Clubs & Organizations

Students in the Biological Sciences Department can gain career related experience by participating in clubs and organizations emphasizing career skills and connections. Current clubs associated with the Biological Sciences Department include:

American Student Dental Association Pre-Dental Club

Club member with children and puppets
Club members give brushing tips at a free dental clinic
on the Central Coast in 2011.
Photo courtesy Cal Poly ASDA 

The club educates and prepares students about the field of dentistry and various aspects of the dental profession. Our purpose as a club is to provide a source of information to educate and prepare students about the field of dentistry and various aspects of the dental profession. Through the club, we make contacts with professionals in the area of San Luis Obispo County to create relationships and learn from people who are living our future.

The club also provides the opportunity to give to our nearby communities through dental-related community service. Once we help you truly understand that dentistry is for you, we work as a support group to help each other get into dental school with as much ease as possible. We learn best from our peers who have done the exact same thing, so sharing our experiences and ideas knocks down all obstacles between us and our future as dentists.

We are also a pre-dental chapter of the ASDA which is represented in every dental school and in various undergraduate schools. Although we charge no club dues, to be a true member of ASDA you must apply through their website at The membership charge is $25 per year, and it includes a helpful handbook on all dental schools, a monthly newsletter, and a subscription to Mouth Magazine, a quarterly journal. If you don't want to spend the money to be part of the national club, you are more than welcome to be a part of our campus club here at Cal Poly.

American Medical Student Association

 AMSA is a pre-health professions society for students planning careers in health care fields. The American Medical Student Association is a pre-health professions society for students planning careers in health care fields. The club offers speakers from various health fields, assists in planning undergraduate study, provides an opportunity to get to know faculty, provides community service opportunities, and offers networking between fellow students with similar interests and goals. AMSA is a chance to begin preparing now for your work in the health care field.

Meetings are held every other Monday (except during finals and dead week) at 6:10 PM in Fisher Science 287. Check the calendar for dates. For more information,  Visit the AMSA website or join our group on Facebook : American Medical Student Association, or contact the advisor: Professor Emily Taylor,  Fisher Science Hall 265,  756-2616,  

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) 

Tri Beta Club members 2011
Tri-Beta Club members 2011
Photo Courtesy Tri-Beta Club

Tri-Beta is an honorary and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences. Tri-Beta is a national society affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences. The society emphasizes sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of biological research. The Epsilon Pi Chapter on the Cal Poly campus was founded in 1952 and is one of over 400 chapters in the nation. ANYONE can apply to become an associate member of Tri Beta. Before joining, members must:

  • have completed the first quarter of their second year in a four-year curriculum
  • have taken at least three biology courses, one of which cannot be an introductory course
  • have a B average or above overall or in their biology courses

Join us every other week (starting the second week of the quarter) in Fisher Science (33) room 289 at 11:10 a.m. To join Tri Beta, just pick up an application at one of our meetings, our club board, or ask Maureen in Fisher Science (33-281). The cost is $35 for an associate membership, $45 for a regular membership, and $10 to be promoted from associate to regular membership. These are one time fees resulting in a lifetime membership. All members receive a card and a certificate recognizing their membership. Regular members receive a Tri Beta key chain and honor chord for when they graduate.  Club advisor is Dr. Gita Kolluru,

The Biotechnology Club

Biotech Club members 2011
BioTech Club members at Fisher Science Hall 2011
Photo Courtesy BioTech Club 

The Biotechnology Club educates members about the wide application of biotechnology in industrial, medical, and agricultural fields. Club activities consist mostly of listening to guest speakers from the biotechnology industry and getting hands-on experience by touring their facilities. During the academic year, we meet for one hour every other Thursday at 11:10 a.m. (University Union hour) in Building 33 Room 287. Club members are also involved in the Biology Department tutoring that is under the direction of Tri-Beta. Throughout the school year, the club organizes trips to biotechnology companies. Past tours include Microbiology Lab at French Hospital, Baileyana Winery, MedImmune, Promega, and Santa Cruz Biotechnology. Future tours include Genentech, Baxter, and Central Coast Pathology. 
Contact the club at or
oin the Cal Poly Biotech Club Group on Facebook

The Wildlife Club

Wildlife Club members share an interest and concern for the environment. Activities are geared toward developing a realistic approach to solving problems involving animals and their habitats. The Wildlife Club coordinates hikes and trips, and informs people of volunteer and outreach programs to expand their environmental connections. The club is a source of knowledge and resources and aims to help members expand their interests and educational goals. The Wildlife Club faculty advisor is Dr. John Perrine ( .
Join the Cal Poly Wildlife Club Group on Facebook

Department Club Funding

The Biological Sciences Department Student Fund is available to clubs for special events or projects that benefit students in the department. The maximum funding available per event or project is $250. Clubs are limited to one request for funding per academic year although exceptions may be considered depending upon fund availability.

Procedure for requesting funds:

1. Complete an application form available from the department office.
2. Prepare a one-page description of the event or project for which funding is being requested. This description should include:

  • Name and Purpose of the Event
  • Background information on the event or project; how will it benefit students in the Biological Sciences Department?
  • Plans for publicity (if relevant).
  • Detailed Budget. List all expenditures associated with the event and all sources of funding.
  • Submit your request to the Biological Sciences Department at least one month prior to the event or the beginning of the project. Requests may be submitted at any time during the academic year.

The Student Services Committee will review all requests. Funds will be awarded on the basis of proposal merit and available funds.

A Project/Event Report must be filed with the Department within one month of the event. Forms are available from the Department Office. Future funding will depend upon the timely filing of the the completed Project/Event Report.