Major in Biology

The program is designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in the life sciences, including completion of all requirements for admission to professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools) and graduate programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate both in-depth and broad knowledge of the concepts that comprise the biological sciences
  • apply the scientific process, including designing and conducting experiments and testing hypotheses
  • competently perform laboratory, field, and analytical techniques
  • understand and critically review scientific papers and prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format
  • demonstrate an awareness of the significance ethics plays in the biological sciences


40 units


Lower Division (12 UNITS)

  • BIOL 105 General Biology I
  • BIOL 106 General Biology II
  • BIOL 212 Cell Physiology

Upper Division (28 UNITS)

  • BIOL 310 Genetics
  • BIOL 414 Evolution

Field Course (1 course)

  • 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 units of upper division biology courses that must include at least two field or laboratory courses.

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

Supporting Courses (25-28 UNITS)

Chemistry (12-16 UNITS)

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 113 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 236 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    0202-230 Organic Chemistry I
    0202-231 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Mathematics (4 UNITS)

  • MATH 102 Biostatistics

Physics (8 UNITS)

  • PHYS 100 Introductory Physics I
    PHYS-110, General Physics I
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics II
    PHYS-210, General Physics II