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The biology major will provide you with an understanding of the unifying concepts of biology. You will study a range of topics such as molecular biology, global ecosystems, human biology and the diversity of life. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, you’ll gain greater flexibility in your undergraduate coursework. This flexibility may be used to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective courses.

Emphases

  • General biology emphasis - provides the maximum flexibility to craft a major to suit particular interests. Students are encouraged to consider off-campus summer programs and semester abroad programs for additional course enrichment.
  • Secondary teaching emphasis - for students interested in teaching secondary biology.

Highlights

  • Flexibility to craft a major to suit your particular interests
  • Off-campus summer and study abroad programs encouraged
  • Secondary teaching emphasis offered

Career opportunities

Common careers for biologists include teacher, researcher and environmental scientist. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs, master’s and doctoral research.

Program director

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 140Pre-Calculus4

Required Courses (30 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485Senior Seminar in Biology1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
MATH 311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3

General Emphasis Required Courses (18 Units)

  • One course in chemistry, mathematics or physical science (3- 4 units)
  • Upper division biology (5units minimum)
  • Additional courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physical sciences to complete 48 units in the major.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis Required Courses (18 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
PHYS 120General Physics I4
PHYS 150Earth Science3
  • Additional courses in biology, physical sciences or la 385 - critical approaches to teaching to complete 48 units in the major.
Teacher Education Program
  • Students who are interested in applying for admission to the teacher education program should refer to the graduate school description of admissions requirements for the program and obtain academic advising from the program at least two semesters prior to completion of their degrees.
  • LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth.