Bachelor of Science in Biology

Requirements (108-113 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.S. in Biology (Program Code: BIOL)

Lower-division requirements (56-61)
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 twelve units chosen from Group A or B below:12-15
Group A:
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II Lecture
Organic Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry III Lecture
Organic Chemistry III Lab
Group B:
Principles of Organic Chemistry I
Principles of Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Organic Chemistry III
Note: The requirement in organic chemistry may be met by the completion of one year of transferable organic chemistry course work from another institution of higher education.
MATH 192Methods of Calculus4
or MATH 211 Basic Concepts of Calculus
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 (52)
BIOL 300Cell Physiology5
BIOL 400Molecular Biology5
BIOL 423Genetics5
BIOL 450Ecology5
or BIOL 455 Marine Biology and Ecology
BIOL 591Biology Seminar1
A minimum of 31 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (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 below..31
Group A:
Local Flora
Biology of Higher Plants
Comparative Plant Physiology
Group B:
Biology of Invertebrates
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
Note: CHEM 436A and CHEM 436B may be counted as 5 of the 31 units in upper-division elective course work in Biology.
Total Units108-113