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Biological Sciences

A single nerve cell, transmitting electrical impulses in a continuous chain of stimulus and response. A wind-polished cypress tree, its roots digging deeper into the soil with every passing season. A patient receiving chemotherapy to help target and destroy the cancer invading her body. Each of these situations, and every function of every living being, is within the scope of interest of a major in biological sciences. Providing excellent preparation for graduate or professional study or for a career in virtually any field, the biological sciences program at UC Davis gives you access to world-class faculty, exciting research and internship opportunities and a wealth of library and laboratory resources.

Real World

UC Davis biological sciences graduates find they are well prepared to apply to graduate and professional schools in the biological and health sciences and to enter careers in fields such as industrial research and development, field studies and lab work. Potential employers include private sector and government agencies involved in basic biology, the environment and agriculture.

Major Requirements

You will begin your studies with foundation courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The broad nature of the major allows you to take coursework in many different aspects of the biological sciences, from molecular biology and genetics to animal behavior and plant growth and development. Candidates for the bachelor of arts will also study the history and philosophy of biological science and the diversity of the animal, plant and microbial kingdoms. At the upper division level within the bachelor of science program, you will take courses spanning the breadth of biology, then choose an area of specialization from such diverse fields as marine biology, neurobiology, physiology and behavior, or molecular and cellular biology.

Major Adviser

Name: Tori Hollowell, Patricia Herthel, Mara Evans and Erin McMurry
Contact: trhollowell@ucdavis.edu, paherthel@ucdavis.edu, maevans@ucdavis.edu, emcmurry@ucdavis.edu, 530-752-0410


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