Biological Sciences Major

Discover what you can learn and where a biological sciences major can take you.

We offer a comprehensive program in the biological sciences — one
of the fastest-growing job fields in the region. Students can focus on any of five different concentrations: biology education, general biology, ecology, molecular and microbial biology, and organismal biology. 

students in the classroom


  • How life works, from the smallest to the largest organisms Microbes, plants, and animals
  • Health sciences
  • Laboratory sciences
  • Marine biology, ecology, or other biology careers 

icon Learn

  • Formulate and evaluate hypotheses
  • Develop quantitative skills
  • Critically interpret data
  • Communicate with others
  • Understand fundamentals of evolution and diversity of life
  • Develop hands-on laboratory skills
  • Prepare for advanced education 


  • Careers in food industries, government and non-governmental organizations
  • Managers in environmental organizations and local laboratories
  • Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, clinical laboratory scientists
  • Genetic counselors 

iconCareer Opportunities

  • SupHerb Farms
  • Sensient Technologies
  • Hilmar Cheese
  • Certified Labs
  • Dust Bowl Brewing Company
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Merced County Department of Agriculture
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • River Partners
  • K-12 teachers in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties
  • Modesto Kaiser
  • Biotechnology industries 

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentrations in:
    -  Biology Education
    -  General Biology
    -  Molecular and Microbial Biology
    -  Ecology
    - Organismal Biology
  • Liberal Studies degree concentration in Biological Sciences
  • Biological Sciences minor
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
  • Master of Science in Marine Sciences 

Biology Student


"What I love about biology is that it answers all the questions you had about the world around you as a child."

Philip Gauthier
Biology Student