BSCR Program Curriculum

During the 7-month training at CSUF, students complete the following stem cell-related coursework:

  • BIOL329 - Essential Techniques in Cell Biology (Lecture); summer
  • Full-time research in a CSUF lab (summer volunteer); summer
  • Regulatory Affairs Requirement (TBD); fall
  • BIOL 427 - Stem Cell Biology (Lecture); fall
  • BIOL 429 - Techniques in Stem Cell Biology (Lab); fall
  • BIOL 480C - Profession Seminar (internship prep.); fall
  • BIOL 499L - Independent Research in a selected CSUF lab; fall
  • Patient engagement activities & community outreach; fall 


BSCR Program Academic Benefits

  • Expertise in Stem Cell Research
  • Academic advancement and scholarly gains
  • Possibility of additional/stronger recommendation letters for the BSCR Scholar (intern)
  • Courses apply to B.S. in Biology (C&D, MBB)


BSCR Program Financial Support

  • Tuition reimbursement of $3,500/semester (for Spring and Fall) during internship
  • Stipends of $2,500/month during internship (from January to December; total: $30,000/year)
These benefits may impact your Financial Aid and Income Tax liability.

The students are required to support themselves during their training at CSUF.
The students are financially responsible for:

  • the summer course (BIOL 329)
  • full-time enrollment during fall semester.


BSCR Program: Timeline

  • 03/09/2022 - 10th annual Stem Cell Symposium
  • 04/15/2022 - applications due; up to 10 applicants selected
  • Week of 04/25/2022 - interviews
  • 05/02/2022 - BSCR Scholars announced
  • 06/01/2022 to 07/02/2022 - Essential Techniques in Cell Biology (BIOL 329)
  • Summer 2022 - Full-time research at CSUF (volunteer)
  • Fall 2022 semester - SC-related courses (listed above)
  • February 2023 - Human stem cell training course at the internship site
  • 01/03/2023 to 12/22/2023 - Full-time, paid internship

BSCR Program Selection

Successful students will have:

  • Completed BIOL 302, BIOL 303 or BIOL 309 or   Completed CHEM 421 or 423 (BioChem Majors)
  • Demonstrable interest in stem cell research
  • Able to discuss scientific method and basic cell and molecular biology
  • Integration of stem cell research into your career goals is desired
  • Prior research experience is not needed!
  • We do not use GPA for cut-offs
  • PhD as a career goal is not a requirement