Natural Sciences Advising Center (NSAC)

Four kinds of assistance are available at NSAC

  • Advising about major requirements for Biological Sciences pre-majors and transfer students in their first semester as Biological Sciences majors at CSUS*
  • Advising about the Biological Sciences minor
  • Advising about requirements for health professional schools (e.g. medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry) for any interested student
  • Career Counseling, including major and career exploration, resume/cover letter reviews and interview tips


*Mandatory Academic Advising for Biological Sciences Majors and Pre-majors

Academic advising through NSAC is mandatory for all Biological Sciences pre-majors, as well as new transfer students admitted into the upper division major. This mandatory advising may be completed by appointment or drop in.


Fall 2017 Advising

NSAC will be open to students starting August 28th. Advisors are available exclusively on a drop-in basis during the first week of classes and during registration.

Starting September 5th, students may meet with an advisor by appointment at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

To schedule an appointment please click here.

Drop-ins for advising are accepted at any time, however students with appointments (if applicable) will be seen first.


Location: Sequoia Hall, room 238

Hours: M-F 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm


Fall 2017 Office closures:

            August 24th

            August 25th (Closed 12pm-5pm)

     September 4th (Labor Day)

            September 15th (Closed 12pm-5pm)

            November 10th (Veteran’s Day Observed)

            November 23rd and 24th (Thanksgiving Break)

            December 21st-January 1st (Winter Break)


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Frequently Asked Questions
I am a freshman and Fall 2017 is my first semester at Sac State. Do I have to make an appointment with NSAC?
Yes, freshmen in the Biological Sciences pre-major should schedule and attend an advising session in NSAC. Don't forget to bring your red advising folder.

I am a transfer student and this is my first semester at Sac State. Do I have to make an appointment with NSAC?
Yes, new transfer students should schedule and attend an advising session in NSAC during their first semester here. During this session we will help you plan for your second semester and help you find a faculty advisor for future semesters. Don't forget to bring your blue advising folder.

I have been a Biological Sciences major at Sac State for over two years. Do I need to make an appointment with NSAC?
Currently, NSAC advisors only have time for mandatory meetings with freshmen and transfer students in their first semester here. If you have been a student here for over two years, continue seeing the Faculty Advisor to which you have been assigned. If you do not yet have a Faculty Advisor, come to NSAC for help.

What should I bring to my advising session?
Please bring the advising folder you received at New Student Orientation.

Can I just drop in for advising?
Drop-ins are accepted, but students with appointments are seen first. If you drop in, be sure you are prepared with questions and your advising folder.

What will happen if I do not attend a mandatory advising session at NSAC?
Failure to attend a mandatory advising session will lead to a hold being placed on your registration for the next semester. This may delay your registration and prevent you from enrolling in desired classes.

I am thinking of changing my major to Biological Sciences. Where do I get advising?
NSAC advisors will help you learn about pre-major and major requirements and help you complete forms for changing your major.