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SF State's Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research opportunities, and mentorship by world-class scientists. Our undergraduate and graduate programs in cell and molecular biology, conservation biology, ecology and systematics, marine biology, microbiology, physiology, botany and zoology, and biology education are all designed to train and educate students to meet the challenges of leadership roles in the biological sciences. We invite you to explore our exceptional educational and research opportunities.

Undergraduates Applying for Graduation

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All Biology Major graduation applicants MUST complete an ONLINE SURVEY
before the Department will approve the graduation application.


Fall 2019 Graduating Biology Major Survey


Biology Advisors


(days/hours subject to change)

Biology Advisor are not located in the biology office.

You do not need to make an appointment
unless otherwise specified. 

The office hours are drop-in.

Changing your Major

The Department of Biology has declared 'impaction' limiting the number of students we can take, but the more lower-division major requirements you take and the better your class performance, the higher your priority will be for admission to the major.

For more information,


  • Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Animal Physiology

    The Department of Biology at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Animal Physiology beginning August 2020.

In the News

  • Christopher Moffatt: Excellence in Teaching Award (Tenured Faculty)

    Professor of Physiology Christopher Moffatt arrived at SF State in 1998. Of the staggering number of students that Moffatt mentored and trained in his research lab, nearly 30% are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the sciences. Many of these mentees have successfully received their Ph.D and have careers in science, which is a testament to Moffat’s mentoring skills.

    Moffat has received numerous awards for his work, including the Teagle Curriculum Development Award from SF State’s Office of the Provost in 2006. The award underscores his commitment to ensuring that students have opportunities to pioneer their own research and evolve as scientific thinkers.

    Zheng-Hui He: Excellence in Professional Achievement Award

    Professor of Biology Zheng-Hui He arrived at SF State in 1998. Coming from a background of impoverishment, he is passionate about using his expertise in biology to reduce hunger. For example, he discovered two gene families essential to plant growth and co-discovered a way to potentially increase rice yield by 27 percent.

    He has served as a regular reviewer for various granting agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He is currently the editor of a journal he helped found, Molecular Plant, which is now one of the leading journals dedicated to plant science. He has also procured $3.2 million in external funding, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.