Freshmen Advising

Welcome from the Associate Dean

Dear Science and Mathematics Freshman,

Congratulations on your admission to CSULB and welcome to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics! You were offered admission to our College because we believe you have the intellect and passion to make important contributions to our classrooms and our community. Our faculty and student support staff are very excited to meet you! Our goal is to help you grow intellectually, personally, and socially - to expose you to new ideas, people, and experiences.

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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.

Fall 2019 Registration FAQ


  • Full-time enrollment is 12 units, but you should aim to enroll in 15 units each semester
  • Do not add to a waitlist; find an open section or a different course
  • Schedule breaks in between classes
  • Consider your outside obligations (family, work, etc.) when building your schedule
  • Review your 4 Year Plan and Academic Requirements Report (ARR) regularly to make sure you're on track to graduate
  • Log into Single Sign-On with your Beach ID# and password
  • Select the "MyCSULB" chiclet
  • Click "Enroll" on the left side
  • Use the "Search" button to search for individual, open classes by selecting "Term", "Subject", and "Course Number"
  • Add each course to your shopping cart
  • On your enrollment date, go back to your shopping cart and click on "Proceed to Step 2 of 3" to officially enroll

Spring classes start Janurary 21, 2020.

  • Review your Course Recommendation Form and your ARR to confirm which GE courses you need
  • Go to and search by GE Category
  • Choose open courses and add them
  • Your enrollment appointment will be emailed to you on or around October 21, 2019
  • Check your email to see what specific day YOU get to register for classes
  • Priority Registration begins on October 28, 2019
  • Undergraduate Registration begins on November 1, 2019
  • Freshmen must attend an FMA workshop in order to register for Spring classes

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

Hall of Science - Room 164

First Week of Classes (1/21-1/24):
9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-4:00pm

After First Week:

  • Mon: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Wed: 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thu: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Availability is subject to change. First week of semester has alternate schedule.


Appointments with the Center are for CNSM pre-major students only. For fully-declared majors, contact your major advisor.

Schedule Appointment
CSULB Student Success Collaborative

We operate on an appointment basis; however, students may also be seen for a quick question during drop-in hours.

Appointment Guide