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2013-2014 CSULB University Catalog

Biology

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology (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 80-84 units in the major, of which 39-41 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, and 3. all courses in the major.

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • 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: BIOL 211, CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better.
    Prequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111B.

  • BIOL 213 Intro to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, CHEM 111B each 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 and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended.

  • 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 course from the following:

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

  • MATH 122 Calculus (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 course from the following:

  • 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.

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.

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)
    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 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213, 260 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 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 370 General Genetics (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212 and either BIOL 260 or CHEM 251 all 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.

Take at least one of the following courses/course pairs in physiology:

  • BIOL 342 Human/Mammalian Phys (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with grade of "C" or better. Recommended: PHYS 100A,B.

  • BIOL 342L Lab in Human/Mammalian Phys (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 342 with a grade of "C" or better.

Or

  • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physio (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with grade of "C" or better. and

  • BIOL 345L Lab in Comp Animal Phys (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 345 with a grade of "C" or better.

Or

  • BIOL 447 (3) Molecular Plant Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 340, 370, both with grade of "C" or better.

Take two of the following courses in animal and plant diversity. One of the courses must be BIOL 313, 316, 324, 427, or 439:

  • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with a grade of "C" or better.

  • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with grade of "C" or better.

  • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with 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 421 Herpetology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 260, 350, and one additional upper division biology course, all with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: BIOL 312, 324, or 370.

  • BIOL 423 Mammalogy (3)
    Prerequisites: At least one of BIOL 312, 324, or 350, with a grade of "C" or better.

  • BIOL 424 Ornithology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213, 260 and three units of upper division BIOL, all with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: BIOL 350.

  • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
    Prerequisite: BIOL 312 or 370 with a grade of "C" or better.

  • BIOL 439 Plant Morphology (4)
    Prerequisite: BIOL 312 or 370 with a grade of "C" or better.

Take three additional upper division courses in the Department of Biological Sciences totaling a minimum of nine units. At least six of these units must be at the 400 level.

Courses outside of BIOL that can also count toward these units include GEOG 481, CHEM 441A, and CHEM 448.

Courses that will not count towards these units are BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308, and MICR 300.

Students contemplating graduate or professional school should consider taking 1-3 units of BIOL 496 in addition to the requirements listed above. With prior permission of the advisor for this option, students may use 3 units of BIOL 496 as an elective.

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