The Department of Biology's curriculum covers the entire spectrum of biological sciences, including animal biology, plant biology and cellular/ molecular biology. The biology department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology, as well as a B.A. degree in human biological sciences.

Laboratory and field research are integral components of the Biological Sciences program, which emphasizes a "hands-on" approach with close faculty mentoring. Biology's modern research facilities include state-of-the-art molecular and microbiology research labs, new greenhouse facilities, and a full range of field sampling and trapping equipment.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four different B.S. degree programs in chemistry, including the American Chemical Society Certification, and concentrations in biochemistry or management and marketing. Chemistry students enjoy small class sizes, individual attention from their professors, and the opportunity to conduct hands-on research as undergraduates.

Students in the chemistry department have access to a wide range of new high-tech scientific instruments, including mass spectrometers, spectrophotometers, high-performance liquid chromatography, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy equipment.

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has expanded to provide students with the quality education they need to succeed in today's challenging high-tech world. The department offers B.S. degrees in computer engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering.

The department's world-class robotics laboratory is home to a fascinating variety of high-tech robots of all shapes and sizes. The department facilities also include an advanced graphics workstation laboratory, a circuits laboratory, a network laboratory, and several well-equipped instructional and walk-in programming labs.

Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences offers B.S., B.A. and M.S. degrees in geology, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in hydrogeology. The programs provide comprehensive training in geology with special strengths in the applied areas of petroleum geology, hydrogeology, sedimentology, tectonics, and paleoclimatology.

CSU Bakersfield is located in an ideal area for geologic study, with easy access to deserts, mountain ranges, oil fields, agricultural areas, and the Pacific coast. The department has well-equipped modern research facilities and a full range of field sampling equipment. The CSUB campus is also home to the California Well Sample Repository, which contains cores and samples from more than 5,000 wells in addition to 1,500 micropaleontological samples.


The Department of Mathematics offers a B.S. degree in mathematics with concentrations in applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, economics, statistics, and teaching mathematics.

The faculty members of the department are passionate about teaching mathematics. They help students discover both the importance and the beauty of the discipline by combining lectures with discussions, problem-solving activities, student presentations, and computer applications.

Natural Sciences

This interdisciplinary program offers a B.S. in natural sciences and an M.S. in science education. The main focus of the program is the preparation of science teachers at both the middle school and high school levels.  The B.S. begins with a broad foundation in the sciences that can be applied to the foundational concentration for middle school teachers, or disciplinary concentrations in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics for high school teachers. The M.S. offers two tracks: a credential track for prospective science teachers without a California Teaching Credential and a research track for practicing science teachers.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program prepares the next generation of nurses by providing an exceptional education that incorporates biological, physical, and social sciences. In addition to classroom instruction and in-depth training, students are exposed to a wide variety of clinical settings and patient populations within the community as part of their curriculum.

The department's state-of-the-art Don C. and Diane S. Lake Family Nursing Simulation Laboratory enables students to develop their patient care skills using high-fidelity simulators, task trainers, video technology, and a variety of hospital-grade equipment. The Department of Nursing is engaged in community service through locally funded private and public partnerships.

Physics and Engineering

The Department of Physics and Engineering offers a B.S. degree in physics and a B.S. degree in engineering sciences with (optional) emphases in biosystems and agricultural engineering, petroleum engineering, and engineering management. An additional emphasis is planned in energy and power engineering. The pre-engineering program will continue to service students in other engineering fields.

Students enjoy exceptional opportunities to work closely with faculty. Classes are small and promote participation and interaction.