Impaction of Biological Sciences major at Sacramento State Effective Fall, 2015

The Department of Biological Sciences currently has the highest student-faculty ratio of any surveyed Biology department in the CSU system. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all prospective undergraduate students and have declared Impaction, beginning Fall, 2015. At this time students will only be accepted on a limited and competitive basis. 

Current Entry Requirements (through Spring 2015)* 

Students meeting the pre-major requirements will be automatically be matriculated to Biological Sciences majors.

Pre-Major Requirements

  1. Completion of all pre-major courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of 'C' or better: BIO 1, CHEM 1 A, BIO 2, STAT 1 and GE Area A2, Written Communication (3 units from ENG 5, 5M, 11, or 11M)

  2. A GPA in the pre-major courses of 2.5 or better

  3. If a student earns less than a 'C' in a pre-major course they may attempt to repeat the course. If so, only their 2nd grade will be used for requirements 1-2. No further attempts will be considered.

  4. Completion of at least 30 units of college course work

*Entry Requirements, beginning Fall 2015

Due to Impaction, entrance to the Biological Sciences major will require the completion of pre-major coursework (above), followed by a GPA-based selection process. Students who have not yet completed the requirements but intend to pursue the degree will be designated "Expressed Interest in Biological Sciences". Once they have met the criteria, they will be eligible for the GPA-based selection process. Students wishing to transfer and enter the Biological Sciences major must complete the entry requirements above prior to transfer.

GPA-based selection process: students will be rank ordered according to their GPA across pre-major courses (those from requirement 1, above). The department will take as many students as it can accommodate. Early research indicates the minimum successful GPA will be somewhere around 2.7-2.8, depending on the applicant pool. There is no GPA that guarantees admittance.

Q:  What does this mean if I plan to transfer to CSUS as a Biological Sciences major?

A:  You should complete the pre-requisite (required) courses with good grades, and transfer soon afterwards

Q:  Are these requirements new?

A:  Actually, these requirements have been in place for two years already, as part of a “pre-major”; however, with a pre-major, all students who have completed the courses are accepted into the major.  With impaction, not everyone will be accepted. Those who are taking pre-major courses are called "Expressed Interest in Biological Sciences".