Biology

College of Science and Engineering
Dean: James C. Kelley

Department of Biology
HH 534
415-338-1548
http://www.sfsu.edu/~biology
Chair: John Hafernik

Graduate Coordinator: Robert Patterson

Graduate Advisers:
Cell and Molecular Biology/Microbiology—R. Ramirez
Conservation Biology/Ecology and Systematic Biology—R. Patterson
Marine Biology—S. Bollens
Physiology and Behavioral Biology—J. Reyes

Faculty

Professors—Antipa, Auleb, Arp, Barnes, Bayliss, Bernstein, Breckler, Carnal, Catena, Desjardin, Fiedler, Goldman, Goldstein, Hafernik, Josselyn, Kenyon, Larson, Markowitz, Morelli, Niesen, Parker, Patterson, Randall, Rothman, Stubbs, Williams

Associate Professors—Bollens, Márquez-Magaña, Perara, Routman, Smith, Spicer, Whalen

Assistant Professors—Burrus, Domingo, He, Martinez, Moffatt, Ramirez, Reyes

California Academy of Sciences Research Professors—Almeda, Baptista, Daniel, Drewes, Fritsch, Gosliner, Griswold, Jablonski, Kavanaugh, Kociolek, Mooi, Williams

Adjunct Faculty—Allen, Beck, Dickinson, Dugdale, Ferrari, Greenleaf, Irwin, Kline, Krause, Kushner, Layman, Lee, Lenarz, Leviton, Lowenstein, McCosker, Nur, Orrego, Pamatmat, Prager, Ralston, Ward, Weiss, Wilkerson

Programs

B.A. in Biology, General
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Botany
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Ecology
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Marine Biology and Limnology
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Physiology
B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Zoology
B.S. in Clinical Science
Minor in Biology
Certificate in Biotechnology
M.A. in Biology, General
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Conservation Biology
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Ecology and Systematic Biology
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Marine Biology
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology
M.A. in Biology: Concentration in Physiology and Behavioral Biology
Certificate in Genetic Engineering


Program Scope

The Department of Biology provides a broad range of programs to meet student needs. Course work ranges from introductory biology to specialized courses in subdisciplines of modern biology. The department has grouped courses into "concentrations" to help advise students of appropriate programs of study for various biology subdisciplines. The intent of these concentrations is to provide breadth of background in basic biological concepts as well as depth in the discipline of choice. Students should consult with an adviser to design an individualized program of study within the concentration of interest. Lists of advisers for each concentration are available from the Biology departmental office.

The B.S. in Clinical Science provides a strong background for students interested in medical technology. The program cooperates with the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science which sponsors the Master of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science and advanced post-baccalaureate course work and training for clinical laboratory scientist trainees.

The department also sponsors the Master of Arts in Biology. This graduate degree program builds upon the baccalaureate degree programs through research and a written thesis in the areas of cell and molecular biology, ecology and systematic biology, marine biology, microbiology, or physiology and behavioral biology. The master’s degree provides substantial educational depth and training, giving the student a sound foundation for employment or for study in doctoral programs.

Joint Program with California Academy of Sciences in Systematics, Ecology, and Conservation Biology. The Department of Biology and California Academy of Sciences have instituted a joint graduate program in biology. This program builds on the complementary strengths of each institution to address the national and international imperative to train a new generation of biologists in systematics, ecology, and conservation biology. Research staff of the California Academy of Sciences have joined the Department of Biology as research professors. The research professors contribute to the teaching program and develop seminars and other courses offered at the California Academy of Sciences.

Cooperative Doctoral Program with University of California. A cooperative doctoral program with the University of California, Davis and the University of California, San Francisco allows for provisional admission to one of nineteen Ph.D. programs at the University of California, Davis or one of thirteen Ph.D. programs at the University of California, San Francisco. The program is designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities and women in a range of areas in biology and chemistry. Contact the graduate adviser for the master’s degree program of interest.

Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Science in Biology leads to professional careers in biology including (1) laboratory and field work in applied biology such as that conducted at many civil service agencies and research organizations; (2) teaching at secondary and college levels; and (3) research positions or management positions in government agencies, academic institutions, and industry. Graduate work is commonly required for professional work in biology and the Bachelor of Science in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate work in biology. Students may elect a curriculum in general biology designed to give breadth of background or they may choose one of the curricular concentrations offered.

The rapid maturation of recombinant biology has resulted in the need for highly skilled and specially trained individuals to produce and recover the products of genetic engineering. The San Francisco Bay Area is the major center in the world for this technology. Many employment opportunities exist for individuals who have earned the Certificate in Biotechnology and/or Genetic Engineering.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN BIOLOGY

General Information

All major course work must be completed with letter grades (CR/NC is not acceptable) and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all course work applicable to the major. Students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology must earn a grade of "C–" or better in all prerequisite courses and be prepared to provide copies of transcripts demonstrating completion of prerequisites. Candidates entering the bachelor of science programs should have completed three years of high school mathematics and a year of high school chemistry to allow completion of the curriculum in normal time. At least twelve upper division units in biology must be completed at this university. Early in the beginning semester, and at regular intervals thereafter, students must consult with an adviser to plan a program of study. A list of biology advisers is available in the Biology Department, HH 534. For the most current advising information, consult the SFSU Biology home page at http://www.sfsu.edu/~biology.

The department does not permit multiple concentrations within the biology degree program. All of the curricula require preliminary work in physics and chemistry because many important biological concepts are based squarely upon principles in the physical sciences. Also, each curriculum includes upper division work in the most fundamental and well-developed segments of biological knowledge so that students who select a concentration also are assured of receiving background of reasonable breadth. Because of the sequential arrangement of courses that is intrinsic to any science curriculum, students are urged to consult descriptions for the prerequisites of courses in which they expect to enroll. Students planning professional careers in biology should become proficient in mathematics through calculus and in English.

The Department of Biology is formally affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences. The facilities and collections of the academy are available for selected students pursuing research in the biological sciences. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus near Sierra City and the Romberg Tiburon Center in Marin County, components of the university, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories operated by a consortium of the California State University are also accessible for class and research use.

Online course descriptions are available.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GENERAL BIOLOGY

The curriculum in general biology provides breadth of exposure to fundamental areas of biology. Since basic principles of physical science are central to many biological concepts, course work in physics and chemistry is included in the lower division requirements. Students who are considering teaching life sciences should see a credential adviser in the Biology Department before planning the major. Additional courses and a competency assessment are required for the credential program.

Lower Division Requirements (29 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II (CHEM 114 is recommended) 3
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 29
Upper Division Requirements (28 units)
Students must see an adviser in order to work out a suitable program from choices given below.
BIOL 337 Evolution 3
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
One laboratory course from the following: 5
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
One course from the following: 3-5
BIOL 343 Cellular and Molecular Immunology
BIOL 350 Cell Biology
BIOL 401/402 General Microbiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 450/451 Biology of the Protozoa/Protozoology Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
CHEM 349 General Biochemistry
One field course from the following: 3-4
BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology
BIOL 482 Animal Ecology (4)
BIOL 508 Plant and Human Affairs (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 532 Plant and Animal Interactions (4)
BIOL 580 Limnology
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
One laboratory course from the following: 3-5
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 380 Comparative Embryology (3)
BIOL 453/454 General Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1)
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4)
BIOL 470 Natural History of the Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 475 Herpetology
BIOL 478 Ornithology (4)
BIOL 480 Mammalogy (4)
BIOL 492 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 500 Evolution and Diversity of Plants (4)
BIOL 502 Biology of the Algae (4)
BIOL 504 Biology of the Fungi (4)
BIOL 505 Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
Upper division electives selected in consultation with an adviser: 3-8
  Total upper division requirements 28
  Total for major 57

