» Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

The bachelor of science in biological sciences trains students to think critically across all levels of biological complexity, from molecules to individuals to ecosystems.

+ - Areas of Study

Biology students complete core course work in biology and a range of additional sciences, and then choose to specialize in one of the following:  

  • Molecular Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ecology and Evolution

+ - Student Organizations

Students in the biological sciences are involved in a number of organizations that allow for the continued exploration of biology outside of the traditional classroom setting.  These include:

+ - Where can this degree take you?

Alumni from this program have gone on to medical school, dental school and veterinary school.   Others have pursued graduate degrees in diverse fields, including: public health, conservation biology and cancer biology.  Graduates are also prepared for positions in government and industry.

Check out these stories about our alumni!

A bachelor of science in biological sciences can also serve as a starting point to an accelerated graduate degree through a number of programs, including:

Learn more about Schmid College's 4+1 degree options

+ - Faculty

Biology faculty work on issues ranging from the molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer, the behavior of individual loons and intertidal invertebrates, and the effects of invasive plant species on ecosystem properties.

This work is supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture. Students routinely engage in these cutting-edge research projects.

Biological Sciences Faculty

Marco Bisoffi, Ph.D.

Jennifer L. Funk, Ph.D.

Douglas S. Fudge, Ph.D.

Rosalee Hellberg, Ph.D.

Jeremy Hsu, Ph.D.

Jason Keller, Ph.D.

Cassandra Medvedeff, Ph.D.

Walter Piper, Ph.D.

Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Carolyn Sherff, Ph.D.

William Wright, Ph.D.

Susan Yang, Ph.D.

+ - Research Opportunities and Videos

Opportunities for student/faculty research as well as internships with community partners add even more flexibility to this degree program and allow students to customize their Chapman experience.

Resources

Undergraduate Research Opportunities with Faculty

Cancer is everywhere. Dr. Marco Bisoffi, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, dedicates his time to studying cancer, specifically breast and prostate. Giving Chapman University students a special and rare opportunity at the undergraduate level, Bisoffi works side by side with students in the lab to generate data on this vital research endeavor.

Dr. Jennifer Funk discusses her research into how plants respond to climate change and how we can restore plant communities that have been invaded. 

Dr. Jason Keller is an ecologist broadly interested in the flow of carbon and nutrients through ecosystems. Much of his work explores how ecosystems will respond to ongoing global change. His current research focuses on the controls of anaerobic decomposition and greenhouse gas dynamics in a variety of wetlands, ranging from northern peatlands to tidal marshes.

Dr. William Wright's current research examines questions about the chemical, and behavioral defenses of sea hares, ecology of spiny lobsters, territorial ecology of intertidal limpets, and non-lethal effects of global warming. 

+ - Advising for Students

Need to talk to your program advisor? Looking for a MAP (Major Academic Plan)? Curious about Pre-Med and Pre-Health? Check out these links below:

Academic Advising portal: Find program advisor contact information and Major Academic Plans

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advising

Research Spotlight

Dr. Marco Bisoffi dedicates his time to studying cancer, specifically of the breast and prostate. Giving Chapman University students a special and rare opportunity at the undergraduate level, Bisoffi works side by side with students in the lab to generate data on this vital research endeavor.

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Research Spotlight

Dr. William Wright examines questions about the chemical, and behavioral defenses of sea hares, ecology of spiny lobsters, territorial ecology of intertidal limpets, and non-lethal effects of global warming.

Watch Video »

Contact Us

Cheryl Stack
Administrative Assistant
Hashinger Science Center 106
(714) 628-2862
cstack@chapman.edu