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SFSU Biology Degree Programs

Biology Undergraduate Degrees

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 Botany
B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology (NEW! Info on the REVISED CMB degree)
B.S. in Ecology
B.S. in Marine Biology
B.S. in Microbiology
B.S. in Physiology (NEW!  Physiology Major Advising for Spring 2014, PDF)
B.S. in Zoology
B.S. in Clinical Science  (not accepting new students as of Fall 2008)
Minor in Biology (suspended as of Fall 2012)


Biology Graduate Degrees

Biology graduate students conduct their own research in a productive environment using state-of-the-art facilities. Their research is often published in scientific journals. It is common for students to travel to scientific meetings and present the results of their research in talks or posters.

SFSU biology grad students learn quickly the value and necessity of seeking extramural funding to support their research. Many of our students are successful in securing grants and fellowships.

There is a strong spirit of collaboration among biology grad students and faculty. While each student has a primary advisor, they have access to all faculty. Each thesis/project committee consists of three faculty members, and students can take advantage of the expertise of their committee. The Biology Graduate Program at SFSU is a thesis/project-only program (i.e., every graduate student must submit a M.S. thesis or Applied Research Project based on original research in biology). A minimum of 30 units of course work is also required.

We accept only those students who have been invited to join a faculty member's graduate lab. Accordingly, we strongly encourage potential applicants to make contact with faculty under whom they wish to study prior to submitting their application. Don't be shy about emailing faculty, as this is how we find out about potential students. Ask questions about expectations of faculty, research interests, financial support, what current and past students have done for their thesis/project, and what further opportunities do students have after they receive their M.S. Every lab and every graduate faculty member is different, so it is critical to communicate directly with professors.

Beginning in Fall 2020  we will offer the following Master's degree concentrations: