Degrees & Programs

Students can choose between a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology. Those students who wish to become professional biologists, or to go into health careers, higher education, or to graduate school usually obtain a B.S. Those planning on using their Biology degree in lower education or as an advocation may be interested in the B.A. Our advisors can help you decide.

The program in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (a B.S. option) is offered to qualify students for California hospital traineeships which lead to state licensure as medical technologists. A postbaccalaureate program in Biotechnology prepares students for careers in genetic engineering and biotechnology. Classes are offered on the Hayward campus in well-equipped facilities, at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories located on Monterey Bay, and at a number of field locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,including the South San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Field Station, the Cleary Reserve, and the Garin Reserve adjacent to campus. Our Graduate Programs include all areas of biology and culminates in an M.S. in Biology or an M.S. in Marine Science.

Currently, the Department has two programs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health: the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and the Community College Summer Bridge; both programs are designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in biology nationwide.

Qualified upper division students can take graduate level courses and use them toward their degree requirements. Students must see the faculty who is teaching the course to determine if they are prepared to take a graduate level course.

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