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


The Department of Biological Sciences offers three undergraduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, 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.

The program of studies is sufficiently flexible to prepare students to pursue careers in cell and molecular biology, botany, microbiology, physiology or zoology as graduate students. Programs in the department also prepare students for professional fields such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, medical technology, nursing or physical therapy.

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 also are 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.