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN BOTANY

The program provides opportunities for study in ecological, systematic and taxonomic, physiological, morphological, anatomical, molecular, and genetic aspects of botany. Course work in an array of plant groups is offered, including vascular plants, algae, fungi, mosses, and lichens. Where applicable, field work in courses is emphasized, including instruction at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and at the Romberg Tiburon Center.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all Biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (35 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 35
Upper Division Requirements (32 units)
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 458 Biometry 4
BIOL 500 Evolution and Diversity of Plants (4) or 4
  BIOL 505   Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4)
BIOL 525-526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2) 5
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology 4
One or more taxonomy courses 4-5
BIOL 502 Biology of the Algae (4)
BIOL 504 Biology of the Fungi (4)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5)
Upper division electives selected in consultation with a botany adviser 7-8
  Total upper division requirements 32
  Total for major 67

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Fundamental course work in allied sciences and mathematics prepares the student for advanced studies in cell and molecular biology. The program is also recommended for pre-medical students because it includes many of the courses required for admission to medical school. (For more information, see Pre-Health Professions.)

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all Biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (34 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
One course selected from the following: 3-4
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 227 Calculus II (4) 1
MATH 228 Calculus III (4)
CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 35
Upper Division Requirements (36 units)
BIOL 350 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 351 Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics 3
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology 3
CHEM 333/335 Organic Chemistry I and II (3/3) 6
CHEM 340/341 Biochemistry I and II (3/3) 6
Electives to include one course from each group below. Include one laboratory course. 8
Group A:
BIOL 380 Comparative Embryology
BIOL 401/402 General Microbiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 450/451 Biology of the Protozoa/Protozoology Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histology (4)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 640 Cellular Neuroscience
Group B:
BIOL 343 Cellular and Molecular Immunology
BIOL 356 Honors Genetics (2)
BIOL 358 Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 361 Human Genetics
BIOL 391 Microscopy and Photomicrography (2)
BIOL 420/421 General Virology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 442/443 Microbial Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL 620 Endocrinology
CHEM 300 General Physical Chemistry I (2) 1 or
  CHEM 343   Biochemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry I
Three to four units of credit in graduate courses numbered BIOL 725-744, which accept qualified seniors, may be substituted with the adviser's approval.
  Total upper division requirements

36

  Total for major

71

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN ECOLOGY

This program offers a flexible but rigorous plan of study in the plant and animal sciences for students interested in ecology, natural history, conservation, and population biology; students interested in entomology, botany, or zoology may also find this concentration appropriate. The program stresses firm foundations in ecological theory, ecological technique, and natural history.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all Biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (34 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
MATH 226 Calculus I (4) or 3-4
  CSC 210   Introduction to Computer Programming
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 34-35
Upper Division Requirements (33 units)
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 458 Biometry 4
Physiology course with laboratory on advisement: 5
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
Any two of the following ecology courses 8
BIOL 482 Animal Ecology (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
BIOL 577 Ecological and Environmental Modeling (4)
BIOL 584 Marine Microbial Ecology (4)
Upon advisement, electives from the alternates not used in fulfilling the requirements listed above or from the following: 13
Evolutionary Biology
BIOL 337 Evolution
Systematic Biology
BIOL 450 Biology of the Protozoa
BIOL 451 Protozoology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4)
BIOL 470 Vertebrate Natural History (4)
BIOL 475 Herpetology
BIOL 478 Ornithology (4)
BIOL 480 Mammalogy (4)
BIOL 502 Biology of the Algae
BIOL 504 Biology of the Fungi (4)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
Applied Biology
BIOL 411 Environmental and Industrial Microbiology (4)
BIOL 453/454 General Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1)
BIOL 464 Medical Entomology
BIOL 508 Plants and Human Affairs (4)
BIOL 575 Fisheries Biology
General Biology
BIOL 315 Field Studies in Biology (1-3)
BIOL 350 Cell Biology
BIOL 401 General Microbiology
BIOL 466 Preparation for Field Studies in Entomology (1)
BIOL 467 Field Studies in Entomology (1-3)
BIOL 470 Natural History of the Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 492 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 500 Evolution and Diversity of Plants (4)
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL 525 Plant Physiology
BIOL 530 Conservation Biology
BIOL 532 Plant and Animal Interactions (4)
BIOL 556 Natural History of Marine Invertebrates (4)
BIOL 580 Limnology
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography
BIOL 600 General Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 630 Animal Physiology
BIOL 699 Special Study in Biology (1-3)
The following graduate courses are available to biology majors with concentration in ecology and senior standing.
BIOL 801 Population Genetics
BIOL 820 Ecology of Estuaries and Lagoons
BIOL 821 Fire Ecology
BIOL 823 Island Life
BIOL 825 Analytical Biogeography
BIOL 840 Community Ecology
BIOL 843 Population Biology
BIOL 845 Ecological Methods
BIOL 848 Behavrioal Ecology
BIOL 862 Advances in Ecology and Systematic Biology (2)
BIOL 882 Seminar: Ecology and Systematic Biology (1)
  Total upper division requirements 33
  Total for major 67-68

