedule
Planning Your Schedule

  • Complete any preparatory classes, which tests show you require

    • English Placement Test --> LS 15 or 87

    • Entry Level Math Test --> LS 7 or 10

    • Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test --> Math 11

    • Chemistry Diagnostic Test --> Chem 4

Planning your schedule1
Planning Your Schedule

  • Consider Freshman Seminars and Learning Communities

    • Freshman Seminars (e.g. NSM 21, EDTE 21): GE classes aiding the transition from high school to college; introduce you to university resources, other students, the meaning of education, career exploration

    • LC=Learning Community, 2 or more classes taken together by the same students; to help freshmen get to know others, form study groups and feel connected

Planning your schedule2
Planning Your Schedule

  • The Bio Sci major requires several chemistry courses. Give yourself time to make a successful transition in your first semester, and start taking Chemistry ASAP!

  • Chemistry courses have a very high failure rate (over 50%)

  • To enroll in CHEM 4, you should have passed all remedial math courses

  • To remain registered in CHEM 1A, you will need to

    • pass the Chemistry Diagnostic Test (www.csus.edu/chem)

    • have a score > 27 on the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test

    • prepare for these tests, to hold or get a seat in class

  • To take other Chemistry courses, you must have grades of C or better in pre-requisite chemistry courses.

Planning your schedule3
Planning Your Schedule

  • Plan your schedule to include enough study time, even if you have to take fewer courses

    • Repeating courses adds time to your college career and can negatively influence future plans

    • A new policy limits the number of units you can repeat (28) and number of times you can repeat a course (2)

  • The average science student takes about 5.5 years to earn a Bachelor’s degree

  • Try to aim for a mixture of science, math and GE courses when scheduling courses

The time management challenge
The Time-Management Challenge

  • Find 4 other students near you, introduce yourselves, and form a team.

  • Work together to answer the following questions.

    • How many hours are there in a week?

    • Here is the course description for Bio 1 (a 5-unit course):

      Introduction to properties of life and cells leading to genetic and biological diversity. Survey of biological diversity emphasizing variation leading to natural selection; introduction to ecological concepts within an evolutionary framework; a survey of ecosystems and global climate change. Development of scientific skills will be emphasized. Designed for science majors. Lecture three hours; laboratory three hours; activity two hours; fee course.

      How many hours a week should you be spending in Bio 1?

The time management challenge1
The Time-Management Challenge

  • Here is a description of EDTE 21, a 3-unit freshman seminar course :

    Introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. Designed to help students develop and exercise fundamental academic success strategies and to improve their basic learning skills. The seminar will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with fellow students and the seminar leader and to build a community of academic and personal support.

    EDTE 21 meets T Th 12:00-1:15. How many hours a week should you be spending in EDTE 21 class (rounded up to the nearest hour)?

The time management challenge2
The Time-Management Challenge

  • Suppose you take Bio 1, EDTE 21, and two more 3-unit classes (such as Chem 4), how many hours a week should you be spending in classes?

  • In order to do well, you should be studying about 3 hours outside of class for every hour you spend in class. How many hours a week should you be spending in class and studying?

  • On average how many hours a week did you spend studying in high school?

The time management challenge3
The Time-Management Challenge

  • There are 24 x 7 = 168 hours in a week.

  • You should be in Bio 1 8 hours per week.

  • You should be in EDTE 21 3 hours per week.

  • If you take Bio 1, EDTE 21, and two other 3-unit classes, you should be in class about 17 hours per week.

  • With those classes you should be studying outside of class about 51 hours per week, for a total of 68 hours in class and studying.

  • Well???

Planning your schedule4
Planning Your Schedule

  • Make sure you have completed pre-requisite classes

  • Make sure you have enough time. For a 12-15 unit class load, in a 168-hr week:

What might you take this fall
What might you take this fall?

  • ENGL 1A or 1 or 2 or any English remediation necessary (LS 15 or 87) or another Area A GE [3 units]

  • Math remediation (LS 7, 10, MATH 11) if needed, or a GE course to explore an interest you have

  • CHEM 4 (in preparation for CHEM 1A) [3 units]

    or Bio 1

  • Freshman Seminar and/or Learning Community

What do you do if the classes you want are not available
What do you do if the classes you want are not available?

  • Look for alternative classes not scheduled at the same time as the classes you want.

  • Check My Sac State periodically to see if new openings have appeared.

  • Check My Sac State during the late registration period (end of August).

  • Go to class on the first day of class to try to add in person. Wait lists on My Sac State are not in effect once classes start.

  • Be prepared for the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test (IAD) and the Chem Diagnostic Test; if you pass you may be able to get the seat of someone who has enrolled but who cannot pass the tests. Take your test scores with you.

  • Be ready to attend class and do assignments for the first 2 weeks without a guarantee of being added. Show that you are serious about wanting to take the class.

Where can you get more help
Where can you get more help?

  • The Academic Advising Center, in Lassen Hall 1013, for help with General Education , Graduation requirements and Career Advising.

  • The Biological Sciences Department Office, in Seq 202, for questions about where to go next

  • NSAC (Natural Sciences Advising Center) in Seq 238, by appointment or drop-in, for help in planning science and math courses.

  • Biological Sciences faculty for help in specific courses and major concentrations.

Where can you get more help1
Where can you get more help?

  • Biological Sciences Department website, for information about courses, internships, clubs, scholarships, etc

  • NSAC Facebook page “Hot Stuff at NSAC” for information about upcoming deadlines and events

  • University website for information about resources for students

  • Academic Advising website for frequently asked questions about successfully proceeding to your graduation

    See white sheet in Advising folder for Helpful Links.

Where can you get more help2
Where can you get more help?

  • E-mail messages are sent by the University, the department, and some faculty, to inform you of important events.

  • You must use your Sac State e-mail account and regularly check My Sac State for messages.

Who else can help you decide about your degree and career
Who else can help you decide about your degree and career?

  • Student Organizations


    • American Medical Student Association

    • Field Biology Group

    • Future Pharmacists Student Organization

    • Multicultural Organization of Science Students/Science Educational Equity

    • Pre-Dental Association

    • Student Association of Laboratory Scientists

Who else can help you decide about your degree and career1
Who else can help you decide about your degree and career?

  • Community and University Mentors

    • BIO 195: Internships (1-2 units)

      • 40 hours of supervised volunteer work with a community agency earns 1 unit of credit

    • BIO 197: Laboratory Assisting

    • BIO 199: Independent Study

    • BIO 198: Honors Research

Ready to plan
Ready to Plan?

What questions do you have?

Break-out into smaller advising groups.