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Department of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences
Lisa Wrischnik
Department Co-Chair and Associate Professor
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at University of the Pacific. Our department prides itself on its enthusiasm for discovery, passion for learning, and commitment to training and educating students. We offer flexible programs of study that prepare students to pursue careers in advanced degrees in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology or zoology. 

As a student of biological sciences at Pacific, you will work with faculty members who have expertise in a variety of different biological systems; explore your field of study through numerous undergraduate experiential learning and research opportunities; and enjoy small upper-division classes that allow direct student-faculty interactions, as well as the use of modern facilities and cutting-edge biological instrumentation. Unlike larger institutions that rely on graduate students to gather scientific data, Pacific offers unparalleled research opportunities for undergraduate students and close faculty-student interactions.

Tour of one of our labs

Explore our facilities

Health-based programs

Our programs prepare students for health-based professional fields that include dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, nursing or physical therapy. Faculty advisers closely interact with University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry admissions committees to facilitate student transition from pre-professional to professional programs. The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree. The MS Program enables students to work closely with faculty members in research and teaching.

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