B.A. in Biology - Pre-med Option

Requirements (97-99 units). Total units required for graduation: 180 (Effective 2007-2008 academic year)

The pre-med option will

  1. satisfy the requirements for the B.A. in Biology
  2. satisfy the minimum requirements for entry to most medical schools
  3. provide additional background courses which will improve preparation for medical school

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology - Pre-Med Option:

Lower-division requirements (56-58 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic Chemistry (12 units)
    • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 221B. Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 223B. Organic Chemistry III: Laboratory (1)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. Physics
    • A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (41 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  3. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  4. Five units chosen from:
  5. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  6. A minimum of 20 units of upper-division biology courses (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503), with at least one course from each of Groups A, B, and C:

Additional courses which will be useful for medical school preparation include:

  • CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture
  • CHEM 437A. Biochemistry II: Lecture
  • CHEM 438A. Biochemistry III: Lecture