In the Biological Sciences Department, you can choose a major or minor in Biology, Botany, or Zoology. Students who major in Biology may elect to specialize in one of several concentrations: Cellular/Molecular Biology, Ecology, General Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, or Science Education (Life Science Teacher Preparation). All majors emphasize hands-on learning and personal interaction with faculty members. Many courses take advantage of the outstanding natural environment surrounding Humboldt State. Programs are structured to allow latitude for student choice in developing a program suitable to individual needs. There are also many opportunities for independent and faculty-mentored studies.
HSU graduates have an excellent record of acceptance into the top graduate schools in the country, as well as directly starting careers in a variety of wide-ranging and growing biological fields. Students interested in health-related professions should refer also to Pre-Professional Health Programs in the HSU catalog.
- Diverse faculty committed to undergraduate education and mentorship.
- Low student-to-faculty ratio.
- Wide-ranging courses and opportunities, including numerous specialized topics.
- Emphasis on hands-on learning.
- Excellent facilities available for undergraduates, including the Telonicher Marine Laboratory; ocean-going research vessel, The Coral Sea; Biotechnology Laboratory; Greenhouses; Vertebrate Museum; Herbarium; Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes; HSU Natural History Museum; and the CNRS Core Research Facility.
- Outstanding natural environments including ocean and estuarine areas, undeveloped coastal dunes, redwood forests, alpine and subalpine forests, and numerous state and national parks and forests.
- Rigorous coursework designed to prepare students for active careers and graduate study.
Core Courses (for all concentrations)
Lower Division (33-34 units)
BIOL 105 (4) Principles of Biology
BOT 105 (4) General Botany
CHEM 109 (5) General Chemistry I
CHEM 110 (5) General Chemistry II
MATH 105 (3) Calculus for the Biological Sciences & Natural Resources, or
MATH 109 (4) Calculus I
PHYX 106 (4) College Physics: Mechanics & Heat
STAT 109 (4) Introductory Biostatistics
ZOOL 110 (4) Introductory Zoology Upper Division (8 units)
BIOL 307 (4) Evolution
BIOL 340 (3) Genetics, and
BIOL 340L (1) Genetics Lab
Marine Biology Concentration Core courses plus:
BIOL 255 (3) Marine Biology
CHEM 228 (4) Brief Organic Chemistry
OCN 109/109L (3/1) General Oceanography/Lab
PHYX 107 (4) College Physics: Electromagnetism & Modern Physics, or
PHYX 118 (1) College Physics: Biological Applications Take all lower division courses before beginning upper division work. Upper Division
BIOL 330 (4) Principles of Ecology
BOT 356 (4) Phycology
FISH 310 (4) Ichthyology
ZOOL 314 (5) Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 430 (3) Intertidal Ecology, or
OCN 310 (4) Biological Oceanography
BIOL 350 (3) Cell Biology, or
BOT 310 (4) Gen. Plant Physiology, or
ZOOL 310 (4) Animal Physiology
One of the following:
BIOL 490 (1-2) Senior Thesis, or
BIOL 498 (2) Marine Biology Capstone Research, or
BIOL 499 (1-2) Directed Study At least one advanced marine biology elective from the following list, or from any optional course NOT taken above.
BIOL 418 (3) Marine Microbiology
BOT 553 (3) Marine Macrophyte Ecology FISH 375 (3) Mariculture
FISH 435 (4) Biology of Marine Fishes
OCN 410 (3) Zooplankton Ecology ZOOL 530 (3) Benthic Ecology
ZOOL 552 (3) Advanced Invertebrate Zoology
ZOOL 556 (4) Marine Mammalogy