Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, applicants must possess the following):

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution or international equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher or a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A personal interview may be requested of all applicants.
    • All prerequisite course grades must be “C” or higher. Priority will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate they have met all prerequisites
    • Courses taken at an Upper Division undergraduate-level, or those that combine prerequisite content, will be considered on a case-by-case basis as potentially meeting minimum requirements.

Total Prerequisite Courses (26 units)        

Any of the following courses or their equivalents that were completed as part of the first degree program do not need to be repeated. Course equivalencies can be checked at assist.org or with the help of an academic advisor.

Science and General Education Prerequisite Courses

Please carefully review the following:

Science and General Education Prerequisite Courses

 

Science Prerequisites (17 units)

All lab courses should have been taken in-person and not online.

All science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 7 years as of grade issue date prior to application to the program. No online lab for any of the science prerequisites will be accepted.

COURSE NAME UNITS DESCRIPTION
BIOL 211/212 Human Anatomy and Lab (2/1) 3 units Course: Survey of the gross anatomy and histology of the major human organ systems, including the muscle, skeletal, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Lab: Examination of the anatomy and histology of the major organ systems by dissection and microscopic study.
BIOL 215/L Introductory Microbiology and Lab 3 units Introduction to the biology of major groups of microorganisms, including their role in infectious diseases, their role in nature and their relationship to humankind. Lecture 2 hours, lab 6 hours.
BIOL 281/282 Human Physiology and Lab 4
units
Course: Survey of the physiology of nerve and muscle, as well as the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Lab: Selected lab experiments in human physiology.
CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry I and Lab 4 units Designed to stress fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry, the structure of atoms and molecules, the periodic table, states of matter, chemical calculations involving stoichiometry and simple algebraic operations.
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics 3 units Methods for displaying, describing and producing data. Normal distribution. Correlation and regression. Sampling distributions and probability. Statistical inference for means and proportions.

General Education courses from the following sections (9 units)

NAME UNITS DESCRIPTION
Oral Communication 3 units AAS 151. Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
AFRS 151. Freshman Speech Communication (3)
CAS 151. Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
CHS 151. Freshman Speech Communication (3)
COMS 151/L. Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Lab (2/1)
COMS 309. Advanced Public Speaking (3)
Written Communication 3 units AAS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
AAS 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
AAS 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
AFRS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
AFRS 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
AFRS 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
CAS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
CAS 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
CAS 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
CHS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
CHS 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
CHS 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
ENGL 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
ENGL 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
ENGL 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
LING 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
QS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
QS 114B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)
QS 115. Approaches to University Writing (3)
Critical Thinking 3
units
AAS 201. Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
AFRS 204. Race and Critical Thinking (3)
CHS 202. Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
COMS 225/L. Argumentation and Lab (2/1)
ENGL 215. Critical Thinking About Research Writing (3)
PHIL 100. General Logic (4)
PHIL 200. Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL 210. Reasoning in the Sciences (3)
PHIL 225. Evolutionary Reasoning (3)
PHIL 230. Introduction to Formal Logic (3)
RS 204. Religion, Logic and the Media (3)

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Applicants with a degree from outside the United States

To be admitted to the program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts for a bachelor’s degree. Degrees from outside the U.S. must be equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.
    • An official academic evaluation of all courses taken outside of the U.S.
    • Both complete transcripts/degree certification in original language and official English translation. If translated within the U.S., must be done by a member of the American Translators Association (ATA), a certified court interpreter or translator, or staff of a foreign consulate.

English Proficiency Requirements
The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science.

Test Name and Website Minimum Score Required for Graduate Students Send Score Directly To CSUN
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language — Internet-Based score (IBT): 79 Use CSUN School Code 4707.
IELTS - International English Language Test System 6.5 or higher
Request IELTS to send a copy of your Test Report Form to CSUN.
PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English 58 or higher Online through your PTE Academic Account

Exception: If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:

  • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
  • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).