Freshmen Advising

Update for Freshmen Mandatory Advising Workshops

In-person Freshmen Mandatory Advising workshops scheduled for March 13, 17, 18, 19, 23, 27, and April 10 are canceled. Students scheduled for one of the canceled workshops will receive instructions via email. Please follow these instructions to ensure that your advising hold is lifted.

Freshmen Mandatory Advising

All CSULB freshmen are required to receive Freshmen Mandatory Advising (FMA) during their first and second semester at CSULB. CNSM students must attend a freshman advising workshop facilitated by the CNSM Academic Advising Center in order to have their advising hold lifted.

If you are planning to change your pre-major outside of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), please contact us.

FMA Registration

The deadline to register for Freshmen Mandatory Advising (FMA) has passed. Please email to make other accommodations if you still need to complete Freshmen Mandatory Advising.

Registration FAQs

Please see the Registration FAQs for information about registration.

Academic Requirements for CNSM Freshmen

Freshmen in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) are admitted as "pre-major" status; all students must declare a major by the time they reach 60 units. The university requirements to declare a CNSM major can be found under Major Specific Requirements from Enrollment Services.

In addition, CNSM pre-majors must meet additional requirements and guidelines as follows.

All pre-majors in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry must achieve a grade of "C" or better in certain courses by a specific deadline, these rules (known as degree progress rules) are as follows:

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry:
    CHEM 111A and MATH 122 by the end of year 1.
    CHEM 111B and CHEM 220A by the end of year 2.
  • Biological Sciences:
    CHEM 111A and MATH 119A or MATH 122 by the end of year 1.

All students must maintain grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 might be removed from the CNSM pre-major and placed in the undeclared category.

Math and science disciplines are highly sequential - typical courses taken in the freshman year constitute foundation for all future studies. It is critically important that you do well ("B" or better recommended) in all major declaration courses. Typical course sequences taken by most CNSM freshmen are as follows:

  • MATH 113 → MATH 119A → MATH 119B
  • MATH 111 and 113 → MATH 122 → MATH 123 → MATH 224 → upper division courses
  • CHEM 90 → CHEM 111A → CHEM 111B → CHEM 220A → CHEM 220B → upper division courses
  • BIOL 211 → BIOL 212 → BIOL 213 → upper division courses

Look up the course requirements for each course in the University Catalog course lookup.

As a rule of thumb, earning a "C" in any of the sequential courses predicts about 50% chance of successfully completing the next course in the sequence – keep this in mind and try your best.

MATH 112A is the lowest course placement in calculus pathway – you must achieve a minimum of "B" in this course to continue in CNSM. Your academic advisor will closely monitor your performance in MATH 112A and other courses in the current semester.

Contact CNSM Advising

Please include your student ID number in all email correspondence.

Drop-In Hours

Drop-in Hours have been canceled until further notice. Please email your advisor or for quick questions.


In-person appointments are canceled until further notice.

Students can meet with advisors for online appointments using Zoom. Please schedule your appointment through Student Success Collaborative in Single Sign-On and select "Online-Academic Advising." Your advisor will send a separate email with the Zoom link for the appointment.

Please note that for quick questions, email your advisor directly. For questions regarding registration, please review our Registration FAQs before emailing your advisor.

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