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.
- 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.
- Flexibility to craft a major to suit your particular interests
- Off-campus summer and study abroad programs encouraged
- Secondary teaching emphasis offered
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.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
General Education Prerequisites
|BIOL-111||General Biology: Cells and Physiology||4|
|CHEM-103||General Chemistry I||4|
|or MATH-210||Calculus I||4|
Required Courses (30 Units)
|BIOL-121||General Biology: Diversity and Ecology||4|
|BIOL-470||History and Philosophy of Science||3|
|BIOL-485||Senior Seminar in Biology||1|
|CHEM-104||General Chemistry II||4|
|MATH-311||Statistics for the Natural Sciences||3|
B.A. in Biology: General Emphasis
- One course in chemistry, mathematics or physical science (3- 4 units)
- Upper division biology (5 units minimum)
- Additional courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physical sciences to complete 48 units in the major.
B.A. in Biology: Secondary Teaching Emphasis
|PHYS-120||General Physics I||4|
Additional courses in biology, physical sciences or LA-385 Critical Approaches to Teaching to complete 48 units in the major.