Going Remote 3/24/20: The Biology Department has transitioned to remote-only services for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Faculty and staff will be available by email during this time. 
kelp forest February 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Mackenzie Zippay and Dr. Brent Hughes on their recent award: Adding Resilience to Kelp Forests though the Development of Heat Tolerant Varieties for Restoration!
Angelica Aguilar January 2020: Congratulations to our McNair Scholars Fellowship recipient, Angelica Aguilar!
November 2019: Congratulations to the following Biology students on their Koret Award: Angelica Aguilar, Matt Draluck, Jazmyne Gill, Joseph Jackson and Shayla Shahar!
Wendy St. John November 2019: Spotlight: Biology Department Instructor Wendy St. John shares her love and expertise of Copeland Creek!
Michael Cohen and Students September 2019: The Center for Community Engagement welcomed Dr. Michael Cohen as a recent Faculty fellow. Congratulations, Dr. Cohen!
Anthony T August 2019: Congratulations to Bio Grad Student Anthony Tercero, on being selected for the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Jazmyne holding urchin April 2019: Biology Graduate Student Jazmyne Gill has been awarded the very prestigious AAUW Career Development Grant!  Congratulations, Jazmyne!
Katherine Johnson March 2019: Its Women's History Month! Join the School of Science and Technology in presenting "Women in STEM", a month long celebration with a variety of presentations, and events featuring women in science.
October 2018: The Department of Biology is proud to present the critically acclaim documentary, "The Beaver Believers" on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm in Darwin 103.

Please note Sonoma State University will transition to all remote instruction starting on Tuesday, March 24th through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. During this period there will be no in-person classes and many employees will be working remotely. School of Science and Technology offices will be mostly closed for face-to-face business. All staff will remain accessible via email and phone. For more information on COVID-19, please check the University's information page, as well as the Academic Affairs InfoHub. Thank you.


Welcome to the Department of Biology!

The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our faculty are not only dedicated educators but also active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences.

The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

Areas of educational and research activities include ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology.

Please feel free to contact any of the department faculty or staff if you have questions about our programs.

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All of the photos and videos on this site were taken by the following faculty, staff and students: Gaby Arango, Brennan Chin, Michael Cohen, Christina Collins, Megan Gaitan, Rosemary Galten, Kandis Gilmore, Julia Graham, Shannon Healy, Shannon Lee, Joseph Lin, Dena Peacock, Alessandra Phelan-Roberts, Nathan Rank and Mackenzie Zippay.