May 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services and Campus Life


Orientation and Advising

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

SOAR is a comprehensive orientation and advising workshop to help newly admitted undergraduate students during their academic and social transition to CSULB. All students are required to successfully complete a SOAR workshop before registering for courses. Students must be formally admitted to CSULB and have paid the CSULB Enrollment Deposit in order to register and attend SOAR. For information about SOAR workshops and its other programs, call (562) 985-5515, e-mail, or visit

SOAR Freshman Workshops

Newly admitted freshmen must participate in either a One-Day Workshop or the Overnight Program. One- Day Freshman Workshops include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, academic advising in a group setting, and personal assistance with course selection and registration. One-Day Workshops are offered for freshmen admitted for the fall and spring semesters. The SOAR Overnight Program, which is only offered for freshmen admitted for the fall semester, offers all the components of the One-Day Workshop, in addition to an expanded orientation to campus life, introduction to common challenges/issues for first-time freshmen and the opportunity to experience an overnight stay in the residence hall.

SOAR Transfer Workshops

Newly admitted transfer students must participate in either a College-Specific Workshop or an All Majors Workshop. Both workshop formats include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, advising on upper-division General Education requirements, academic advising in a group setting, and assistance with course selection and registration. College-Specific Workshops allows transfer students to meet with their assigned department advisor, while All Majors Workshops allow students to meet with an advisor from their assigned college advising center. Both workshop formats provide detailed information such as curriculum sequence, co-curricular requirements, research opportunities and scholarship information.

Continuing Orientation

SOAR offers continuing orientation programming throughout the academic year to support transitions as a college student - whether it’s a first-year student who is new to the campus, an upper-division student who wants to hone their professional skills or a student who is planning for life after Long Beach State. SOAR hosts a range of academic, professional development and social programs, including the Lifeguard Stations, Red Zone: 365 Support @ CSULB, the Student Services Festival, and the Majors Fair; co-sponsors the annual Spring Break Kick-Off and provides leadership opportunities as SOAR Advisors.

Parent and Family Program (PFP)

The Parent and Family Program provides parents and family members an opportunity to serve in an active and supportive role in the education of their CSULB student. Its mission is to engage parents and families of CSULB students through quality programs, access to resources and regular communication in order to support student persistence and success toward timely graduation.

Opportunities for involvement begin with Parent and Family Orientation (PFO), which offers an orientation program for parents and family members. PFO helps family members understand CSULB and how to best support their students’ transition to life at the beach. The PFO experience empowers participants to serve as a valuable resource to their CSULB student. PFP offers additional opportunities for engagement throughout the year by providing e-announcements in addition to PFP-exclusive programs like the annual Homecoming Workshop. To inquire about PFP and upcoming events please contact or call (562) 985-5515.

Advising Centers and Departments on Campus

CSULB is committed to student success. All academic advising centers and departments are responsible for providing academic direction for new and continuing students. All college specific academic advising units and academic departments provide information and advice about general education, major requirements, and other important academic related policies and procedures. Students are strongly advised to meet with an academic advisor frequently to enhance their overall academic experience and monitor their progress towards attaining their degree goals and objectives.

College of Liberal Arts Advising Center - ATLAS Network

The ATLAS (Advising Teaching Liberal Arts Students) Network is a collaboration of professional advisors and faculty committed to the academic success of Liberal Arts majors at CSULB. As the Advising Center for the College of Liberal Arts, our trained advisors are qualified to assist students with their overall degree and general education requirements, provide exploration of academic options, review academic requirements, and troubleshoot student issues and concerns.

For services and appointment information, visit the ATLAS Network website at, or call (562) 985-7804. ATLAS is located in PH1 - 104.

University Center for Undergraduate Advising

THE UCUA is the primary advising center for

  • Undeclared majors as well as those who have doubts or concerns about their initial choice of major
  • Beach Learning Community participants
  • CSULB students on probation
  • Academically disqualified students seeking reinstatement to CSULB

For these populations, we provide:

  • guidance in exploring and formulating academic plans to achieve graduation in a timely manner;
  • recommendations regarding opportunities for personal growth and academic development;
  • interpretation of academic requirements and institutional policies/procedures; (e.g.,, issues regarding repeat, withdrawal, unit limits, timely graduation, probation, and reinstatement);
  • campus and community referrals when students encounter academic and non-academic challenges.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising operates on an appointment basis; however, students may walk in during available walk-in hours. Visit the UCUA website at or call (562) 985-4837. The UCUA is located in the Horn Center, Room 103.

Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services

The Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) serves as an academic resource for CSULB’s NCAA Division I student-athletes. The BAC’s mission is to promote student success for our student-athlete population, including helping them maintain the academic standards necessary for NCAA eligibility, persist to graduation, and achieve their overall educational goals. While advising is the core service provided by the BAC, it also has developed additional academic support programs to help student-athletes succeed. These programs include the Freshmen Transitions Program, which assists incoming students acclimatize to university life, Supervised Study Hall, Tutorial Program, Mentoring Program, and Freshmen Academic Skills Workshops.

In addition, the BAC staff closely coordinates with other essential academic support services throughout the University including The Learning Assistance Center, the Writer’s Resource Lab, the Career Developmental Center, Department-based tutorial services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Student Orientation Advising and  Registration. For more information, call (562) 985-4777 or go to KIN-67.

College of Business Administration Center for Student Success

The CBA Center for Student Success is committed to encouraging personal and academic success for enrolled Business majors. Our goals are to assist undergraduate students with making a successful transition to and establishing their place in the University and CBA; to take responsibility for learning how to set academic, career, and personal goals and learning the strategies to achieve those goals; and to graduate in a timely manner by successfully meeting all major requirements. We provide services for current CBA majors and minors. Each student is an important member of the CBA community, and we want your experience here to be a successful one.

CSULB students who are interested in declaring or those already majoring in Business Administration or pre-business can make an appointment through the online Student Success System (SSS), in person at CBA 100, or by calling (562) 985-4514. The CBA Center for Student Success also provides free group tutoring and a study area (when tutoring demand is low) for all undergraduate CBA students through our CBA Study Annex. The CBA Study Annex is located in CBA 126.

Prerequisite Advising Support Services

PASS provides advising, placement, intervention, and support to admitted students who are required to complete Composition I, ALI 145/150 and GE Math courses with “appropriate support” as mandated by the CSU Executive Order 1110.

PASS is located in LA5-361, online at, and may be reached at (562) 985-7895.

Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)

Associate Director of Academic Advising

Jason Deutschman (562) 985-2729

Director of Professional Development and Internships

Emmitt Clark (562) 985-1719

Director of Outreach and Recruitment

Saba Yohannes-Reda (562) 985-1463

Associate Director of Grades and Assessment

Katarina Spralja (562) 985-2653

The Engineering Student Success Center provides key services to students in an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration, community building and academic success skills. The center provides outreach and recruitment activities, first-year experience programs for freshmen and incoming transfer students, mandatory academic advising by professional and peer advisors, tutoring resources, professional development and assists with internship opportunities. As a one-stop shop, the center encourages students to visit for help from professional advising staff. The center focuses its full efforts on informing, engaging and encouraging students to be self-directed in their educational planning process and overall academic success.

College of Health and Human Services Academic Advising Center

The CHHS Academic Advising Center provides comprehensive academic advising for all CHHS discipline majors. For information and appointments, visit, call (562) 985-2691, or go to Human Services & Design (HSD) Room 117.

Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (SAS) Center

The James L. Jensen Student Access to Science and Mathematics (SAS) Center provides invaluable services and resources to students within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and across campus. The SAS Center is the home to the Peer Mentor peer-tutoring program, Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office, and federally-funded undergraduate research programs. With free, drop-in peer tutoring in most courses offered through CNSM, the SAS Center seeks to support students in their academic endeavors throughout their time on campus. The Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office provides individual and group advising, professional school application support, and workshops and events designed to help students across campus explore careers in various medical fields. Federally-funded research programs are geared towards STEM students with an interest in pursuing advanced degrees and provides unique and expansive opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students in completing field and lab research. Additionally, the SAS Center supports first-year students through summer orientation programs and the Freshmen Scholars Learning Communities and offers a dynamic workshop series each semester.