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN MARINE BIOLOGY AND LIMNOLOGY

Undergraduates may elect a general emphasis in marine invertebrate zoology, marine vertebrate zoology, marine botany, marine microbiology, or limnology. Graduate work may also be general or follow specific strengths such as ecology, systematics, functional morphology, physiology, ethology, estuarine, or freshwater biology. The curriculum and facilities of San Francisco State University are strongly supported by the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the Romberg Tiburon Center.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (37 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
Select two courses from the following: 6-8
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 226 Calculus I (4)
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)
MATH 228 Calculus III (4)
CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 38
Upper Division Requirements (30 units)
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
One course from the following: 3
BIOL 350 Cell Biology
BIOL 401 General Microbiology
BIOL 450 Biology of the Protozoa
One course from the following: 3-4
BIOL 580 Limnology
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
One course from the following: 5
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
Upper Division Electives
NOTE:
Upper division electives should be selected from the recommended courses listed below upon consultation with an adviser. With the adviser's consent students may also use as electives: marine science courses taught at Moss Landing; other upper division biology courses; or appropriate graduate courses with the instructor's permission.
15-16
BIOL 337 Evolution
BIOL 451 Protozoology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 502 Biology of the Algae
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 556 Natural History of Marine Invertebrates (4)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 575 Fisheries Biology
BIOL 580 Limnology
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography
BIOL 584 Marine Microbial Ecology (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
BIOL 606 Behavior and Physiology of Marine Mammals
  Total upper division requirements 30
  Total for major 68

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN MICROBIOLOGY

The student may select courses emphasizing general microbiology or medical microbiology. The selection of an appropriate program not only prepares the student for careers in research, industry, public health, clinical laboratory, or state or federal service but also provides the basis for post-graduate study which may lead to the Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (34 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113-114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
One course selected from the following: 3-4
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)
MATH 228 Calculus III (4)
CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 35
Upper Division Requirements (33 units)
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 401/402 General Microbiology and Laboratory (3/2) 5
BIOL 442/443 Microbial Physiology and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 333/335 Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II (3/3) 6
CHEM 340 Biochemistry I or 3
  CHEM 349   General Biochemistry
Electives in microbiology, including at least two laboratory courses with approval of an adviser 11
  Total upper division requirements 33
  Total for major 68

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN PHYSIOLOGY

This program is designed to provide a firm foundation in physiology. Students interested in vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant physiology will find this concentration appropriate. The program is especially suited for preparation for advanced study at the postgraduate level or to prepare for careers in the health professions. In addition to major curricula in physiology, service courses are provided for nursing, clinical science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and physical therapy majors.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (37 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
One course selected from the following: 3-4
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)
MATH 222 Calculus III (4)
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
One set of the following: 8
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) and
  PHYS 121/122   General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) or
PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory (3/1) and
  PHYS 230/232   General Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory (3/1)
  Total lower division requirements 38
Upper Division Requirements (30 units)
BIOL 350 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
CHEM 349 General Biochemistry 3
Three required physiology courses selected from the following (one course must contain a laboratory component): 10-11
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 620 Endocrinology
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology
BIOL 640 Cellular Neuroscience
BIOL 642 Neural Systems Physiology
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
Electives selected in consultation with an adviser from the following: 10-11
Criteria for elective units: one elective must contain a laboratory component; one elective must be chosen from each of the emphases listed below; and additional electives may be selected from the list of required physiology courses and/or either of the emphases listed below.  
Cellular and Molecular Emphasis
BIOL 343 Cellular and Molecular Immunology
BIOL 351 Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 361 Human Genetics
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL 615 Molecular Pathophysiology
BIOL 699 Special Study in Biology (1-3)
BIOL 865 Advances in Physiology and Behavioral Biology (2) 2
CHEM 343 Biochemistry I Laboratory
Ecological, Anatomical, and Evolutionary Emphasis
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 337 Evolution
BIOL 482 Animal Ecology (4)
BIOL 504 Biology of Fungi (4)
BIOL 505 Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
BIOL 600 Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 606 Behavior and Physiology of Marine Mammals
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histology (4)
BIOL 699 Special Study in Biology (1-3)
BIOL 865 Physiology and Behavioral Biology Seminar (2) 2
  Total upper division requirements 30
  Total for major 68-69

