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Sac State Biology

Our Department provides many undergraduate and graduate degrees and prides itself on making the well-being, education, and training of our students a top priority.


The Department no longer has a pre-major

Research Opportunities

Our faculty have diverse and exciting research interests, including topics such as bacterial diversity, genetics, neurodevelopment, functional morphology, marine biology, wetland ecology, evolutionary biology, and tropical fish biology. This research has been supported by local, state, and federal funding agencies, including the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology and the National Science Foundation. We are also affiliated with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories near Monterey. All of our research directly includes both undergraduate and graduate students and mentorship is highly valued. Students also regularly present at local and national conferences and have co-authored journal articles.


The Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) Project aimsto provide students majoring in the Biological Sciences with authentic research experiences in the classroom. This is being achieved through the redesign and coordination of 12 laboratory courses, all focused on a common theme – the human impacts of the American River Ecosystem.The SIRIUS Project was developed in the Biology Department and has now expanded to other departments on campus, including Chemistry, Geology and Environmental Studies, with Biology majors playing a major role in ongoing River research.