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Minor in Biology

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the B.S. in Biology (all options), B.S. in Microbiology, and B.S. in Marine Biology. A minimum of 21 units is required for this minor.

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    *"C" or better required.
    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.

CHEM 111A and 111B are required if the courses are taken at CSULB.

These courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this minor: BIOL 100, BIOL 153, BIOL 153L, BIOL 200, BIOL 200L, BIOL 205, BIOL 205L, BIOL 207, BIOL 208; MICR 101 and MICR 200.

Upper Division:

Take a minimum of nine units selected from upper division biology courses with at least one course selected from the 400 series. The nine units must include at least one course chosen from BIOL 312, BIOL 340, BIOL 350, and BIOL 370. Many of the upper division courses in biology also require either BIOL 260 or organic chemistry.

These courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this minor: BIOL 301, BIOL 304, BIOL 305; MICR 300, 429, and NSCI 492.


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