B.S. in Biology - Ecology and Evolution Option

Requirements (116-123 units). Total units required for graduation: 180 (Effective 2007-2008 academic year)

The Ecology and Evolution option is appropriate for students interested in careers in ecology, conservation biology, and botany. Students should select elective upper division coursework in consultation with an advisor who works in the student’s area of specialization.

Requirements for the B.S. in Biology - Ecology and Evolution Option:

Lower-division requirements (56-61 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
    • A minimum of twelve units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • 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)
    • Group B
      • CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
      • CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
      • CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)
    • Note: The requirement in organic chemistry may be met by the completion of one year of transferable organic chemistry course work from another institution of higher education.
  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 (60-64 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 321. Evolution (4)
  3. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  4. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  5. BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
  6. BIOL 514. Conservation Biology OR BIOL 590M. Senior Seminar: Conservation Biology (2-4)
  7. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  8. Either Group 1 or 2 below:
    • Group 1
      • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
      • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • Group 2
      • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
      • and one of the following:
      • BIOL 331. Biology of the Invertebrates (6)
      • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  9. One course (4-6 units) chosen from the following:
  10. BIOL 505. Biostatistics (5) OR PSYC 410. Advanced Psychological Statistics (5)
    • Note: Students should complete BIOL 450 before getting consent of the instructor to enroll in PSYC 410 without the formal prerequisite.
  11. A minimum of 12 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503), selected in consultation with an advisor in the student's area of specialization.