Jun 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 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 soar@csulb.edu, or visit www.csulb.edu/soar.

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 parentfamilyprogram@csulb.edu 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 http://www.csulb.edu/atlas/, 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/Beach Academy participants. Located in the Beach Academic Resource Center (BARC) in the Student Success Center, Room 220.
  • 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 http://www.csulb.edu/ucua or call (562) 985- 4837. The UCUA is located in the Student  Success Center, Room 140.

Beach Transfer Transition Center (BTTC)

The Beach Transfer Transition Center (BTTC) serves as referral and programming center for all transfer students attending CSULB.  The BTTC, works with the colleges to provide specific programming to meet the diverse needs of transfer students to ensure a smooth transition to CSULB, as well as provide opportunities to actively connect students to the appropriate resources on campus.  Visit the BTTC website at www.csulb.edu/bttc.  The BTTC is located in the Beach Academic Resource Center (BARC) in the Student Success Center Room 220.

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, which include 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 acclimate 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. The BAC is located in KIN 67 and may be reached at (562) 985-4777.

College of Business Center for Student Success

The COB 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 COB; 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 COB majors and minors. Each student is an important member of the COB 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  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 COB Center for Student Success also provides free group tutoring and a study area (when tutoring demand is low) for all undergraduate COB students through our COB Study Annex. The COB 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 the Student Success Center, Room 230 or online at www.csulb.edu/pass, 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 (ESSC) provides comprehensive services to pre-College of Engineering (COE) majors as well as fully declared students. The activities of ESSC encompass first-year experience programs for freshmen and incoming transfer students, academic advising by professional and peer advisors, the COE tutoring center, outreach and recruitment activities, and professional development and internship opportunities. The ESSC Advising Office provides academic advising services to pre-Engineering majors as well as providing GE support to the college’s fully declared students. Located in EN2-304, the advising office encourages students to make appointments or walk in for help from our professional advising staff. The COE Tutoring Center provides tutoring for all six COE departments. The COE Tutoring Center is open weekdays for appoints and walk-ins. For additional information and appointments, visit www.csulb.edu/college-of-engineering/engineering-student-success-center.

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 www.csulb.edu/chhsadvising, call (562) 985-2691, or go to Human Services & Design (HSD) Room 117.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Academic Advising Center

The CNSM Academic Advising Center (AAC) is located within the Student Access Center, in the Hall of Science, Room 164 (HSCI-164). The professional advisors in the AAC advise all pre-major students in CNSM, and they facilitate their transition to faculty advisors when they declare a major. The AAC provides resources and support regarding academic programs; selection and sequence of course; assistance with enrollment for courses; goal setting and development; assistance in navigating academic requirements, policies, and procedures; and providing appropriate referrals and career planning. For more information, visit www.csulb.edu/college/cnsm/advising, visit the staff in HSCI-164, or email cnsm-advising@csulb.edu

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 www.csulb.edu/sas, 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 diverse and diversely talented, high-achieving students; personalized academic advisement and guidance each semester; opportunities for a distinguished undergraduate record as one of fewer than 900 Honors students on campus; and the opportunity to complete an 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, studentss may still apply, addressing any unmet criteria in their personal statement. All applicants will 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:// www.csulb.edu/university-honors.

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.

Bob Murphy Access Center

The Bob Murphy Access Center ensures students with disabilities have equal access to the  classroom and campus environment through the provision of accommodations including priority registration, parking assistance,  notetakers, exam accommodations, sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, and more. BMAC programs include the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center which produces alternative media for the campus converts text into Braille, and offers computer support services; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services, which provides sign language interpreters and real-time captioners; Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program which identifies and assess students for learning disabilities and eligibility for accommodations and support services;  Support Services and Emotional Support Animals approves the presence of emotional support animals on campus and in student housing, coordinates the provision of exams, and in-class notetakers; Services for students on the Autism spectrum include those through the LIFE (Learning Independence for Empowerment) Project which helps students make a successful transition to college life, enhance conversational and reciprocal social interaction skills and provides a place for peer interaction.

