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The Department of Biology and Chemistry is home to the Biology undergraduate degree and several minors.

The Monterey Bay area is a prime location for a biology major - with easy access to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, rugged Big Sur mountains and coastline, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve, Salinas Valley agriculture, and other biologically-rich destinations. The concentrations offered in this major connect students to the concepts surrounding biodiversity, habitats, ecology, genomics, bioinformatics, and science education. Skills gained throughout this program help prepare students for careers in biological labs, museum curation, environmental consulting, health science, teaching, or advancement to graduate-level programs.

Biology & Chemistry News

  • The School of Natural Sciences transforms into Three New Departments Beneath the College of Science

    The School of Natural Sciences was once home to four undergraduate majors and two graduate programs: Environmental Science, Technology & Policy (BS), Marine Science (BS, MS), Biology (BS), Environmental Studies (BA) and Environmental Science (MS). With a growing student body and a desire to meet the needs of all students, this large academic unit recently split into three new departments under the College of Science.

  • CSUMB Science Faculty, Researchers, and Students are at the Forefront of Agricultural Innovations

    The state of California is aiming to establish more sustainable, safe and efficient agricultural practices - and CSUMB faculty, researchers and students are leading the way!

  • Formula for Student Success

    Over the past four years, assistant professor John Goeltz has built the Laboratory for Applied Electrochemistry at CSUMB with a plan for long-term sustainability and with two main goals in mind: to create “whole” scientists and increase traditionally under-represented populations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

  • Assistant Professor helps decode white shark genome

    Dr. Nate Jue, Assistant Professor within the School of Natural Sciences, recently collaborated with an international team of researchers to decode the entire genome of the white shark. The results of this collaborative research mark a major scientific breakthrough in understanding the biology of this apex predator, particularly in regards to its evolutionary adaptations. The findings from this research were recently published in the scientific journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Biology and Chemistry