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Biological Sciences

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Biological Sciences Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology

This degree includes a general option in biology and six additional options for those desiring a more specialized program.

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: MATH 119A or MATH 122 and CHEM 111A-B. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.

Biology (code BIOLBS01) (120 units)

This degree major is designed for students pursuing careers that involve the study of life; it is especially appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in the biological sciences. Students may not combine this option with any other in the B.S. in Biology nor with the B.S. in Marine Biology or Microbiology as part of a dual major. This option requires approximately 82-84 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 43 are in upper division. All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Intro to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus (4)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Take at least 35 units in biological science including:

  • All of the following courses:
    • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • One of the following courses in animal diversity:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
    • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • One of the following courses in plant diversity:
    • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
    • BIOL 439 Plant Morphology (4)

Nine additional units selected from upper division courses in the Department of Biological Sciences. At least two of the courses selected to fulfill these additional units must have numbers between 410-499. Either CHEM 441A,B or 448 will count toward these additional 9 units. Up to 6 of these additional units may be substituted from courses in other departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics upon approval by the undergraduate advisor. Students may use from 1-3 units of BIOL or MICR 496 towards the 9 additional units of upper division course work but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, MICR 300I, NSCI 492.

Option in Biology Education (code BIOLBS02) (120 units)

Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Biology (code 184)

This option is designed solely for students who wish to become secondary school Biology teachers. This option requires 82-92 units in the major, of which 50-52 are lower division and 32-40 are upper division. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

Completion of the Biological Sciences Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Biology. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Biology teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student.

Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Biological Sciences Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • BIOL 153 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Choose either:
      • GEOL 106 Earth Science for Teachers (4)
    • or both of the following:
      • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
      • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MICR 200 General Microbiology for Health Professionals (4)
    • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101.

Upper Division:

  • Take either:
    • CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3)
    • or all four of the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • Take the following course:
    • SCED 404 The Nature of Science and Scientific Reasoning for Teachers (3)
  • Take at least nine courses totaling at least 26-29 units in the biological sciences including:
    • All of the following courses:
      • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
      • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
      • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
      • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
      • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • One of the following courses in physiology:
      • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
      • BIOL 447 Molecular Plant Physiology (3)
    • One of the following courses in plant diversity:
      • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
      • BIOL 439 Plant Morphology (4)
    • One of the following courses in animal diversity:
      • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
      • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
      • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)

The remaining biological sciences course should be chosen in consultation with an advisor; BIOL 495/MICR 495 is highly recommended. Either CHEM 441A, B or 448 will count toward this additional required course. Students may use BIOL or MICR 496 as one of the nine required upper division courses but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Although SCED 403 and EDSS 300C are not required in the major, the credential does require these courses. Students may want to take some or all of them prior to graduation.

Option in Botany (code BIOLBS03) (120 units)

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers involving the biology of plants and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in this field. This option requires approximately 86-88 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 47 are in upper division.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take 47 units including:
    • All of the following courses:
      • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
      • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
      • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
      • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
      • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
      • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
      • BIOL 439 Plant Morphology (4)
      • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • Take at least two courses from the following:
      • BIOL 425, 447, 450, or 451
    • Take at least 11 additional units with advisor consultation.

CHEM 441A,B or 448 will count toward these 11 units.Students may use 1-3 units of BIOL 496 toward the remaining 11 units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Option in Cell and Molecular Biology (code BIOLBS04) (120 units)

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve biology at the cell and molecular levels and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in these fields. This option requires 82-86 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 43-45 are in upper division. Students in this option might also want to pursue the Certificate in Biotechnology described elsewhere in this Catalog.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 440L Molecular Cell Biology Laboratory (3)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
  • Take five courses selected from the following:
    • MICR 211; BIOL 431, 433, 443, 445, 447, 472, 473, 477; CHEM 547; BIOL/MICR 430, 416

Students may use 3 units of BIOL 496 towards the three courses but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492

Option in Ecology (code BIOLBS05) (120 units)

This option is designed for students interested in careers involving the study of organisms in relation to their environment, either in private industry or government service, as well as those students contemplating graduate work in this field. This option requires approximately 84-88 units in the major, of which 43-45 are in lower division and 41-43 are in upper division.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take the following course:
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
  • and one of the following courses:
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 105 Geology Field Laboratory (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200

Upper Division:

  • Take either both:
    • CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)
      • or all four:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
    • BIOL 456 Population Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • Take one of the following courses in animal diversity:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
    • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • Take one of the following courses in ecology and environmental science:
    • BIOL 450, 451, 452, 454A, 454B, 457, 459

Take at least one additional course in biological or geological sciences or geography totaling at least three units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Ecology students are strongly encouraged to take GEOG 481 or an additional field oriented ecology, organismic, or quantitative biology course.

Students may use 1-3 units of BIOL 496 toward these three units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Few, if any, health-related professional schools (e.g. veterinary medicine) will accept CHEM 327. Some graduate programs with masters or doctorates in biology and/or ecology may also not accept CHEM 327. Students interested in these programs might consider taking CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B. CHEM 327 is not acceptable as a prerequisite for CHEM 441A. CHEM 327 is acceptable toward the Minor in Chemistry.

