UCSB's undergraduate program in biology is jointly administered by two academic departments: Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB). Each department offers several specialized majors leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, and the departments share a general biological sciences major leading to either a BS or a BA degree. Research and teaching programs cover the full spectrum of biological science from molecular biology and biochemistry to community and ecosystems ecology. Over 150 upper division biology courses are offered to support our majors. These courses include lectures and seminars, laboratory and field studies, and independent studies and group projects.
Research opportunities in the laboratory and the field are available with faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research, and participate in a wide variety of internships ranging from restoration ecology to veterinary and human medicine. Degrees in the biological sciences are excellent preparation for graduate and professional school or for careers in teaching, private industry, environmental sciences, and the health sciences (dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and medical technology). UCSB's outstanding health science advisory system advises and supports students from the beginning of their studies in biology to their entrance into health science graduate programs and professional schools.