Biology, B.S.

Biology majors will study both the smallest parts of life — cells, molecules, genes — and the largest — the human body, the environment, the animal world.

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Program Intro

All CBU biology courses are taught by full-time faculty members who interact with students in the classroom and in the lab. Students will participate in research, complete an internship or have the opportunity to assist faculty members with research projects. About 90% of our biology students who have applied to medical and dental programs have been accepted, and 100% of those who have applied to pharmacy programs over the last 10 years have been accepted.

68 Units

*64-68 units

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3 Concentrations
23 Required Major Courses

*21-23 required major courses, depending on chosen concentration

Why Study Biology at CBU?

Research with faculty

Our faculty are personally invested in the students, and opportunities for students to be involved in research and student organizations are plenty. 

Prepare for graduate school

We are very proud of the success our graduates are having, especially those who were looking at pre-medical and pre-health professions. About 90% of our biology students who have applied to medical programs have been accepted, and 100% of those who have applied to pharmacy programs over the last 10 years have been accepted.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the B.S. in Biology:

Program Details

BIO 313: Genetics

The principles of genetics including the nature of genetic materials, chromosome mechanics, genetic recombination, and gene action.

BIO 330: Cell and Molecular Biology

An examination of the structure, ultrastructure, organization, and functions of cells.

BIO 380: Biology Seminar

This course will introduce and reinforce the skills necessary to perform biological research.

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  • Environmental Science Concentration
  • General Biology Concentration
  • Secondary Biology Education Concentration

Dennis K. Bideshi, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Microbiologist: M(CLS), M(ASCP)

Office Phone: 951-343-4397
Office Location: James Building (West), 200

Hyun-Woo (Andrew) Park, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Office Phone: 951-343-4766
Office Location: James Building, Room 201

Bruce Prins, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Department Chair, Biological Sciences
Program Director, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Office Phone: 951-343-4266
Office Location: James Building, 461

Taj Sangha

I have an interest in science and I want to become a doctor to help those in need. I like the community within the biology major and how the professors all want the best for me.

Taj Sangha '20

Antonio Diaz-Vega

I chose biology because I love the ocean. While in CBU's program, I have become more mature and determined. I know I have a lot of options, now, for the future.

Antonio Diaz-Vega '21

Kyle Moore

I chose biology because I want to help people and go to medical school. The teachers are really awesome and they are always there to help you if you have questions.

Kyle Moore '21

Student Opportunities: Lancer Farms and Gardens

The Lancer Farms and Gardens are planted on campus and include lavender and sunflowers, along with tomatoes, different types of lettuces and a citrus grove. The various plants and foods in Lancer Farms and Gardens are grown organically, without chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. A permaculture system allows the garden to utilize sustainable farming and gardening methods, along with creating a natural ecosystem. Students can utilize the garden in various classes or as part of extracurricular activities.

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Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's biology bachelor's program will be well prepared for various careers and/or graduate school. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Biologist
  • Teacher
  • Park Ranger
  • Museum Curator
  • Science Writer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Toxicologist
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Climatologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Zoologist
  • Animal Care Worker
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Botanist
  • Environmental Scientist

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Join our community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.