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Programs

Department of Biological Sciences Programs 

Departmental Honors Program

Overview

The departmental honors program is intended for students with 3.0 or higher GPAs and who wish to gain experience conducting research in a faculty member laboratory. Students interested in doing research should peruse the full-time faculty roster here and read about the research interests pursued by our various faculty. Having identified one or more faculty members conducting research in an area of interest, the student should reach out to them to inquire about potential availability of space in their lab. Each faculty member may have different and more specific criteria for their particular lab. Please note that lab spaces are limited and so a faculty member may not be able to sponsor you because their lab is already full.

A typical timeline for completion of an honors research thesis project is as follows: one semester in BIOL 4990 gaining familiarity with the research, one semester in BIOL 4990 preparing the honors research prospectus, two consecutive semesters in BIOL 3960 conducting the honors research project. The writing and oral defense of the honors research thesis occurs near the end of the final semester in BIOL 3960 as well. Thus, students often begin working in a faculty research lab the summer before the junior year or sooner.

Information on the Departmental Honors Program can be found on the Department of Biological Sciences page in the University's e-catalog.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Overview

This post-baccalaureate credit certificate program provides students with relevant baccalaureate degrees a broad framework of concepts and practices employed in modern biotechnology industries. With close interactions and partnerships between Cal State LA and local biotechnology companies, students of this program will experience a broad industry-responsive curriculum taught by academic and industrial experts, extensive hands-on biotechnology laboratory skills training, and a focused summer biotechnology industry internship at the end of the academic year. All of these are designed to prepare and facilitate our students for employment and career advancement in the biotechnology sector. Courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements may also be applied toward the Master of Science degree in biology. The program has been approved as a Gainful Employment Program by the Department of Education. This means that eligible students can apply for Federal Financial Aid to support them during the year that they are in the program. For more detailed information regarding courses, internships, and research academy, please see this site

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall term of an academic year. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2021 via Cal State Apply. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

Application submitted via Cal State Apply (including materials for the Department of Biological Sciences and the University) is required. Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status; Baccalaureate degree in a biological or related sciences, such as biochemistry, biology, physics, medical technology, or microbiology, which is equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree offered at Cal State LA. Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 in last 90 quarter or 60 semester units attempted; Completion with a B (3.0) grade or higher, in any one of the following upper level undergraduate  courses or their equivalents:

  • Cell Biology (e.g., BIOL 3400 - Cell Biology and Genetics)
  • General Genetics (e.g., BIOL 3400 – Cell Biology and Genetics)
  • Microbial Genetics (e.g., MICR 3300 - Microbial Genetics)
  • Biochemistry (e.g., CHEM 4310 - Biochemistry I)

Application Cycle

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology accepts applications beginning January 15th through April 15 each year for the following fall term. We are not on rolling-admission and only begin reviewing applications after the April 15 deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are finalized in mid-May and formally made by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is the university's official method of communication. All applicants will be contacted with final admission decision via email by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Career Placement Metrics

We are pleased to report that for Cohorts 1-4, 80% of program participants achieved their next career goals of either an advanced or graduate program acceptance or gainful employment. The employers for some of our students include: Amgen, Grifols, Prolacta Biosciences, Jarrow Formulas, Inc., UCLA, Caltech and Cal State LA.

Requirements for the Certificate

Required Core (12 units)

  • BIOL 4170 - Gene Manipulation (3)
  • BIOL 4450 – Bioscience Companies: From Concept to Market (3)
  • BIOL 4460 – Biotechnology Applications of Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIOL 5950 – Biotechnology Internship (1)
  • BIOL 5980 – Graduate Directed Study (1); must repeat once

Electives (minimum 6 units)

In consultation with the program advisor, select a minimum of 6 units of electives from 4000 and 5000 level courses in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Physics, Engineering and Management that address topics in cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, forensics, physics, engineering and project management. Include no more than one seminar course.

Course Work GPA

A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all coursework.

Program Cost

Students pay Graduate/PB level fees; please refer to the Cashiers Office website for the most current fee information.

 

Application Fees

There is a $70 nonrefundable and nontransferable Cal State Apply application fee.

