B.A. Biological Science

The Bachelor of Arts major program should be considered by students wishing broad experience in biology as well as specialized course work tailored to their special interests. Students planning careers in education, biological interpretative work, natural history programs, health-related vocations, or seeking generalized biological training may find this program most adaptable to their needs. However, the B.A. degree major in many cases will not provide the required courses for admission to graduate or professional schools. The major consists of a minimum of 98 units; the B.A. degree requires a minimum of 180 units.

Please consult the 2011-2012 online catalog for any changes that may occur.

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (21-39 units)
    • CHEM 1601 (or 1605), 1602 Basic Chemistry for the Health Sciences
      or CHEM 1101-2-3 General Chemistry and CHEM 2301-2 Survey of Organic Chemistry (12-23)
    • MATH 1130 College Algebra or MATH 1300 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry
      or MATH 1304 Calculus I
      or STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
    • PHYS 1700 Elements of Physics and PHYS 1780 Elementary Physics Laboratory
      or PHYS 2701-2-3 Introductory Physics (5-12)
  2. Biological Sciences (28-29 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    Two courses (8-9 units) selected from:
    • BIOL 3110 Principles of Ecology
    • BIOL 3122 Principles of Developmental Genetic Analysis
    • BIOL 3130 Principles of Evolutionary Biology
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology
  3. Electives (30-49 units)
    Any upper division biology course except BIOL 3032. BIOL 2010 (or 2011) and 2020 may also be used.
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