Location: HSCI 104
Biological Sciences, CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
Department Office: HSCI 104
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8-12noon, 1-5PM
Phone: 562-985-4806 Fax: 562 985-8878.
«Want to get information about our Programs?:
Download PDF Forms for the Graduate Program in Biology/ Microbiology:
These materials must be submitted by mail or in person to the Graduate Office, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
Download forms for applying for a TA/GA position:
Note: Returning TA's and GA's: Submit the Teaching Associate/Graduate Assistant Application for Employment for Spring 2014.
New TA's and GA's: Submit the Teaching Associate/Graduate Assistant Application for Employment for Spring 2014 and an SC1 Form
Who's Who in Biological Sciences:
Department Chair: Dr. Brian Livingston
Health Professions Advisors:
A Few facts about our Department:
The Department of Biological Sciences offers five degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Master of Science in Biology, and a Master of Science in Microbiology. The B.S. in Biology has, in addition to a general option, six specialized options in Biology Education, Botany, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Physiology, and Zoology.
The Department occupies facilities in four science buildings. Courses and student research in organismal biology and ecology are enhanced by a marine biology laboratory with an extensive seawater system, greenhouses, and research and teaching collections of algae, vascular plants, invertebrates (including insects), and vertebrates. Because the campus is near the ocean, mountains, and deserts, the Department is able to offer a number of field and laboratory courses in botany, ecology, entomology, marine biology, and vertebrate zoology. Courses and student research opportunities are available in biotechnology and experimental biology. State-of-the-art facilities are available for graduate and undergraduate research in the W. M. Keck Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory, and electron microscope facility.
The Department of Biological Sciences also participates in the Desert Studies Consortium and the Southern California Marine Institute
Financial Support, Assistantships
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a limited number of teaching associate and graduate assistant appointments. Forms requesting consideration for these appointments are available in the Department Graduate Office. Duties consist of approximately 20 hours per week devoted to preparation and/or instruction in general undergraduate laboratory classes. These appointments are limited to a maximum of six semesters per individual.
The Department also has a limited number of technical assistant positions as well as some hourly employment. Several members of the faculty have grants which provide for research assistantships. A number of scholarships are available through the University. Check our scholarships page for more information
Graduate and Health Professional Preparation
In addition to preparing students for careers in teaching, industry, and government, the undergraduate programs in this Department provide preparation for advanced study at the graduate level and for entry into various health professional schools. Students should consider the degree requirements listed in the as minimal; some graduate schools, professional schools, or careers may require additional coursework in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biological sciences.
Students desiring entrance into a graduate school to obtain a master's or doctoral degree in some area of the biological sciences should determine the entrance requirements for the school(s) of interest early in their undergraduate years. Specifically, students contemplating graduate work in mathematically oriented areas of the biological sciences should consider taking more calculus (MATH 122, 123, 224, and 364A or 370A will substitute for MATH 119A and 119B) and those contemplating graduate work in chemically oriented areas should consider taking additional chemistry (CHEM 251; 320A,B; 377A,B; 441A,B).
Students desiring entrance into one of the various health-related professional schools including chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary, or to a graduate program in physical therapy, should consult with the Health Professions Office of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (FO5-109) for more information. Most of these schools do not require students to major in any particular discipline and many do not even require a bachelor's degree; rather, they want students who have done well in their major and who also took the prerequisite courses required by that particular school.
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