Application Checklist:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biotechnology Application via Cal State Apply
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended—one official set to be sent to Admissions and Recruitment if accepted to the program (step 2 below).
  • Personal Statement as part of the Cal State Apply application (above) 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR) which should be requested as part of the Cal State Apply application (above)

How to Apply

Complete and submit a Graduate Application for Admission through Cal State Apply 

 

  • First, select a term to Apply for.

 

  • Then create an account. If you have an account, sign it.

 

  • Create a profile and an extended profile.

 

  • Under "1. Degree Goal" in your extended profile window, you would select the second radial button next to "Second Bachelor's Degree and Beyond (e.g. Master's Teaching Credential, Certificate, Doctoral)". Then, select "Certificate".

 

  • Next, you will be prompted to add a specific program. Under the "Add Program" window, you may browse or search the "Biotechnology" program from CSU Los Angeles.

 

  • Complete the rest of the application as instructed. 

 

Contact Information

Biological Sciences Department

Phone: (323) 343-2050 (due to remote working, the best mode of communication is via email)

Email: [email protected]

 

Note: The information on this page was modified from what appears in the University Catalog.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals—Record Enhancer (Option I)

Overview

This post-baccalaureate certificate program provides an opportunity for pre-health career students to strengthen their academic background prior to application for admission to a health professional school. The program is designed to make post-baccalaureate students more competitive for admission through a combination of coursework and health science activities. A student must remain in post-baccalaureate status while completing the certificate program.

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall term of an academic year. Completed applications must be received by the Department no later than April 15, 2022 (this is not a postmark date).

The certificate program requires the completion of a minimum of 18 units taken in post-baccalaureate standing. A maximum of 9 units of previously completed post-baccalaureate coursework from another institution may be used toward completion of the certificate program. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • Completion of a University application through CSU Apply. Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status and acceptance by the selection committee.
  • Baccalaureate degree in a science major or a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and completion of pre-health professional required science course with lab (see table below)
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses
  • Personal Statement 
  • Two letters of recommendation
REQUIRED COURSES Required
General Biology with lab 1 year
General Chemistry with lab 1 year
Organic Chemistry with lab 1 year
General Physics with lab 1 year
College Mathematics 1 quarter/semester

Application Cycle

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals accepts applications beginning January 15th through April 15th each year for the following fall term. We are not on rolling admission and only begin reviewing applications after the April 15 deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are finalized in mid-June and formally made by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is the university's official method of communication. All applicants will be contacted with final admission decision via email by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Program Benefits

  • Completion of upper-division science coursework
  • Access to one-on-one health professions advisement and workshops through the HCAO

Requirements for the Certificate

minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all coursework.

Completion of a minimum of 18 units from a list of approved courses selected in consultation with your advisor. Submission of university certificate application and program sheet.

Option 1 Graduation Program Sheet

Program Cost

Students pay Graduate/PB level fees; please refer to the Cashiers Office website for the most current fee information.

Be aware that this program does not meet the criteria to be eligible for federal or state student aid.  As a result, Some students turn to private (non-federal) education loans to help cover their education costs. Before making a decision about a private loan, view the information from Finaid.Org so that you have as much information as possible before you begin the process.

Application Fees

There is a $70 nonrefundable and nontransferable CSU Apply application fee.

Application Checklist:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Pre-Health Professionals Application—Record Enhancer (Option I)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended—Only one official set to be sent to the University's Office of Admissions and Recruitment if accepted into the program 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR). 

How to Apply

Step 1
Complete and submit a Graduate Application for Admission through CSU Apply

Under "Major/Program Objective", select Certificate - Pre-health Professionals.
Under "Degree Objective", select None.

Step 2

Submit official transcripts to Cal State LA’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment and complete online application to the program through CSU Apply. For help uploading documents associated with your online application, please visit the Uploading Documents webpage. 

Step 3
Confirm that your application has been submitted through CSU Apply and your documents have been received with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

 

 

Note: The information on this page was modified from what appears in the University Catalog.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals—Career-Changer (Option II)

Overview

This two-year post-baccalaureate certificate program provides an opportunity for students who do not have a background in science but are interested in pursuing a health profession to complete the prerequisite coursework for admission to medical school or health professions schools. 

