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Academic Programs


The College of Natural Sciences is very proud of its diversity of programs. Almost all of our programs have a scientific basis. Listed below are the many programs with links to the departments that house those programs. We hope that you will find a home with one of these programs.

Undergraduate Degree Options


Bioinformatics B.S. This program is a joint program between the departments of Biology, Computer Sciences and Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry that is housed in the Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Bioinformatics is the use of computers and statistics to make sense out of the huge mounds of data that are accumulating from high-throughput biological and chemical experiments, such as sequencing of whole gnomes, DNA microarray chips, two-hybrid experiments, and tandem mass spectrometry. This field is a relatively new field to our society.

Biology B.A., B.S. With a B.S. or B.A. in Biology you can be a scientific company sales representative or technical service representative; laboratory technician (medical, microbiological, biotechnological, etc.); food, dairy, brewery production, quality control; animal technician (looking after animals in zoo, pet store, vivarium, veterinary hospital); greenhouse/garden curator(botanical technician); agricultural or wildlife fields; and environmental technician or consultant. The department has a good webpage giving additional information of these choices.

Chemistry B.A., B.S. The BA (chemistry or biochemistry options) is excellent preparation for a range of careers in such areas as chemist, assayer, water purification chemist, chemical lab technician, biochemist, technical writer, sales representative, teacher, food/drug inspector, materials scientist, environmental scientist, criminologist, pharmacologist, pharmacist, dentist, physician, geochemist, clinical chemist, veterinarian, and medical librarian.

Computer Engineering B.S. The BS Computer Engineering degree program is jointly administered by the department of Computer Science and Engineering and the department of Physics. The program is housed in the Department of Computer Science. The program covers areas of electrical engineering and computer science that are relevant to the design of microprocessors, computers and other electronic digital systems. Career options include the areas of computer networking, embedded systems, defense-related applications, forensics, system validation, biometrics, robotics, software applications, control hardware design, and circuit design.

Computer Science B.S. The traditional study of Computer Science includes an emphasis on mathematical rigor, theoretical foundations and computer architecture. Career options include the areas of software applications, large scale programming, system administration, computer networks, artificial intelligence, computer design, design and analysis of algorithms, and computer graphics. This major is nationally accredited by ABET.

Computer Systems B.A. Students combine the study of computer systems with another field of study such as web programming, system administration, game development, or graphics programming to address practical problem. This degree places greater emphasis on the process of problem solving in the context that the computer system degree is applied outside of the computing discipline.

Geology B.A., B.S. If you would like an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that are recorded in rocks and minerals, this might be for you. Geology majors study the Earth’s composition, structure, history and processes. They play leading roles in discovering and developing supplies of geological materials for human use, provide information to society for use in solving problems and establishing policies for resource management, and environmental protection, as well as the study and mitigation of natural hazards. Career options include the following professions: geohydrologist, geophysicist, geochemist, environmental scientist, oceanographer, mining/petroleum geologist, geological surveyor, paleontologist, energy and resource explorer, or city planner.

Health Science B.S. This major, with a given concentration, prepares students to become health professionals in public health, health education, or health administration. Career placement options include environmental protection agencies, private businesses, and industry. Persons currently engaged in public health and environmental occupations or preparing for graduate work in medicine, public health, allied health and social or natural sciences may benefit from this major. The Environmental Health Science option is approved by the Environmental Specialist Registration Committee of the California State Department of Health Services. The Public Health Education program is approved by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC).

Kinesiology B.S. This major focuses on human movement as applied to pre-physical therapy, teaching, the personal meaning, and the impact of wellness or fitness on a diverse set of individuals during their life span. Career options include, but not limited to, pre professionals areas (pre-physical therapy), teaching, coaching, personal fitness, commercial physical fitness, sport business, research and development, or commercial leisure service. The teaching option is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as a waiver of the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET). In addition, an adapted physical education specialist credential also is offered to students in the pedagogy area.

Mathematics B.A., BAITT, BATT. B.S. Mathematics majors pursue meaningful careers in mathematics, mathematics teaching, or related fields. Areas in which mathematics graduates are employed include elementary, secondary, college, and university teaching, engineering, aerospace, space exploration, computer design and analysis, actuarial planning, economics, finance, industrial management, market research and government. The BATT and BAITT degrees are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as waivers of the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET)

Nursing B.S. Becoming a registered nurse is a prime occupation for job and professional growth. RNs are always in demand in California and in other States. Because of the high student demand, this major is impacted and limits the number of students accepted into the program. The RN to BSN program for individuals who already possess a California RN license is offered mostly via distance learning.

Nutrition and Food Services B.S. This major leads to careers dealing with foods, nutrition or dietetics. After graduation, students can apply to ADA accredited internship programs to become registered dietitians (RD). Also, graduates may work as "dietetic technicians," dietary aides, and many other food and nutrition-related positions.

