With a bachelor of science in biology, you’ll gain greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.
- Environmental emphasis - for students with interests in environmental biology.
- Human health emphasis - for students interested in health professions.
- Secondary teaching emphasis - for students interested in teaching secondary biology.
- Individualized emphasis - for students with specific interests which are not offered. Must be approved by the program director.
Common careers for biologists include teachers, researchers and environmental scientists. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s level research.
General Education Prerequisites
|BIOL-111||General Biology: Cells and Physiology||4|
|CHEM-103||General Chemistry I||4|
Required Courses (43 Units)
|BIOL-121||General Biology: Diversity and Ecology||4|
|BIOL-440L||Cell and Molecular Biology||4|
|BIOL-470||History and Philosophy of Science||3|
|BIOL-485||Senior Seminar in Biology||1|
|CHEM-104||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM-310||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|MATH-311||Statistics for Natural Sciences||3|
|PHYS-120||General Physics I||4|
B.S. In Biology: Environmental Emphasis Required Courses
|BIOL-311L||Field Botany Lab||0|
|BIOL-321L||Vertebrate Zoology Lab||0|
Course substitutions may be made with program director approval.
B.S. In Biology: Human Health Emphasis Required Courses
Select a minimum of 8 additional units of upperdivision science. (Pre-medical students should enroll in PHYS-121 General Physics II, CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II and BIOL-420L Biochemistry.)
B.S. In Biology: Secondary Teaching Emphasis Required Courses
|LA-385||Critical Approaches to Teaching||3|
|PHYS-121||General Physics II||3|
Select 3 additional units of upper-division biology. please see the additional requirements for teacher education candidates listed above for the b.a. in biology, secondary teaching emphasis.
B.S. In Biology: Individualized Emphasis
Electives chosen in consultation with the program director to address specific interests of the student. Courses from field institutes or other institutions may be used. Examples of possible emphases include marine biology, plant science, animal science and bio-psychology.