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Roadmaps to Degree

Below are links to sample plans for completing an undergraduate degree in biology in various lengths of time. Each plan will open in a separate window. Close that window to return to this page. Students majoring in Biology are advised to enter the core biology sequence (BIOL 200, 201, 202, and 300) as early in their careers as possible. BIOL 200 is only offered Fall quarters, and students must pass each course in the core biology sequence with a 'C' or better to take the next course in the sequence.

Note: These roadmaps are very general and do not apply to every student or every situation. Students should keep in mind that there are several series of prerequisite courses in the Biology degree that must be taken in order. The Biology Department suggests that all students seek individual advising from a faculty member prior to registration. See the faculty advising office hours page for additional information.

Four-Year Plans for Freshmen

General Flowchart of Prerequisites in Biology Bachelor's Degrees



B.S. in Biology (effective Fall 2016)

Suggested sequence of coursework
Total units: 180

Note: Plan assumes passage of ELM and EPT. Units are given in parentheses.

  • Courses that satisfy General Education (GE) requirements.
  • Courses required for the Biology Major will automatically fulfill GE requirements A3, B1, B2, and B3. No additional coursework is needed to meet these requirements.
  • * GE Capstone courses for GE categories B, C and D should be selected such that one of them also satisfies GE requirement G, the multicultural/gender requirement.
  • ** Students without a strong background in algebra and trigonometry should take Math 110 (college algebra) and Math 120 (precalculus/trigonometry) before taking Math 192.
  • 'BIOL Elective' is any upper-division Biology course (excluding BIOL 301, 304, 305, 306, 314, 349 and 503). At least one of these courses must be selected from Group A and one from Group B in the upper-divison requirements for the BS in Biology. CHEM 436A or 436A and 436B may be counted for up to 5 of these elective units.

'Any Elective' is any course at any level from any department