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Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

Temporary Virtual Services

The physical office for the Department of Biological Sciences is closed until further notice and we will be delivering services via phone or online. If you are a current student and have questions regarding your class, please email your professor directly.

Biology Faculty information is listed in the University Directory: Biological Sciences Department. Faculty are available for advising and office hours via email.

For general questions, please email Sandra Scholten at

Our Vision

The Department of Biological Sciences at CSU, Chico is committed to becoming Northern California’s premier facility for the education of students, the creation of insightful researchers, skilled professionals, and knowledgeable citizens who will have the capacity to meet biological challenges of the future and will continue to contribute towards our understanding of life.

Our Mission

To prepare biology majors for the next step in their careers; to educate and train the next generation of biological scientists; to provide all students at CSU, Chico with an opportunity to learn how science is done and to learn about important, significant, and relevant biological knowledge needed by citizens; to contribute to the expansion of our knowledge about biology; and, to serve as a resource of biological expertise for the campus and surrounding community.

Biological Sciences
Jonathan R Day, Chair
Holt Hall, Room 205
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-515

Herbarium Supporters!

Please help us seize on a wonderful opportunity and raise much-needed funds for the Chico State Herbarium—one of the largest regional herbariums in the West.

Make your gift go twice as far—A generous donor has pledged a $20,000 match to increase the Chico State Herbarium endowment fund for all donations raised before June 30, 2019.

Giving a gift in any amount will make double the difference. You can make a tax-deductible gift online today, just click “Donate” below!

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Student Achievements


Congratulations to our Chico State Biology Graduate and Undergrad Students on their amazing achievements!

Student Achievements

FISHBIO and Aquatic Ecology - Snorkel School!

Check out an exciting collaboration between environmental consulting firm FISHBIO, and our Chico State Aquatic Ecology class taught by Dr. Mandy Banet.

Snorkel School Article

Snorkel School Video 

Saving the Salmon

two student on a boat

Funded by a five-year, $16.2 million grant by the US Bureau of Reclamation, Chico State has joined more than a half dozen local and statewide agencies with one collaborative goal: Save the Chinook salmon.

Saving the Chinook Salmon