The G2 Computer Lab, with cutting-edge technology and affordable services, and the CNSM Academic Advising Center are also located in the SAS Center making this collection of offices and programs the central hub of academic support for science and math students. For more information, visit, call 562.985.4682 or visit us in the Hall of Science (HSCI), room 164.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers small discussion-based classes with diversely talented, high-achieving students; personalized academic advisement and guidance each semester; opportunities for a distinguished undergraduate record as one of fewer than 750 Honors students on campus; and the opportunity to complete and undergraduate thesis project typically in the area of the student’s major. University Honors Students are eligible for President’s Scholarships, the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded by CSULB. Normally, students should be in the upper ten percent of their high school classes, have strong ACT or SAT scores, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  If not all criteria are met, applicants may be evaluated for admissions consideration by the Honors Program Director and Honors Council. For more information, please visit the Honors office, Library Room 507, or our website at http://

Student Academic Support Services

CSULB provides a broad range of educational and student support services to assist students. The following programs compliment and support classroom instruction.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center provides resources and assistance for choosing a college major, developing career plans, finding internships or employment, and applying to graduate school. The CDC hosts CareerLINK, the campus web portal for all career services and an interactive job board featuring internships, full-and part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Services at the CDC include the one-on-one career counseling and job search coaching, drop-in advising, group workshops and access to the Career Resource Library, which houses both print and online resources on careers and job search methods. During Fall and Spring semesters, the CDC hosts job fairs, employer information sessions, and the on-campus interviewing program. For information, call (562) 985-4151, visit, or go to Brotman Hall, Room 250.

Employment Opportunities

The Career Development Center receives over 10,000 job listings every year for full-time and part-time jobs on and off campus, internships and on-campus interview opportunities. Students can access these listings on CareerLink, CSULB’s online job and internship posting board at

Internship Program

The Career Development Center Internship Program assists students from all majors with locating paid and unpaid career positions with corporations, businesses, nonprofit agencies, and institutions. The internship program provides students with information regarding academic credit for internships. Students can access internship opportunities on CareerLINK, CSULB’s online job search site, Additionally, the Career Development Center offers a one-unit elective course to undergraduate students seeking to obtain academic credit for the internship. The internship class, Leadership in the Workplace is open to undergraduate students in all majors. For information, contact the Internship Program Office (562) 985.5552 or e-mail or visit

Disabled Student Services (DSS)

Disabled Student Services (DSS) under the direction of David Santilippo, provides services for students including registration assistance, academic advising, exam accommodations, and parking assistance. DSS programs include the High Tech Center, which provides computer support services and alternative media requests; Hearing Impaired Support Services, which provides sign language interpreting and real time captioning; and the Stephen Benson Learning Disabilities Program, which provides psychoeducational assessment and disability management counseling. DSS consults with Department of Rehabilitation clients through the WorkAbility IV Program. Other services include writing support, special admission assistance, and the campus organization for students with Autism or Asperger’s, LIFE (Learning Independence for Empowerment), which provides support to students who need assistance socially navigating the campus, work environment, or personal life for a more independent and successful experience. For more information, call (562) 985-5401, visit or go to Brotman Hall, Room 270.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program designed to assist migrant and seasonal farmworker students and their immediate family members to successfully complete the first undergraduate year of study at Cal State Long Beach. CAMP offers assistance with academic and financial support such as: individualized one-on-one academic counseling and tutorial services, life skill workshops, a $400 educational stipend for qualifying participants, exposure to social and cultural events, leadership conference, and educational excursions.

For more information please contact us at 562-985-2006 or e-mail: Office location: LA1-107, website:

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program designed to identify and assist low income, first-generation adults who want to enter, re-enter or continue in a program of postsecondary education. Adults enrolled or interested in enrolling in a high school diploma or GED program are encouraged to seek services. For information, call (562) 570-3710, visit, or go to 3477 Atlantic Avenue 2nd Floor, Long Beach (cross streets Atlantic Avenue and East Wardlow Road.)

Educational Talent Search

This federally funded program identifies, selects, and assists low-income, first-generation individuals between the ages of 12 to 27 to continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in a postsecondary educational program. For information, call 562-596-0471 or visit

Student Support Services Program

SSSP is a federally funded program that provides academic development opportunities to students who are first-generation, low income and/or have a disability and motivates them toward successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSSP strives to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants by providing academic tutoring and advising, financial and economic literacy counseling and assistance with applying to graduate and professional programs. For information, call (562) 985-2185 or go to Liberal Arts 1, Room 104.

