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Biology (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science in Biology
Total units: 81-83

Students seeking the B.S. in biology must complete core requirements in both the major and related disciplines, and elective courses beyond these requirements.Download Sample 4 Year Plan

Biology Core Curriculum Major Requirements: 28-30 units


BIOL 111C/CL Principles of Biology I: 4 units

BIOL 112/L Principles of Biology II: 4 units

BIOL 220/L Cell Biology: 4 units

BIOL 309/L Microbiology: 4 units

BIOL 311/L Genetics: 4 units

BIOL 485 Undergraduate Biological Research: 2-4 units
or, BIOL 488 Biology Senior Project

BIOL 499C Capstone Seminar in Biology: 2 units

Choose one of the following Ecology Focus courses:

BIOL 315/L General Ecology: 4 units

BIOL 345C Mountain Field Biology: 4 units

BIOL 346C Desert Field Ecology: 4 units

BIOL 348C Coastal Ecology: 4 units

Related Discipline Core Requirements: 37 units

CHEM 120/L/R General Chemistry I: 5 units

CHEM 121/L/R General Chemistry II: 5 units

CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry I: 3 units

CHEM 304L Organic Chemistry Techniques I: 1 unit

CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry II: 3 units

CHEM 305L Organic Chemistry Techniques II: 1 unit

PSCI 223C/CL Mechanics and Heat/Lab: 4 units

PSCI 225/L Electricity, Magnetism, Sound and Light/Lab: 4 units

MATH 168C Biostatistics: 3 units

MATH 180 Calculus I: 4 units

MATH 181 Calculus II: 4 units

Students must complete an additional 16 units in biology or biochemistry. It is strongly recommended that pre-medical and pre-dental students emphasize electives that prepare them for their graduate studies. Students interested in teaching should also complete BIOL 212, BIOL 214, and BIOL 455.

Electives: 16 units

BIOL 302/L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: 4 units

BIOL 305/L Physiology of Vertebrates: 4 units

BIOL 315/L General Ecology: 4 units

BIOL 325 History and Philosophy of Science: 3 units

BIOL 335 Biology of Cancer: 3 units

BIOL 345C Mountain Field Biology: 4 units

BIOL346C Desert Field Ecology: 4 units

BIOL 348C Coastal Ecology: 4 units

BIOL 402/L Histology: 4 units

BIOL 432/L Neuroscience: 4 units

BIOL 440/L Molecular Biology: 4 units

BIOL 451/L Immunology: 4 units

BIOL 455 Biology Teaching Internship: 1-3 units

BIOL 462 Advanced Topics in Plant Biology: 3 units

BIOL 485 Undergraduate Biological Research: 1-4 units

CHEM 430/L Biochemistry: 4 units

CHEM 435 Advanced Biochemistry: 3 units

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