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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.


  • SFSU Brown Bag Research Lunch Series

    Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
    Time: 12:30-1:30
    Location: HH 501

    Monthly presentations of current scientific research in Biology and throughout the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University

  • 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, visit:

  • Students may petition to take a course at another campus.  Petition must include course description from host campus, transcripts, current term enrollment and DARS form. Also, indicate if Concurrent Enrollment is requested because student has exhausted the two-attemp limit on courses at SF State.  All transfer units must be approved by the Department of Biology.

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