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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Majors

Scroll down to read about the two bachelor's degree programs and four minors offered by the department.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences

This degree program offers students a broad education in biology --  from molecules to ecosystems. It prepares students for  the biomedical fields, for teaching, for certification as an Associate Ecologist, Fisheries Biologist, or Associate Wildlife Biologist. The B.S. in Biological Science degree gives students technical competency in the six concentrations outlined below, and is an excellent base for graduate school studies.

Our students choose from among these six concentrations: anatomy and physiology, biology teaching, ecology, field and wildlife biology, marine biology and fisheries, molecular and cellular biology.

Read more biological sciences undergraduate concentrations at Cal Poly

Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology

Cal Poly is one of the few California State University or University of California campuses offering a laboratory-intensive Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.

The microbiology major prepares students for graduate school, professional studies or post-baccalaureate careers in industrial microbiology, food and dairy microbiology, and biotechnology, as well as in public health microbiology, epidemiology, or clinical laboratory scientist programs.

The major consists of a core of freshman courses that provide students with a basic foundation in key biological principles, including an introduction to organismal, cellular, and molecular biology, as well as evolution, ecology and biodiversity. In their sophomore year, students receive hands-on training in manipulation of microorganisms, as well as an understanding of microbial cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and ecology.

In their junior and senior years, students take specialized courses in medical microbiology, immunology, microbial physiology, genetics, virology, and cell biology. Under the direction of their faculty advisors, students also choose elective courses related to their career goals or plans.

Go to the Cal Poly Catalog for course and application details