Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor

See life from all angles.

Biologists study many aspects of how life operates; our courses reflect this diversity, ranging from molecular to marine biology.

We emphasize "doing" science rather than listening to it or reading about it. You will join faculty mentors as collaborators, either in formal laboratory or field classes, or in mentored research outside of the classroom.

The Curriculum

You'll find that the majority of your coursework doesn't involve a textbook, but rather working alongside your professors and getting your hands dirty. (Figuratively, of course—lab safety is important!)

It's this active approach to learning that will help you be more competitive after college. Typically, biology majors focus on one of three general career paths: health careers, research, or teaching.

The Professors

Your Future

Careers in biology are available in both government and private companies and include positions in research, teaching, administration and sales of pharmaceuticals or medical equipment. In addition, the growing areas of genetics and biotechnology provide many career opportunities. The global biotechnology company Amgen is located near the University and hires Cal Lutheran graduates each year.

Likewise, many biology majors from Cal Lutheran are accepted into medical, dental and graduate schools throughout the United States.

Graduate Schools

  • Mayo Medical Clinic
  • University of Southern California
  • Western School of Health Sciences
  • Southern California College of Optometry
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Palmer West School of Chiropractors
  • Marshall University
  • Tufts University


  • Amgen
  • Baxter Bioscience
  • BioSource International
  • CA Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Invitrogen
  • Mobile Marine Lab
  • Sea World
  • Ventura County Crime Lab

Career Paths

  • Biotechnology Associate
  • Research Associate
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Associate
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Community Health Coordinator
of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or working in their chosen career within nine months of graduation.

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