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  Jul 24, 2017
 
University General Course Catalog 2013-2014 ARCHIVED CATALOG: LINKS AND CONTENT ARE OUT OF DATE. CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR.

Biology, B.S.


I. University Core Curriculum Requirements (40-45 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy.”

A. English (3-8 units)


Refer to the “English” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

NOTE: Students who place in ENG 102  are not required to complete ENG 101 .

B. Mathematics (4 units)


 Refer to the “Mathematics” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

D. Social Sciences (3 units)


Refer to the “Social Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

E. Fine Arts (3 units)


Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

F. Core Humanities (9 units)


Refer to the “Core Humanities” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

G. Capstone Courses (7 units)


  • BIOL 415 - Evolution (4 units)
  • For the second Capstone, refer to the “Capstone” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog - must be outside the major department. 

H. Diversity (3 units)


Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

II. Additional Requirements (0 units)


III. Major Requirements (46-51 units)


NOTE: CHEM 121A  / CHEM 121L  or CHEM 201  is prerequisite for BIOL 190 ; and BIOL 190  and/or BIOL 191  are prerequisite for all biology courses 300 and above.

Select one of these two emphases for five credits: (5 units)


B. Chemistry courses (4-8 units)


In addition to the Core Curriculum Natural Sciences requirement (CHEM 121A  and CHEM 121L  ; and CHEM 122A  and CHEM 122L  ), complete the following lecture(s) and an Organic Chemistry laboratory.

Organic Chemistry Lecture


Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Choose one of the following:

C. Mathematics courses (3-4 units)


In addition to the Core Curriculum  Math requirement (MATH 181 ), complete a course in Statistics. Select one:

E. Biology Upper-Division Electives (12 units)


Please consult with a biology advisor for acceptable courses numbered 300-499.

IV. Minor Requirements (0 units)


V. Electives (24-34 units)


VI. Total Units (120 units)


NOTE: A candidate for a bachelor’s degree must earn a minimum of 40 units numbered 300 - 499.

VII. Recommended Schedule


A. First Year


B. Second Year


C. Third Year


Spring Semester (16 units)


D. Fourth Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • Core Curriculum General Capstone (3 units)
  • Upper-Division Biology Elective (3 units)
  • Upper-Division Electives (6 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (13-14 units)


  • BIOL 415 - Evolution (4 units)
  • Upper-Division Biology Elective (3 units)
  • Upper-Division Elective (3 units)
  • General Elective (3-4 units)

Biology With Distinction


In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to be considered for “with distinction” in biology must:

  1. have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.5 in biology.
  2. be recommended as a candidate by a member of the biology faculty who will serve as a mentor.
  3. successfully complete 3 credits of either BIOL 491  or BIOL 492  during the junior year and 3 credits each semester in BIOL 496  - BIOL 497  during the senior year.
  4. successfully fulfill the requirements of the Biology Special Programs Committee.


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