Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences!

Office: Biological Sciences 143
Phone: (323) 343-2050

For GET enrollment issues related to BIOL/MICR courses please email [email protected] for assistance.


The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles is a proven leader in diversifying the STEM workforce. Our Mission is to cultivate a diverse and thriving intellectual community and prepare students for progressive careers in the life sciences through the acquisition of current knowledge, conceptual learning, quantitative and communication skills, and through opportunities for individually mentored research experiences.

Informed by scholarly work and leading-edge research, the department continually re-invigorates the curriculum and advances student research and critical thinking skills through rigorous coursework, hands-on laboratory and field studies, and through supervised projects. Students complete the program with an extensive portfolio of knowledge and an appreciation for life-long learning and responsible actions, all of which serve as an entryway to future success in Ph.D. programs, professional organizations, and other high-value STEM careers.

Learning Outcomes

Department Spotlights

A Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana),

Read the blog post that Eric Wood wrote about his lab's research on redlining and birds in LA. 

A Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana), a common bird in parks and wealthy treed locations of L.A., is perched on a Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Photo by E Wood


deep-sea octopus nursery

Gustavo Ramirez and his lab group are participating in an Octopus Odyssey expedition with Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI). Learn more about the expedition!