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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Zoology

Baby elephantThe Department of Biology offers a comprehensive program of coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Zoology. This degree program provides students with a strong core curriculum, including course-work in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Within biology, students gain a broad background in animal biology through coursework in evolutionary biology, ecology, behavior, and anatomy and physiology of both vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The program of electives is flexible, allowing students, upon consultation with an advisor, to design a course of study appropriate for their needs and interests. Where applicable, fieldwork in courses is emphasized, including instruction at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Other courses emphasize laboratory work through which students gain hands-on experience with the latest equipment and techniques.

A close association is maintained with the California Academy of Sciences, where extensive research collections of insects, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals are available for a wide variety of studies by advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Also nearby, the San Francisco Zoological Garden offers numerous opportunities for ecological and behavioral studies of native and exotic animals.  In addition, courses such as Herpetology, Ornithology, Entomology, Mammology and Natural History of the Vertebrates emphasize field trips to diverse sites throughout California. 

On-campus facilities include fully-equipped teaching and research laboratories; several museums with zoological specimens and an herbarium; a variety of large and small growth chambers; two greenhouses; an insectary, aquatic culture rooms; photographic, drafting, and illustration rooms; and scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Zoology is an appropriate degree for students planning graduate work in ecology and systematic biology, entomology, evolutionary biology, animal behavior, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, or related areas.

There are multiple options for meeting the GWAR requirement (course name must have GW) - consult with advisor. GWAR course must be completed with a C or better to meet graduation requirements 


Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Zoology
Degree Requirements

B.S. Biology: Concentration in Zoology Degree Description from SF State Bulletin

B.S. in Biology:  Concentration in Zoology (pdf)

Suggested 4-year plan for zoology majors (pdf)

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