Department of Biology

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Program Description

The Biology Program at CSU Dominguez Hills is designed to provide students with intensive progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science.

The Biology Department offers students seven programs from which to choose: 1) An undergraduate program which awards the Bachelors of Arts Degree; 2) Three undergraduate major options that award the Bachelor of Science Degree: a Cellular and Molecular Biology Option, and Ecology and Environmental Biology Option and a Microbiology Option; 3) Two minor programs: a General Minor and a Microbiology Minor; 4) A Biological Science Subject Matter Preparation Program fro students pursuing a secondary teaching credential; 5) A Graduate Program which awards the Master of Science Degree.

Career Possibilities

A student in the Biology Department will be prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities, depending on the curricular program chosen. An undergraduate major may choose any of the options. The Cellular and Molecular Biology Option can fulfill the major entrance requirements for professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, and medical technology, or prepare the student for further graduate study in biology. Biology graduates from CSU Dominguez Hills have competed successfully for admission to professional and graduate schools in California elsewhere. Students also may use the Cellular and Molecular Biology Option to prepare for careers in teaching, research, government, academia or the biotechnology industry. The Ecology and Environmental Biology Option will prepare students for graduate studies or careers with federal, state, and local agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), consultants and careers in teaching, among others. The Microbiology Option provides training in microbiology, medical microbiology, immunology, and related courses (virology, mycology, and parasitology) for students interested in a career in applied biology, biomedical research or allied fields.

Students may prepare for a career in teaching at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program". Completion of such program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential. Interested students should consult the designated advisor from the department for more information.

The Master of Science program in Biology will provide students with an in-depth background suitable for pursuing a career in biological research, teaching or in a related field such as a public health, psychology and human services. Students may develop a program of courses and research that is tailor-made to their individual needs within the areas of expertise of their advising faculty. The graduate program also can establish a strong foundation for professional training in medicine, dentistry, paramedical areas and Ph.D. programs.

Academic Advisement

The Biology Department requires that each semester prior to or during registration, students meet with their biology adviser to review their progress, select new courses, update their advisement file (departmental files are maintained for all majors and graduate students), and to discuss any special problems they may have encountered.

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The MS Program in Biology is more accessible than ever - see the program flatsheet, the current catalog for the latest information, as well as the graduate handbook.

All applicants to our MS Program are required to complete a Cal State Apply application for admission. Check the university graduate program application page for more information. 

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