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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences

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Craig LaMunyon, Chair

Steve Alas
Peter Arensburger
Paul Beardsley
Edward Bobich
Andrea Alquati Bonisoli
Kristin R. Bozak
Nancy E. Buckley
John K. Chan
Jeremy Claisse
Wendy Dixon
Douglas Durrant
Sepehr Eskandari
Kristine B. Hartney
Juanita Jellyman
Glenn H. Kageyama
A. Kristopher Lappin
Joan Leong
Wei-Jen Lin
Junjun Liu
Erin Questad
Elizabeth Scordato
Bharti Sharma
Jayson Smith
Jamie Snyder
Christos Stathopoulos
Andrew D. Steele
Robert J. Talmadge
Ángel A. Valdés
Yuanxiang Zhao

The Biological Sciences Department offers bachelor’s degree programs in Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, and Biology. The department also participates in interdisciplinary minors in Environmental Health Specialist and Physiology. Concurrent enrollment in two of the majors offered by the Biological Sciences Department is not allowed.

For those planning a career as a secondary school teacher either middle school or high school, a Single Subject Credential in science is required. Before entering into a single subject credential program, students must demonstrate subject matter competency by either passing the appropriate state-approved examination (CSET) or completing a state approved subject matter preparation program in Biology.  Prospective teachers are encouraged to contact the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) early in their academic programs at cemast@cpp.edu or 909-869-4063.

Departmental facilities include molecular and organismal biology laboratories, greenhouses, controlled environmental units, a bioinformatics computing cluster, plant and animal collections, a confocal microscopy room, BioTrek Rainforest and Ethnobotany Learning Centers, and the Mesozoic Garden Learning Center. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education in computational and experimental techniques applied to molecular biology and biotechnology are supported by both our modern laboratory facilities and university-wide facilities. Ecological studies are facilitated by accessibility to natural habitats on campus and by the university’s proximity to desert, mountain, and seashore areas. Courses in terrestrial, marine and fresh water biology provide preparation for teaching, conservation, wildlife management, or graduate research in biology. Additional courses in the marine sciences are accessible through the CSU Ocean Studies Institute. A variety of field biology courses utilize the CSU Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, near Baker, California. Students majoring in biological sciences and who have at least a 3.0 GPA have the opportunity to join Beta Beta Beta, an honorary society in the Biological Sciences. In addition, students can join any of the other student organizations such as the Biological Sciences Club, Zoologists of Cal Poly, Microbiology Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, Biotechnology Club, and Journal Clubs.  For additional information contact the department office.

A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required in core courses in all Biological Sciences majors in order to receive a degree in that major.




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