Option in Physiology (code BIOLBS06) (120 units)

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers involving the study of function in animals, especially humans, and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in this field or entering one of the health professions, such as medicine and physical therapy. This option requires 80-82 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 41 are in upper division.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology 4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all the following:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • Two tracks exist for remaining upper division courses.
    • Pre-physical Therapy Track:
      • Take all of the following courses:
        • BIOL 341 Physiology for Therapists I (4)
        • BIOL 441 Physiology for Therapists II (3)
        • HHS 401 Applied Anatomy (3)
      • Take six units selected from the following:
        • BIOL 345, 431, 433, 443, 444, 445, 447, 448, 449; HHS 471; MICR 430
    • General Physiology Track:
      • Take four units selected from the following pairs:
        • BIOL 342 Mammalian Physiology (3)
        • BIOL 342L Laboratory in Physiology (1)
      • or
        • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
        • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
      • Take twelve units from the following:
        • BIOL 342, 345, 431, 433, 442, 443, 444, 445, 447, 448, 449, 490; MICR 423, 430.

Students may use 1-3 units of BIOL 496 towards the additional units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492

Option in Zoology (code BIOLBS07) (120 units)

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve the biology of animals and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in this field. This option requires approximately 83-86 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 44-45 are in upper division.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • Take one of the following courses in invertebrate zoology:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
  • Take at least two courses from the following courses in vertebrate zoology:
    • BIOL 324, 411, 419, 421, 424

Take at least two additional courses in biological science totaling at least eight units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Either CHEM 441A,B or 448 will count toward these eight units. Students may use 1-3 units of BIOL 496 towards the remaining eight units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (code BIOLBS08) (120 units)

This degree program requires approximately 86-93 units in the major, of which 42-44 are in lower division and 44-49 are in upper division. The number of units and particular blend of science and mathematics makes this a very challenging learning experience. However, the depth and strength of this degree provides a strong and flexible base to pursue a variety of careers. Obtaining a minor in another discipline, such as chemistry, microbiology, engineering, business, or computer science, may enhance one’s marketability. All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: MATH 119A or MATH 122 and CHEM 111A-B. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 153 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200

Upper Division:

  • Take either:
    • CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3)
  • or all four of the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
    • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 353 Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 419 Ichthyology (3)
    • BIOL 425 Phycology (3)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • GEOL 465 Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
    • GEOL 466 Oceanography Lab and Ocean Studies (1)
  • Take a minimum of three courses from the following:
    • BIOL 411, 420, 449, 451, 454A, 455, 457, 464; BIOL/MICR 415; and, with prior permission of marine biology advisor for both BIOL 490, and 3 units of BIOL 496.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Few, if any, health-related professional schools (e.g. veterinary medicine) will accept CHEM 327. Some graduate programs with masters or doctorates in biology and/or marine biology may also not accept CHEM 327. Students interested in these programs might consider taking CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B. CHEM 327 is not acceptable as a prerequisite for CHEM 441A. CHEM 327 is acceptable toward the Minor in Chemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (code BIOLBS09) (120 units)

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms and their interactions with humans, other organisms, and the environment. This degree, with the inclusion of appropriate classes, may be utilized by pre-professional students who are preparing for medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school. There is a core of courses and specific programs can be arranged by counseling with microbiology advisors. This undergraduate major is recognized by the American Society for Microbiology as meeting their core curriculum for the baccalaureate degree program in microbiology. This major requires 83-84 units, of which 37-38 are in the lower division and 46 are in upper division. All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: MATH 119A or MATH 122 and CHEM 111A-B. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboatory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboatory (1)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • MICR 320 Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)
    • MICR 355 Microbial Ecology (3)
    • MICR 371 Microbial Genetics (3)
    • MICR 372 Methods in Microbial Genetics (2)
    • MICR 430 Immunology (3)
    • MICR 471 Bacterial Physiology (3)
  • Take a minimum of 11 elective units chosen from the following:
    • BIOL 473, 477; MICR 320L, 322, 325, 355L, 416, 423, 429, 430L, 473, 490, and 495. Students may use MICR 496 towards the additional units but only with prior permission of the advisor for this degree. Those students seeking a career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist are encouraged to take MICR 320L, 416, 423 and 430L.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Biology, Marine Biology, or Microbiology

Students majoring in the B. S. in Biology (all options), B. S. in Marine Biology, or B. S. in Microbiology who would like an enriched academic program, including an intensive research experience, may be eligible to graduate with Honors in the Major through the University Honors Program. Students may also complete General Honors through the University Honors Program, in which case the General Honors thesis requirement is met through Honors in the Major (see University Honors in this Catalog).

Students interested in graduating with Honors in the Major should participate in a series of courses designed to introduce central concepts in biology (BIOL 110H), develop critical thinking and communication skills (special section of UHP 100), and introduce the newly emerging field of bioinformatics. In addition, they may join a learning community of students with similar interests and benefit from mentoring by faculty members.

