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Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (120 units)

This degree program requires approximately 79-85 units in the major, of which 38-44 are in lower division and 41 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, and 3. all courses in the major.

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: BIOL 211, CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111B.
  • BIOL 213 Intro to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, CHEM 111B all with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTE: BIOL 111, BIOL 111L, BIOL 212, BIOL 212L, BIOL 213, BIOL 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    Prerequisite: MATH 109 or MATH 113 or MATH 119A or MATH 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

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 MATH 113.

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

Take either:

  • CHEM 227 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better; CHEM 111B is recommended.

or all four of the following courses lower-division courses:

  • CHEM 220A Organic Chemistry I (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisites: CHEM 224 is required for students repeating course. CHEM 223A must be taken concurrently if required by a degree plan.
  • CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry II (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 220A with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L except for students who previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L.
  • CHEM 223A Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
    Corequisite: CHEM 220A, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 220A.
  • CHEM 223B Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 220A and CHEM 223A, both with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 220B, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 220B.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 260 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 213 all with a grade of "C" or better, and consent of instructor.
  • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 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, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 260; MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better. Chemistry and physics recommended.
  • BIOL 353 Marine Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 153, BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 260 all with grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212 and either BIOL 260 or CHEM 251 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 419 Ichthyology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 260 and at least 6 additional units of upper division biological science, all with a grade of " C" or better. Recommended: BIOL 350, BIOL 353, and BIOL 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.

Take a minimum of three courses from the following:

  • BIOL 411, BIOL 420, BIOL 449, BIOL 451, BIOL 454A, BIOL 455, BIOL 457, BIOL 463, BIOL 464; BIOL/MICR 415; GEOG 481; GEOL 465, GEOL 466; PHYS 100B or PHYS 152; MATH 119B or MATH 123; and, with prior consent of marine biology advisor for both BIOL 490, and 3 units of BIOL 496.

These courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, BIOL 304, BIOL 305; MICR 300; and NSCI 492.

To meet prerequisite standards for courses in this program's requirements, a "C" or better is necessary in the following: BIOL 153, BIOL 211, BIOL 213, BIOL 345, CHEM 111A, CHEM 111B, CHEM 220A.

Few, if any, health-related professional schools (e.g. veterinary medicine) will accept CHEM 227. Some graduate programs with masters or doctorates in biology and/or marine biology may also not accept CHEM 227. Students interested in these programs might consider taking PHYS 100B or PHYS 152; MATH 119B or MATH 122; CHEM 220A,B and CHEM 223A,B. CHEM 227 is not acceptable as a prerequisite for CHEM 441A. CHEM 227 is acceptable toward the Minor in Chemistry.


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