The Workability IV program, in partnership with the California Department of Rehabilitation and the CSULB Career Development Center, and BMAC refers students for career services for up to 2-years after graduation. Services through the Workability IV program include internships, job search, and other employment services. In addition, BMAC offers a variety of support services such as retention services, case management, disability  management, writing assistance and tutoring. For additional information, call 562-985-5401 or visit:  http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/dss/.

California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal SOAP)

California State Legislature established the Cal-SOAP program to increase postsecondary educational opportunities for targeted students. Cal SOAP provides outreach and related services that includes:    (1) Increasing the awareness and access to information about post-secondary education and Financial Aid.  (2) Improve student access to post-secondary education by ensuring their academic preparedness. (3) Coordination/partnership leveraging local, state, and federal resources and partnerships to maximize impact. (4) Support the capacity development of college students working with Cal SOAP and Long Beach Cal SOAP Schools/Community Site: Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, Firebaugh, Lynwood, Vista Beach, Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Poly, Renaissance, California, La Serna, Pioneer, Whittier, Santa Fe, and Long Beach Job CORPS. For more information about Cal SOAP, call 562-985-5869, email calsoap@csulb.edu or visit www.calsoap@csulb.edu .  Our office is located at 5500 E. Atherton, Suite 227A Long Beach, CA 90815.

Career Development Center

The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) is to educate and empower students through the process of  self-discovery, exploration and personal development as they prepare for career success in the global workforce. The CDC assists students with exploring career/major options, preparing them for their job search and connecting  them to 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 http://careers.csulb.edu.For more information, call (562) 985-4151, visit http://careers.csulb.edu, or go to Brotman Hall, room 250.

Career Services

  • Online Job Board:  Access CareerLINK, CSULB’s exclusive job board, as well as national and worldwide job and internship listings and industry-leading career resources.
  • Career Counseling: Individual appointments with a career counselor assist you with your career transition and job search strategy. Receive assistance clarifying values, interests, skills, and making a career decision.
  • Internships: Career advisos assist students from all majors with locating paid and unpaid internships with  corporations, businesses, nonprofit agencies, and institutions. The Career Development Center also provides students with information regarding obtaining academic credit for internships.
  • Internship Class: A one-unit elective course, Leadership in the Workplace is available to undergraduate students seeking to obtain academic credit for the internship and is open to undergraduate students in all majors.
  • Drop In Advising: Career advisors provide assistance on a first-come, first served basis for questions that can be answered in 10 - 15 minutes during regular hours.
  • Career Resource Library: Access information on occupations, job descriptions, companies, labor market trends, salary information, job postings, and many online resources.
  • Workshops: Professional development topics including resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search and  networking, or applying to graduate and professional schools.

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, http://careers.csulb.edu. 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 interns@careers.csulb.edu or visit http://careers.csulb.edu.

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 www.csulb.edu/cce.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) assists students that are migratory and/or seasonal farm   workers (or children of such workers) who are enrolled on a full-time basis during their first academic year at CSULB.  CAMP provides admission, academic support services, and financial assistance to address the needs of eligible participants by providing a student-centered array of developmental and support services geared toward enhancing each participant’s first year experience, learning opportunities, and quality of life at the post-secondary education level. Services include outreach to persons who are eligible, counseling, tutoring, skills workshops, financial aid stipends, health services, and housing assistance to eligible students during their first year of college.  For more information about CAMP, call 562-985-2185, e-mail camp@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/camp. Our office is located at the Student Success Center (SSC-280).   

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. Our mission is to assist program participants reach their educational and career goals by providing information, guidance and assistance with postsecondary and financial aid applications. Serving adult populations, Educational Opportunity Centers helps displaced or underemployed workers towards postsecondary enrollment.  Resources and information on career exploration, postsecondary/collegiate options, and financial aid.  For more information about EOC, email us at eoc@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/eoc. Our office is located at 3477 Atlantic Avenue 2nd Floor, Long Beach (cross streets Atlantic Avenue and East Wardlow Road).

