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Biological Sciences Department


What does the Department of Biological Sciences offer students? A personalized educational experience that encompasses the theoretical, quantitative and applied aspects of the biological sciences. The impetus to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The opportunity to take advantage of advanced elective options. Student clubs that focus on botany, entomology, Chicanos and Latinos in Health Education and other interests. Access to practical laboratory, field experiences and special programs and institutions, such as our summer course in the Amazon forest. Our curriculum prepares students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in fields that range from biotechnology to health care to field biology. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees cover a wide range of concentrations, including molecular biology, microbiology, physiology, conservation biology and ecology.

Honors Program

Students may apply for the honors program in Biology in BS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Systems Physiology.

Students wishing to complete the honors program must:

1. Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in courses required in the major,

2. Have an overall SJSU GPA of 3.0 or higher, and

3. Complete Biology, Botany, or Zoology 186 "Senior Thesis".

Senior thesis courses involve the student in the completion of a research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member. As such, the research project must be on a mutually agreed upon topic. It is recommended that the student submit a proposal for research to the faculty member and have that proposal approved in the last semester of his/her junior year. The student is required to present the results of the research in written form and as a seminar.