Student Success Center

Welcome to the CNBS Student Success Center!  

Welcome to the Student Success Center for the College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences! The Student Success Center is where you can come get advising on programs, courses, and other resources. For support, please stop by and see us!

You can reach our main office here:

Social & Behavioral Sciences building, 3rd Floor 
Room: SBS A-306
Phone: 310-243-3535

Office Hours
Monday - Friday

Walk-in Advising Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Scheduling Appointments

Scheduling an appointment with an advisor can be done through MyCSUDH in the student center/portal by selecting the icon for Toro Success Collaborative (TSC) or log directly in through

Here is a tutorial on how to use TSC : How to Schedule a Self-Service Appointment

Advisors are available to meet in-person, Zoom and phone. If you choose a Zoom appointment, an email notification with details of your online appointment meeting with the Zoom link will be sent to your Toromail email. Due to a high volume to appointments, all late appointments will be rescheduled. 

Note: During registration periods, the demand to see an Advisor is very high. Because of this, Advisors can be very busy. We recommend students to schedule an appointment 3-5 weeks before your assigned registration date. Students can view their assigned registration time on MyCSUDH.


  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Behavioral Science (BEH) program

STEM Majors*

  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science and Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

*STEM Majors and all major course advising should be obtained by a faculty advisor within their department 


Our range of services includes:

  • Class registration
  • General Education
  • Catalog-based major and minor overview
  • Connecting you with your Major faculty advisor
  • Lower-division transfer credit
  • Applying for Graduation
  • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
  • Connecting you to campus resources, career coaches, and care teams and so much more!

If you would like to speak to one of our advisors, reach out to any of us below:

Victoria Fowlervfowler@csudh.eduSBS A306310-243-3535Director 
Sharrae Evanssevans@csudh.eduSBS A306310-243-3535Administrative Support Coordinator 
Alma Melenaamelena@csudh.eduSBS A309310-243-2600Graduation Specialist
Jagaite Packardjpackardjr1@csudh.eduSBS A305310-243-3158Retention Specialist
Porshe Gipsonpgipson@csudh.eduSBS D304310-243-3010Academic Advisor 
Alexis Gomezagomez298@csudh.eduSBS A307310-243-2031Academic Advisor Assistant
Sally Nohsnoh@csudh.eduSBS A312310-243-2793Academic Advisor
Elizabeth 'Liz' Somesom1@csudh.eduSBS D306310-243-3471Academic Advisor 
Deborah Valiente
dvaliente3@csudh.eduSBS A303310-243-3105Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Programs


B.A. in Anthropology

Department Chair

Dr. Sarah Taylor



B.A. in Biology
B.S. in Biology

Department Chair

Dr. Helen Chun



B.A. in Chemistry
B.S. in Chemistry

Department Chair

Dr. Arumugam Thangavel


Computer Science

B.S. in Computer Science
B.A. in Computer Technology

Department Chair

Dr. Moshen Behesti


Earth Science & Geography

B.S. in Earth Science
B.A. in Geography

Department Chair

Dr. John Keyantash



B.S. in Mathematics

Department Chair

Dr. Matt Jones 


Political Science

B.A. in Political Science

Department Chair

Dr. Salvatore Russo



B.S. in Physics

Department Chair

Dr. John Price



B.A. in Psychology

Department Chair

Dr. Carl Sneed



B.A. in Sociology

Department Chair

Dr. William "Billy" Wagner-Huang


Graduate Programs

M.S. in Biology

Department Chair: Dr. Helen Chun

Program Director: Dr. Fang Wang

The Master of Science Program in Biology is a two-year program in which a student must complete a series of both core and elective courses and engage in independent scientific research that culminates in a thesis. This graduate program is designed to be a flexible degree that can help students reach their career goals, whether that be further study in a doctoral program or employment in science education, health sciences or environmental fields.

In the first semester of the program, the student will choose a research mentor who will provide guidance for the thesis research and help the student set their curriculum. Three members of the student's thesis committee, including the research mentor, will need to be selected by the end of the first year of the program.

To accommodate students with other professional commitments, many graduate classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening.

M.S. in Computer Science

Department Chair: Dr. Moshen Beheshti

The Master's Program in Computer Science is a two-year program in which a student must complete a required core of courses and additional concentration and general computer science elective courses. The curriculum for the Master of Science in Computer Science requires 36 semester credit units, and offers both a thesis option (30 semester credit units of coursework and 6 semester units of a thesis) and a non-thesis option (33 semester credit units of coursework and 3 semester credit units of a project). Students may choose to obtain the degree in Computer Science with specialization in Software Engineering or Distributed Systems and Networking.

The academic program is expected to culminate in a master's thesis or project. During the first semester of the program, the student should choose a major advisor who will assist him or her in the choice of elective courses. The major advisor will chair the student's advisory committee for the thesis. Two additional members of the students graduate advisory committee will need to be selected.

The graduate program can provide a strong background for future study in a doctoral program. It also provides graduate training as preparation for professional applications. Students with a master's degree in computer science are also prepared for a career in teaching and/or research.

A majority of graduate classes are scheduled to accommodate late afternoon and evening students.

M.S. in Environmental Science

Department Chair: Dr. John Keyantash

Program Director: Dr. Parveen Chhetri

The M.S. in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Natural and Behavioral Science (CNBS). Our mission is to prepare leaders, innovative thinkers, and planners who can address and solve environmental challenges using interdisciplinary approaches. Because of our campus' location, the emphasis of the program is on the urban environment. The required courses in the natural and social sciences introduce students to the unique problems of environmental analysis, policy, and planning. Elective courses allow students the flexibility to meet their specific interests and career goals. Real-world experience is obtained through directed research and internships in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

M.A. in Psychology

Graduate Co-Directors

Dr. Silva Santos

Dr. Keisha Paxton

At CSUDH, we offer two tracks for our MA in Psychology – Clinical and Health. Both options provide students with a solid academic background by giving them an opportunity to complete advanced coursework and further develop their research skills by working closely with a faculty mentor on a research project or thesis. A wide variety of practicum sites are available for students to learn about direct service provision to clients, employees, and patients for students pursuing the clinical psychology option. The MA in Psychology program is designed for students who want to strengthen their academic record in preparation for applying to doctoral programs. Others choose to begin careers in industry, mental health, community agency and education settings.

Click on the Prospective Students tab to get more information about how to apply and the admissions requirements.

M.A. in Sociology

Department Chair: Dr. Billy Wagner-Huang

Program Coordinator: Dr. La Tanya Skiffer

The Department offers an established graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in Sociology. The program is designed to provide all students with a strong
foundation in sociological theory and research methodology. The graduate program is designed to allow for a substantial degree of student choice.

Students may choose a macro- or micro-based program of study and select from several areas for further specialization or experience. These areas include, but are not restricted to, such concentrations as social research and computer applications; sociology of education; community and clinical sociology; law and society; criminology and deviance; and general sociology. Students are expected to select a major advisor who can best facilitate their specific interests in the program. Finally, students may choose one of the following options to complete their program of graduate study: comprehensive exam, thematic project or thesis. Students with an interest in teaching and administrative applications of the degree are encouraged to complete via examination.

Those with research interests or who may wish to pursue advanced graduate study toward a doctoral degree are encouraged to opt for the thesis or thematic project options.

M.S. in Systems and Engineering

Administrative Questions:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Boadi

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering MSSE) program is designed to provide professional preparation for private, public, and non-profit sector professionals in the field of Systems Engineering. The curriculum, delivered in an accelerated 21-month cohort model, requires completion of 34 units. The program culminates with a Systems Engineering research project supervised by a faculty member.