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Biological Sciences at CSN - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If you are a health science major of any type (e.g. nursing, dental hygiene, veterinary technology, radiation therapy, etc.) then you should contact advising in the School of Health Sciences (schedule an appointment). They have very strict requirements and prerequisites for their programs.

  1. If you are a science (e.g. biology, chemistry, etc.) or pre-professional major (e.g. premed, predental, pharmacy, etc.) then you should meet with a counselor to make sure you have the most current list of requirements, and to help setup a long term plan. (Schedule an appointment with a CSN counselor)

For most science majors the first biology course will be BIOL 196.

BIOL 196: Principles of Modern Biology I

A study of the basic characteristics of living systems including the chemical and physical structure of cells, classification of living organisms and principles of genetics, ecology and evolution. This course is designed for science, biological science and preprofessional majors.
Terms: Fall, Spring| Units: 4 | Lecture hours per week: 3 | Lab hours per week: 3 | Campus: WCH, NLV
PREREQUISITE: ENG 100 or 101 or 113 with a grade of C- or higher.

  1. If you are unsure of a major or what options are available to you with a degree in the biological sciences, some faculty in our department volunteer to act as student advisors.

You can contact any of the advisors to talk about your career aspects.

If you are a science major and you took biology courses at another college or university, you can bring or send a copy of your official transcripts to our office. We can verify if the course(s) translate into the courses we teach.

In many cases you will still need to meet with a counselor to matriculate your previous courses. (Schedule an appointment with a CSN counselor)

All registrations are carried out exclusively through the MyCSN system.

Once the seats for a course are filled, all other attempted registrations are put on a waiting list that is first-come-first-serve. Registering for a different section of the same course will remove you from the waiting list.

Note: Faculty cannot register you for a full course. Faculty have no control over registration at CSN.

Because those courses require you to obtain a 'C or better' in BIOL 189, you cannot register for subsequent courses until your grade has been posted, and the registration block has been removed.

This date changes from year-to-year. To be absolutely certain of the date contact the Biology Department main office.

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Biological Sciences at CSN - Frequently Asked Questions