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Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences Mission Statement

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We, the Department of Biological Sciences, are a diverse academic community of teacher-scholars and student-scientists engaged in exploring the wonder and diversity of life at all levels of biological organization, including cells, organisms, and ecological systems. The faculty utilize evidence-based teaching strategies to provide students at CSU Stanislaus with a broad exposure to the concepts, processes, and approaches of the biological sciences. We offer students comprehensive academic advising, career mentoring, and research opportunities. Biology majors develop the skills to formulate and evaluate hypotheses, critically interpret data, and communicate with others. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering and empowering the development of life-long learners of science, including scientists, health professionals, educators, civic leaders, and citizens in a society that requires high levels of biological literacy. Together, the Department works to expand our collective understanding of biology and to promote a greater appreciation of the importance of biodiversity and biological processes in our society.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2012 20:26

California State University, Stanislaus

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs of study in the life sciences for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, a Master of Science in Marine Sciences, a Master of Science in Ecology and Sustainability, or Master of Science in Genetic Counseling.

Students may also elect to complete a concentration in General Biology, Biology Education, Ecology, Organismal Biology or Molecular and Microbial Biology as part of either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. Students interested in marine biology and oceanography may elect course work at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories for partial fulfillment of their in-residence major and degree requirements.


Mandatory Advising for Biology Majors (Spring 2014)

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Academic advising for all biology majors will begin April 7, 2014 with priority registration occurring on or about May 2, 2014.  You will not be able to register for Fall 2014 classes without meeting with your adviser.  Please note that although Dr. Thao is on sabbatical leave, she has agreed to meet with her students during set advising times.  If you cannot meet with her during her set times, you will be assigned to another faculty member for advising. Steps for advising follows.

Step 1

Get familiar with our website!

Step 2

Fill out the advising worksheet and then print it out so you can bring it with your proposed next term schedule to your advising appointment.  You can find the worksheet here:  Advisees that show-up without their advising form and tentative schedules will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Step 3

Signing up for an appointment with your adviser.  This is done online through the Biological Sciences Department web site (  The advising link on the left in the Main Menu will lead you to the advising information page and the schedule link:

To log into both sites you need to use your CSU Stanislaus student ID number and first name.  For the advising signup sheet, you will be directed to times that your adviser has available.  Enter your email address and phone number in a time slot you want to reserve and click the sign up tab to submit your appointment.  Remember your appointment. Once you sign up for one time, you cannot sign up for another.  If you miss your appointment you must contact your adviser directly for a new appointment at their convenience.  If you have to reschedule, you must call Ilene in the main biology office at 667-3476 at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.  After your schedule is reset, you can then go online and reschedule.  If you have not contacted the office 24 hours before your appointment, you will have to reschedule with your adviser at their convenience.

If you log into the signup site and there are no times listed for your adviser, please contact your adviser directly.  Their emails can be found on the faculty and staff directory listed here

If you have problems logging into either site, please contact Ilene Ruesga at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 209-667-3476.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:36

Science Day at CSU Stanislaus

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The College of Sciences was pleased to present the Second Annual CSU Stanislaus Science Day on February 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  To view an album of random pictures from the event, please click here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:15

Spring 14 Biology Colloquium

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The schedule for Colloquium for Spring 2012 has been set and can be found here.  Colloquium meets Fridays from 2:00-2:50 pm in Naraghi Hall room N101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 03:30
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