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Biology Q2S Information

CSUSB will be switching to the semester system in Fall 2020. This website has information regarding the quarter-to-semester (Q2S) transition that is relevant to Biology majors as well as other students taking Biology courses.
The requirements for the Biology major will be different for students that declare the major after transition to semesters in Fall 2020, e.g. for all first-time freshmen in Fall 2020. Current Biology majors (those that have declared a Biology major during the quarter system) will have the option either to stay with your current (quarter system) requirements for graduation or to switch to the semester-system Biology major on or after Fall 2020; if you take no action, your requirements will not change from what they currently are. However, it may be advantageous for you to switch, depending on how far you have progressed in satisfying your major requirements.

For students transitioning from quarters to semesters: if you wish to change your catalog year to 2020 and switch to the semester program, The CSUSB Office of the Registrar has instructions on how to do this online through your student center:

To help navigate the Q2S transition, it is important to see an advisor (biology faculty or professional advisor) as soon as possible, and as often as necessary, to help develop an individual advising plan, and to complete your MyCAP academic plan. Information in the links and documents below will also help you make decisions regarding the Q2S transition. This website will be updated regularly throughout the Q2S transition, so please check back frequently for the latest information!

The chart below shows the course requirements for the Biology BS degree under the semester system (with quarter course equivalents):

semester roadmap flowchart


Here are some other resources you might find useful:

Slides from Biology course “teach-in” with general information on Q2S and information for Biology majors.

Course descriptions for selected Biology semester-system courses (those that fulfill group A-D requirements)

Table showing semester courses and quarter course equivalents for Biology courses.

Fall 2019 First time Freshman Biology Roadmaps

Q2S advising info for students who have recently completed BIOL 300 and will graduate on semesters


Important course transferrability information for community college students

CC transfer advising v5.pdf