This Honors in the Major program was created with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students admitted to Honors in the Major may be eligible to receive monetary support from a variety of sources for completion of their honors research and thesis.

Students who have successfully completed the lower division Honors in the Major curriculum will receive priority for research fellowship support to the extent that it is available.

Additional details about this program, including availability of fellowship support, are available from the Honors in the Major Program Advisor.

Requirements for Admission

  • 1. Junior or senior standing with at least one year remaining before graduation.
  • 2. Declared major of B. S. in Biology (any option), B. S. in Marine Biology, or B. S. in Microbiology.
  • 3. Complete BIOL 211, 212, and 213 (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11) (or BIOL 211A,B), 260; CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B (or CHEM 320A,B) at time of entry with grades of at least a "C" in each course. Students may apply during the semester in which they expect to complete these courses.
  • 4. GPAs of at least 3.000 in all courses in the major and in all upper division courses in the major at the time of application.
  • 5. Submission of an application describing the student's academic background, reasons for applying (including a description of any previous research experience), and willingness to commit to a year-long research experience.
  • 6. Letter of recommendation from a CSULB faculty member familiar with the student's work and abilities.

Requirements for Graduation

  • 1. GPA of at least 3.300 in all upper division courses in the major and in Honors courses.
  • 2. Complete all requirements for the chosen degree in the Biological Sciences.
  • 3. Complete BIOL 466, Research Design and Methods - Honors (3)
  • 4. Complete BIOL 496 Undergraduate Directed Research (3)
  • 5. Completion of BIOL 498H, Thesis - Honors (3)
  • 6. Presentation of research results in a public forum. This requirement may be met by presentation at a scientific conference or at a local venue; consult the Program Director for additional information

Substitutions to this program must be approved by the Honors in the Major Program Advisor.

Minor in Biology (code BIOLUM01)

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the B.S. in Biology (all options), B.S. in Microbiology, and B.S. in Marine Biology. A minimum of 21 units is required for this minor.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
      • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this minor: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take a minimum of nine units selected from upper division biology courses with at least one course selected from the 400 series.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this minor: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, MICR 300I, 429, and NSCI 492.

Minor in Physiology (code BIOLUM03)

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the B.S. in Biology, Option in Physiology.
The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirments for this minor: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

A minimum of 18 upper division units.

  • Twelve units must be selected from the following:
    • BIOL 341, 342, 342L, 345, 345L, 443, 445, 448, 490.
  • Six units must be selected from other courses in the above list or from the following:
    • BIOL 473; CHEM 441A,B, 443, or 448.

At least one of the upper division courses taken for this minor must have a laboratory. Most of these upper division courses require CHEM 111A,B and BIOL 211, 212, 213 as prerequisites; some have other prerequisites in addition.
The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirments for this minor: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Minor in Microbiology (code BIOLUM04)

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the B.S. in Microbiology. A minimum of 19 units which must include:

Lower Division:

  • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this minor: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • MICR 320 Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)
    • MICR 416 Virology (3)
    • MICR 430 Immunology (3)
  • Take a minimum of five units from the following:
    • MICR 322, 371, 471, 473

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, MICR 300I, and NSCI 492

Certificate Program in Biomedical Art (code ART_CT01)

This is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Art and Biological Sciences departments. For requirements, see the Art section of this Catalog.

Certificate in Biotechnology (code BIOLCT01)

Biotechnology refers to a process which ultimately yields a product that can be loosely subdivided into five categories; biological organisms with novel traits, DNAs, RNAs, proteins, and compounds. The certificate may be earned in conjunction with or subsequent to a baccalaureate degree. Courses offered for the certificate may be used to satisfy, as appropriate, major or minor requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission

Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better (or consent of the biotechnology certificate program director): CHEM 111A,B; CHEM 320A,B or CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B; CHEM 441A,B; BIOL 340; BIOL 370; MICR 211.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirments for this certificate: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.

Requirements

  • 1. A baccalaureate degree (can be concurrent);
  • 2. Completion of prerequisites;
  • 3. Approval by the program director;
  • 4. Completion of the core curriculum:
    • BIOL 473/573 Molecular Genetics (3)
    • BIOL 477/577 Biotechnology: Applications of Molecular Techniques and Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 480/580 Seminars (1)
    • NSCI 492 Internships In Natural Science (3)
    • Take an additional 3 units selected in consultation with program director;
  • 5. Completion of 3 units consisting of an approved research project in biotechnology to be taken from one or more of the following:
    • BIOL 496; CHEM 496; or MICR 496 (undergraduate students); BIOL 697; CHEM 697; or MICR 697 (graduate students);
  • 6. BIOL 301, 304, 308 and MICR 300I do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this certificate.
  • 7. Total 17 units required .

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College

Students who wish to take coursework in a community or another college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be met; see ‘Concurrent Enrollment’ and ‘Transfer of Undergraduate Credit’ in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the department.