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Academics

The Department of Biological Sciences provides curricula leading to a BS or a BA in Biological Sciences, a minor in Biological Sciences and a master's of science degree that will prepare students for entry into PhD programs. As the most popular major in the College, admission into these programs is highly competitive.

Programs of study are flexible to prepare students to pursue careers in advanced degrees in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology or zoology. Our programs also prepare students for health-based professional fields that include dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, nursing or physical therapy. Faculty advisers closely interact with University of the Pacific's 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.

No matter what career objective, the student is exposed to the major areas of the biological sciences, and thus may make an intelligent, well-informed choice of specialization in post-baccalaureate study. Preparation for admission to the undergraduate program should include high school work in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, biology, chemistry and physics.

Many students participate in undergraduate research (BIOL 197). Over a period of one or more semesters these students closely interact with faculty on research projects and get hands-on experience with modern research instruments. Stipends are available to selected undergraduates for summer research. Awardees are given the title of Hornage Undergraduate Research Fellow. Students are also encouraged to participate in Co-op/Internship experiences at dental offices, medical clinics, Micke Grove Zoo and other work areas.

Information in these pages may not reflect the latest changes to the curriculum and program requirements; for the most current information, please visit the Pacific Course Catalog.