2022-2023 Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Molecular Biology Concentration, Major

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This area of concentration within the Biology major is designed to prepare students for positions in academic, clinical or industrial biotechnology laboratories. It also prepares students for graduate study in genetics, molecular biology and other fields of the life sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes

Please see the Biology Major .

Major Requirements (70 units)

Students must declare the Molecular Biology Emphasis by the end of the junior year.

In addition to the lower division Biology requirements (BIOL 105 , BIOL 106 , and BIOL 212 ) and the required supporting courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics, the following courses constitute the Molecular Biology Emphasis:

Biology Preparation for Post-Baccalaureate Programs


Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best program for their individual needs. Those who wish to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy or other graduate schools should also ascertain the specific admission requirements for the professional schools to which they plan to apply. Consultation with the academic advisor is recommended and the standard curriculum can then be enhanced accordingly.

Students may also wish to complete requirements for a minor in Chemistry  or Biochemistry .


Registration in upper division Biology courses has a prerequisite of CHEM 230  or CHEM 236  and requires a GPA of 2.0 or higher for combined grades earned in BIOL- 104, BIOL 105 , BIOL 106  and BIOL 212  (or equivalent).

Environmental Science majors

For Environmental Science majors, the prerequisite for registration in upper division Biology courses is completion of ENVS 212  and a GPA of 2.0 or higher for combined grades earned in BIOL 105 , BIOL 106 , and CHEM 236  (or equivalent).

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