Upward Bound Program

This program is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to assist first generation, low‑income high school students who have the potential to pursue postsecondary education. Program assists participants in their efforts to complete high school successfully and obtain a college education. It services summer and weekend academic instruction, tutoring, academic, personal and career counseling, cultural activities and college application and admissions assistance. For information, call (562) 596-0270 or visit

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP is a state funded program that provides access/admissions support, academic support and retention services to low-income, first-generation college students to help overcome the obstacles that may prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their potential. For information, call (562) 985-4288, visit, or go to the EOP Admissions Office at LA1-103.

Summer Bridge Program

This program provides an intensive-four week summer experience for selected first-time freshmen EOP students. It provides English and mathematics instruction, tutoring, orientation to the campus, study skills workshops and enrichment activities to prepare students for the challenges of college. For information, call (562) 985-5637, visit or go to Liberal Arts 1, Room 119.

Educational Equity Services

The Office of Educational Equity Services (EES) assists in the admission and retention of low-income, first generation college students, migrant students and academically and economically disadvantaged students, some of whom might not otherwise be enrolled in the University. For information, call (562) 985-2185 or go to Liberal Arts 1, Room 104.

Center for Community Engagement

The center supports community-based scholarship and learning such as service-learning, community-based participatory research and other types of campus-community engagement. Our purpose is to enrich the educational experience of students by serving as a facilitative partner and resource for students, faculty, staff and community members in strengthening community capacity; promoting shared community-based participatory research and planning; and building social and political capital through the coordination of community and civic engagement, effective service learning and reciprocal community collaboration. The Center is located in the Academic Services Building Room 127. For information call (562) 985-7131 or visit

Writer’s Resource Lab

The Writer’s Resource Lab (WRL) provides individualized and small-group instruction to help CSULB students develop their writing abilities. Students can receive help with writing projects for any class. In addition, the WRL offers workshops on a variety of topics related to writing, including a series of workshops to help students prepare to take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE). For more information, to make a tutoring appointment, or to apply to be a tutor, please visit the WRL website at, stop by the Writer’s Resource Lab in LAB-206, or call (562) 985-4329.

Learning Assistance Center

The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) offers four programs to help students achieve academic success. Learning Skills offers individual appointments with Learning Skills Specialists and classroom workshops on strategies for student success. The Learning Skills program offers free individual appointments and classroom workshops to help students consider, review, and master their study habits and strategies. The Tutorial Services Program offers individual and drop-in tutoring for specific course content. ESL Language and Writing Tutoring offers free appointment-based tutoring and an informal drop-in conversation lab for international students and other second language learners. The Supplemental Instruction Program provides peer-based in-class support for historically difficult courses and specific freshman populations. The LAC typically hires student employees for fall and spring semester. For more information or to make an appointment, visit our website at or call us at (562) 985-5350.

Study Abroad Programs

The Education Abroad Office assists CSULB students and faculty to select and prepare for educational experiences in countries outside of the United States. There are a variety of options in both type and duration, including short-term programs, semester programs, and year-long programs. International internships, volunteer, and work experiences are also available. Students may be eligible for financial aid, loans, or scholarships to assist them with a study abroad experience. The Education Abroad Office is located in the Center for International Education in Foundation Room 230.

International Students and Scholars

International Students and Scholars serves some 2,700 non‑immigrant students, representing over 90 countries, by assisting them with their academic, personal, and cultural growth and development during their years at CSULB. This is accomplished through professional counseling and advising; assistance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, paperwork processing, and documentation; student orientation activities; and assistance with registration. The ISS staff also serves as the University liaison with consulates, embassies, businesses, foundations, and community organizations concerning international students at CSULB. ISS is located in the Center for International Education in Foundation Room 180.

International Programs

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of the California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or study center abroad. CSU IP serves the needs of students in more than 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, CSU IP also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Western Sydney
Concordia University (Montréal)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
Peking University (Beijing)
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
Institut Catholique de Paris, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en- Provence), Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris- Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
University of Ghana, Legon
University of Haifa
CSU Study Center (Florence), Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Waseda University (Tokyo), University of Tsukuba
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios, Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
South Korea
Yonsei University
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén
Uppsala University
National Taiwan University (Taipei),
United Kingdom
Bradford University, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, Swansea University

Students participating in CSU IP pay CSU tuition and program fees, and are responsible for airfare, accommodations, meals and other personal expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students and limited scholarship opportunities are also available. All programs require students to maintain good academic and disciplinary standing; many programs are open to sophomores or graduate students. California Community College transfer students are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges. Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites. Additional program information and application instructions can be found on our website at

Campus Services

Center for Scholarship Information

This center serves as a campus resource on the complete scholarship process. The center maintains a database of scholarships on- and off-campus and advises students on how to search and/or apply for scholarships. For information, call (562) 985-2549, go to or visit the center in the University Student Union, Room 238.

