Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Bachelor of Art (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), a minor in Biological Sciences, and Certificate in Issues in Natural Resource Management. See the Sac State Catalog for complete description of our course, degree, and certificate offerings. Entry requirements and an outline of the undergraduate program are below. 

The Major

Current Entry Requirements (through Spring 2015)* 

Students meeting the pre-major requirements will 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.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees

They have the same core course work, but the BS degree requires an additional 12-19 units of upper division units, depending on concentration. In general, those graduating with the BS degree are well prepared for graduate school in biology, while those with the BA have the flexibility to select additional courses outside of biology to prepare them for careers that require greater breadth of preparation.

Concentrations (BS only)

  • General Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation
  • Forensic Biology
  • Microbiology