NOTE: Any courses taken to fill the physiology requirements may not also be used as elective credit. No more than one BIOL 699 or BIOL 865 may be used as an elective.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study in physiology should take the one-year organic chemistry sequence (CHEM 333/335) and the one-year biochemistry sequence (CHEM 340/341) in place of CHEM 130 and CHEM 349.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN ZOOLOGY

This program provides students with a broad background in animal biology through course work in evolutionary biology, ecology, behavior, anatomy, and physiology of both vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Upper division electives may be chosen from one of four emphases: general zoology, vertebrate zoology, entomology, or animal behavior. It is recommended that no matter which of the emphases a student selects, that a background in both vertebrate and invertebrate biology be obtained through selection of appropriate elective courses; e.g., students electing an emphasis in vertebrate zoology should also take course work in invertebrate zoology or entomology. Electives may be selected from those listed below or from alternatives not used in fulfilling the upper division requirements.

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all biology students.

Lower Division Requirements (37 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
Two courses selected from the following: 6-8
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 226 Calculus I (4)
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)
MATH 228 Calculus III (4)
CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
  Total lower division requirements 37
Upper Division Requirements (30 units)
Students must see an adviser in order to work out a suitable program from choices given below.
BIOL 337 Evolution 3
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
One course from: 3
BIOL 350 Cell Biology
BIOL 450 Biology of the Protozoa
One course from: 5
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
One course from the following: 4
BIOL 482 Animal Ecology (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
One course from the following: 4
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 492 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
Upper division electives selected in consultation with an adviser from one of the following areas of emphasis: 8
General Zoology Emphasis
Select at least one course from each of the following:
Entomology
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4)
BIOL 464 Medical Entomology
BIOL 466 Preparation for Field Studies in Entomology (1)
BIOL 467 Field Studies in Entomology (1-3)
Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 451 Protozoology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 453/454 General Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1)
BIOL 459 Arthropod Biology (4)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 556 Natural History of Marine Invertebrates (4)
Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 470 Natural History of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 532 Plant and Animal Interactions (4)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 600 General Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 620 Endocrinology
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology
Vertebrate Zoology Emphasis
BIOL 380 Comparative Embryology (4)
BIOL 470 Natural History of Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 475 Herpetology
BIOL 478 Ornithology (4)
BIOL 480 Mammalogy (4)
BIOL 570 Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 577 Ecological and Environmental Modeling (4)
BIOL 600 General Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 620 Endocrinology
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology
Entomology Emphasis 3
BIOL 459 Arthropod Biology (4)
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4)
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4)
BIOL 464 Medical Entomology
BIOL 466 Preparation for Field Studies in Entomology (1)
BIOL 467 Field Studies in Entomology (1-3)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5)
Animal Behavior Emphasis
Students emphasizing in animal behavior are required to take BIOL 600, General Animal Behavior (4), in addition to 4-6 units of electives taken from:
BIOL 603 Behavior of Captive Wild Animals
BIOL 604 Behavior of Captive Wild Animals Laboratory (1)
BIOL 606 The Behavior and Physiology of Marine Mammals
BIOL 640 Cellular Neuroscience
  Total upper division requirements 30
  Total for major 67

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL SCIENCE

The Clinical Science Program is specifically designed for students intending to enter the career field of Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology). It leads to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Science. This four-year academic program must be followed by a 12-15 month training period as a clinical laboratory scientist trainee. This may be done at the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science which offers a post-baccalaureate clinical training program taking up to 16 students each January and July. Graduates of the training program are then eligible to take the licensing examination given by the California State Department of Health Services and the professional certification examination offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry. Successful completion of these steps allows one to serve as a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in a hospital or in other medical laboratories which deal with the analysis of human specimens.

