B.S. in Biology

(Effective Fall 2016)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.S. in Biology:

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 nine 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)
  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 (52 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 31 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (excluding BIOL 301, BIOL 304, BIOL 305, BIOL 306, BIOL 314, BIOL 349, and BIOL 503), with at least one course from each of Groups A and B below:
    • Group A:

    • Group B:
      • BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
      • BIOL 331. Biology of Invertebrates (6)
      • BIOL 335. Entomology (5)
      • BIOL 340. Comparative Embryology (4)
      • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
      • BIOL 420. Medical Microbiology (6)
      • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
      • BIOL 440. Principles of Development (5)
      • BIOL 524. Advanced Vertebrate Morphology (3)
      • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)
      • Note: CHEM 436A and 436B may be counted as 5 of the 31 units in upper-division course work in Biology.