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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Biology

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (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)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: Courses that fulfill the A.1 and B.2 GE requirements.
  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 211 and CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 213 Intro to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, CHEM 111B all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MATH 111 or 113 or 119A or 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.

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)
    Prerequisite: MATH 109 or 113 or 117 or 119A or 120 or 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 100A.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Take one of the following courses:

  • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 113.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.

Take one of the following courses:

  • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 119A or 122.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.

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)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better; CHEM 111B is recommended.

or all four of the following courses:

  • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323A required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 323A.
  • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323B required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 323B.
  • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322A required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 322A.
  • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322B required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 322B.

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212; CHEM 320A or 322A or 327 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 345L Lab in Comparative Animal Physiology (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 345 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213, 260; MATH 119A or 122 all with a grade of "C" or better. Chemistry and physics recommended.
  • BIOL 353 Marine Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 153, 211, 212, 213, 260 all with grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212 and either BIOL 260 or CHEM 251 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 419 Ichthyology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213, 260 and at least 6 additional units of upper division biological science, all with a grade of " C" or better. Recommended: BIOL 350, 353, and 370.
  • BIOL 425 Phycology (4)
    Prerequisite: BIOL 353 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    Prerequisites: Consent of undergraduate [graduate] advisor. Undergraduates must have filed for graduation and be in their last semester. Classified post-baccalaureates must have been admitted to a second baccalaureate or a certificate.
  • GEOL 465 Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B; PHYS 100B, and upper division standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Engineering. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 465; graduates enroll in GEOL 565.)
  • GEOL 466 Oceanography Lab & Ocean Studies (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOL 465.

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 300; 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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