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Biology Major and Minor

The biology degree program at Seaver College is designed to provide biology majors with opportunities for experiential learning through hands-on research, small labs, and instruction by professors in both lectures and labs. We encourage students to take advantage of our summer undergraduate research program as well as the honors program in biology.

Biology Degrees


Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Pepperdine students enrolled in the BA in biology degree option are provided with more flexibility in seeking a liberal arts education. Some biology majors select this degree because they are interested in either science education or a double major in another science or non-science discipline.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Students in the BS in biology degree option receive more comprehensive exposure to biological complexity. This degree option prepares biology majors for advanced careers in the biological sciences.

Many of these careers involve continuing education through entry into professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, etc.) and graduate school.

What Natural Science Division Grads Are Doing

Data collected from the 2022 class within six months of graduation.



Employed Full-Time or Part-Time


Admitted to Graduate School


Total Settled Graduates

Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Student Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biology (SURB) was developed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, biomathematics or biotechnology. Selected students will work alongside Pepperdine faculty work to develop a project idea for their summer research.

Behavioral Ecology Research Laboratory

The Behavioral Ecology Research Laboratory is an undergraduate research group based at Pepperdine University, engaging in both field work and laboratory research to promote conservation of our local Santa Monica Mountain streams. The group primarily studies the behavior of native amphibians and reptiles.

Biology Student Testimonials


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Natural Science Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: RAC 106


Joe Fritsch
Divisional Dean & Professor of  Chemistry

Stephanie Adler
Office Manager

Sunni DeLano
Director, NSCP-ISPP

Daphne Green
Lab Manager

Michael Kruel
Associate Lab Manager

Patricia Scopinich
Administrative Assistant