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 them overcome obstacles that may prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their potential. For more information about EOP, call (562) 985-5637 or visit www.csulb.edu/eop .  Our office located in the Student Success Center (SSC-260).

Guardian Scholars

The CSULB Guardian Scholars Program assists current /former foster youth in their educational pursuits by offering services such as academic counseling, financial aid advising, tutoring, mentorship, skills assessment, math and writing labs throughout their academic career. For more information about Guardian Scholars, please call 562-985-1181, email: DSA-CSULB.Guardian@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/guardian_scholars .  

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)  

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) serves students from a large pool of migrant and seasonal farm workers to obtain their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, and assists those students in enrolling into postsecondary or training programs, upgraded employment, or the military. The program provides intensive instructional, supportive, and financial services to the most in need, migrant and seasonal farmworkers preparing for and obtaining their HSE diploma. Target Communities: Los Angeles County. For more information about HEP, please call 562-985-2185, email: hep@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/hep. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280). 

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, Western Sydney University


Concordia University


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Peking University (Beijing)


Danish Institute for Study Abroad


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


University of Haifa


CSU Florence Study Center, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze


Waseda University, 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

United Kingdom       

University of Bradford, 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 www.calstatele.edu/ip.

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.

Learning Center

The Learning Center  offers four primary programs to help students achieve academic success. The Learning Skills Program views learning as a life-long process. Students, regardless of their perceived capabilities, are able to learn, grow, and develop at all stages of their academic careers. . 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 to help students master class material and maximize their potential. Support is available for a wide variety of courses across business, the sciences, and the humanities. The  ESL Language and Writing Tutoring Program offers free appointment-based tutoring and an informal drop-in conversation lab for international students and other second language learners. The ESL Program is for students interested in improving their English speaking, grammar, reading, and writing skills, as well as their fluency/confidence, and familiarity with American idioms and culture.  The Supplemental Instruction Program provides peer-based in-class support for historically difficult courses and specific freshman populations. The purpose of SI is twofold: to help students master course content while also encouraging them to reflect on their evolution as life-long learners-all with an eye toward helping students achieve their fullest potential at CSULB and in the future.  The LAC typically hires student employees for fall and spring semester. For more information or to make an appointment, visit our website athttp://www.csulb.edu/academic-advising/the-learning-center or call us at (562) 985-5350. The Learning Center is located in the Student Success Center, Room 160.

Men’s Success Initiative    

Men’s Success Initiative (MSI) seeks to support young men of color in their academic endeavors at Long Beach State University. Our goal is to improve access, retention and graduation rates by providing academic support, professional development and mentoring. For more information about MSI, please call 562-985-4681, email   MenSuccess@csulb.edu  or visit www.csulb.du/msi.   Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-260).

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars)

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars program prepares and supports underrepresented undergraduate students in their pursuit of doctoral studies. We offer a variety of research and scholarly activities include a Summer Research internship project, workshops and seminars, research methods course, and faculty mentorship. Students meet with staff and faculty to conduct and report on research projects, prepare graduate school application materials, and visit graduate school programs.  For more information about the McNair program, please call, 562-985-2185, email mcnair@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/mcnair.  Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-120). 

Student Cultural Resource Centers  

The Student Cultural Resource Centers (SCRC’s) create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience.  We honor diversity, explore social justice issues, celebrate cultural traditions, and foster student identities, success, and leadership. The Centers offer computer labs, lounge and study spaces, events and extensive programming.  All CSULB students are welcome at the SCRC’s.


  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-276)
  • Pan-African Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-274)
  • LBTQ Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-165)
  • Puvungna Student Cultural Resource Center (USU-310)
  • Raza Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-262)

Student Support Services Program (SSSP)  

The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) assists students who are low-income, first-generation to college, and/or have a disability, who also have academic need and the motivation to achieve their maximum potential in higher education. SSSP is committed to increasing retention and graduation rates by providing academic and career advising, tutoring, financial aid and financial literacy services, and graduate school preparation. Classic, STEM/Health Sciences, and Disability. For more information about SSSP, please call 562-985-2185, email sssp@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/sssp . Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).

