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Biology Major

 Students majoring in Biology are required to complete sixty-seven (65-68) credits of science as follows.  Courses required for the Biology major can be repeated no more than one time.

Required Biology Courses (40 credits)

Lower Division (12 credits):
  • BIOL - 105 General Biology I
  • BIOL - 106 General Biology II
  • BIOL - 212 Cell Physiology
Upper Division (28 credits)
  • BIOL - 310 Genetics
  • BIOL - 414 Evolution
  • A field course selected from one of the following:
  • BIOL - 332 Herpetology Lab
  • BIOL - 380 Conservation Biology Lab
  • BIOL - 382 Laboratory in California Wildlife
  • BIOL - 383 Biology of Insects Laboratory
  • BIOL - 391 Laboratory in Marine Biology
  • BIOL - 393 Laboratory in Oceanography
  • Plus an additional 16 credits of upper division biology courses that must include at least two field or laboratory courses.

Note: A maximum total of four credits from directed study courses (0201-398, 0201-498, 0201-598, and 0201-599) and a maximum of two credits of seminar (0201-490) may be counted toward upper division Biology credit.

Supporting Courses (25-28 credits)

Chemistry (13-16 credits)
  • CHEM - 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM - 113 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM - 236 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (or 0202-230 Organic Chemistry I and 0202-231 Organic Chemistry II)
  • CHEM - 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH - 102 Biostatistics
Physics (8 credits)
  • PHYS - 100 Introductory Physics I (or PHYS-110, General Physics I)
  • PHYS - 101 Introductory Physics II (or PHYS-210, General Physics II)

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.S. in Biology

At the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Biology, it is the intention that a graduate will have a strong foundation for lifelong learning and career development by having acquired:

    • An understanding of major biological concepts and an awareness of how these concepts are connected within various areas of the biological and physical sciences; and
    • problem solving, analytical, and communication skills that provide the basis for a career in the biological sciences.
    • a strong appreciation of science as an integral part of society and everyday life, particularly so that they can develop an informed scholarly personal position on contemporary social and ethical issues (e.g., environment and medicine).