Candidates for the B.S. in Clinical Science program should have had high school chemistry and three years of mathematics with a grade of B or better in order to complete the curriculum in normal time. All major course work must be completed with a letter grade (i.e., CR/NC option not applicable to major course work except as noted below for CLEP equivalency credit). A minor in chemistry is encouraged.

Lower Division Requirements (34-35 units) Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory (3/2) 5
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4
Units selected from the following: 3-4
MATH 226 Calculus I (4)
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
  Total lower division requirements 34-35
Upper Division Requirements (41-43 units)
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 401/402 General Microbiology and Laboratory (3/2) 5
BIOL 430 Medical Microbiology 5
BIOL 435 Immunology 3
BIOL 436 Immunology Laboratory 2
BIOL 453/454 General Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1) 4
BIOL 612 Human Physiology 3
BIOL 625 Hematology 3
CHEM 320 Modern Methods of Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHEM 347 Clinical Biochemistry 2
CHEM 348 Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 349 General Biochemistry 3
Upper division electives from the following: 2-4
BIOL 420 General Virology
BIOL 421 General Virology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 439 Medical Mycology (4)
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
  Total upper division requirements 41-43
  Total for major 74-77

MINOR IN GENERAL BIOLOGY

The minor requires a minimum of 23 units in biology, of which at least one-half must be upper division units.

All courses in the minor must be completed with letter grades (CR/NC is not acceptable).

At least one course must be selected, with advisement, from each of the following areas:

CERTIFICATE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

This fourteen- to nineteen-unit program is designed to allow students who are pursuing an undergraduate major in biology or biochemistry to learn the theoretical basis of bioprocessing/fermentation technology. An integral part of the program is a supervised internship to be served in a Bay Area biotechnology company laboratory. Laboratory-oriented students will find an expanding demand for their skills upon completion of the program both in the Bay Area and nationwide.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses, and be prepared to provide copies of transcripts demonstrating completion of prerequisites.

Prerequisites Units
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
BIOL 401 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 402 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 442 Microbial Physiology 3
BIOL 443 Microbial Physiology Laboratory 2
CHEM 340 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 341 Biochemistry II 3
  Total prerequisites 19
Required Courses
CHEM 343 Biochemistry I Laboratory 3
BIOL 694 Cooperative Internship in Biology (to be taken in final semester) 3
  Total required courses 6
Elective courses (choose two lecture and two laboratory courses) 8-13
BIOL 350 Cell Biology and
  BIOL 351   Experiments in Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics and
  BIOL 358   Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 411 Environmental and Industrial Microbiology (4)
BIOL 420 General Virology and
  BIOL 421   General Virology Laboratory (2)
BIOL 343 Cellular and Molecular Immunology or
  BIOL 435   Immunology and
  BIOL 436   Immunology Laboratory (2)
  Total for certificate (excluding prerequisites) 14-19

MASTER OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY

A student interested in pursuing an advanced degree in any of these programs must meet the general requirements as outlined as well as any additional requirements specified by the major field of study.

For current advising information, including research and funding opportunities, consult the SFSU Biology Department home page at http://www.sfsu.edu/~biology/.

General Admission Requirements

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major course work for the program area to which application is made. To evaluate an applicant, the Biology Department requires the following: (1) transcripts of all undergraduate work; (2) Graduate Record Examination scores for the general test (the biology subject test is strongly recommended); (3) a statement of purpose; (4) two or more letters of recommendation, preferably from science faculty. When the Biology Department Office receives this information, the completed file is forwarded to the faculty coordinator of the program area chosen by the applicant. The faculty in the program area evaluate the applicant’s file and recommend admission or denial based on the following criteria:

In addition to inadequacy in any of the above criteria, denial of admission may also be based on:

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Each graduate student is required to demonstrate an acceptable level of written English proficiency at two points. Level One: during the first semester's enrollment the student must pass a proctored essay test administered by the department.Level Two:  prior to filing the Graduate Approved Program (GAP), the student must prepare a thesis prospectus, which is read and approved by the student's thesis committee.

