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Biological Sciences, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Chico, CA, United States
The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University Chico is committed to becoming Northern California's premier facility for the education of students, the creation of insightful researchers, skilled professionals, and knowledgeable citizens who will have the capacity to meet biological challenges of the future and will continue contributing towards our understanding of life. 
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Overview

Students who pursue a B.S. in Biological Sciences choose one of three options. The Cellular and Molecular Biology Option prepares students for professional programs, graduate studies in cellular and molecular biology, or entry level positions into the biotechnology industry. The Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology Option prepares students for positions within environmental and resource management or graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology. The Plant Biology Option prepares students for positions in habitat restoration, field botany, forestry or range management, agricultural biotechnology or graduate studies in plant biology.

The B.A. in Biological Sciences at California State University Chico is designed for students who plan to use biology as a foundation for a career in pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, biomedical product management, regulatory positions, and especially in secondary school science teaching. For students who intend to become secondary school teachers, this degree offers the necessary preparation for earning a single subject credential.

Microbiology majors choose either the Option in General Microbiology or Clinical Laboratory Science. The General Microbiology Option is designed to prepare students for careers in biotechnology, environmental or industrial microbiology, pharmaceutical and biomedical research, or graduate studies. The Clinical Laboratory Science Option prepares students for an internship to become a clinical laboratory scientist or public health microbiologist.

Faculty and Facilities

The faculty represent diverse academic backgrounds and are vitally interested in their students. In addition to teaching and advising, faculty are actively involved in research and scientific publication and encourage undergraduates to be involved in their research programs. Natural research sites such as Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve provide year-round research opportunities to undergraduates and graduate students.

The department has many well-equipped teaching and research facilities in addition to an electron microscope lab, natural history museum, herbarium, and several greenhouses.

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:
  • Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology
  • Principles of Physiology and Development
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Geology
  • Earth Science
  • Internship in Science Teaching
  • General Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    47

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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