2015-2016 Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (120 units)

Summary of Units:

Lower Division Major Requirements8
Upper Division Major Requirements36
Required Supporting Courses11
Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements65
Total Units120

Lower Division Requirements (8 units):

BIOL 200 Principles of Organismal and Population Biology (4)*
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)*

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (36 units):

1. Required Biology Courses (14 units)

BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
BIOL 499 Senior Capstone in Biology (3)

2. Electives in Biology (25 units)

Use the appropriate graduation roadmap for guidance in selecting a minimum of 25 units of biology electives from the following list of courses. Two electives must be lab courses.

BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
BIOL 304 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
BIOL 310 Vertebrate Biology (4)
BIOL 311 Plant Biology (4)
BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
BIOL 313 Conservation Biology - Cross-listed as ESRM 313 (4)
BIOL 315 Introduction to Biophysics - Cross-listed as PHYS 315 (4)
BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 317 Parasitology (4)
BIOL 318 Medical Mycology (4)
BIOL 319 Plant Systematics and Identification (4)
BIOL 320 Deep-Sea Biology and Ecology (4)
BIOL 335 The Biosphere (3)*
BIOL 336 Ethnobotany (3)*
BIOL 345 Science and Public Policy - Cross-listed as POLS 345 (3)*
BIOL 389 The Science of Art and the Art of Science - Cross-listed as ART 389 (3)
BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
BIOL 406 Evolutionary Biogeography (3)
BIOL 407 Behavioral Ecology (3)
BIOL 416 Radiobiology and Radionuclides - Cross-listed as PHYS 416 (3)
BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
BIOL 421 Virology (3)
BIOL 422 Plant Physiology (4)
BIOL 423 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3)
BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
BIOL 426 Hematology (4)
BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
BIOL 431 Bioinformatics (4)*
BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3)*
BIOL 433 Ecology and the Environment (4)*
BIOL 434 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging - Cross-listed as HLTH 434, PHYS 434 (4)*
BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 451 Ornithology (4)
BIOL 452 Entomology (4)
BIOL 453 Methods in Population and Community Ecology (4)
BIOL 464 Medical Instrumentation - Cross-listed as PHYS 464 (4)
BIOL 470 Plant Pathology (4)
BIOL 471 Soil Science (4)
BIOL 473 Sustainable Agriculture (4)
BIOL 490 Special Topics (1-3)

Students may count 3-4 units from the following courses towards the 25 units of electives. UNIV Courses require Biology Program approval:

CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (3)
CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
CHEM 301 Environmental Chemistry - Atmosphere and Climate (3)
CHEM 302 Environmental Chemistry - Soil and Water (4)
CHEM 318 Biological Chemistry (3)
CHEM 460 Biochemistry I (4)
ESRM 328 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOL 122 Historical Geology (3)
GEOL 321 Environmental Geology (4)
UNIV 391 United States Travel Study Experience (1-3)
UNIV 392 International Experience (1-3)
UNIV 398 Advanced Research Investigations (3)
UNIV 498 Faculty-Student Collaborative Research (3)

No more than 2 units taken from the following can be counted towards the 25 units of electives:

BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting Courses (31 units):

1. Chemistry (16 units)

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)*
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)*
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
A year-long organic chemistry sequence with laboratory taken at a community college may be accepted for the Biology major in lieu of CHEM 311, 312, 314, 315

2. Physics (8 units)

Select one of the following combinations:
PHYS   100   Introduction to Physics I (4)*
PHYS   101    Introduction to Physics II (4)*
   or
PHYS   200    General Physics I (4)*
PHYS   201    General Physics II (4)*

3. Statistics and Mathematics (7 units)

BIOL 203 Quantitative Methods for Biology (3)*
MATH 150 Calculus I (4)*

Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements (42 units)

To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division) including all General Education (GE) and Graduation Requirements:
The following areas must be included:

  • Additional lower division A-E GE requirements not met within the major (for A3, recommend MATH 230 Logic and Mathematical Reasoning (Cross-listed as PHIL 230)
  • Nine units of Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE), courses numbered 330-349 or 430-449. Six units may be within the major, 3 units must be outside the major (C or better grades)
  • Multicultural Requirement (C or better grade)
  • Language Requirement (C or better grade)
  • American Institutions Requirement
  • Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation

Courses with * are double-counted toward GE credits.