Course Requirements

The general requirements of all students are as follows:

Alternate 1. M.A. by research and thesis (for students completing one of the five concentrations).

Alternate 2. M.A. by research and examinations (may be selected by students completing the general biology program)

Students wishing to elect Alternate 2, must follow the procedural guidelines formulated by the Biology Graduate Committee. These are available from the Biology graduate secretary.

Online course descriptions are available. Most upper division courses offered in the five biology programs may be acceptable for the master's in biology and clinical science upon approval of the graduate adviser. Students are reminded to check the individual program areas for additional requirements.

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology

The program is designed for students preparing for future graduate work as well as for those wishing to increase their competency in the fields of cell and molecular biology. It emphasizes the study of cells, cell organelles, macromolecules, and the regulation of their production and interaction. As such, it represents an expanding frontier of research that integrates biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, and cell ultrastructure.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

The specific course requirements shall be determined by the student's committee and are based upon consideration such as goals, interests, and undergraduate preparation. A strong background in chemistry is highly recommended.

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Conservation Biology

Students can select areas of specialization within the framework of conservation biology. Every faculty member serves as adviser and major professor for students working on research programs in the faculty member's area of specialization. The graduate program is tailored by advisement to the interests and needs of each student. The areas of emphasis in the conservation biology program are: conservation, evolution, and population biology of rare and endangered species; ecology of invasive species; management and conservation of natural communities; restoration ecology; applied ecology. For additional details, contact the program graduate coordinator.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

Concentration Requirements Units
Four courses selected from the following: 12
BIOL 800 Population Genetics
BIOL 812 Systematic Biology
BIOL 815 Advanced Phylogenetic Analysis
BIOL 830 Conservation Biology
BIOL 840 Community Ecology
BIOL 843 Population Biology

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Ecology and Systematic Biology

The program offers the Master of Arts in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology and Systematic Biology. Students can select areas of specialization within the framework of ecology, systematics, behavior, and evolutionary biology. Every faculty member serves as adviser and major professor for students working on research programs in the faculty member's area of specialization.

The graduate program is tailored by advisement to the interests of each student. The areas of emphasis in this program are: systematics, evolution, population genetics, and behavior of organisms; community, population, reproductive, behavioral, physiological, and evolutionary ecology; taxonomy, biodiversity, and biogeography. For additional details, contact the program graduate coordinator.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Marine Biology

Programs in this area reflect the fact that marine biology is a meeting place for all the biological sciences and some of the physical sciences. Graduate work may be broad or follow specific program areas as ecology, systematics, functional morphology, physiology, and ethology.

The marine program and facilities of San Francisco State University are strongly supported by the Tiburon Research Center and by the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), a modern seashore laboratory which is operated cooperatively in a consortium with a number of other state universities. Courses offered at Moss Landing can be found in alphabetical sequence under Marine Science as well as a description of the Master of Science in Marine Science administered by MLML.

Students interested in study in the M.A. in Biology program are urged to observe the general requirements in the Bulletin as well as the specific requirements stated here. For further information contact the program's graduate coordinator.

The applicant must have the equivalent of the Bachelor of Arts in General Biology at San Francisco State University, supplemented with additional training in marine biology that indicates the capability to pursue graduate study.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

In addition to the M.A. in Biology requirements, the student is required to take a minimum of one course at an approved marine biology station as part of the 30-unit requirement. The program of studies may vary and shall be determined by the student's committee or graduate adviser.

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology

The study of microbes and viruses is central to the fields of molecular biology, pathogenesis, immunity, and biotechnology; they are also important in the study of the biochemical and genetic properties of cells and organisms, as well as their ecology. The M.A. program provides course work and research opportunities for students who have career goals in research or industry or who wish to obtain a Ph.D. after completing the master's degree.

Students interested in the M.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Science should contact the graduate coordinator in the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science (CBLS) (consult Index for page reference).

