Department of Biology

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 are all designed to train and educate students to meet the challenges of leadership roles in the biological sciences. We invite you to learn more about our mission and approach to education.


Please join us for our Biology Undergraduate Orientation on Friday, 8/20!

We have two separate orientations for first time freshmen (10-11:30am) and transfer students (1-2:30pm).

Please register for the orientation that applies to you! We look forward to seeing you and providing you with more information about Biology!
Can’t make your orientation? No worries! We will record each orientation session and upload them to our website.

First Time Freshmen Orientation:
Transfer Students Orientation:


Graduates hold SF State pennant

Prospective Students

Interested in studying biology? Develop your inner scientist at SF State.

  • Virtual Gator Days
  • What Students Say
  • Orientations

Biology student puts specimens into refrigerator

Undergraduate Students

Find resources and information for undergraduate Biology students.

  • Undergraduate Majors
  • Undergraduate Resources
  • Certificate in Biotechnology

    For questions about the Biology undergraduate program please email:

Marine biology students examine sea life in the lab

Graduate Students

Information and resources for Biology graduate students.

  • M.S. Concentrations
  • Genetic Engineering Certificate
  • Graduate Orientation

    For questions about the Biology graduate program please email:

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