Biology is the study of life, from vast continental and marine ecosystems to single microscopic cells. The primary goal of the Department of Biological Sciences at Cal State San Marcos is to help students develop the theoretical, practical, and analytical tools necessary to appreciate the breadth of biology and pursue their specific research interests and career goals. Toward this end, the department offers a diverse selection of small, student-centered courses taught by a faculty devoted to student success. In addition, Cal State San Marcos Biology students have exceptional opportunities to pursue cutting-edge research in well-equipped, modern laboratories.
As early as their sophomore year, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in faculty-supervised research projects which provide practical experience in experimental design, data collection and analysis, and oral/written presentation of experimental findings. This experience gives our graduates the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in fields such as biotechnology, natural resources management, and biology education, as well as opportunities to pursue advanced or professional degrees in the life sciences.
The CSUSM Biological Sciences Major and Impaction:
Biology is an impacted program. This status allows the Department to control the number of students in the program so that we can offer sufficient course sections to meet the needs of our majors. Admittance to the Biological Sciences major at CSUSM is through the CSU Apply Admissions Application for both First Year and Transfer students. When applying to CSUSM, prospective students must select Biological Sciences as their Primary major to be considered for entry into the spaces available, and they should select an alternate major if not admitted into the Biological Sciences major. After admission to CSUSM, students in other majors will not be able to change their major to Biological Sciences without permission from the Department. To request Departmental consideration of a change of major, complete the Interest in Major Change Form. These requests are reviewed once per semester and will be evaluated based on available capacity in the Biological Sciences major and performance in relevant coursework. Note that students may declare the Biological Sciences minor at any time.