2023-2024 Catalog 
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2023-2024 Catalog

Biology, Honors Concentration, Major

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This degree requires a research thesis in an area of Biology. The program is designed to provide superior undergraduate students with opportunities to carry out original research in preparation for graduate school, professional training, or a position in an industrial or government research laboratory.


Students with an overall grade point average of 3.2, plus a grade point average of 3.4 or above in Biology and supporting science courses (Chemistry, Math and Physics) are eligible for acceptance into the program.

Applications are to be made to the Honors Thesis Program Committee during the student’s junior year.

Depending on the area of research interest, students are assigned a thesis committee consisting of a research adviser and one additional faculty member.


  • A maximum of four Honors units can be counted as upper division course credit.
  • Each project must be evaluated by the Thesis Committee before submission to the chair for final approval.
  • Honors students are required to present a departmental seminar on their research.

Successful completion of the Biology Honors concentration is recorded on the student’s transcript.

Program Learning Outcomes

Please see the Biology Major 

Major Requirements (66-69 units)


*All students in the Biology major must earn a minimum grade of C in the core Biology courses required for the Major (General Biology I and II, Cell Physiology, Genetics, Evolution, and the undergraduate Seminar) to meet graduation requirements. Courses required for the Biology major (including Chemistry, Physics and Math classes) can be repeated no more than once to earn the minimum grade required in the course. If the minimum grade is not achieved in the second time completing the course, the student will be disqualified from the Biology major.

Additional Field/Lab Electives (4 units)

Complete 4 units from the following:

Upper Division (8 units)

Complete 8 units in BIOL 312-499 and select courses from other programs listed below.

Honors Required Courses (4 units)

Complete 4 units of the following:

Supporting Courses (25 - 28 units)

Area II: Mathematics

Complete one of the following:

Area III: Physics

Complete one of the following options:

Area IV: Organic Chemistry

Choose one of the following options:

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