Requirements

B.A. IN BIOLOGY

Requirements (94-102 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Students majoring in Biology may repeat an upper-division Biology course no more than once. Failing any two upper-division Biology courses disqualifies the student from continuation as a Biology major.

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology:

Lower-division requirements (53-61 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic chemistry
    • A minimum of nine units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I (3)
    • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II (3)
    • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III (3)
    • Group B:
    • CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
    • CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. Physics
    • A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
    • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
    • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
    • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (41 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  3. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  4. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
    • BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Ecology (5)
  5. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  6. A minimum of 20 units of upper-division biology courses (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503), with at least one course from each of Groups A and B:
    • Group A:
    • BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • Group B:
    • BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
    • BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors (6)
    • BIOL 324. Human Physiology for Biology Majors (6)
    • BIOL 331. Biology of Invertebrates (6)
    • BIOL 335. Entomology (5)
    • BIOL 340. Comparative Embryology (4)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
    • BIOL 371. Parisitology (5)
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • BIOL 440. Principles of Development (5)
    • BIOL 524. Advanced Vertebrate Morphology (3)
    • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)

B.A. IN BIOLOGY - INTEGRATED TEACHING TRACK

Requirements (145-154 units)
Total units required for graduation: 209

Students who successfully meet the requirements for the Teaching Credential Option in Biology will earn a B.A. in Biology and a Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential in Biology. In addition to the course requirements listed below, students must complete the following to qualify for a Preliminary Teaching Credential:

  1. Successfully complete the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) and the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). These exams must be passed before enrolling in ESEC 550A;
  2. Submit a Program Application File (PAF) to the Credentials Office, CE-102;
  3. Identify an advisor who is approved by the chairs of the Biology Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education;
  4. Provide verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last 24 months, and submit an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;
  5. Academic Achievement
    • Applicants must maintain the following minimum grade point averages:
      1. A grade point average of 2.75 in all baccalaureate course work,
      2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B'') in professional education course work with no course grade in this area lower than "B-". Students can only discount one grade in the professional education courses. They can only repeat two of these courses.
      3. Students majoring in Biology may repeat an upper-division Biology course no more than once. Failing any two upper-division Biology courses disqualifies the student from continuation as a Biology major;
  6. Course work taken at another institution, or more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the chairs of both the Biology Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology - Integrated Teaching Track:

Lower-division requirements (53-61 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic chemistry
    • A minimum of nine units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture (3)
    • Group B:
    • CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
    • CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
    • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
    • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
    • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (44-45 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    • ASTR 311. A Cosmic Perspective of Earth (5)
    • GEOL 309. Earth, the Blue Planet (5)
  2. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  3. BIOL 321. Evolution (4)
  4. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  5. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  6. BIOL 575F. Internship in Biology: Science Education (2)
  7. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
    • BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Ecology (5)
  8. Five or six units chosen from:
    • BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
  9. Six units chosen from:
    • BIOL 323. Human Anatomy (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  10. BIOL 597. Directed Study in Science Education (1) for a total of (2)

Education Courses (48 units)

  1. ESEC 405. Introduction to Secondary School Culture (4)
  2. ESEC 407. Secondary School Teaching (4)
  3. ESEC 410. Adolescent Development and Learning (4)
  4. ESEC 413. Language Interaction in the Classroom (4)
  5. ESEC 417. Educational Psychology: Instructional Theory, Assessment and Classroom Management (4)
  6. ESEC 419. Literacy Across the Curriculum (4)
  7. ESEC 506L. Curriculum and Instruction in Content Areas: Life and Physical Sciences (4)
  8. ESEC 550A. Student Teaching (2)
  9. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 512. Assessment Seminar: Designing Instruction (2)
    • ESEC 550B. Student Teaching (4)
  10. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 513. Assessment Seminar: Assessing Learning (2)
    • ESEC 514. Assessment Seminar: Culminating Teaching Experience (2)
    • ESEC 550C. Student Teaching (8)

B.A. IN BIOLOGY - PRE-MED OPTION

Requirements (97-99 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

The pre-med option will 1) satisfy the requirements for the B.A. in Biology; 2) satisfy the minimum requirements for entry to most medical schools; and 3) provide additional background courses which will improve preparation for medical school.

Students majoring in Biology may repeat an upper-division Biology course no more than once. Failing any two upper-division Biology courses disqualifies the student from continuation as a Biology major.

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology - Pre-Med Option:

Lower-division requirements (56-58 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic Chemistry (12 units)
    • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 221B. Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 222B. Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 223B. Organic Chemistry III: Laboratory (1)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. A minimum of thirteen units, chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
    • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
    • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
    • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (41 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  3. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  4. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
    • BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Ecology (5)
  5. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  6. A minimum of 20 units of upper-division biology courses (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503), with at least one course from each of Groups A, B, and C:
    • Group A:
    • BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • Group B:
    • BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
    • BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors (6)
    • BIOL 324. Human Physiology for Biology Majors (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
    • BIOL 371. Parasitology (5)
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • BIOL 440. Principles of Development (5)
    • BIOL 524. Advanced Vertebrate Morphology (3)
    • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)
    • Group C:
    • BIOL 380. Medical and Economic Botany (4)
    • BIOL 522. Population Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 572. Virology (4)
    • BIOL 576. Endocrinology (4)
    • BIOL 580. Neurobiology (4)
    • Additional courses which will be useful for medical school preparation include:
    • CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture
    • CHEM 437A. Biochemistry II: Lecture
    • CHEM 438A. Biochemistry III: Lecture

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