2019-2020 Catalog 
    
    Sep 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major


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The program is designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in the life sciences, including completion of all requirements for admission to professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools) and graduate programs.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • demonstrate both in-depth and broad knowledge of the concepts that comprise the biological sciences
  • apply the scientific process, including designing and conducting experiments and testing hypotheses
  • competently perform laboratory, field, and analytical techniques
  • understand and critically review scientific papers and prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format
  • demonstrate an awareness of the significance ethics plays in the biological sciences

 

Major Requirements (65 Units)


Note:


*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, and Evolution) in order to graduate. Courses required for the Biology major 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 (8 Units)


Complete 8 units from the following:

Upper Division Electives (8 Units)


Complete 8 units in BIOL 300:499 or BIOL 598  or BIOL 599 *

*A maximum of 4 units can come from BIOL 398  / BIOL 498  

Seminar in Biology (1 unit)


Complete 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:

Curriculum Sample:


Freshman Year


FALL UNITS
BIOL 105 - General Biology I   4
CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I  & CHEM 112 - Laboratory   4
Core: Rhetoric and Composition 4
Core: Public Speaking or Freshman Seminar 4
Total Semester Units 16
SPRING UNITS
BIOL 106 - General Biology II   4
CHEM 113 - General Chemistry II  & CHEM 114 - Laboratory   4
Core: Rhetoric & Composition 4
Core 4
Total Semester Units 16

 

Sophomore Year


FALL UNITS
BIOL 212 - Cell Physiology   4
CHEM 230 - Organic Chemistry I    3
CHEM 232 - Organic Chemistry Lab I   1
Core: MATH 102 - Biostatistics   4
Core or Language Requirement 4
Total Semester Units 16
SPRING UNITS
BIOL 310 - Genetics   4
CHEM 231 - Organic Chemistry II  or CHEM 236 - Fundamentals of Organic Chem   4
Core or Language Requirement 4
Core 4
Total Semester Units 16

 

Junior Year


FALL UNITS
Core or Language Requirement 4
PHYS 100 - Introductory Physics I   4
Upper-division Biology 4
Elective 4
Total Semester Units 16
SPRING UNITS
PHYS 101 - Introductory Physics II   4
Upper-Division Biology 4
Core or Language Requirement 4
Elective 4
Total Semester Units 16

 

Senior Year


FALL UNITS
Upper-Division Biology 4
Upper-Division Biology 4
Core 4
Elective 4
Total Semester Units 16
SPRING UNITS
BIOL 414 - Evolution   4
Upper-Division Biology 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Total Semester Units 16

 

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