Program Description

Faculty and student research is generally published in quality research journals. Study in various areas, from molecular biology to natural history, is available to the student seeking preparation for teaching or for research in modern biology.

Program Website

Program Length

3-6 Years

Possible Careers

Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2024 Aug 1, 2023 Jan 1, 2024 May 1, 2024
Autumn of 2025 Aug 1, 2024 Jan 1, 2025 May 1, 2025

Admissions Requirements

The successful applicant must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Medicine. Undergraduate preparation should include a bachelor's degree in biology (M.S. recommended). See more in the LLU Catalog on the web.


  • Statistics
  • Precalculus (required)
  • Calculus (recommended)
  • General physics (one year)
  • General chemistry (one year)
  • Organic chemistry (one year)
  • Biochemistry (recommended)
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2017-2018

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Tuition & Fees $12,476
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • 0
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • 0
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • 0
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • 0
  • Off Campus
  • 0
    Transportation Allowance $3,780
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,740
    Federal Student Loan Fees $744
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    Many students in this program receive financial aid.
    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.