Annie H October 2021: The Hua Lab is very proud to announce Biology major Annie Huang has been chosen to represent SSU in the Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Undergraduate Research,Scholarly, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Conference! Annie will present her undergraduate research in a 10 min presentation 11/13/21: “Actin localization in human mitotic cells” Congratulations, Annie!
New SSU - Biology Logo August 2021: The Biology Office has virtual appointments to help with registration, scheduling, and general information about our programs! Schedule an appointment on our calendar, or email biology@sonoma.edu. For more information, check our Contact Us page.
Maddy standing near the ocean May 2021: More accolades for our awesome Grad Students! Congratulations to All Biology Students who received recognition this year, to our graduating students, and to the students still moving through the program - your perseverance in these trying times is extraordinary, and we see you! 
New SSU - Biology Logo May 2021: Congratulations to the follow Biology seniors who will be Graduating with Distinction: Angelica Aguilar, Maria Amador, Kayla Arce, Lauren BoccaJustin Brasil, Marissa Cerros, Jackson EberweinNatasha Higuera, Breanna Lee, Christina LeportAlissa Padilla, Gabriel Quintero-PlancarteShayla Shahar, and Jamie Zogaric! Way to go, everyone!!
New SSU - Biology Logo May 2021: We are very proud to announce the follow Biology Graduate students will be Graduating with Distinction: Joe Jackson, Allie Northey, Elliott Smeds and Kerry Wininger! Congratulations!!
May 2021: The Department of Biology is proud to announce undergraduate Justin Brasil won an Ongaro Green Science Award for his senior capstone research poster in the Virtual Research GalleryCongratulations Justin!
Research poster by Gomez & Karm May 2021: The Biology Department is proud to announce Grad students Julieta Gomez and Rachael Karm won the Grand Prize Ongaro Green Science Award for their poster in the Virtual Research Gallery! Congratulations Julieta and Rachael!
Research poster by Elliott May 2021: Congratulations to Bio Grad student Elliott Smeds who won the The Ongaro Family Green Science Award for his research poster at this year's Virtual Research Gallery! Way to go, Elliott!
Biol Grad Student Kiona P May 2021: The Bio Dept is proud to announce Grad student Kiona Parker won the COAST Graduate Student Research Award for her research on Copper Rockfish! Congratulations Kiona! 
Grad Student Barbie H May 2021: We are proud to announce Biol Grad student Barbie Halaska won the COAST Graduate Student Research Award for her research on Eastern North Pacific gray whales. Congratulations, Barbie!

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.

Students out in the field, checking grasses


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