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:
Cal Poly Pre-Dental Club
Our purpose as a club is to provide 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 San Luis Obispo County area to create relationships and learn from people who are living our future. We offer resources for many students - whether they want to be a dentist, dental specialist, assistant, dental hygienist, etc. We also work as a support group to help each other get into dental school with as much ease as possible. We hold manual dexterity workshops, visit dental schools, bring in guest dental speakers & admissions representatives, and give basic information on what classes to take and how to prepare for dental school.
The club also provides the opportunity to give back to our nearby communities through dental-related community service. We learn best from our peers who have done the same thing, so sharing our experiences and ideas knocks down all obstacles between us and our future as dentists. Some events we volunteer at include: Give Kids A Smile, CDA Cares, and other local San Luis Obispo community events
Our club was founded in 1999 by a student who is now a practicing dentist in San Luis Obispo!
Left: Photo courtesy of Cal Poly ASDA
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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for updated meeting times and locations and follow the Facebook page for more information.
Contact the advisor: Our faculty advisor is Cameron Shields, and she can be reached at email@example.com or at her CP phone number, which is 756-2906.
Our current Club President is Swethaa Manickam, and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta)
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 send us an email at email@example.com, or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CalPolyTriBeta for additional information. 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.
Left: Photo courtesy of Tri-Beta Club
The Biotechnology 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: CalPolyBiotech@gmail.com
Left: Photo courtesy of Biotech Club
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.