Physics B.A., B.S. This major is considered to be a passport into a broad range of science, engineering, and education careers. Students must have an understanding of how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics. Common occupations are related to engineering and computer science, or teaching science in secondary schools. Most physicists work in cross-disciplinary teams made up of engineers, materials scientists, chemists, computer specialists, mathematicians, and administrators.

Graduate Degree Options

Biology, M.S. Students are interested in either entering research-related careers or planning to enter advanced graduate and professional degree programs or entering professional fields such as teaching.

Computer Science, M.S. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program provides a technically oriented post baccalaureate scientific education for those who wish to acquire or extend their knowledge in the field of computer science. The program combines both the study of modern computer devices and their applications along with the study of the philosophical foundations that underlie the discipline.

Environmental Sciences M.S. This Professional Science Masters program is designed to provide strong preparation in applied science as well as social, political, and economic aspects needed for critical decision-making for environmental issues. The environmental issue of historical importance has been water. The program is housed in the departments of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Geological Sciences.

Health Services Administration M.S. This program is designed for students preparing to become health administrators or managers in hospitals, clinics, medical groups, nursing homes, health-related agencies, or other health service organizations . It is housed in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology.

Kinesiology M.A. The Masters program is designed for people with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a specialization in pedagogy or a closely related field (i.e., physical education) including professional teaching experience in a public school or associated community agency setting. It is designed to prepare pro¬fessionals in effective teaching behaviors, curriculum theory, and leadership skills necessary to lead school districts and community agencies in the development, implementation and evaluation of model pedagogical Kinesiology programs for children, teens and young adults.

Mathematics M.A., M.A.T. MA programs prepare students to solve problems. The MAT degree emphasizes a broad mathematical curriculum that is ideal for students planning a teaching career at the community college or secondary school level. Program is housed in the Department of Mathematics.

Nursing M.S. Program has a clinical focus in population-based (advanced public/community health) nursing. Students assume leadership roles in the creation of health care systems. The concentration in Academic Education prepares faculty to teach at both community college and four-year universities or provide population health education and health education programming. The concentration in School Nursing meets the California State requirements for the School Nurse Credential. Program is housed in the Department of Nursing.

Public Health M.P.H. – This program is designed for health professionals preparing to provide service and leadership in community and public health. Often, MPH students are working professionals seeking to advance to management levels in the design, implementation, and administration of public health agencies. The program is housed in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology.

Pre-Professional Programs

These programs are not majors at CSUSB. You will need to select a major in any CSUSB department, and, if you complete the required courses for the post-baccalaureate program, you will eligible to be considered for admission in related professional fields.

Pre-Dental The most common majors selected are Chemistry/Biochemistry or Biology. Most dental universities require a year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics, along with some calculus.  Students are required to take the DAT, the Dental Admission Test, which tests concepts from the above science courses along with perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.  The DDS degree is typically earned in four years, although specialties such as orthodontics or prosthodontics require further education. There are five dental schools in California, but our students regularly select dental schools throughout the United States.

Pre-Engineering  With the exception of Computer Engineering, CSUSB does not offer engineering degrees. The Department of Physics does supervise a pre-engineering program that enables students to complete the first two years of courses generic to engineering. Students may then transfer to an accredited engineering program of their choice. CSUSB students interested in pursuing engineering should declare their “major” as pre-engineering, and contact the Department of Physics for advising.

Pre-Medicine The most common majors selected are Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry. Becoming a physician requires a serious educational commitment. It takes from 11 to 16 years to complete your medical education, including four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and three to eight years of residency training in a desired specialty. Physicians also are required to maintain licensure and certification and to undergo continuing education in order to keep up with advancements in the field. There are eight medical schools in California, but our students regularly select medical schools throughout the United States.

Pre-Optometry The most common majors selected are Biology or Chemistry/Biochemistry. Prerequisites for most optometry schools include a year of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and courses in calculus, biochemistry, microbiology, statistics, human anatomy, and physiology. Many schools require the OPT (Optometry Admission Test) that addresses concepts from the above science courses. There are two optometry schools in California, but our students regularly select optometry schools throughout the United States.

Pre-Pharmacy The most common major selected is Chemistry/Biochemistry. Admission to a pharmacy program is a highly competitive process, with most pharmacy universities requiring a year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics, along with courses in biochemistry, calculus, microbiology, human anatomy, physiology, English and speech. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree takes three to four years, depending on the program. There are four pharmacy schools in California, but our students regularly select pharmacy schools throughout the United States.

Pre-Physical Therapy The most common majors selected are Kinesiology or Biology. Kinesiology offers a concentration for people interested in Pre-Physical Therapy that intend to work toward a graduate degree program in Physical Therapy or allied health fields (viz., physician’s assistant, medical, or dental school) after graduation from CSUSB. CSUSB Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy students engage in a rigorous course of study in Kinesiology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics separate from the other concentrations Kinesiology. There are 13 physical therapy schools in California, but our students regularly select physical therapy schools throughout the United States.