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Welcome to Biology at SSU!

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, or email  


Cover of the latest Science journal
November 2023

Exciting news for the Hughes Lab! Dr. Brent Hughes and his collaborators just published an article in the prestigious journal Science, which was featured on the cover. In the article, they show how managing herbivores is critical to restoring earth's vegetated ecosystems. Link:
Congratulations to the Hughes Lab!

Portrait photo of student Christian Q
October 2023

Congratulations to Christian Quintero (Hua Lab) on being selected to represent SSU Undergraduate Research at the upcoming COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference! A total of 10 undergraduate students have been selected to present their research at SSU on on November 4th. Please check our Student Activities page for more info. Way to go, Christian!

Plant Sale flyer
October 2023

PLANT SALE!! Please come by & support The Biology Club's spooky plant sale next week, Mon Oct 9 - Thurs Oct 12, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm! Find a cool plant and pick up a pumpkin, too!

Portrait photo of Biology grad student Angelo
September 2023

The Biology Dept. is very excited to announce Grad student Angelo Incitti (Crocker Lab) is the 2023 SSU recipient of the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement! This prestigious award is given to one student from each of the 23 campuses. To learn more about Angelo and this award, please visit the CSU website. Congratulations, Angelo!

Bull Kelp Forest
August 2023

Congratulations to the Hughes Lab members featured in this recent Bay Nature article, "A 'Field of Dreams' Approach to California Bull Kelp Forests" with shout-outs to former BIOL Grad Students, Rachael Karm and Julieta Gomez!

Department of Biology Logo
May 2023

Congratulations to Hua Lab members, Christian Quintero, Salma Torres and Kalani Valencia-Chin, recent recipients of the MESA/Genetech Summer Fellows award! This award will fund their summer research projects. Great job, everyone!

April 2023

The Biology Department is proud to announce Bio Grad student Rebecca Kopel (Geist Lab) won the SSU Grand Slam 2023! Rebecca's topic is titled "Bringing Back the Bugs--Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates to Assess Freshwater Environments" and she will represent SSU in the CSU Wide Grand Slam on May 5th. Congratulations Rebecca! For more details, visit our Student Highlights page.

Student holding critter and student holding seaweed
March 2023

Congrats to Biology Grad Students Rebecca Kopel (Geist Lab) and Vini Souza (Hughes Lab) who have been selected to present their research at the CSU Student Research Competition next month at San Diego State University! Visit the Student Achievement page for more information - Good Luck Vini and Rebecca!

Schedule of when courses are available
November 2022

Spring 2023 BIOL 220 & 240 Rollout: UPDATED! Now open to ALL students who meet the pre-reqs, including repeaters! For more information, go to our Rollout page

Black and White portrait of student
August 2022

Congratulations to Hua Lab member Vanessa Sanchez who has been selected as a McNairs Scholar! Read more here: Student Achievement page


Photos and Videos on This Site

All of the photos and videos on this site were taken by the following faculty, staff, students and friends: Gaby Arango, Lisa Bentley, Brennan Chin, Michael Cohen, Abbey Dias, Belle Ehrmantraut, Julieta Gomez, Rosemary Galten, Kandis Gilmore, Julia Graham, Shannon Healy, David Hua, Lisa Hua, Brent Hughes, Fran Keller, Liz Kettmann, Rebecca Kopel, Shannon Lee, Joseph Lin, Aurora Martinez Ricart, Nathan Rank, Alyssa Stadie, Wendy St. John, Kyle Sullivan and Mackenzie Zippay. Contact the Biology Dept. webbuilder if you need more information. 10-13-23