Admission to Program

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in biological or physical sciences, with at least two laboratory courses in microbiology, one year of general physics, one year of general chemistry, and one year of organic chemistry. Acceptance to fully classified status will be determined by departmental evaluation.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

The following additional requirements are to be included.

A minimum of sixteen units of credit in graduate level courses which must include: Units
BIOL 884 Seminar: Microbiology 1
BIOL 864 Advanced Microbiology 2
At least one graduate laboratory course in microbiology chosen from BIOL 741, 744, and 755 3-4

Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Physiology and Behavioral Biology

The program offers the Master of Arts in Biology with a Concentration in Physiology and Behavioral Biology. The program is flexible and, with a program adviser, the student may plan a program to fit his/her particular interests, such as preparation for employment or a Ph.D. program when the Master of Arts is required.

Admission to Program

In addition to the baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent, in biological sciences, the program requires that the applicant have the equivalent of one semester of upper division physiology with laboratory, two semesters of college physics, two semesters of general college chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry.

See the Master of Arts in Biology section above for general information for all biology graduate students.

CERTIFICATE IN GENETIC ENGINEERING

This thirteen-unit program is designed to allow students who have completed an undergraduate degree in basic science with a molecular biological emphasis to learn the techniques and principles of genetic engineering by both lecture and laboratory/project experience, balanced with an integrated presentation of both ethical concerns and safety considerations. This program will further prepare students to make transitions into careers in the area of biotechnology or to enter advanced degree programs. Graduate students intending to secure both a master's degree and the certificate may pursue these objectives concurrently with consultation and approval of the graduate degree faculty adviser. All course work used to satisfy the requirements must be taken on an A–F graded basis and must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Due to laboratory space limitations, total enrollment in the program will be restricted.

Before being considered for acceptance to this certificate program, the student must first be eligible in accordance with all university requirements as outlined in the section Certificate Programs. This same section also includes university program guidelines and procedures to be followed in filing for the award of the certificate when it is completed.

Admission to the Program

To be admitted to the program an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree and must be admitted to classified graduate standing in the university in accordance with standard admissions requirements and procedures. In addition to application procedures specified by the university, applicants must:

  1. Submit to the certificate coordinator a copy of transcripts used for the baccalaureate degree, transcripts of other relevant study, and evidence of graduate standing in the university. The following courses from San Francisco State University, or their equivalents, are prerequisites and must be completed before the program is initiated.
    1. BIOL 401/402, General Microbiology and Laboratory, or
      BIOL 350/351, Cell Biology and Experiments in Cell Biology and Genetics
    2. BIOL 355, Genetics
    3. BIOL 357, Molecular Genetics
    4. CHEM 340 and 341, Biochemistry I and II, and
      CHEM 343, Biochemistry I Laboratory
  2. Submit to the coordinator a letter of application for admission to the certificate program. This letter should include a description of any relevant experience not evident in the transcripts.
  3. Make arrangements to have a minimum of two letters of recommendation sent to the coordinator.
  4. Applications should be addressed to Genetic Engineering Coordinator, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132.

The program consists of a series of laboratory and lecture courses designed to provide competence in recombinant DNA methodology and allied areas.

Program Units
BIOL 743 Recombinant DNA Techniques 3
BIOL 744 Experiments in Genetic Engineering 4
Minimum of six units from the following: 6
BIOL 358 Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 420/421 General Virology and Laboratory (3/2)
Or other laboratory courses as approved by the Genetic Engineering coordinator
  Minimum total 13

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Students must demonstrate an appropriate level of writing competency. This shall be accomplished by satisfactory preparation of written laboratory reports in BIOL 744 which demonstrate competency in scientific report writing and analysis of data. The instructor of this course shall determine whether reports have met those criteria and so specify on the Certificate Approved Program form. If the student's work is unsatisfactory, additional course work directed to achieving English competency may be specified after consultation with the coordinator.


Footnotes

  1. Students who plan to study for a Ph.D. should complete at least two semesters of calculus and one semester of physical chemistry.
  2. Graduate seminar courses may be taken by qualified seniors with consent of instructor.
  3. Graduate level entomology courses may be taken by qualified seniors.


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