There are two degrees available within the Biology department: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in biological sciences. Students must complete core requirements in both the major and related disciplines, and elective courses beyond these requirements.

Biology (B.S.)

81 units

The B.S. program provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment, post-baccalaureate study in graduate school, professions such as medicine, and other health professions, and for work in natural resource management. A Biology major considering graduate or professional school should confer with a Biology advisor to plan a program to meet the student’s needs for entrance into such a school or profession. In addition, it is strongly recommended that the student meet with the Pre-Med advisor to make sure that the student is aware of the additional requirements imposed by the Pre-Med Committee.

Biology Major Core 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 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 Seminary in Biology 2 units
Choose one of the following Ecology Focus courses:
BIOL 315/L General Ecology 4 units
BIOL 347C Upland Field Biology 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 347C Upland Field Biology 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

Biological Sciences (B.A.)

77 units

The Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of biology with another field. This program is designed to provide greater flexibility than the B.S. in meeting broad student interests which include pursuing a double major or preparation for a post-graduate physician assistant and nursing programs.

Biology Major Core 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 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 Seminary in Biology 2 units
Choose one of the following Ecology Focus courses:
BIOL 315/L General Ecology 4 units
BIOL 347C Upland Field Biology 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
PSCI 223C/CL Mechanics and Heat/Lab 4 units
or PSCI 130C/CL General Physics I
PSCI 225/L Electricity, Magnetism, Sound and Light/Lab 4 units
or PSCI 131/L General Physics II
MATH 168C Biostatistics 3 units
MATH 180 Calculus I 4 units
Students must complete an additional 20 electives units in biology or chemistry. Students should select electives that will prepare them for their careers in graduate studies.

Electives

16 units

BIOL 212 Teaching Biology I 2 units
BIOL 212 Teaching Biology II 2 units
BIOL 302/L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4 units
or BIOL 204C/CL Human Anatomy
BIOL 305/L Physiology of Vertebrates 4 units
or BIOL 304/L Human Physiology
BIOL 315/L General Ecology 4 units
BIOL 325 History and Philosophy of Science 3 units
BIOL 335 Biology of Cancer 3 units
BIOL 347C Upland Field Biology 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 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 305/L Organic Chemistry II 4 units
CHEM 430/L Biochemistry 4 units
CHEM 435 Advanced Biochemistry 3 units
ANTH/SOC/NSCI 429 Health, Disease, and Globalization: Foundations of Epidemiology 3 units

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.