Advising & Registration
INCOMING FIRST-TIME/FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMEN) AND TRANSFER STUDENTS FOR SPRING 2024
Your Advising & Registration Process is coordinated by your assigned advising center or department faculty advisor and communicated via a series of emails sent to your BeachMail (FirstName.LastName@student.csulb.edu) and personal email accounts – please check both on a regular basis.
Need to learn about your specific process and what to expect? Find your declared major located below under the College Advising Websites and Majors List drop down and select its college advising center's link – this will then direct you to your advising center's website. There you'll find the details, dates, and deadlines regarding your Advising & Registration Process.
Please note college advising and registration websites are still being updated at this time. Updated information will be available in late November.
Please contact your assigned advising center or department faculty advisor for assistance with completing your required academic advising along with registering for classes. Refer to emails sent from your advising center or use the College Advising Center Website and Majors List links located below to access your center's advising website for information about your specific advising & registration process.
Please note that college advising and registration websites are still being updated at this time. Updated information will be available in late November.
College of the Arts (COTA)
Majors include Art, Art Education, & Art History; Dance; Design including Interior Design and Industrial Design; Film & Electronic Arts; Music; and Theatre Arts
College of Business (COB)
Majors include Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; International Business; Management, Human Resource Management, & Supply Chain Management; and Marketing
College of Education (CEd)
Majors include Liberal Studies
College of Engineering (COE)
Majors include Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Construction Engineering Management; Electrical Engineering; Electronics Engineering Technology; Computer Engineering Technology; and Mechanical Engineering
College of Health & Humans Services (CHHS)
Majors include Criminology, Criminal Justice & Emergency Management; Family Consumer Sciences including Dietetics & Food Administration, Child Development & Family Studies, Consumer Affairs, Family Life Education, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality Management; Health Care Administration; Health Science; Kinesiology including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness, Physical Education-Teacher Education, and Sport Psychology & Leadership; Nursing; Recreation & Recreation Therapy; Social Work; and Speech-Language Pathology
College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
Majors include Africana Studies; American Sign Language & Deaf Cultures; American Studies; Anthropology; Asian American Studies; Asian Studies; Business Economics; Chicano & Latino Studies; Chinese; Classics; Communication Studies; Comparative World Literature; Economics; English; Environmental Science & Policy; French; Geography; German; Greek; History; Human Development; International Studies; Italian Studies; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Journalism; Latin; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Translation Studies; and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (CNSM)
Guidance for incoming CNSM First-Time/First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Guidance for incoming CNSM Transfer Students
Majors include Biological Sciences including General Biology, Biology Education, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, Organismal Biology, Marine Biology; and Microbiology; Biochemistry & Chemistry; Geological Sciences including Earth Science and Geology; Mathematics and Statistics including Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, & Statistics; and Physics and Astronomy including Physics and Material Science
University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA)
Majors include newly admitted First-Time/First-Year students (freshmen) who are Undeclared, exploring multiple majors, or working toward eligibility for their intended pre-major.
Special Note: Do not miss the Friday, December 1, 2023, deadline to submit your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit.
The request for Change of Major takes time, so reserve your Registration and Orientation dates before the deadline or you may risk jeopardizing your admission status. Visit Reserve Your Registration and Orientation Dates or watch the How to Sign Up for SOAR video to learn how to make your Registration and Orientation reservation.
First-Time, First-Year students should first visit the college advising center website for the major you want to switch to – see the College Advising Center Websites & Major List located above for guidance. Then, complete and submit the online Change of Major request form found on their advising website. An advising center representative will follow up with you regarding this request and guide you through the rest of your advising and registration process. Finally, contact SOAR to ensure you are in the appropriate registration and orientation dates – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562.985.5515 for assistance.
Transfer students cannot change majors without jeopardizing your admission status. Contact the advising center of the major you’re interested in, as well as visit the Admissions Major Specific Requirements for Transfer Students, Transfer Application Process: Explore & Declare Major, and Changing Major Process websites for additional information.
Are you a NCAA Student Athlete? Contact your Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) advisor for guidance on changing your major.
First-Time/First-Year students (freshmen) may be required to complete a math and/or chemistry placement, as well as a survey for self-placement in your first-semester writing course.
Visit Directed Self-Placement (DSP) for an overview, list of available courses, and a link to this online assessment.
Visit Math Placement to see your major-based required Math course(s). The Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Mathematics Placement Program is required for majors needing Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus. Majors that require this level of math include all science concentrations, Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science & Policy, Economics, all business concentrations, and undeclared/undecided. Your assigned advising center will notify you by email if you are required to complete ALEKS Math – check both your BeachMail (FirstName.LastName@student.csulb.edu) and personal email accounts for this notification.
Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is also available for select majors – check both your BeachMail (FirstName.LastName@student.csulb.edu) and personal email accounts for notification if you are required to complete the CPT.
Transfer students will need to fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), which is satisfied by attempting the GWAR Proficiency Exam (GPE). The GPE must be attempted during your first semester at the university. Please visit the GWAR website or contact your assigned advising center for the latest information.