Biological Sciences

Prospective Students

Why come to CSU, Chico ?

The Biology (BIOL) Department is home to a diverse population of students who enjoy hands-on labs that promote their understanding of fundamental and advanced biology concepts and their applications.  Students enjoy one-on-one interactions with our dedicated faculty, who also advise students throughout their academic careers, support ourstudent organizations (listed under ‘Current Students’ in the menu at left), and supervise students on research projects.  Upon graduation, our students are prepared for professional work in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, biotech, field work for state and federal agencies, or private consulting firms, and teaching.  Others pursue post-graduate education to become research biologists.  

Degrees offered

Please see ‘Academic Programs’ in the menu at left.  If you are interested in enrolling in one of our programs, we encourage you to come visit the Chico campus and our department.

University and Community 

CSU Chico which has been designated as a Hispanic-serving institution (HIS), is a vibrant university with a strong commitment to education.  In 2019, CSU Chico ranked ninth among public universities in the western region by U.S. News & World Report.

The city of Chico offers an outstanding quality of life, and is often rated one of the best small U. S. cities.  With about 90,000 people, the city of Chico has the feel of a friendly small town but it is also a cultural, entertainment, dining, and shopping hub of north central California.

Chico has a great four-season climate, with mild winters and more than 250 days of sunshine. Its location at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills offers excellent access for hiking, camping, skiing, boating, rock climbing, and fishing.  Many of the student clubs contribute to the local arts scene and take advantage of cultural and recreational opportunities in the region.

Facilities, Collections, and Field Sites

Research facilities:

List of major equipment: confocals, cell sorter, molecular, etc.


Field Sites:

Big Chico Creek Nature Reserve