What will I learn?

The Biology Department at the University of La Verne strives to provide its students of all ages with an education rich in the theories, applications, and values vital to promoting professional development and the quality of life of Earth.

We accomplish this pursuit through teaching, research, and action. Small classes offer a unique student-centered academic environment. Joint research projects between faculty and students encourage hands-on work and engaging laboratory outcomes. And between La Verne’s multiple research facilities in Montana and the singular Cultural and Natural History Collection – where you can examine the skull of a sabre-tooth cat up close – budding biologists are given the opportunity to literally be “in the field.”

We believe in four core emphases that affirm a positive and rewarding life for our students:

A Values Orientation: The Biology Department affirms a philosophy of life actively supporting peace and the appreciation and stewardship of our diverse environment. We encourage students to reflect on personal, professional, and societal values in the light of this affirmation.

Community and Diversity: The Biology Department promotes community within the context of diversity. Students should understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures that exist locally, nationally, and internationally. We also seek to promote appreciation and preservation of biodiversity by helping students and colleagues understand the impact and interdependence of human beings on our environment.

Lifelong Learning: The Biology Department commits itself to an approach to education that is lifelong in nature. We teach students how to learn, how to think critically, how to conduct and interpret responsible research, and how to access and integrate information for optimal preparation for both career growth and also for flexibility in a changing world.

Community Service: The Biology Department believes service should be a primary goal of the educated person. We drive our students to experience the responsibilities and rewards of humankind and the larger ecological community.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$44,700.00 per year
USD $22,350 per semester
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

Expected January, March 2022


University of La Verne

1950 Third Street,



91750, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school.

For international students

Students must have official high school transcripts.

TOEFL - 80 iBT or higher, 550 pBT or higher; IELTS - 6.5 overall band score or higher; SAT - 460 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the SAT; ACT - 19 or higher on the English section of the ACT; ELS - Satisfactory completion of ELS 112; Duolingo English Test 105 or higher; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Advanced score of 176 or higher; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Score of 53 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.