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College of Natural Sciences

Spring 2021 Semester

We will be here for you, open for business, and working to support you!

The College of Natural Sciences has plans in place to return to in-person (on-campus) learning and teaching for the Spring 2021 semester. Because the pandemic is ongoing, we will have health and safety protocols in place to keep you and everyone else safe.

Check your department's homepages for additional contact information or updates relevant to your major. You can also contact the CNS Office of the Dean at

Please monitor your Coyote email daily for important announcements and information from CNS and CSUSB administrators, faculty, and staff. Also, keep in touch with your instructors via Blackboard in addition to email.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and practice social distancing. We are all in this together — all of us — and we are taking all steps necessary to support your academic goals and progress as we tradition from remote/virtual to in-person/on-campus.

We are excited to see everyone!



Students who need approvals from instructors, department chairs, and/or the CNS Office of the Dean for enrollment-related requests can submit their requests through the Office of the Registrar's new Permissions Requests online feature that is available through your Student Center in myCoyote. These requests include the following:

• Course Overload requests (Max Units Exceeded)
• Simultaneous Enrollment
requests (Time Conflicts)
• Add/Drop requests (Closed or Full Classes) (Before Census)

• Add After Census
• Drop After Census

Students: For all requests—except for Drop After Census—please click on the Enrollment: Permission Request "How To" Guide.

For the process to Drop After Census, please click on this "How To" Guide. Please note that this process will ask you to submit documentation and PDFs.

Instructors, department chairs, and Office of the Dean administrators: For a tutorial with screenshots, please click on the Online Request Permission Quick Guide – For Approvers.

Questions or further assistance can be submitted via email to


Students who wish to apply to an Impacted Major (such as Kinesiology-Allied Health), please download the Application for Impacted Majors, open it in Acrobat/Acrobat Reader/Acrobat Pro DC/etc.) use the "Fill & Sign" feature to fill out the document and sign it, and then email it to the department to initiate a review and approval process.

For Kinesiology, email the Application for Impacted Majors to

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) encompasses nine departments: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Geological Sciences, Health Science and Human Ecology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing and Physics. The college also oversees the operation of the Murillo Family Observatory. The dean oversees the college as a whole and each department consists of its own chair, faculty, administrative, and technical staff. In addition to its bachelor’s degrees, several department offer Master’s programs. Though distinct and in some cases physically separate, all departments interact closely in support of students, collaborative research, shared facilities, and common interests.

Although private and public support continues to be essential, the college has made great strides in recent years in acquiring state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. For example, the Department of Kinesiology has modern laboratories in Human Performance, Biomechanics, Motor Learning, and Hemodynamics. The Department of Biology has a suite of modern imaging systems that include small animal X-rays, epifluorescence, confocal microscopy, microinjection and microfluidics analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy.  There are also facilities for 3D scanning, modeling, and printing, tissue culture and cell sorting, ultracentrifugation, a large environmental chamber, and physiology and molecular biology research. 

The Department of Geological Sciences is constructing a new experimental petrology lab for studying changes that take place in rocks at high pressure, and is developing the capability to use drones and photogrammetry software to make detailed observations of the Earth’s surface to study faults, landslides and other features.  The Department of Computer Science and Engineering operates a multi-million dollar computer facility of more than 120 engineering workstations on the world-wide Internet and also houses two supercomputers and fileservers supporting more than 50 gigabytes of secondary storage for application software and user directories.   

Much of this equipment and support facilities were obtained not only through the university and as gifts, but also as major grants from the National Science Foundation and other external agencies, awarded to many of our outstanding faculty. We look forward to continuing our quest to update major equipment and facilities in support of both our teaching mission and to promote student and faculty research efforts in an increasingly technology-dependent society.

The fundraising effort includes raising private funds to build a strong endowment to support future generations of scholars and students. Increased private support will enhance the already high-quality student body and help recruit faculty members whose teaching and research abilities distinguish them as excellent scholars. This support will build state-of-the-art facilities and renovate or refurbish current facilities to ensure that CNS students and faculty learn and work with cutting-edge technology and resources. The campaign will help the College of Natural Sciences achieve its strategic priorities and secure its status as a preeminent institution, recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in education, research and public service.