Biology BS Requirements

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The Biology major offers scaffolded courses that provide students with essential knowledge and skills that prepare graduates for success in jobs, graduate school, or professional school in areas such as biotechnology, genomics, health-related fields, agriculture, field biology, ecology, and marine biology. The highly trained faculty are committed to student success, and provide opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in cutting-edge independent research, as well as service to the community. Many of the biology courses provide course-based research experiences that prepare graduates for admission to world-renowned graduate and professional schools.

The Biology major offers concentrations in:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
  • Teacher Preparation

For additional information about the major, including internships and undergraduate research opportunities, please visit the School of Natural Sciences website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AS-T certified students can earn a Biology B.S. by completing the special requirements found on the Requirements for AS-T certified students in Biology page.

All other Biology majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements, some of which are embedded within the major.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must earn a C- or above in each course that serves as a pre-requisite to a more advanced course.

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses with a grade of C- or above, in order to fulfill pre-requisites for more advanced courses:

Complete all of the following courses:

Concentrations

Select one of the following concentrations and complete the coursework.

Please note: Twelve (12) of the units taken to complete a concentration (all of which are upper division) may not be used in fulfillment of other minors or concentrations.

Molecular Biology Concentration

Courses may not double-count for two different concentration requirements.

Complete the following Biochemistry course:

Complete one of the following Physiology or Evolution courses:

Complete one of the following Research Methods courses:

Complete one additional Research Methods course, not previously taken:

Complete one of the following Integrative Learning course/course combinations:

Complete one additional Concentration course, not previously taken:

Complete one of the following Service Learning courses:

Molecular Biology Concentration Electives

Complete 8 units of Molecular Biology electives with at least 6 units from Group A and the remaining 2 units from either Group A or Group B. *Alternatively, students may choose to complete a Minor. Students who opt to complete a minor should meet with Biology faculty member to discuss options.

Group A

Group B

Ecology, Evolution, and Bio Organismal Biology Concentration

Courses may not double-count for two different concentration requirements.

Complete one of the following Physiology courses:

Complete both of the following Evolution and Ecology courses:

Complete one of the following Research Methods courses:

Complete one of the following Integrative Learning course/course combinations:

Complete one of the following Service Learning course/course combinations:

To complete the requirements of the Biology degree complete ten units of concentration electives below, or complete a Minor from the list:

Approved Minors

Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Concentration Electives

Complete ten (10) units of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology electives with at least 6 units from Group A and the remaining 4 units from either Group A or Group B.

Group A

Group B

Teacher Preparation Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following Integrative Learning course combinations:

To complete the requirements of the Biology degree complete 6 units of Teacher Preparation Concentration electives below, or complete a Minor from the list:

Approved Minors

Teacher Preparation Concentration Electives

Complete 6 units of Teacher Preparation electives from Group A or Group B.

Group A

Group B

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1

All Biology graduates are able to develop research questions, test hypotheses, and display and analyze data to interpret and communicate biological patterns and processes in written and oral formats.

MLO 2

All Biology graduates are able to work professionally and ethically to promote equity in diverse communities

MLO 3

All Biology graduates demonstrate biology content knowledge appropriate to careers or graduate school.

MLO 4

All Biology graduates can synthesize and connect knowledge, skills, and experiences across natural science disciplines, allowing them to address new and complex situations in the context of unity and diversity of life.