B.A. in Biology: General Biology Emphasis

The B.A. in biology with a general biology emphasis provides the maximum flexibility for students to craft a major to suit their particular interests. Students with this emphasis are encouraged to consider off-campus summer programs and semester abroad programs for additional course enrichment.


General Education Prerequisites (12 Units)

  • BIOL-110L General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4) 
  • CHEM-101L General Chemistry I (4) 
  • MATH-140 Pre-Calculus (4) 
  • or MATH-210 Calculus I (4)

Required Courses

Biology Courses (28 units)

  • BIOL-120L General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4) 
  • BIOL-310L Ecology (4) 
  • BIOL-332L Human Physiology (4) 
  • BIOL-370 Bioethics (3) 
  • BIOL-440L Cell and Molecular Biology (4) 
  • or BIOL-450L Genetics (4) 
  • BIOL-470 History and Philosophy of Science (3) 
  • BIOL-485 Senior Seminar in Biology (1) 
  • Select 5 additional units of upper-division biology.

Supporting Courses (10-11 units)

  • CHEM-102L General Chemistry II (4) 
  • MATH-311 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3) 
  • Select one additional course in chemistry, mathematics or physical science (3-4 units).


  • Select elective units in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physical science to complete 48 units in the major.

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