May 18, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
University Catalog 2023-2024

Department of Biological Sciences


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Information about the Department of Biological Sciences

Office

Location: Biological Sciences 142
Phone: (323) 343-2050
E-mail: Biomicr@calstatela.edu
Website: Department of Biological Sciences

Chair

Name: Kirsten Fisher
Email: kfisher2@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-2050

The Faculty

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

Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology. The Department of Biological Sciences also offers two minor programs, four certificate programs, and participates in one credential program.

Departmental Honors Program in Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an honors program for upper division biology students who have completed 70 semester units, including 30 units in the major, with a minimum B (3.0) grade point average both overall and in the major. Students shall have completed at least 18 units of the major in residence at Cal State L.A.

The honors program introduces highly motivated students to an intensive research experience in biology. Honor students are mentored by a faculty adviser and two other faculty committee members. The honors program introduces highly motivated students to an intensive research experience in biology. Honor students are mentored by a faculty adviser and two other committee members. Enrollment in BIOL 3960 , Honors Thesis in Biology, for 4 units is required, and enrollment in BIOL 4990 , Undergraduate Directed Study, for 1-3 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 in Microbiology

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an honors program for upper division microbiology students who have completed 70 semester units, including 30 units in the major, with a minimum B (3.0) grade point average both overall and in the major. Students shall have completed at least 18 units of the major in residence at Cal State L. A.

The honors program introduces highly motivated students to intensive research experience in microbiology. Honors students are mentored by a faculty adviser and two other committee members. Enrollment in MICR 3960  Honors Thesis in Microbiology, for 4 units is required. Students can apply these units to their degree program. A prospectus, a written thesis, and a final oral defense of the thesis, administered by the committee, are required parts of the program. Enrollment in MICR 4990 , Undergraduate Directed Study, 1-3 units, prior to MICR 3960  Diplomas and transcripts of honors program graduates are designated: “Graduated with Departmental Honors in Microbiology.”

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,which satisfies the subject matter requirements for the Single Subject credential in Science. That program is described later in the Single Subject credential  section of the catalog. Students should consult with advisers in the department and in the College of Education . Refer to the undergraduate College of Education  chapter of this catalog for regulations governing all teaching credential programs.

Programs

    Degree - UndergraduateDegree - MinorDegree - GraduateCertificate - Post-BaccalaureateCredential - Secondary Teaching

    Courses

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