College of Science

Department of Biology and Chemistry

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

COS Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry Digs Deeper Into Autonomous Weeders

Dr. Elizabeth Mosqueda, a Bob and Sue Johnson Assistant Professor of Crop Management at CSUMB, was featured in Ag Net West highlighting her research evaluating the effectiveness of autonomous weeders in Salinas Valley.

Honoring Dr. Henrik Kibak, 2021 CSUMB President’s Award Recipient

Dr. Henrik Kibak, former College of Science Professor of Biology, was recently awarded the 2021 President's Award and honored during the Employee Appreciation Virtual Event.

CSUMB and UCSC to Launch Program on Postdoctoral Training and Mentorship

Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, is currently serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) on a collaborative program between California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Biology Alumnus recently appointed as California Sea Grant and Cal Poly Aquaculture Specialist

Dr. Kevin Johnson was recently appointed as the new California Sea Grant and Cal Poly Aquaculture Specialist and Research Scientist.