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Prospective Undergraduates

How to Apply

The Department of Biology provides a broad range of quality programs to meet student needs. To aid the student with directed interests, the department has grouped the courses into areas of concentrations described below.

High school graduates should have completed three years of mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry, and a year each of physics and chemistry. Community college transfers are urged to complete the following courses, listed in order of importance, to develop their major here with the least possible delay: inorganic chemistry, one-year sequence; organic chemistry lecture; physics, one-year sequence; general biology, one-year sequence. All classes should be college transferable. Transferring students should select a Major-specific advisor as soon as possible to develop a course sequence most appropriate to their needs.

Undergraduates in Biology at SFSU have the option of majoring in one of seven Bachelor of Science degrees or a Bachelor of Arts in General Biology. There is also a Minor in Biology. Each degree has specific requirements. Click on the links below to view:

Degree descriptions and requirements

B.A. in General Biology
B.S. in Clinical Science
Minor in Biology (suspended as of Fall 2012)