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.
Laura Burrus, Chair



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List Serve for EECB and Natural Resources Opportunities

We have a list serve for EECB and Natural resources opportunities.  Posts include jobs, conferences, internships and other opportunities.    Please help us build this resource by sending announcements that you receive to to be distributed broadly.  All people are welcome.  We currently have over 200 students participating.



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Global Change Ecology - Fall 2022

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track. Assistant Professor position in Global Change Ecology to begin August 2023. We seek applicants conducting research in Global Change Ecology, broadly defined (e.g., climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, invasive species).

We welcome scientists developing an externally funded research program towards a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the effects and consequences of global change on ecological systems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and coupled natural-human systems across temporal and spatial scales. Research foci may include nature-based adaptation solutions to reduce the causes and impacts of global change (e.g., sea level rise, carbon emissions, fire, ocean acidification, nutrient pollution, hypoxia, etc.). We are open to all research approaches, including experimental field-based research, computational or mathematical modeling, and/or machine learning within the context of natural communities or at the urban/natural ecosystem interface. The successful candidate may also address how social justice and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge fits into understanding and addressing global change through research or outreach. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the SFSU academic community by working on important and relevant research areas, whose teaching and research engages our diverse student body and improves their academic success, and whose service is meaningful to our institution as well as the broader community.



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Climate Change Certificate For Spring 2022

Earn a Climate Change Certificate by June 15!

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



Newsletter, Winter 2022

SF State Biology Magazine

We are pleased to present the fourth edition of BioCONNECT. This issue aims to highlight the work the department is doing to serve our students by spotlighting the anti-racist efforts by those in our ranks.

We hope you are enjoy this issue and please consider donating to the Biology department.

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