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Biology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

The Biology degree at California State University Northridge is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in biology as part of a liberal education in the arts and sciences.

Provided that careful attention is paid to the requirements for advanced (post-baccalaureate) and professional programs, the B.A. degree is appropriate for those students (1) preparing for dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine, (2) seeking a teaching credential or (3) intending to enter a graduate program. The B.A. degree is also suitable for careers in such areas as pharmaceutical sales and medical illustration (see Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional Information).

The Biology department has identified five learning outcomes to be achieved by its students as a result of completing one of its baccalaureate degree programs.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of (a) the structure and metabolism of cells, (b) the transmission and expression of genetic information, and (c) the immediate and long-term (evolutionary) consequences of interactions between organisms and their environment.
  • Students will demonstrate specialized knowledge in one or more disciplines of biology.
  • Students will be aware of and/or capable of using new and existing methods and technologies in these disciplines.
  • Students must demonstrate facility in applying the methods of scientific inquiry, including observation, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis.
  • Students will have the ability to engage the biology literature and to communicate scientific information verbally and/or in writing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Principles
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Topics in Stem Cell Biology
  • Medical Mycology

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    45

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
  • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
  • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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