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About the SFSU Department of Biology


Advancing Global Health and the Biosphere Educating Future Generations of Scientists, Health Professionals, Teachers, Citizens

The core mission of the Department of Biology is to provide an outstanding education, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, preparing the next generation of leaders in the field and ensuring the nation’s future with a science-literate, educated public.

Students are exposed to an integrated approach to biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, in the context of our society. Our education emphasizes hands-on laboratory experience and the excitement of discovery through cutting-edge investigation conducted in our own nationally-recognized research laboratories.

We are committed to serving the needs of a student population with diverse backgrounds and goals, a geographic region rich in ecological complexity, and a community operating at the forefront of basic science, biotechnology and medicine.