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Resources for Biology students for Spring 2020 online instruction

Here are some important resources for Biology students as CSUSB moves to online instruction for Spring Quarter 2020.

Internet connectivity

  • Information and Technology Services (ITS) is working hard to expand WiFi access. Parking areas on both campuses are being developed where you can connect from your vehicle and maintain physical distancing guidelines.  On the San Bernardino campus, Internet access can be found in the East and West Parking Structures, specifically from spaces located close to the elevators. Lot N also has coverage in areas near existing access points. A similar option will be made available on the Palm Desert Campus in the coming weeks. See this official announcement dated Mar. 29, 2020 for more information.
  • ITS also has a laptop loaner program for students.
  • Various internet service providers are helping with free or discounted services.

General contact information

Generally speaking, email is the primary method by which we can contact students. Be sure to check and read all your emails daily, and respond to them (if needed) as soon as you can!

  • COVID-19 information: official CSUSB announcements are found here.
  • Email for general inquiries: biology@csusb.edu (Preferred method of contact)
  • Biology main phone number: (909) 537-5305. Unfortunately due to technical issues we cannot answer this number, but we check voicemail daily.
  • Dept. Chair: Dr. Mike Chao, (909) 537-5388 ( if no answer leave voicemail). mchao@csusb.edu (preferred method of contact).
  • Academic Coordinator: Mr. Jason Jung, (909) 537-7495 (if no answer leave voicemail), jason.jung@csusb.edu (preferred method of contact). Contact Jason for scheduling issues in large lecture classes (BIOL 100, 202, 220, 224).
  • Faculty contact information: visit the Faculty Student Hours page. Faculty are available for questions or advising.
  • Technical support: email support@csusb.edu or call (909) 537-7677.
  • College of Natural Sciences Professional Advising Center: make advising appointments by calling (909) 537-7345. Advising will be done through the phone or Zoom teleconferencing.

Software

Here is a partial list of software you might need for online instruction. These are just general suggestions; your professors might have additional requirements. Check your Spring 2020 syllabus for more information. The Biology Dept. does not have the resources to provide tech support for you; contact support@csusb.edu for tech support.

  • Zoom: videoconferencing software that can be used for some synchronous lectures and for advising. Available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. When logging in, make sure you use the "SSO login" option; our domain is csusb.zoom.us. You should be able to use your MyCoyote login.
  • A scanner app for your phone for handing in some assignments. There are many different scanning apps that you can use. One free version that does not have ads is Microsoft Lens; download for iOS here or Android here.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. You may need this to read and fill out various forms. Not all forms are fillable - the university is working hard to convert all the forms to work online, but this will take some time. You may not need this if you are on a Mac, as Macs have a built-in PDF viewer.
  • Google Hangouts. This is a chat app; it may be useful for collaborating among students. You can sign into Hangouts using your CSUSB Google account. Google Hangouts works on your web browser and also on iOS and Android mobile apps.

Forms

In general, fill out these forms digitally as best you can in PDF format, and email them to the appropriate individuals. If you are having difficulty filling out the forms, let the recipient know! But please make a best faith effort in filling out the forms to help us out.

  • Simultaneous enrollment form (need to get signatures from both instructors and department chairs of the two courses you are trying to enroll in)
  • Add/drop slip
  • Add after census form
  • Drop after census form
  • Course overload: The Office of the Registrar is currently working on a way to bring course overload requests online. In the meantime, email the professor of the course that you wish to overload. Include: your name, student ID number, last quarter's GPA, number of units currently enrolled and number of units after overload, and course number/section of the course you wish to overload. Your professor, if they approve, will forward your request to the appropriate offices.
  • Open University enrollment form (more information on the Open University Program)
  • This section is still under construction.