Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Requirements (90-98 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Students majoring in Biology may repeat an upper-division Biology course no more than once. Failing any two upper-division Biology courses disqualifies the student from continuation as a Biology major.

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology (Program Code: BIOL)

Lower-division requirements (53-61)
BIOL 200Biology of the Cell5
BIOL 201Biology of Organisms5
BIOL 202Biology of Populations5
CHEM 215General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding6
CHEM 216General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions6
Organic chemistry
A minimum of nine units chosen from Group A or B below:9-15
Group A:
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Organic Chemistry II Lecture
Organic Chemistry III Lecture
Group B:
Principles of Organic Chemistry I
Principles of Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Organic Chemistry III
MATH 192Methods of Calculus4
or MATH 211 Basic Concepts of Calculus
Physics
A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:13-15
Group A:
Basic Concepts of Physics I
Basic Concepts of Physics II
Basic Concepts of Physics III
Group B:
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics III
Upper-division requirements (37)
BIOL 300Cell Physiology5
BIOL 400Molecular Biology5
BIOL 423Genetics5
BIOL 450Ecology5
or BIOL 455 Marine Biology and Ecology
BIOL 591Biology Seminar1
A minimum of 16 units of upper-division biology courses (excluding BIOL 301, BIOL 304, BIOL 305, BIOL 306, BIOL 314, BIOL 349 and BIOL 503), with at least one course from each of Groups A and B:16
Group A:
Local Flora
Biology of Higher Plants
Comparative Plant Physiology
Group B:
Microorganisms
Biology of Invertebrates
Entomology
Comparative Embryology
Biology of Chordates
Medical Microbiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Principles of Development
Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in the Life Sciences
Laboratory in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Culture
Advanced Vertebrate Morphology
Immunology
Total Units90-98