Department of Biology

Undergraduate Programs


Life, as biologists know, is infinitely complex. That's what makes the study of life so rich and significant. At PLNU, you will join others who find complexity exciting, fascinating, and rewarding. We offer four undergraduate degree programs, a fabulous pre-health program, three options for minors, and a nationally-recognized undergraduate research program.

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What can you do with a degree in biology?  Click here for information from the American Institute of Biological Sciences on various careers in the biological sciences.

Students planning to major in biology should take the following in high school:

  • One biology class, advanced/honors biology is recommended (could be AP, but not necessary)
  • One chemistry class, advanced/honors chemistry is recommended (could be AP, but not necessary)
  • One physics class
  • Pre-calculus

Contact Us:

PLNU Biology Department
Rohr Science Building, 1st Floor
619-849-2598 fax

Graduate Programs


PLNU offers California's only master's degree in general biology designed for educators. It is a unique and forward-thinking approach to graduate biology education. You will be challenged to think from multiple perspectives, and you will gain the deep understanding of biological concepts needed to share your knowledge with students in ways that are meaningful and effective. 

"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."  Colossians 1:16-17

Campaign for the Sciences

The new 32,900 square foot science facility in the heart of PLNU's campus will provide much needed space for teaching and research to continue to prepare the finest science graduates.

Learn more about the new facility

Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate Research at PLNU began in the mid 1960s in the Chemistry Department through the efforts of Dr. Victor Heasley.  A decade later, Dr. Kenneth Hyde and others began creating research opportunities for students in the Biology Department.  Over the past half century, a total of 622 PLNU biology and chemistry majors have been able to conduct their own original research under the direction of 31 different faculty mentors.    Approximately 90% of those student researchers have gone on to careers in science and medicine upon graduating from Point Loma.

Science Education Programs

Engaging programs like Perspectives on Science, Science Honors' Weekend, University NOW, WCBSURC, and visiting speakers like Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Randy Isaac, ASA are just a few ways science and community are converging at PLNU.

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