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1 Department of Biological Sciences Summer, 2014 Orientation for Freshmen 1

2 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. 2

3 Who are we? 1000 undergraduate majors 900 undergraduate pre-majors 50 graduate students 23 full-time faculty members 10 staff members 20-25 part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants 3

4 Where are we? Department Office Sequoia Hall 202 (916) 278-6535 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819 Website: / / 4

5 Degrees offered in Biological Sciences BA in General Biology BS (11-12 additional elective units) General Biology (no concentration) Biomedical Sciences concentration Cell and Molecular Biology concentration Clinical Lab Science concentration Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation concentration Forensic Biology concentration Microbiology concentration 5

6 Degree requirements To obtain a degree in Biological Sciences you must meet CSUS University (General Education + Graduation) Requirements See University Academic Advising Center, Lassen 1013University Academic Advising Center Biological Sciences Department (Major) Requirements See Natural Sciences Advising Center, Seq 238;Natural Sciences Advising Center mandatory for your first two semesters here See Biological Sciences Advisors Blue handout lists advisors by area of interest 6

7 Biology pre-major To be accepted into the Biology major, you must: 1) Complete Bio 1, Bio 2, Chem 1A, English, and Stat 1 with a C or better. 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 2.5 across these courses ** Students who have not yet completed these requirements (all freshmen) will be considered “pre- biology” 7

8 Impaction of the Biological Sciences major – coming Fall, 2015 As of Fall, 2015, not all pre-majors who are interested in converting to the major will be allowed to do so. Given the timing of your entry to the University, this will likely affect you. How it works: All students who have completed the pre-major courses and apply for the major are rank-ordered according to their GPA across the pre-major courses The Department will accept as many students as it can accommodate (starting with those who have the highest GPA), based on graduation and attrition. 8

9 How will Impaction affect me? The best way to ensure that you make it into the major is to get good grades in the pre-major courses If you do not make it into the major when you apply, there are options: 1) If you were very close to being accepted, meet with an advisor, and perhaps take courses that are not restricted to majors and plan on applying the next semester 2) If you were quite far from the GPA cutoff, meet with an advisor to determine another path that will still allow you to pursue the career of your choice ** There is not a career out there that requires a Bio major 9

10 How to be a successful science major: Commit to Study! Make sure you are studying 25-30 hours/week Be friends with other science or math majors! This will allow you to study and socialize at the same time Make an effort to attend every class meeting, prepared for that day’s topics Try not to work more than 20 hours/week Rewrite your lecture notes within 24 hours Participate in study groups Seek help when needed! 10

11 DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS – Lower Division 11 CourseUnits BIO 1 & 210 CHEM 1A & 1B10 CHEM 20 (or CHEM 24, 124, & 25)3 (or 9) PHYS 5A & 5B8 MATH 26A or 303-4 STAT 13 Total Lower Division Units37- 44

12 DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS – Upper Division 12 CourseBA Units BS Units BIO 100: Intro. to Scientific Analysis22 BIO 184: General Genetics44 BIO 160: General Ecology3 BIO 139: General Microbiology4 BIO 121: Molecular and Cell Biology3 BIO 188: Evolution3 CHEM 161: General Biochemistry33* Upper Division BIO/CHEM Electives324-30 Total Upper Division Units2533-39 * except for Ecol, Evol, Cons concn

13 13 Sequences of Courses

14 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 14

15 Planning Your Schedule Consider Freshman Seminars and Learning CommunitiesFreshman 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 15

16 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%) **Take advantage of PAL classes when offered To enroll in introductory chemistry, you must take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test ( If you pass the diagnostic, you may enroll in CHEM 1A. If you fail the diagnostic, you are routed to CHEM 4, which still requires an IAD score of 22+. IAD sample tests available at : To take other Chemistry courses, you must have grades of C- or better in pre-requisite chemistry courses. The one exception is CHEM 1B, which requires a C or better in 1A. 16

17 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 17

18 The Time-Management Challenge Find 4 other students near you, introduce yourselves, and form a team. Work together to answer the following questions. 1. How many hours are there in a week? 2. 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. Add up the number of hours you will be spending in class for Bio 1. How many hours should you spend studying outside of class? 18

19 The Time-Management Challenge 3. Here is a description of NSM 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. NSM 21 meets T Th 12:00-1:15. How many hours a week should you be spending on this class (include both in-class and study time)? 19

20 The Time-Management Challenge 4. Suppose you take Bio 1, NSM 21, and two more 3-unit classes (such as Chem 4), how many hours a week should you be spending in classes? 5. 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? 6. On average how many hours a week did you spend studying in high school? 20

21 The Time-Management Challenge 1. There are 24 x 7 = 168 hours in a week. 2. You should be in Bio 1 8 hours per week. 3. You should be in NSM 21 3 hours per week. 4. If you take Bio 1, NSM 21, and two other 3-unit classes, you should be in class about 17 hours per week. 5. 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. 6. Well??? 21

22 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: 22

23 What might you take this fall? 23 ENGL 5 or 5M, or any English remediation necessary (ENGL 10, 10M, 11, 11M) or another Area A GE [3 units] Math remediation (LS 7, 10, MATH 11) if needed, Math 26A, or a GE course to explore any interests CHEM 4 or CHEM 1A and/or Bio 1 (3-10 units) Freshman Seminar and/or Learning Community

24 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 by taking the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test (IAD) and the Chem Diagnostic Test before fall; 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. 24

25 Where can you get more help? 25 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.

26 Where can you get more help? Biological Sciences Department website, for information about courses, internships, clubs, scholarships, etc Biological Sciences Department website NSAC Facebook page “Hot Stuff at NSAC” for information about upcoming deadlines and eventsHot Stuff at NSAC University website for information about resources for students University website Academic Advising website for frequently asked questions about successfully proceeding to your graduation Academic Advising website See white sheet in Advising folder for Helpful Links. 26

27 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. 27

28 Who else can help you decide about your degree and career? Student Organizations American Medical Student Association BioCorps Field Biology Group Future Pharmacists Student Organization Multicultural Organization of Science Students/Science Educational Equity Pre-Dental Association Student Association of Laboratory Scientists Student Association of Criminalists 28

29 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 29

30 Ready to Plan? What questions do you have? Break-out into smaller advising groups.

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