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall term of an academic year. Completed applications must be received by the Department no later than April 15, 2022 (this is not a postmark date).

This certificate program requires the completion of a minimum of 38 semester units taken in post-baccalaureate standing. A maximum of 9 units of previously completed post-baccalaureate coursework from another institution that has not been used for credit may be used for completion of the certificate program. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • Completion of a University application through CSU Apply. Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status and acceptance by the selection committee.
  • Baccalaureate degree in a non-science major completed before the term expected to begin the post-baccalaureate program.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units).
  • Personal Statement 
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application Cycle

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals accepts applications beginning January 15th through April 15th each year for the following fall term. We are not on rolling admission and only begin reviewing applications after the April 15 deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are finalized in mid-June and formally made by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is the university's official method of communication. All applicants will be contacted with final admission decision via email by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Program Benefits

  • Completion of prerequisite coursework for admission to medical school or health professions schools
  • Access to one-on-one health professions advisement and workshops through the HCAO

Requirements for the Certificate

minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all course work.

Completion of a minimum of 38 semester units from the following list of courses. Submission of university certificate application and program sheet

Option 2 Program Sheet

Courses Units Semester
General Biology with lab 10 Year 1
General Chemistry with lab 10 Year 1
Organic Chemistry with lab 10 Year 2
General Physics with lab 8 Year 2

Program Cost

Students pay Graduate/PB level fees; please refer to the Cashiers Office website for the most current fee information.

Be aware that this program does not meet the criteria to be eligible for federal or state student aid.  As a result, Some students turn to private (non-federal) education loans to help cover their education costs. Before making a decision about a private loan, view the information from Finaid.Org so that you have as much information as possible before you begin the process.

Application Fees

There is a $70 nonrefundable and nontransferable CSU Apply application fee.

Application Checklist:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Pre-Health Professionals Application—Career Changer (Option II)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended —Only one official set to be sent to the University's Office of Admissions and Recruitment if accepted to the program 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 

How to Apply

Step 1
Complete and submit a Graduate Application for Admission through CSU Apply.

Under "Major/Program Objective", select Certificate - Pre-health Professionals.
Under "Degree Objective", select None.

Step 2

Submit official transcripts to Cal State LA’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment and complete online application to the program through CSU Apply. For help uploading documents associated with your online application, please visit the Uploading Documents webpage. 

Step 3
Confirm that your application has been submitted through CSU Apply and your documents have been received with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

 

 

Note: The information on this page was modified from what appears in the University Catalog.

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate

Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Certificate

Course Descriptions

Department of Biological Sciences Course Descriptions

The items in this submenu link to comprehensive descriptions of the programs offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The links on this page point to lists of courses offered by the department. Lower-division courses are numbered in the range 1000–2999, upper-division in the range 3000–4999, and graduate courses are 5000 level or above. Courses below the 1000 level are subcollegiate courses that cannot be used for credit towards a degree.

Biology Courses

BIOL 1010 General Biology 

BIOL 1030 Life Science 

BIOL 1040 Science Orientation 

BIOL 1054 Selected Topics in Biology 

BIOL 1100 Cellular Basis of Life 

BIOL 1200 Diversity of Life 

BIOL 2030 Human Anatomy 

BIOL 2040 Human Physiology 

BIOL 2800 Physiology for Biomedical Engineering 

BIOL 3000 Biostatistics 

BIOL 3084 Biology of Human Aging 

BIOL 3100 General Microbiology (also listed as MICR 3100) 

