Requirements

B.S. IN BIOLOGY

Requirements (112-118 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.S. in Biology:

Lower-division requirements (56-61 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 twelve units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • Note: The requirement in organic chemistry may be met by the completion of one year of transferable organic chemistry course work from another institution of higher education.
  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 (56-57 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. Either Group 1 or 2 below:
    • Group 1:
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • Group 2:
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • and one of the following:
    • BIOL 331. Biology of Invertebrates (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  6. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  7. A minimum of 19 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503).
  8. Chemistry (4-5 units):
    • A minimum of four units chosen from:
    • CHEM 345. Modern Quantitative Analysis (5)
    • CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture (4)

B.S. IN BIOLOGY - ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OPTION

Requirements (116-125 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.S. in Biology - Ecology and Evolution Option:

Lower-division requirements (56-61 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 twelve units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • Note: The requirement in organic chemistry may be met by the completion of one year of transferable organic chemistry course work from another institution of higher education.
  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 (60-64 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 321. Evolution (4)
  3. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  4. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  5. BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
  6. One of the following courses:
    • BIOL 514. Conservation Biology (4)
    • BIOL 590M. Senior Seminar: Conservation Biology (2)
  7. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  8. Either Group 1 or 2 below:
    • Group 1:
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • Group 2:
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • and one of the following:
    • BIOL 331. Biology of the Invertebrates (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  9. One course (4-6 units) chosen from the following list:
    • BIOL 319. Local Flora (5)
    • BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Ecology (5)
    • BIOL 522. Population Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 565. Physiological Ecology (6)
  10. One of the following courses:
    • BIOL 505. Biological Research Design and Analysis (5)
    • PSYC 410. Advanced Psychological Statistics (5)
    • Note: Students should complete BIOL 450 before getting consent of the instructor to enroll in PSYC 410 without the formal prerequisite.
  11. A minimum of 12 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503), selected in consultation with an advisor in the student's area of specialization.

B.S. IN BIOLOGY - PRE-MED OPTION

Requirements (112-115 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

The Pre-med option will 1) satisfy the requirements for the B.S. 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.S. in Biology - Pre-Med Option:

Lower-division courses (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 (56-57 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. Twelve units chosen from Group 1 or Group 2:
    • Group 1:
    • BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • Group 2:
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • and one of the following:
    • BIOL 331. Biology of Invertebrates (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  6. A minimum of four units chosen from:
    • CHEM 345. Modern Quantitative Analysis (5)
    • CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture (4)
  7. BIOL 591. Biology Seminar (1)
  8. A minimum of 19 units of upper-division elective course work in biology (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503). Suggested courses which may be useful for medical school preparation include:
    • BIOL 320. Microorganisms
    • BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors
    • BIOL 324. Human Physiology for Biology Majors
    • BIOL 371. Parasitology
    • BIOL 380. Medical and Economic Botany
    • BIOL 572. Virology
    • BIOL 573. Immunology
    • BIOL 576. Endocrinology
    • BIOL 580. Neurobiology
    • 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

B.S. IN BIOLOGY AND DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE ARTICULATION PROGRAM

Requirements (116-121 units)
Total units required for graduation: 186

An articulation program that guarantees admission to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Western University of Health Sciences is available on a competitive basis to a limited number of students. Biology majors may apply for admission to the program after completing Biology 200, 201 and 202 at CSUSB. Applicants will be screened by a joint committee from CSUSB and Western University of Health Sciences, and up to four students will be admitted annually. Candidates of the program who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in the required courses for the major, take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and complete the specified course work will: 1) satisfy the requirements for the B.S. in Biology and 2) have a position reserved for them in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Western University of Health Sciences for the year following completion of the B.S. degree. Additional information regarding application and admission to the program is available in the Biology Department Office.

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.S. in Biology and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Articulation Program:

Lower-division courses (56-61 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 twelve units, chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
    • 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)
    • 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 (60 units)

  1. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  2. BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
  3. BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors (6)
  4. BIOL 324. Human Physiology for Biology Majors (6)
  5. BIOL 354. Biology of Higher Plants (6)
  6. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  7. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  8. BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
  9. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 450. Ecology (5)
    • BIOL 455. Marine Biology and Ecology (5)
  10. CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture (4)
  11. CHEM 437A. Biochemistry II: Lecture (3)
  12. CHEM 438A. Biochemistry III: Lecture (3)
    • Other courses which may be use for preparation for the program include:
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
    • BIOL 371. Parasitology (5)
    • BIOL 380. Medical and Economic Botany (4)
    • BIOL 572. Virology (4)
    • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)
    • BIOL 576. Endocrinology (4)
    • BIOL 580. Neurobiology (4)

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