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Undergraduate Programs

Six undergraduate degrees are offered by the Biological Sciences Department, as well as two minors.

B.S. in Biology, General Biology option

This degree major is designed for students pursuing careers that involve the study of life. This general option is designed to expose students to a wide range of biological topics and is the most flexible option in terms of courses required. With the right elective choices, this option can work for students planning on future careers in health professions or graduate and professional studies in Biological Sciences.

B.S. in Biology, Biology Education option

This option is designed solely for students who wish to become secondary school Biology teachers.

B.S. in Biology, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology option

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve biology at the cell, molecular and organ system levels and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in these fields or entering one of the health professions, such as medicine and physical therapy.

B.S. in Biology, Organismal Biology option

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve the biology of animals, plants and the study of organisms in relation to their environment. It is particularly appropriate for those seeking employment in private industry (such as environmental consulting firms), or government service (such as fish and game agencies), as well as those students contemplating graduate work in these fields.

B.S. in Marine Biology

Marine biology is the study of the biology and ecology of organisms found in the ocean. This degree provides a base to pursue graduate school, along with a variety of careers in environmental consulting, government, teaching, and public aquaria.

B.S. in Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms and their interactions with humans, other organisms, and the environment. This degree is appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in microbiology or, with the inclusion of appropriate classes, may be utilized by pre-professional students.

Minor in Biology

Minor in Microbiology

Additional information can be found in the CSULB Catalog: Biological Sciences.