Biology Major | Undergraduate Admissions | Concordia University Irvine

Biology Major

School of Arts and Sciences


From the smallest organisms to entire ecosystems, you will learn the foundational biological principles that connect these to each other, but also gain a better understanding of your position in the universe. Modern biologists are challenged to find solutions for some of the biggest issues of our time. A Biology degree from Concordia University Irvine prepares you to take on these issues from both a scientific and a distinctly Lutheran Christian perspective. It can open doors to a multitude of careers in research, education, industry, forensics, and professional positions in various areas within the allied health profession.

Concordia University’s Biology Department has a very serious commitment to research and research design. Our students are trained in experimental design, proposal writing and submission, real world constraints on data collection, statistical data analysis, and a variety of other research protocols. Our goal is to provide an experience that gives you the flexibility to design a research project motivated by your own interests, carry out that experiment, and then write up the results of the research in a refereed journal format. As a Biology major at Concordia, you will complete a senior research thesis that will prepare you for advanced study or careers in the sciences in a way that many universities cannot.

What is the difference between a B.A. and a B.S. in Biology?

B.S. in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a more specialized degree that prepares students for entry into graduate study or health professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary science, and other related fields.

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B.A. in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology provides a strong liberal arts core and is designed for students who plan to enter careers in teaching. Our B.A. allows students to meet course requirements for education or prepares undergraduates to pursue an advanced degree.

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Where Our Alumni Are Working

  • Truesdail Laboratories Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Company
  • Science Teacher, Christ Lutheran, La Mesa
  • Care Ambulance Service EMT
  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • Science Teacher, South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena
  • Science Teacher, St Turibius Catholic School, Los Angeles

Graduate Schools Attended

Many of our alumni in the natural sciences continue their education in graduate school. This past year, Concordia was proud to place five of our graduating seniors with full-ride fellowships in first-class PhD programs ranging from material science and nuclear chemistry to food science and chemical engineering.

  • Drexel (Medical School)
  • Duke University
  • Loma Linda (Medical School, PA School)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Washington Sate University (research appointment)
  • Oregon Health Sciences University (Dental School)
  • Rice (Biochem)
  • San Diego State University (Graduate School of Public Health)
  • Southern California College of Optometry
  • UC Davis (Medical School)
  • UC Irvine (Medical School)
  • UC Los Angeles (Biochem)
  • UC San Diego (Medical School)
  • University of Des Moines (PA School)
  • University of Iowa (Medical School)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Biology/Microbiology)
  • University of Nevada, Reno (Ecology)
  • University of Southern California (Dental School, Molecular Biology)
  • University of Utah (Ecology, Biochem, Environmental Science)
  • University of Virginia (Medical School)
  • Washington State (Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry Ph.D.)
  • Western University of Health Sciences (Dental School, Veterinary Sciences, Optometry)

On Campus Facilities

On-campus facilities dedicated to advanced instruction and undergraduate research.

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If you are seeking a place that honors your "andness"-your individuality, your perspective, your interests, your questions and contributions-you will find it at Concordia.

Deadlines to Apply
Early Action Dec. 1
Priority Feb. 15
Regular Apr. 1
Applications received after April 1 are reviewed on a rolling bases.

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Student Opportunities

Biology majors at Concordia are involved in leading various extracurricular activities on campus.

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