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Student in Science Lab


Long-eared Owl

Dept. Chair:

Marlene Martinez


Science & Engineering


Dr. Rina Roy


(916) 484-8107

The biology department provides students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to more fully understand the living world.  


Biology is entering into an exciting new era in which phenomena that once seemed insoluble mysteries - such as embryonic development, the functions of the brain, and the dynamics of ecosystems - are now yielding their secrets as the technology to study them becomes more and more sophisticated.  From molecular biology, with its potential to revolutionize medicine and agriculture, to ecology, with its lessons for the sustainable management of the environment, biologists are fully engaged in meeting the challenges of the future, helping to improve the quality of human life and to appreciate and preserve our world's biodiversity.