Mission Statement

Students using microscope.

We, the Department of Biological Sciences, are a diverse academic community of teacher-scholars and student-scientists engaged in exploring the wonder and diversity of life at all levels of biological organization, including cells, organisms, and ecological systems. The faculty utilizes evidence-based teaching strategies to provide students at Stanislaus State with a broad exposure to the concepts, processes, and approaches of the biological sciences. We offer students comprehensive academic advising, career mentoring, and research opportunities. Biology majors develop the skills to formulate and evaluate hypotheses, critically interpret data, and communicate with others. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering and empowering the development of life-long learners of science, including scientists, health professionals, educators, civic leaders, and citizens in a society that requires high levels of biological literacy. Together, the Department works to expand our collective understanding of biology and to promote a greater appreciation of the importance of biodiversity and biological processes in our society.

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About the Department

Naraghi Hall of Science

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs of study in the life sciences for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, a Master of Science in Marine Sciences, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences, or Master of Science in Genetic Counseling.

Students may also elect to complete a concentration in 1) General Biology, 2) Molecular, Cellular, and Microbial Biology, or 3) Organismal, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology as part of either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. Students interested in marine biology and oceanography may elect coursework at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories for partial fulfillment of their in-residence major and degree requirements.

Mandatory Advising

The Biology major is academically challenging and requres substantial coursework. To help students make good decisions about how to progress through the major in an efficient and successful manner, biology majors must meet with their major advisor during the fall and spring academic semesters before registering for classes. 

Dr. Wooley with a student

Updated: June 28, 2022