Summer SOAR Guidance for Incoming Transfer Students

Info for Incoming 2022 Science and Math Transfer Students

Welcome to California State University, Long Beach and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM)! We are excited to help you achieve a smooth and successful start to your college career at CSULB.

Please note: the following information is for incoming transfer students who are majoring in science or math. Incoming transfer students from other majors can find their college's advising resources on SOAR's Advising and Registration. Incoming CNSM freshmen (first-time, first year students) should instead read Summer SOAR Guidance for Incoming CNSM Freshmen.

Info Session Webinar

Please mark your calendar to attend the live Zoom session hosted by our college and departmental programs.

June 2 - CNSM Transfer Advising and Registration Workshop. 5:00pm-6:00pm. This workshop provides information to incoming transfer student about the Summer Advising and Registration Process for 2022. Register for 6/2.

SOAR Experience Overview

The SOAR Experience consists of two processes:

  1. Orientation Process is led by Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR).
  2. Advising and Registration Process is led by the CNSM Academic Advising Team.

You will meet with your advisor prior your Orientation and Class Registration dates.

Dates for CNSM Transfer Students
If your Orientation is on this date: Your Class Registration for Fall 2022 is on this date: And you will with your advisor before then in:
July 27 July 27 June-July
August 8 August 10 June-July
August 10 August 12 June-July

Steps to Start Your Journey

  1. Accept your Admission by submitting your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit by May 1. Visit your MyCSULB Student Portal in Single Sign-On (SSO) to get started.
  2. Check your BeachMail and personal email accounts on a regular basis for directions and announcements. See: How to Check BeachMail.
  3. Make a reservation for your linked On-Campus Orientation Workshop and Class Registration Dates by June 1.
  4. Fulfill your Orientation Process. Learn more about this step by visiting the SOAR Orientation. This must be completed before enrolling in classes.
  5. Complete the Advising and Registration Process. You will be receiving an invitation to sign up for an advising appointment with your Faculty Advisor and additional information regarding registration.

Over the summer, you will need to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your transfer credit and receive your fall course recommendation. You will also need to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course.

Please read the following information about preparing for your first semester:

Here are the faculty advisors by major and their summer availability.

  • Biology (last names A-L)
    Dr. Kay Lee-Fruman will be the advisor during the normal academic year, but will not be available during the summer. Please contact the following advisors based on your last name:
  • Biology (last names M-Z)
    Dr. Ashley Carter
    Availability: May 23 - July 8
  • Biology with Option in Biology Education
    Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe / Dr. Bruno Pernet
    Availability: June 12 - July 15
  • Biology with Option in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology (last names A-J)
    Dr. Deborah Fraser
    Availability: June 12 - July 15
  • Biology with Option in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology (last name K-Z)
    Dr. Douglas Pace
    Availability: June 1-17, June 27 - July 15
  • Biology with Option in Organismal Biology (Zoology, Botany, and Ecology)
    Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe / Dr. Bruno Pernet
    Availability: June 12 - July 15
  • Marine Biology
    Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe / Dr. Bruno Pernet
    Availability: June 12 - July 15
  • Microbiology
    Dr. Deborah Fraser
    Availability: June 20 - July 12
  • Biochemistry
    Dr. Jason Schwans
    Availability: June 1 - July 13
  • Chemistry
    Dr. Shahab Derakhshan
    Availability: June 1 - July 1
  • Geology, Earth Science
    Dr. Rick Behl
    Availability: TBD
  • Math, Math Education, Applied Math
    Dr. Jeffrey Pair
    Availability: June 13 - July 1
  • Math with Option in Statistics
    Dr. Olga Korosteleva
    Availability: TBD
  • Physics
    Dr. Thomas Gredig
    Availability: June 8 - July 8

All new students are required to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course on Beachboard. Course will go live towards the end of May. Check your email for future announcements regarding the course.

Incoming Transfer students are urged to attempt the placement test in the summer prior to their enrollment at CSULB but are required to take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) in their first semester of enrollment. To sign up and learn more about the GPE, please visit Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

The following information may also be helpful:

Important Reminders


Contact your faculty advisor, or the CNSM Academic Advising Center,