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Biology

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Option in Ecology (code BIOLBS05) (120 units)

This option is designed for students interested in careers involving the study of organisms in relation to their environment, either in private industry or government service, as well as those students contemplating graduate work in this field. This option requires approximately 84-88 units in the major, of which 43-45 are in lower division and 41-43 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:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction 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 the following course:
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
  • and one of the following courses:
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 105 Geology Field Laboratory (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • 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 either both:
      • CHEM 327 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)
    • or all four:
      • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • Take 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 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
    • BIOL 456 Population Ecology (3)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
  • Take one of the following courses in animal diversity:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
    • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • Take one of the following courses in ecology and environmental science:
    • BIOL 450, 451, 452, 454A, 454B, 457, 459
  • Take at least one additional course in biological or geological sciences or geography totaling at least three units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Ecology students are strongly encouraged to take GEOG 481 or an additional field oriented ecology, organismic, or quantitative biology course.

Students may use 1-3 units of BIOL 496 toward these three units 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, 309I; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.
Few, if any, health-related professional schools (e.g. veterinary medicine) will accept CHEM 327. Some graduate programs with masters or doctorates in biology and/or ecology may also not accept CHEM 327. Students interested in these programs might consider taking CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B. CHEM 327 is not acceptable as a prerequisite for CHEM 441A. CHEM 327 is acceptable toward the Minor in Chemistry.

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