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Biology

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.
  • 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.

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