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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

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
A.1 or A.2 in GE
PHYS 100A or 151
MATH 119A or 122
3
4
3-4
A.1 or A.2 in GE
Critical Thinking
BIOL 211
CHEM 111A
3
3
4
5
Total Units
10-11
Total Units
15
Semester 3
Semester 4

BIOL 212
MATH 119B or 123
GE Class
CHEM 111B

4
3-4
3
5
BIOL 213
PHYS 100B or 152
GE Class
GE Class
4
4
3
3
Total Units
15-16
Total Units
14
Semester 5
Semester 6
CHEM 322A & 323A
BIOL 340
BIOL 260
GE Class
4
3
3
3
BIOL 370
CHEM 322B & 323B
GE Class
4
4
3
Total Units
13
Total Units
11
Semester 7
Semester 8
GE Class
BIOL 312 or 350 (can be sooner/later)
BIOL 440L (offered in Fall only)
3
3
3
CHEM 441A
Upper Division Major Elective*
Upper Division Major Elective*
GE Capstone Course
3
3-5
3
3
Total Units
9
Total Units
12-14
Semester 9
Semester 10
CHEM 441B
Upper Division Major Elective*
Upper Division Major Elective*
GE Class
3
3-5
3
3

BIOL 480 (can be 1 sem. earlier)
GE Capstone Course
GE Capstone Course
Upper Division Major Elective*

1
3
3
3-5
Total Units
12-14
Total Units
10-12

* A student may use 3 units of BIOL 496 towards the five 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.