Undergraduate Programs

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

The Major

Entry Requirements

The Biological Sciences major is impacted. However, unlike other impacted majors on campus, students interested in majoring in Biological Sciences are not required to submit a supplemental application. Instead, students who identify Biological Sciences as their preferred major when they apply to the University are designated Pre-Biological Sciences majors (“Pre-majors”). After arriving on campus, Pre-majors are required to get mandatory advising at the Natural Sciences Advising Center (NSAC) to check that they have not already violated the Pre-major requirements (see below) and are eligible to continue as Pre-majors or matriculate into the Major. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Major requirements, students are guaranteed a spot in the major.

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 above
  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.

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

The BA and BS programs require the same core course work, but the BS degree requires an additional 12-19 units of upper division units, depending on the concentration. Students should make an appointment with their assigned academic adviser when they matriculate into the major. Advisers help students choose the appropriate degree program for their interests and career goals.

Concentrations (BS only)

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