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University Catalog 2012-2013 (ARCHIVED CATALOG) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biological Sciences


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DEPARTMENT OFFICE
Biological Sciences 142
Phone: (323) 343-2050
E-mail: Biomicr@calstatela.edu
Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/biol/

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.

The Faculty

Professors: Robert A. Desharnais, Margaret C. Jefferson, Philip S. LaPolt , Nancy L. McQueen(Chair), Alan E. Muchlinski, James M. Rosser, Amelia A. Russo-Neustadt, Sandra B. Sharp, Elizabeth Torres.
Associate Professors: Patrick Krug, Paul Narguizian, Robert Nissen, Edith Porter, Tina Salmassi, H. Howard Xu.
Assistant Professors: Edward Eivers, Kirsten Fisher, Hyunsook Park, Katrina Yamazaki.
Emeriti: Wayne Paul Alley, Kenneth Anderson, Roger R. Bowers, Brian Capon, Theodore J. Crovello, Richard Fleming, John Gamon, William R. Hanson, Margaret J. Hartman, James W. Harvey, James Henrickson, George E. Jakway, Genaro A. Lopez, Daniel P. Mahoney, Rosemarie Marshall, Evan K. Oyakawa, Betsy Peitz, Carlos D. Robles, Howard Rosen, Mercer Price Russell, Joseph T. Seto, David L. Soltz, Richard M. Straw, Velma J. Vance, Richard J. Vogl.

Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an honors program for upper division biology students who have completed 94 quarter units, including 40 units in the major, with a minimum B (3.0) grade point average both overall and in the major. Students shall have completed 24 units of the major in residence at Cal State L.A.

The honors program introduces superior students to intensive research experience in biology. Honor students are assisted by an honors adviser and two other committee members. Enrollment in BIOL 396 , Honors Study in Biology, for 5 units is required, and enrollment in BIOL 499 , Undergraduate Directed Study, for 1–4 units, is optional. A prospectus, a written thesis, and a final oral examination about the thesis, administered by the committee, are required parts of the program. Diplomas and transcripts of honors program graduates are designated: “Graduated with Departmental Honors in Biology.”

Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an honors program for upper division microbiology students who have completed 94-quarter units, including 40 units in the major, with a minimum B (3.0) grade point average both overall and in the major. Students shall have completed 24 units of the major in residence at Cal State L. A.

The honors program introduces highly motivated students to intensive search experience in microbiology. Honors students are assisted by an honors adviser and two other committee members. Enrollment in MICR 396  Honor’s Thesis in Microbiology, for 5 units is required. Students can apply these units to their degree program. A prospectus, a written thesis, and a final oral examination about the thesis, administered by the committee, are required parts of the program. Diplomas and transcripts of honors program graduates are designated: “Graduated with Departmental Honors in Microbiology.” Enrollment in MICR 499 , Undergraduate Directed Study, for 1-4 units, prior to MICR 396  is optional, though recommended.

The Credential Program

The Department of Biological Sciences participates in the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree program in Natural Science, with an emphasis in Biological Sciences (http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/natsci),which satisfies the subject matter requirements for the Single Subject credential in Science. That program is described later in this chapter of the catalog. Students should consult advisers in the department and in the Charter College of Education. Refer to the undergraduate Charter College of Education  chapter of this catalog for regulations governing all teaching credential programs.

Programs for this Department:

Undergraduate Major

Biology, B.S. 
Microbiology, B.S. 
Undergraduate Minor

Bioinformatics 

Biology Minor 
Microbiology Minor 
Graduate Major

Biology, M.S. 

Master of Biotechnology (MBt) 
Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate Program in Biotechnology 
 • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Clinical Genetic Molecular Biology Science 
 • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Clinical Laboratory Science 
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals 
Credential

Biological Sciences Credential Program 
Single Subject Credential in Science 
 

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