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.

Summer Bridge Program

In an effort to guide newly admitted first-time freshmen EOP students towards a successful transition, the EOP Summer Bridge Program (SBP) provides a commuter and residential program. The Summer Bridge program consists of enrichment workshops and activities focusing on academic preparation, campus support resources, financial literacy, and personal and leadership development.   For more information about the Summer Bridge Program, please call (562) 985-2185 or visit www.csulb.edu/summerbridge .  Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-260).

Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has been helping low-income and potential first-generation students successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education since 1977.  Targeting nine high schools in the greater Long Beach/Los Angeles area, ETS advisors guide students in their search for higher-education enrollment and career possibilities. College tours, career planning, and scholarship and financial aid resources are among the many things ETS offers for both students and parents of the target schools. ETS High Schools: Bell, Cabrillo, Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, Huntington Park, Jordan, and Lynwood. ETS South Bay- High Schools: Banning, Carson, Gardena, Narbonne, and Rancho Dominguez. For more information on ETS please call 562-596-0471, email: ets@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/ets . Our office located in the Student Success Center (SSC-120).

The Dream Success Center      

The Dream Success Center, established with the intent to provide services, resources, and support to undocumented students on the CSULB campus. Our mission is to empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success. For more information about DSC please call 562-985-5869, email: dream@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/dream .  Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-290).

TRIO and Migrant Programs (TMP)

TRiO and Migrant Programs offer nine innovative, federally/state/university-funded, student-centered programs designed to meet the needs of traditionally underrepresented individuals in higher education. These programs help students advance through the academic process from middle school to baccalaureate programs. For more information about TMP, call us at 562-985-2185, email: trio@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/trio .  Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound (UB)  

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. Instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science and tutoring provided during the academic year as well as a 6-week summer experience that simulates college.  Assistance with college applications and financing provided. CUB 1 High Schools:  Cabrillo, John Glenn, Long Beach Jordan, Paramount, and Renaissance.  CUB 2 High Schools: Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, and Gardena.  For more information on UB, please call 562-596-0270, email upwardbound@csulb.edu or visit www.csulb.edu/upward_bound .  Our office is located at 5500 E Atherton, Suite 326 Long Beach, CA 90815.

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 csulb.edu/wrl, stop by the Writer’s Resource Lab in LAB-206, or call (562) 985-4329.

Campus Services

Basic Needs

Basic Needs is a comprehensive initiative in the Division of Student Affairs that is committed to removing barriers  for some of CSULB’s most at-risk students. The program identifies and immediately serves students who are   displaced or could be displaced, food insecure and experiencing an emergency situation or crisis. For more  information, call 562) 985- 2038, www.csulb.edu/basicneeds or visit the Student Success Center (SSC-290).

Beach Central

Beach Central is Enrollment Services’ One Stop for all questions students might have for Admissions, Student Records, and Financial Aid, including Scholarships, right in one place, eliminating the bounce and multiple waits. Our goal is Service Excellence: creating efficiencies that save students’ valuable time using improved delivery techniques. Students can access Beach Central services in multiple ways.  If students have a quick question while on campus or when coming to campus later that day, they can join our virtual queue for in-person service. No more standing in line.  Students easily join the online queue from virtually anywhere. Cross-trained Intake Specialists meet students when it is their turn at the Beach Central Intake Windows in the courtyard of Brotman Hall. Students simply text to change their place in line or to leave the line if they need to leave campus.

When students prefer to phone with quick questions, call 562-985-5471 for Enrollment Services (Admissions and Student Records) and 562-985-8403 for Financial Aid questions. 

When a concern requires counseling in Admissions, Student Records, or Financial Aid and Scholarships, students can make an appointment online for in-person or skype counseling for that. Students can schedule online for an in-person or skype counseling for either the same day or for the next available appointment in the Beach Central Counseling Office, suite 201, on the second floor of Brotman Hall.

