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Biology (B.S.)

Biology (B.S.) 81-83 units

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

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.

Electives16 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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