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2013-2014 CSULB University Catalog

Academic Services and Campus Life

Advisement Centers and Departments on Campus

CSULB is committed to student success. All academic advising centers and departments are responsible for providing academic direction for new and continuing students. All college specific academic advising units and academic departments provide information and advice about general education, major requirements, and other important academic related policies and procedures. Students are strongly advised to meet with an academic advisor frequently to enhance their overall academic experience and monitor their progress towards attaining their degree goals and objectives.

University Center for Undergraduate Advising

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA) is dedicated to providing the information, advising, resources and support needed for students to set goals for academic achievement and design plans to succeed in reaching these goals. The UCUA is the “home base” for all undeclared/undecided students and for those who participate in the Beach Learning Community and Partners for Success programs. Students with major-specific questions should contact their college advising center and/or academic department advisor.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising aims to assist new and current students with academic life. An academic advisor can help students: choose and formulate an academic plan; understand academic requirements; monitor academic progress; and interpret institutional policies and procedures (e.g., repeat and withdrawal unit limits, Timely Graduation Policy, Probation and Reinstatement Policy, and others).

In addition, an academic advisor can: recommend opportunities for personal growth and academic development; refer students to community and campus resources; support students when they encounter both academic and non-academic challenges; and discuss alternatives if students have doubts about their initial choice of major.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising operates on an appointment basis; however, students are welcome to walk-in for Quick Questions (QQ). The Center also offers workshops to meet a variety of students’ needs. Please visit the UCUA website for more information ( or call (562) 985-4837. The UCUA is located in the Horn Center, Room 103.

Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services

The Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) serves as an academic resource for CSULB's NCAA I student-athletes. The BAC's mission is to promote student success for our student-athlete population, including helping them maintain the academic standards necessary for NCAA eligibility, persist to graduation, and achieve their overall educational goals. While advising is the core service provided by the BAC, it also has developed additional academic support programs to help student-athletes succeed. These programs include the Freshmen Transitions Program, which assists incoming students acclimatize to university life, Supervised Study Hall, Tutorial Program, Mentoring Program, and Freshmen Academic Skills Workshops.

In addition, the BAC staff closely coordinates with other essential academic support services throughout the University including: The Learning Assistance Center, the Writer's Resource Lab, the Career Developmental Center, Department-based tutorial services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Student Orientation Advising and Registration. For more information, call (562) 985-4777 or go to KIN-67.

Prebaccalaureate Advising Support Services

PASS provides advising, placement, intervention, and support to admitted students who are required to complete Composition I and Prebaccalaureate Mathematics courses as mandated by the CSU policy. For information, call (562) 985-7895, visit or go to LA5-361.

The Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)

Coordinator of Academic Advising: Jason Deutschman (562) 985-2729

Director of Leadership & Diversity: Emmitt Clark (562) 985-1719

Director of Outreach and Recruitment: Saba Yohannes-Reda (562) 985-1463

Engineering Education Research Associate: Lily Gossage (562) 985-2489

The Engineering Student Success Center provides key services to students in an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration, community building and academic success skills. The center provides outreach and recruitment activities, first-year experience programs for freshmen and incoming transfer students, mandatory academic advising by professional and peer advisors, tutoring resources, professional development and practice services, and career and graduate school guidance. As a one-stop shop, the center encourages students to visit for help from professional advising staff. The center focuses its full efforts on informing, engaging and encouraging students to be self-directed in their educational planning process and overall academic success.

College of Health and Human Services Academic Advising and Resource Center

The CHHS Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC) provides comprehensive advising for all CHHS discipline majors. For information and appointments, call (562) 985-2691, visit, email, or go to Engineering Technology (ET) Room 237.

Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (SAS Center)

This center encourages and supports undergraduate and graduate students as they prepare for careers in the sciences and/or mathematics. There are many programs that combine to make up SAS. Two programs in particular which relate to academic advising are Science Safari to Success and EONS (Enrollment Orientation to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics). Science Safari and EONS are orientation programs for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. For information, visit, call (562) 985-4682, or go to Hall of Science, Room 164 (HSC-164).

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