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Locations

Beach Central Intake

Intake Windows, 1st Floor Courtyard, Brotman Hall

Beach Central Counseling Office

Suite 201, 2nd Floor, Brotman Hall

Directions to Join the Queue for Intake and Appointments:  Students can access the virtual queue in multiples ways. Find out how to join the queue today: www.csulb.edu/enrollment-services/join-the-queue

Beach Central Website: Find information about workshops on our website: www.csulb.edu/beachcentral

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, http://www.asicsulb.org/pages/child-developmentcenter or visit the center at 5700 Atherton Street.

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 www.csulb.edu/caps or go to Brotman Hall, Room 226.

Student Health Services (SHS)

This service provides medical services, preventive health and health education programs. All regularly enrolled CSULB students who have registered for the current semester and have paid the $75.00 mandatory health fee are eligible for services. Services also are available for students taking classes through College of Professional and International Education for $15.00 per visit (while classes are in session), and for students on educational leave for a non-refundable $75 fee. Most medical services are covered under the basic service fee, with the exception of pharmacy and some lab work.

An array of health and wellness programs, 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 www.csulb.edu/shs or go to the Student Health Center located 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 (specifically, Measles 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, checking lab titers or by receiving immunizations (available at SHS).

Housing students are required to be vaccinated against Meningitis.

Medical exemptions are allowable with a doctor’s note only. There are no personal and religious exemptions. For information and hours of operation, call (562) 985-4771 or go to www.csulb.edu/shs.

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., Room 250 and is open to the public. A passport photo service is offered onsite. Information on required forms, documents and fees is available at http://passport.csulb.edu or by calling (562) 985- 7790.

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 (IOA), 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; www.csulb.edu/ombuds.

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 www.csulb.edu/library.

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 Brotman Hall, Room 277, or visit www.csulb.edu/veterans.

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 350 recognized student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, club sports, cultural clubs and religious groups. SLD also oversees the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center, Leadership Academy, American Indian Student Services Program, and Student Academic Travel Grants. Contact SLD at (562) 985-4181 or www. csulb.edu/sld 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.

Emerging Leaders Certificate Program

The Emerging Leaders Certificate program introduces leadership development topics to CSULB students through interactive workshops and experiences. The focus of this program is to begin students’ development as   future leaders. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a certificate-bearing leadership development program composed of workshops, community service and practical application using the Social Change Model of Leadership as its programmatic framework and foundation. The purpose of the Academy is to help students increase their understanding of  leadership skills and improve their leadership potential. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email   (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Leadership Resource Center, Lois J. Swanson

The Leadership Resource Center (LRC) prepares CSULB students to be the world’s best leaders and maximize their leadership potential with a commitment to serve others through its services and programs. The LRC provides a leadership library and offers consultations for classroom facilitation, conferences, and customized workshops and  seminars. The LRC’s signature leadership development programs for students are the Leadership Academy program and the Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email  (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Multicultural Center

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) designs and implements cultural and social environments that enhances ones sense of belonging by respecting diverse views of students from various backgrounds, races, cultures, and beliefs. Our advocacy is for social justice and equity, in partnership with campus constituents, providing access to resources contributing to student success. We will continue to contribute to institutional practice for cultural competency training as well as addressing campus climate issues. We seek to develop global servant leaders for both the campus and the greater community. The Multicultural Center (MCC) is a uniquely welcoming space, where one is invited to communicate across lines of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, class, and more The MCC offers S.T.A.R. (Students Talk About Race), a professional diversity training that is free to students and provides them with cross cultural facilitation skills. For more information about the Office of Multicultural Affairs, please call (562)985-8150 or visit www.csulb.edu/oma.  Our office is located in the Faculty Office Building (F03), Room 3.

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 www.csulb.edu/asi.

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 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 www.csulb.edu/wrc or visit Student Success Center, Room 240.