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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. The primary goal of the Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics degree program is to prepare students for graduate studies in bioinformatics. A secondary goal is to provide students with relevant skills that will be useful for research and development in the growing biotechnology industries. Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary study of biology and biochemical systems using mathematics and computer science. It involves the use of computers and statistics to make sense out of large amounts 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. The bioinformatics degree program is jointly administered by the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology B.A., B.S. With a BA or BS in Biology you may choose to pursue a career in any field related to the life sciences. Some examples may include:postgraduate programs for training as a health care professional (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, clinical/medical laboratory scientist), graduate school (M.S. or Ph.D. programs), senior research positions in academia or industry; a laboratory technician in a research or industrial lab; biotechnology (research/development and/or sales in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, or medical devices/services); animal/plant handing (zoological or botanical organizations, veterinary technician), or wild life resource management (National Forest/Park Service, CA Fish and Game, environmental impact evaluation; students interested in this direction should consider the Ecology and Evolution Option); K-12 science education (additional credentialing may be required).

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 ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree program provides students with a complete foundation in the theoretical and practical underpinnings of computer engineering, strengthened through hands-on learning. The program provides students with the design, analysis, reasoning, and communication skills necessary to pursue a meaningful career in computer engineering or related fields. The School of Computer Science and Engineering fosters relationships with industry to increase student learning through collaborative projects that benefit society. The program engages students in active, fundamental and applied research that enables them to pursue advanced degrees and contribute to the growing body of computer engineering knowledge.

Computer Science B.S. The ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program provides an exceptional undergraduate education in the discipline of computer science. The program prepares students upon graduation for immediate entry into the workforce as software engineers, systems/network administrators, programmers or similar positions, or for entry into graduate programs in computer science or related disciplines. To this end, the faculty strives to keep the program current in both the theoretical foundations and practical skills of computing. Students will graduate with immediately employable skills and a foundation for life-long learning and professional growth in a wide variety of computing professions.

Computer Systems B.A. The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Systems degree program strengthens student means to remain on a fulfilling, productive, life-long learning path by guiding them to fundamental understanding of the structure and operation of modern computer systems and the methods by which these systems are applied to the solution of problems of interest to society. The study of computer systems provides an ideal avenue for students to develop intellectual skills that make them valued by their present and future employers and lead them to opportunities in which they exercise their creativity and problem solving skills to accomplish tasks that are personally fulfilling and recognized as positive contributions to society.

Geology B.A., B.S. 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 (water, oil and gas, strategic minerals, sand and gravel, cement, building stone), 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. Employers of geologists include: environmental and geotechnical consulting companies, local, regional and state water agencies, high schools and colleges, mining companies, oil and gas companies, some cities and counties, and state and federal geological surveys.

Health Science B.S. This major, with a given concentration, prepares students to become health professionals in Environmental Health Science, Healthcare Management, or Public Health career.  Career placement options include county public health, environmental health and protection agencies, school districts, hospital, private businesses, and industry. Persons currently engaged in public health and environmental health occupations or preparing for graduate work in allied health, public health, medicine, and social or natural sciences may benefit from this major. The Environmental Health Science option is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) and the Environmental Health Specialist Registration Committee (EHSRC) of the California Department of Public Health.

Kinesiology B.S. The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate programs with exceptional learning opportunities for those passionate about allied health professions, exercise science, and teaching physical education.  Our faculty and students are engaged in a wide range of educational and research and activities - from the role of neuromuscular systems to effective teaching behaviors in public schools; from ways to prevent sport injuries to new directions in health and fitness. The department enrolls approximately 900 undergraduate students with an average class size of 35, combining the advantages of a close-knit academic community while drawing upon the extensive resources of a comprehensive university.  Career options include, but not limited to, pre-professional areas (occupational therapy, 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.  We provide you with an environment that supports valuable discovery and innovation experiences both inside and outside the classroom and laboratories, including opportunities in research, internships, and volunteer service to our community.

Mathematics B.A., 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 degree is 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 with Verification Statement may apply to Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited supervised-practice programs to become registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN). Also, graduates may work as Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR), dietary aides, School Nutrition Specialist (SNS), Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), 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. Biology M.S. students obtain their degree through successfully completing and defending a research project-based thesis. Upon obtaining their degree they are usually interested in either entering life science research-related careers, planning to enter Ph.D. graduate or professional degree programs, or entering professional fields such as teaching (K-12 science education or higher education) and biotechnology.

Computer Science, M.S. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program provides students with advanced academic and professional opportunities. The program is designed to help students strengthen analytical, problem solving and practical skills in computer science through advanced course work, directed software development and supervised research and independent studies. Students should acquire sufficient and requisite knowledge in the discipline as well as critical thinking, oral and written communication skills to qualify them for highly technical positions in the industry and to enable them to be successful in a doctoral program in computer science.

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.

Mathematics M.A., M.A.T. The MA Degree provides students with a broad mathematical curriculum that is ideal for students planning to teach at the community college level or to continue their studies at the doctoral level. The MAT degree emphasizes pedagogy as well as mathematical content and is ideal for students wishing to further their career in teaching mathematics at the secondary school level.

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.