A smiling female student drips a chemical into a vial.A smiling female student drips a chemical into a vial.

Biological and Environmental Sciences


Argent (chair), Arrigo-Nelson, Bocetti, Boehm, Caffrey, Gray, Hanna, Meiss, Nicholson, Paulson, Tebbitt, Whyte, Zuchelkowski


To advance the University's mission of Building Character, Building Careers of students, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences will facilitate the fundamental understanding of the biological basis of life and provide programs that promote excellence in our students’ academic and professional development.


A wide variety of majors and concentrations in various degree programs are offered by the department. Students may decide to pursue the B.S. in biology, the pre-professional track, a nanotechnology track, or one of several tracks in the B.S. in environmental studies. Those interested in teaching may choose the B.S.Ed. in biology. A cooperative program allows students to pursue a career in mortuary science. The department also offers minors in biology and environmental studies.


The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is housed in a four-story building equipped with an array of scientific instruments. Specialized areas include scanning electron microscope facilities, animal room, greenhouse, herbarium, plant growth facilities and vertebrate teaching museum.

Academic Societies

Beta Beta Beta is the national honor society for biological sciences. Students can earn membership if they maintain a GPA of 3.25 in the biological sciences and 3.0 overall after completing 45 credit-hours and are extended an invitation to join. California University also has a student chapter of the National Wildlife Society, which was chartered in 1996.


Career opportunities include preparation for graduate work in biology and related fields, for industrial and government research and for careers in public health and the many health-related fields. A steady demand exists for environmental scientists, wildlife biologists, fishery biologists, environmental monitoring technicians and interpretative naturalists.