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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (code BIOLBS08) (120 units)

This degree program requires approximately 86-93 units in the major, of which 42-44 are in lower division and 44-49 are in upper division. The number of units and particular blend of science and mathematics makes this a very challenging learning experience. However, the depth and strength of this degree provides a strong and flexible base to pursue a variety of careers. Obtaining a minor in another discipline, such as chemistry, microbiology, engineering, business, or computer science, may enhance one's marketability. 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.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/impacted_major.html.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 153 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 211 Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Introduction 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 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)
  • 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)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200

Upper Division:

  • Take either:
    • CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3)
  • or all four 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 all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    • 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 353 Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 419 Ichthyology (3)
    • BIOL 425 Phycology (4)
    • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • GEOL 465 Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
    • GEOL 466 Oceanography Lab & Ocean Studies (1)
  • Take a minimum of three courses from the following:
    • BIOL 411, 420, 449, 451, 454A, 455, 457, 464; BIOL/MICR 415; and, with prior permission of marine biology advisor for both BIOL 490, and 3 units of BIOL 496

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; 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 marine biology 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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