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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Undergraduate Degree Roadmaps

Walkways to Science Building

Bachelor of Science in Biology (BIOLBS04) - Option in Cell and Molecular Biology

Four 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
GE (A.1 or A.2)
MATH 119A or 122 (GE B2)
CHEM 111A (GE B.1.b)
BIOL 211
3
3-4
5
4
GE (A.1 or A.2)
MATH 119B or 123
CHEM 111B
BIOL 212
3
3-4
5
4
Total Units
16-17
Total Units
15-16
Semester 3
Semester 4

BIOL 213
BIOL 260
CHEM 322A & 323A
GE (A.3)

4
3
4
3
BIOL 340 (or BIOL 370)
CHEM 322B & 323B
PHYS 100A or 151 (can be any time)
GE Class
GE Class
3
4
4
3
3
Total Units
14
Total Units
17-18
Semester 5
Semester 6
PHYS 100B or 152 (can be any time)
CHEM 441A
BIOL 370 (or BIOL 340)
GE Class
GE Class
4
3
4
3
3
Upper Division Major Electives*
Upper Division Major Electives*
CHEM 441B
GE Class
GE Class
3-5
3
3
3
3
Total Units
16-17
Total Units
15-17
Semester 7
Semester 8
BIOL 440L (offered in Fall only)
Upper Division Major Electives*
BIOL 350 or 312
GE Capstone Course
GE Capstone Course
3
3-5
3
3
3
Upper Division Major Elective*
Upper Division Major Elective*
BIOL 480 (can be 1 sem. earlier)
GE Class
GE Capstone Course
3-5
3
1
3
3
Total Units
15-17
Total Units
13-15

* A student may use 3 units of BIOL 496 towards 3 elective courses but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

* Upper division electives: BIOL 416, 430, 431, 433, 443, 445, 447, 472, 473, 477, MICR 211, CHEM 547.