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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Undergraduate Degree Roadmaps

Walkways to Science Building

Bachelor of Science in Biology (BIOLBS03) - Option in Botany

Five Year Plan - 120 Units Required

This degree program requires 82-84 units in the major, of which 39-41 are in lower division and 43 are in upper division, and 34 units of general education beyond the units in the major.  The nine required units of category B, Natural Science and Mathematics, as well as the six floating units in general education, are included within the major units.  That leaves no more than four units of open electives needed to reach the minimum of 120 units required for this degree.  This road map assumes the student enters CSULB without needing remedial courses and ready to start the calculus sequence.  Students not at that level will need additional time to finish the program.

Course
Units
Course
Units
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composition or Oral Communication
MATH 119A or 122 (GE B.2)
CHEM 111A (GE B.1.b)
BIOL 211
3
3-4
5
4
Oral Communication or Composition
MATH 119B or 123
CHEM 111B
3
3-4
5
Total Units
15-16
Total Units
11-12
Semester 3
Semester 4

BIOL 212
CHEM 322A, 323A
Critical Thinking

4
4
3
BIOL 213
CHEM 322B, 323B
GE Course
4
4
3
Total Units
11
Total Units
11
Semester 5
Semester 6
BIOL 260
PHYS 100A
BIOL 312
GE Course
3
4
3
3
BIOL 350 or 340
PHYS 100B
BIOL 427
3
4
4
Total Units
13
Total Units
11
Semester 7
Semester 8
GE Course
GE Course
BIOL 370
BIOL 340 or 350
3
3
4
3
GE Course
GE Course
BIOL 439
GE Capstone Course
3
3
4
3
Total Units
13
Total Units
13
Semester 9
Semester 10
GE Capstone Course
BIOL 425, 439, 450 or 451
Upper Division Major Electives*
3
3
6
GE Capstone Course
BIOL 425, 447, 450 or 451
Upper Division Major Electives*
BIOL 480
3
3
3
1
Total Units
12
Total Units
10

*Upper Division electives may be chosen from any upper division courses in the department other than BIOL 303, 304, 306, 309I, 401; MICR 300I; or NSCI 492.