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USF biology gives you hands-on training that prepares you for careers and graduate programs in field and laboratory biology, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and public health.

Come work with accomplished faculty. Conduct research in the lab and in the field. Use modern instruments in state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll graduate equipped and inspired to make a difference.

Why study biology?

Nicole Gaudenti My passion for biology and ecology is tied to my desire to make a positive contribution, educating and inspiring people about all the beautiful organisms on the planet and their undeniable connection to us. Any person can contribute in a small way to reducing humans' impact on the planet, and organizations and schools need to facilitate such conversations in a way where people feel valued.”

Nicole Gaudenti, Biology '15

Nicole is working toward a master’s degree in biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, studying the thermal ecology of blunt-nosed leopard lizards.

What’s it like inside a USF biology class?

You get a mix of lecture, laboratory, and field courses. And you have a chance to work with faculty on research projects. Explore virology, cancer biology, botany, marine mammal physiology, animal behavior, herpetology, and other fields of study through faculty labs and field research in the Bay Area’s rich ecosystems. Periodically students also take special research trips to Alaska, Antarctica, and even the Galapagos Islands. Through the Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching program, you can apply for research spots at UC San Francisco or assist our UCSF graduate and post-doc adjunct professors on cutting-edge biomedical research.

What makes USF biology different?

“I really appreciated the variety of biology classes offered at USF. From microbiology to oceanography to parasitology, I loved being able to explore and discover the field that really interested me. In addition to taking various biology classes, I also got my first taste of biology research when I participated in Professor Jennifer Dever's research lab and was able to put my lab skills to use.” 
— Vivian Young '12 MS '15 works for AbbVie, a pharmaceutical research company with offices in the Bay Area.