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. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology will help you 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.
- 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|
Required Courses (43 Units)
|BIOL-121||General Biology: Diversity and Ecology||4|
|BIOL-441||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
|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
Select a minimum of 8 additional units of upper division science. (Pre-medical students should enroll in PHYS-121 General Physics II, CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry II and BIOL-421 Biochemistry.)
B.S. In Biology: Secondary Teaching Emphasis
|LA-385||Critical Approaches to Teaching||3|
|PHYS-121||General Physics II||3|
Select 3 additional units of upper-division biology courses. 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.