Why UCI BioSci?

A healthy mind depends on a healthy body, which requires a healthy world.  The UCI School of Biological Sciences focuses on this interconnection of life. We train biologists to solve the most pressing challenges threatening humanity and our planet, from devastating diseases to rising global temperatures.  Innovation is at the core of what we do. UCI BioSci established the globe’s first academic department devoted to studying the brain. Throughout our School, faculty and students across the life sciences constantly research and devise daring new discoveries for a better future.  We value curiosity, commitment and the desire to change the world. UCI BioSci: Life interconnected.

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Biology is an inherently broad and diverse discipline

The School of Biological Sciences has designed its curriculum to prepare all students – majors and non-majors – for their present and future educational needs in the field of biology. The School offers a Doctoral Degree in Biological Sciences, 3 Master’s Degrees, and 10 Bachelor of Science degrees in the following disciplines:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

Biological Sciences, B.S.

Biology/Education, B.S.

Developmental and Cell Biology, B.S.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, B.S.

Exercise Science, B.S.

Genetics, B.S.

Human Biology, B.S.

Microbiology and Immunology, B.S.

Neurobiology, B.S.

Biological Sciences, M.S.

Biological Sciences, PhD

Biotechnology Management, M.S.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Graduate Program

Master of Conservation and Restoration Science

Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Program

The school also offers a minor in the Biological Sciences. For more information on programs, majors, etc. please visit the UCI Catalogue.

How to Apply

Ready to join a diverse and bright set of students dedicated to making a difference in the world? Whether you are entering as a freshman or a transfer student, the School of Biological Sciences is proud to have you come! Learn what it takes to become a BioSci student.

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The best preparation for prospective students in BioSci is to have a solid foundation in science prior to entering the University. In addition to Biology, it is recommended that prospective high school students have studied precalculus and chemistry as well.

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UCI welcomes the distinctive experience transfer students contribute to our campus and gives priority to junior-level students transferring from California Community Colleges.

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For Graduate Admissions, please refer to the general application instructions and specific program related instructions prior to filling out the application. If you have questions about program-specific evaluative criteria, processes, requirements or deadlines, please contact the program directly.