BIOL 3200 Professional Writing in the Life Sciences 

BIOL 3400 Principles of Genetics 

BIOL 3401 Molecular & Cellular Laboratory 

BIOL 3500 Evolution 

BIOL 3600 Functional Biology 

BIOL 3800 Ecology 

BIOL 3801 Field Ecology 

BIOL 3900 Molecular & Cellular Biology I 

BIOL 3960 Honors Thesis 

BIOL 3980 Cooperative Education 

BIOL 4000 Molecular & Cellular Biology II 

BIOL 4080 Experimental Design and Advanced Biostatistics 

BIOL 4120 Human Genetics 

BIOL 4130 Molecular Diagnostics 

BIOL 4160 Molecular Genetics 

BIOL 4170 Gene Manipulation 

BIOL 4180 Advanced Evolutionary Biology 

BIOL 4200 Global Change 

BIOL 4240 General Embryology 

BIOL 4280 Plant Physiology 

BIOL 4290 Animal Histology 

BIOL 4300 Fundamental Research in Plant Ecological Physiology 

BIOL 4320 Fundamentals of Toxicology 

BIOL 4330 Integrative Human Physiology 

BIOL 4340 Fundamentals Research in Human Physiology 

BIOL 4350 Neurobiology: Neuroanatomy 

BIOL 4360 Neurobiology: Cellular and Molecular Physiology of the Nervous System 

BIOL 4370 Cell Signaling 

BIOL 4390 Endocrinology 

BIOL 4400 Plant Systematics 

 

Biology Courses 

BIOL 4440 Drug Discovery and Development (also listed as CHEM 4840) 

BIOL 4450 Bioscience Companies: From Concept to Market 

BIOL 4460 Biotechnology Applications of Cell and Molecular Biology 

BIOL 4490 Neurobiology: Development 

BIOL 4500 Botanical Medicine 

BIOL 4510 Ornithology 

BIOL 4530 Ichthyology 

BIOL 4150 Population Genetics 

BIOL 4540 Special Lecture Topics in Biology 

BIOL 4541 Special Activity Topics in Biology 

BIOL 4550 Mammalogy 

BIOL 4560 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 

BIOL 4570 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 

BIOL 4620 Plant Ecology 

BIOL 4700 Conservation Biology 

BIOL 4720 Marine Ecology 

BIOL 4740 Ecosystems of California 

BIOL 4800 Modeling Biological Systems (also listed as MATH 4800) 

BIOL 4810 Animal Cell Culture Theory and Technique 

BIOL 4990 Undergraduate Directed Study 

BIOL 5000 Graduate Orientation 

BIOL 5100 Seminar: Biology 

BIOL 5170 Seminar: Gene Manipulation 

BIOL 5180 Biotechnology Skills Laboratory 

BIOL 5190 Genetic Engineering Laboratory 

BIOL 5200 Seminar: Professional Writing in the Life Sciences 

BIOL 5400 Seminar: Data Analysis for the Biological Sciences 

BIOL 5410 Seminar: Hot Topics 

BIOL 5420 Seminar: Organismal Biology 

BIOL 5430 Seminar: Ecology - Environmental Biology 

BIOL 5440 Seminar: Microbiology Immunology 

BIOL 5450 Seminar: Genetics - Evolution 

BIOL 5460 Seminar: Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology 

BIOL 5500A Advanced Studies in Molecular Diagnostics A 

BIOL 5500B Advanced Studies in Molecular Diagnostics B 

BIOL 5940 Project and Research Skill Development 

BIOL 5950 Biotechnology Internship 

BIOL 5970 Graduate Research 

BIOL 5980 Graduate Directed Study 

BIOL 5990 Thesis 

Microbiology Courses

MICR 1010 - Introduction to Microbiology 

MICR 2010 - Microbiology for Health Related Sciences 

MICR 2020 - Microbiology Laboratory for Health Related Sciences 

MICR 3100 - General Microbiology (also listed as BIOL 3100) 

MICR 3300 - Microbial Genetics 

MICR 3500 - Bacterial Physiology 

MICR 3700 - Medical Microbiology 

MICR 3900 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology 

MICR 4100 - General Virology 

MICR 4200 - Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases 

MICR 4300 - Hematology 

MICR 4400 - Mycology 

MICR 4540 - Special Topics in Microbiology 

MICR 4541 - Activities in Special Topics in Microbiology 

MICR 4600 - Theoretical and Applied Immunology 

MICR 3960 - Honors Thesis in Microbiology 

MICR 3980 - Cooperative Education 

MICR 4990 - Undergraduate Directed Study 

MICR 5100 - Advanced Studies - Hematology 

MICR 5200 - Advanced Studies - Transfusion 

MICR 5300 - Advanced Studies - Clinical Chemistry 

MICR 5400 - Advanced Studies - Medical Microbiology