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B.S. in Biological Sciences California State University San Marcos



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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.

Modern biological science has progressed from the purely analytical to now include manipulative capability. Recombinant DNA techniques enable the investigator to generate specified changes in components of organisms for the purpose of better understanding some process, and in some cases to introduce new traits that will be of practical usefulness to society. The Cal State San Marcos program in biological sciences exposes students to cloning techniques, illustrates the techniques involved as part of their general education, and trains them for research positions. Society is the beneficiary of modern technology and is also at its mercy. Products of the industrial process and of our use of natural resources can perturb the dynamic balance in the environment, and by leading to the extinction of species, reduce the diversity of living forms. The Biological Sciences Department addresses fundamental problems in the ecological and environmental sciences. The Biological Sciences Department has well-equipped, modern laboratories.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences 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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.S. in Biological Sciences.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 units)

Tuition fees

$17,216.00 (12,19,690) per year

Given fee includes all mandatory campus fees


21-Jan-20, 31-Aug-20


College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Craven Hall 6211,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent with Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following: TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14; IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0; Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible); Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS or TOEFL score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.7.

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