Undergraduate Applications

Application Information for Undergraduates

Important Notice: The BIOL BS major has been declared an impacted program. Beginning Fall 2014, supplementary admission criteria will be used for incoming freshman, transfer students, and students changing majors. See Impaction Information for the BIOL BS Program for more information.

Prospective undergraduates apply to the University, not the Department. The CSULA Office of University Admissions can assist you in preparing for entry into college, applying for admission to CSULA, and ensuring that you meet the California State University requirements for admission.


The admission requirements for freshman include a high school diploma, college preparatory subject requirements, and a qualified eligibility index

Lower division transfer students (less than 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units) must have a 2.00 GPA or higher in all college courses in addition to the requirements for first-time freshmen.


Upper division transfer students (greater than 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units) must have a minimum 2.00 GPA (2.40 if a nonresident of California) and have completed the four basic subjects of the CSU General Education requirements (English, Speech, Critical Thinking, and Math with a grade of C or better in each course). See the University Admissions web page on transfer requirements for more information. International students should consult the web page for International Student Admission Requirements for information on their specific situation.


Use CSUApply to apply to the undergraduate biology or microbiology programs at Cal State LA. This resource is free to use; students will only pay the application fee charged directly by the campus when an application for admission is submitted.

Due to the California state budget crisis and its effect on the California State University system, many CSU programs are required to reduce their enrollment. It is best to apply as early as possible. You can visit the CSUApply Application Status Filing Report to which CSU campuses are currently accepting applications, which majors are opened or closed, and to read any messages left by the campus.

Submitting Documents

As our campus continues to monitor and assess the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Office of Admissions and Recruitment is allowing for the online submission of admissions-related documents and forms. To submit, please visit their Uploading Documents webpage