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CSULB Academic Senate aims to offer a new certificate and additional bathrooms

Business analysis certificate and degree in biochemistry and gender-neutral restrooms will come to campus.

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Heavy applause filled the Towner Auditorium Thursday as Cal State Long Beach’s Academic Senate passed not one, but two new proposals that could offer students additional degree and certificate plans.

Members came to the unanimous decision to offer a new business analysis certificate, while 98 percent of members voted in favor of adding a bachelor’s in biochemistry.

“The primary reason for this is to increase the flexibility for our students and give them more opportunities to proceed with their educational objectives,” said Chris Brazier, academic senate chair, during the initial proposal for the Bachelor of Arts Biochemistry Feb 2.

Following the meeting, the proposed additions will be submitted to the Chancellor’s office for further authorization.

The senate also discussed plans to increase the number of gender neutral bathrooms on campus.

“We have some long-term plans for building on campus,” said Scott Apel, newly-appointed vice president of administration and finance. “We look to provide facilities for everybody.”

Jordan Doering, Associated Students Inc. chief academic officer, echoed Apel’s statements, explaining ASI also feels additional gender neutral bathrooms on campus are necessary.

“We feel this is super important to a lot of students, especially gender neutral students,” Doering said. “I think gendered bathrooms are going to go away at some point in the future, so might as well get on it.”

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