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.

We welcome all aspiring biologists who want to contribute to their communities and to the world.
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Explore Biology Opportunities


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Explore SF State—Admitted Students Day

Explore SF State—Admitted Students Day
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

San Francisco State University invites admitted students and families to our annual Admitted Students Day. Explore SF State is your chance to meet members of the SF State community who will be your guide to making our campus your future home.

Participate in a variety of programs, including the academic fair, workshops on financing your education, campus tours and a comprehensive student life showcase.

Please visit the following website to RSVP and for more detailed information about the event:

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Biology Zoom Recording - Information for Prospective Students and Their Families

Listen to our Zoom session and learn more about the Biology Department at SF State University!





  • Welcome and Main Session
  • Get to know our students
  • Explore majors and concentrations
  • Discover ways to get involved
  • Learn about pre-health profession support

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Summer Biology classes at Sierra Nevada Field Campus

Study Biology in the Tahoe National Forest this summer at SF State’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Registration is now open for accredited summer 2023 courses, starting in June and July.

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Biology Recognition Ceremony for graduates of Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023

Location: Cox Stadium at San Francisco State
Date: Saturday, May 27th 2023
Time: Ceremony will be: 10am-12pm

  • Graduating students FREE

  • Guest Tickets $15

Tickets Information

1.    Navigate to to reserve your tickets. 

2.    Click on the LOGIN button at the top right of the webpage, use the Student/Faculty/Staff Login option. 

3.    Use your SFSU email and password to login. Complete the appropriate authentication through Duo. 

4.    You may be asked to fill out your profile before proceeding back to the home page. You will need to do this before you can proceed. 

5.    Once completed, you should see your Department’s Graduation Celebration event listed.  

6.    Click on “Get Tickets” next to your event to start your order!  

8.    You will be able to purchase up to 25 guest tickets. If you need additional tickets, please let us know at the email listed below. 

9. You may also need to fill out some questions requested by your department before you can proceed. 

10. Once you complete your order, you will receive your tickets in your email. You’ll need to forward guest tickets to your guests, they will be required to show their ticket at the door. 

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Climate Change Certificate

Earn a Climate Change Certificate - Apply by May 31

Earning Climate Change Certificates works differently from earning degrees at SF State. There is no need to apply for or declare the Certificate. Instead, follow these 3 steps:

Step 1: Complete the Certificate Coursework
Step 2: Pay Certificate Program Fee
Step 3: Complete a CAP Form

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