Child Development Center, Isabel Patterson

The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center (IPCDC) serves as a family support service for CSULB students by offering early care and education programs for children from six months through second grade. The IPCDC enables student parents to attend classes and is dedicated to ensuring that no student parent is denied access to higher education because of a lack of affordable campus childcare. Enrollment priority is given to CSULB students, and then opened to faculty and staff, CSULB alumni, and the community as space allows. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the IPCDC is an exemplary program which models current principles and practice in child development. For information, call (562) 985-5333, or visit the center at 5700 Atherton Street.

Partners for Success Mentoring Students Program

Partners for Success is a mentoring program that provides sophomores with specific GPA criteria with an experienced mentor for guidance and individual advising relating to college transitions, academics and major selection. Mentors also provide support and campus resources such as tutoring, counseling and involvement opportunities to ensure students’ success to graduation. For information, visit, e-mail or call (562) 985-4837.

Counseling and Psychological Services

This service provides students with short-term counseling, group counseling, referrals to community providers, psycho-educational workshops and crisis intervention services. The Center also helps students meet personal challenges associated with identifying and achieving academic, career, and life goals. For information, call (562) 985-4001, visit or go to Brotman Hall, Room 226.

Student Health Services (SHS)

This service provides medical services, preventive health and health education program. All regularly enrolled CSULB students who have registered for the current semester and have paid the $45.00 mandatory health fee are eligible for services. Services also are available for students taking classes through College of Continuing and Professional Education for $15.00 per visit (while classes are in session), and for students on educational leave for a non-refundable $45 fee. Most medical services are covered under the basic service fee, with the exception of pharmacy, external labs and x-ray copies.

An array of health education services, alcohol and drug abuse prevention workshops, nutrition counseling, HIV testing/counseling and sexual health awareness workshops are offered at SHS. For information, call (562) 985-4771, visit or go to the Student Health Center on the corner of Beach Drive and Merriam Way.

Note: A medical emergency arising on campus should be directed to University Police by dialing 9-1-1.

Immunization Requirement Clearance

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Hepatitis B before the beginning of their first term. (Refer to Admission to the University, Immunization Requirements section of this catalog.) Clearance is obtained at Student Health Services by showing proof of immunity using medical records or by receiving immunizations (available at SHS). Medical and religious exemptions are available. For information and hours of operation, call the SHS Immunization Hotline at (562) 985-5411 or go to

U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office

This office is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to accept and execute passport applications. (Passport processing is completed by the U.S. Department of State.) The office is located in Brotman Hall 250 and open to the public. A passport photo service is offered onsite. Information on required forms, documents and fees is available at or by calling (562) 985- 7790.

Veterans Services

CSULB Veterans Services is the primary support center at CSULB for military veterans, service members and their dependents. A primary role of the office is to certify student eligibility for education benefits offered by the U.S. and California Departments of Veterans Affairs. Other services include outreach to prospective student veterans, advising, and advocacy for veterans and their dependents. A US Department of Veterans Affairs Counselor is available to assist with federal veterans benefits through the VetSuccess on Campus program. For information, call (562) 985-5115, go to the Foundation Building, Room 220, or visit

University Ombuds

This office is an independent, neutral resource for informal problem-solving serving the entire campus community. The office answers inquiries about the university, provides a safe place for discussing sensitive issues and identifying options, facilitates conversations and engages in conflict resolution, including mediation. The office maintains confidentiality in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the International Ombudsman Association, the limits of the law, and our organizational context. Appointments are suggested; walk-in visitors are usually accommodated depending on availability. CSULB Foundation, Suite 140; (562) 985-5983;

University Library

The library provides information resources that support teaching and learning and provides enrichment and recreation for members of the campus community, as well as other scholars and community members. Library staff are committed to helpful, efficient customer service. Home to the Spidell Center, the largest student computing facility on campus, the library is a leader in the delivery of digital content and in marshaling technology to facilitate scholarly inquiry. For more information, visit

Student Life and Resources

There are many options for students to get involved and create positive experiences and relationships at CSULB. Students are encouraged to make social connections and make a positive difference and to make the most of their time at “The Beach.”

