Biological Sciences (Ecology Concentration), B.Sc. | California State University San Marcos | San Marcos, United States
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Biological Sciences (Ecology Concentration)

48 months
15246 USD/year
15246 USD/year
5742 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Biological Sciences (Ecology Concentration) program offered by the California State University San Marcos exposes students to cloning techniques, illustrates the techniques involved as part of their general education, and trains them for research positions.


Biological Sciences (Ecology Concentration) is the study of living processes from the interaction of species with each other and their environment to the operant molecular mechanisms. The California State University San Marcos Biological Sciences Department presents a broad program of courses that deal with life on the ecosystem, population, organismal, and molecular levels. Life is a complicated series of chemical reactions and interactions, and we seek to understand the relationship of organisms to each other, to their environment, and within themselves in biochemical terms. Biological Sciences majors may choose between: 1) a general concentration, 2) a molecular and cellular biology 3) an ecology concentration and 4) a physiology concentration. The general concentration provides wide exposure to the range of biological sciences while the cell/molecular, ecology, and physiology concentrations offer majors the opportunity to focus their studies. With an appropriate choice of biological sciences electives and General Education electives, graduates can meet the requirements of admission to graduate, medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, and other professional schools.

The Biological Sciences Department has well-equipped, modern laboratories. The academic atmosphere is enriched by a close faculty/student interaction (reminiscent of prestigious, small liberal arts colleges), and by numerous field trips to research facilities and sites in the area. Students receive training that will enable them to gain rewarding employment in a number of areas, including teaching, research, the health sciences, biotechnology, ecology, and environmental science.

Career Opportunities

The laboratory-intensive curriculum in the Biological Sciences prepares graduates for a wide variety of career paths. Biological Science majors can pursue a career in the teaching of biology at the college, high school or middle school levels. Graduates of our program are also extremely qualified to pursue advanced degrees in the fields of allied health, environmental and patent law, and all areas of biology. Employers in fields such as biotechnology, natural resources management, environmental monitoring, and research branches of the U.S. Government also seek graduates in biological sciences. The biological sciences degree program at Cal State San Marcos prepares its graduates to successfully pursue any of these opportunities and more.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Natural History of Southern California
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Ecol. Proc. in Aquatic Systems
  • Marine Communities
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Terrestrial Plant Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Completion of preparatory A–G Courses
  • Test Scores (SAT and ACT)
  • Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including CSUSM, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–12th grade A-G courses.
  • University Application
  • All official academic records
  • Official English translations of all academic records
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5742 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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