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Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
San Marcos, CA, United States
The Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology 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.
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Biology 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration) at the California State University San Marcos will:

  • Use the scientific method to ask testable questions and to design and conduct laboratory, field, or theoretical investigations to address these questions.
  • Apply knowledge of the major principles from the fundamental areas of 1) cellular and molecular biology, 2) genetics, 3) physiology, and 4) ecology and evolution to biological questions.
  • Employ mathematical and computational skills to organize, analyze, and evaluate biological data.
  • Locate, determine the reliability of, critically evaluate and summarize scientific literature and other sources of biological information.
  • Communicate biological information in an appropriate written and/or oral format to both scientific and general audiences.

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.

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:

  • Cellular Biotechnology
  • Foundations of Biotechnology
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Developmental Biol.
  • Plant Physiology
  • Medical Genetics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15246 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15246 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5742 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Marcos

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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