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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

Six 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
GE Class
GE Class
3
3
3
A.1 or A.2 in GE
MATH 119A or 122
CHEM 111A
3
3-4
5
Total Units
9
Total Units
11-12
Semester 3
Semester 4

BIOL 211
Critical Thinking
MATH 119B or 123

4
3
3-4
BIOL 212
CHEM 111B
GE Class
4
5
3
Total Units
10-11
Total Units
12
Semester 5
Semester 6
BIOL 213
CHEM 322A & 323A
GE Class
4
4
3
CHEM 322B & 323B
BIOL 260
GE Class
4
3
3
Total Units
11
Total Units
10
Semester 7
Semester 8
BIOL 340 (or BIOL 370)
CHEM 441A
GE Class
3
3
3
CHEM 441B
BIOL 370 (or BIOL 340)
GE Class
3
4
3
Total Units
9
Total Units
10
Semester 9
Semester 10
BIOL 312 or 350 (can be sooner/later)
PHYS 100A or 151
GE Class (if took CHEM 101)
GE Capstone Course
3
4
3
3
PHYS 100B or 152
Upper Division Major Elective*
Upper Division Major Elective*
4
3-5
3-5
Total Units
10-13
Total Units
10-12
Semester 11
Semester 12
BIOL 440L (offered in Fall only)
Upper Division Major Elective*
GE Capstone Course
3
3-5
3
Upper Division Major Elective*
Upper Division Major Elective*
BIOL 480
GE Capstone Course
3-5
3
1
3
Total Units
9-11
Total Units
10-12

* 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, MICR211, CHEM 547.