• Biology student at Chapman University
Schmid College of Science and Technology

BS in Biological Sciences

» Biological Sciences

Our Biological Sciences program provides a tailored educational experience for those interested in biology: from health to the environment and much more. By the time you graduate, you will be able to think critically about the world and its makeup, understand key concepts of biology and participate in professional research.

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In this program, you will:

  • Learn to think like a scientist and use your knowledge to solve real-world problems in biology and medicine.
  • Get real research experience. Conduct experiments in the lab and immerse yourself in real fieldwork alongside your peers and professors.
  • Develop your skills in data analysis.
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By the time you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Put your skills to use in industries such as medicine, biotechnology, environmental technology and more.
  • Conduct research and experiments on the cutting edge of the biology field.
  • Pursue a career in the medical professions or go on to graduate study
Jessica Rush
Jessica Rush
While at Chapman, Jessica Rush worked alongside her professors to research wetland ecology, and she presented her climate change research at a major conference in Puerto Rico. Now she's earning her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and conducting research in Alaska.

Exploring Animal Behavior

Dr. William Wright and his students examine defenses of sea hares, ecology of spiny lobsters, territorial ecology of intertidal limpets and the non-lethal effects of global warming. Check out this video to learn more about the research they're doing.

Your Chapman Journey

What does being a Biological Sciences student at Chapman actually look like? We're glad you asked. Here's a quick rundown of what you'll do as a student in the program.

We see research as being invaluable to your experience as a science student. That's why unlike most schools, we let you get involved in research as early as your first year.

For your first two years in the program, you'll tackle relevant, real-world scientific challenges as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative team.

Along the way, your professors will be there to help guide you and support you in achieving your goals, whether that means earning grants or fellowships to assist with research projectsgetting your scientific work published, pursuing a career in the medical professions or anything else.

Finally, as a senior, you'll synthesize all you've learned to prepare for your post-graduation path.


Our faculty are a team of passionate, committed scientists who love working with undergraduate students. You can get to know more about them and their research in the menus below.

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Stephen Neil
Stephen Neil
Following graduation, Neil worked for a year as a lab technician at Largen Inc. before becoming a cell biologist in Research & Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Internships are a great way to earn college credit and money while gaining research experience in a professional environment.

At Chapman, you'll be able to tap into our network of local hospitals, medical companies, environmental organizations and much more to find internships that will help you during your college career and beyond. You'll even have a dedicated career advisor and plenty of resources to help you out along the way.

Study Abroad

Take your passion for science abroad in one of our many study abroad programs. We'll work closely with you to find one that aligns with your schedule and goals so that you can go abroad and still graduate on time. Our programs range from a full year living and studying abroad to international internships over summer/winter break, and everything in between.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your skills and meet new people, and at Chapman, you'll have hundreds of clubs and organizations to choose from. Join a community of fellow aspiring scientists in organizations like:

Admission and Tours

Interested in taking the next step? Learn how to apply or check out our transfer prerequisites.

Want to see all that Chapman has to offer? Join us for a tour of campus or explore our Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

Related Programs

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions
Cheryl Stack
Administrative Assistant
Keck Center 290
(714) 628-2862

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Initiative

GCI students at Chapman University

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Schmid College.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Schmid College and where you will take classes, research and collaborate.

Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

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Want to earn a  master's degree in just one additional year on top of your bachelor's degree? Check out our accelerated science programs.