Student Life and Development (SLD)

The Office of Student Life and Development provides extensive developmental, leadership, service and involvement activities for students. SLD services include orientation for student leaders; and organizational advising and program approvals for more than 300 recognized student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, cultural clubs and religious groups. SLD also oversees the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center, Leadership Academy, Student Cultural Resource Centers, American Indian Student Services Program, and Student Academic Travel Grants. Contact SLD at (562) 985-4181 or www. or go to the University Student Union, Room 215.

College Organizations

Many academic departments have academically-related student organizations and discipline-based honorary societies. Students from each academic organization departmental association work together on a college student council for each of the seven colleges. These groups promote interaction between faculty and students, and sponsor speakers, seminars, social gatherings and other activities. Staff from Student Life and Development play a key role in coordinating major events sponsored by these groups.

Leadership Resource Center, Lois J. Swanson

This center prepares CSULB students to be the world’s best leaders and maximize leadership potential with a commitment to serve others through the LRC services and programs. The LRC also offers two personal development programs for students: Financial Fitness and Conflict Resolution. The LRC provides a leadership library and offers consultations for classroom facilitation, conferences and customized workshops and seminars. For information, call (562) 985-1936 or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Leadership Academy

The academy is a three-part extracurricular, certificate-bearing program composed of workshops, community service and practical application. The purpose of the Academy is to help students increase their understanding of leadership skills and improve their leadership potential. The Advanced Leadership Challenge, open only to Leadership Academy graduates, builds the theories and foundation skills students gain in the Leadership Academy and involves a practical application of those skills and theories. For information, call (562) 985-1936 or go to the University Student Union, Room 314.

Multicultural Center

The Center’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a campus environment which respects and supports cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity. The Center has an educational Resource Library which serves students, faculty and staff. The Multicultural Center offers, S.T.A.R. (Students Talk About Race), a professional diversity workshop that is free to students. For information, go to Faculty Office building 3 (F03), Room 03, call (562) 985-8150 or visit

Student Resource Centers

There are five student-run resource centers on campus. These venues are for affiliated student organizations to conduct program planning, peer mentoring, officer meetings, and post information about scholarships, service and internship opportunities.

  • African Student Resource Center, FO4-274
  • American Indian Student Study Center, FO4-282
  • Asian Pacific Student Resource Center, FO4-277
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Student Resource Center, FO4-165
  • Raza Student Resource Center, FO4-262

Student Government

The Associated Students Government provides for student self-governance and the development of leadership abilities to ensure the full and effective participation of students in civic affairs and campus shared governance. ASI offers student programs and activities that complement the academic curriculum of the university and develop career-related skills. ASI also advances student welfare beyond the university setting by mobilizing student participation in the full range of democratic channels including voter education, voter registration, and legislative lobbying. For information, call (562) 985-5241 or visit

Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The SRWC is a 125,000+ square foot facility with fitness programs, instructional classes, a rock climbing wall, multiactivity courts, swimming pool, sand volleyball, 20,000+ square feet of weight room and cardio space, and more. The SRWC serves as a place for students, faculty, staff and alumni to exercise, study and hang out and provides opportunities for student employment and internships.

University Interfaith Center

This center is an association of 12 faith traditions serving the educational community of CSULB. The Center strives to enhance the educational experience by encouraging students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of spiritual growth, community building, faith development and personal values. For information, call (562) 985-7595 or go to Brotman Hall, Room 178.

University Student Union

Located in the center of campus, the 180,000 sq. ft. University Student Union offers weekly entertainment activities and numerous recreation and leisure activities. A “home away from home,” USU amenities include bowling lanes with a cosmic bowling feature, billiards, video gaming, various lounge spaces, outdoor swimming pool, food court and retail vendors including a full-service bank and ATM’s, as well as facilities for meetings, luncheons and films. Discounted theme park and movie tickets are also sold at the Information Center

Women’s and Gender Equity Center

This center supports and facilitates the educational, professional and personal success of campus women through targeted educational programs, and campus and community resource connections. The center also coordinates Project Safe, a program to reduce the incidence of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. For information, call (562) 985-8576, go to or visit Liberal Arts 1, Room 102.