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.


Grad Preview Week
Tuesday, October 26 - 11am
A question and answer session about the Biology graduate program

Graduate Studies presents our annual virtual Grad Preview Week, a series of program workshops, info-sessions, presentations, Cal State Apply application workshops, prospective student office hours, department events, showcasing graduate education and the opportunities San Francisco State has to offer. Please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 1886 2777
Passcode: 017888



New Tenure Track Professor Search
Health Equity Biology TT Position

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Health Equity Research beginning August 2022. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community/department/program. Read more about the position here.

Submit all materials online to PageUp by October 15, 2021. Review of applications will start on  October 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
Please direct all questions about the position to: the chair of the Health Equity Search Committee, Dr. Sally Pasion,


New Certificate in Climate Change Causes, Impacts and Solutions!

For more information, please go to our Climate HQ website and visit the Bulletin. To indicate your possible interest in signing up for the Certificate, please respond to the following very short survey (this is not a commitment; just a show of interest!)



More Events and News Below


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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