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Department of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences
Craig Vierra
Department Co-Chair and Professor of Biology
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at University of the Pacific. Our department prides itself on its enthusiasm for discovery, passion for learning, and commitment to training and educating students, as well as flexible programs of study that prepare students to pursue careers in advanced degrees in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology or zoology.

As a student of Biological Sciences at Pacific, you will work with faculty members who have expertise in a variety of different biological systems; explore your field of study through numerous undergraduate experiential learning and research opportunities; and enjoy small upper-division classes that allow direct student-faculty interactions, as well as the use of modern facilities and cutting-edge biological instrumentation.

Dr. Craig Vierra with StudentsThe (Spider) Silk Road

Dr. Craig Vierra and students in the Department of Biological Sciences have been spinning and toiling to replicate black widow spider silk, one of the strongest materials to be found in nature. Their advances could change everything from what we wear to how we build. Listen to Dr. Vierra on Academic Minute >>

Our programs prepare students for health-based professional fields that include dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, nursing or physical therapy. Faculty advisers closely interact with the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry admissions committees to facilitate student transition from pre-professional to professional programs. The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree. The M.S. Program enables students to work closely with faculty members in research and in teaching.