B.S. Biological Science

The B.S. degree should be considered by students anticipating careers in biology or the health sciences that require graduate school, professional school, or specialized training programs such as biotechnology and medical technology. All students wishing to enter medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or biomedical laboratory positions should obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. Students wishing to teach in secondary schools may want to consider the B.A. degree. The B.S. degree requires a minimum of 180 units; 187 units with the Forensic Science Option.

Note: Requirements are subject to change, so consult your advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. Because the upper division requirements of the B.S. degree are not large, students also need to carefully track their progress toward the 60 upper division units required for graduation.

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

For the B.S. degree, students must select one of the following options:

Biology (General) Option (101 units)

The General option in Biological Science provides a broad background in the basic sciences and in biology. It may be completed in as few as 101 units, allowing graduation with a total of 180 units minimum.

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (47 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 2301, 2302 Survey of Organic Chemistry (4, 4) (CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 may be substituted, but only 8 units apply to major.)
    • CHEM 3400 Introductory Biochemistry (4) or CHEM 4411 General Biochemistry (4)
    • MATH 1300 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (4)
      or MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
      (Students should take the most advanced course for which they are qualified. Biologists continuing on to graduate work should complete MATH 1305 as a minimum.)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4) 
    • PHYS 2701, 2702, 2703 Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4)
  2. Biological Sciences (37 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 3110 Principles of Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    • BIOL 3122 Principles of Developmental Genetic Analysis (4)
    • BIOL 3130 Principles of Evolutionary Biology (4)
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology (5)
  3. Advanced Biological Science Electives (17 units)
    Upper division electives in biological science.
    (May include up to 4 units of approved courses in sciences other than Biology and pertinent to the student's area of special interest. The approved courses are CHEM 4412 and GEOL 3400; other courses subject to approval by petitioning the department prior to registration.)

Cell and Molecular Biology Option (106 units)

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (58 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 Organic Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 4411, 4412 General Biochemistry (4, 4)
    • MATH 1300 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (4)
      or MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
      (Students should take the most advanced course for which they are qualified. Biologists continuing on to graduate work should complete MATH 1305 as a minimum.)
    • PHYS 2701, 2702, 2703 Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
  2. Biological Sciences (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)
    • BIOL 3122 Principles of Developmental Genetic Analysis (4)
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology (5)
  3. Concentration Required Courses (7 units)
    • BIOL 4455 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
    • BIOL 4456 Molecular Techniques (3)
  4. Concentration Electives (12 units)
    A minimum of 12 units must be selected from the following:
    • BIOL 3405 Microbiology (6)
    • BIOL 4430 Immunology (4)
    • BIOL 4431 Immunology Laboratory (2)
    • BIOL 4450 Cell Culture Techniques (4)
    • BIOL 4485 PCR, DNA Sequencing and Fragment Analysis (4)
    • BIOL 4490 Bioinformatics (4)
    • CHEM 4430 General Biochemistry Laboratory (4)

Ecology and Conservation Biology Option (101-108 units)

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (40-47 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 2301, 2302 Survey of Organic Chemistry (4, 4)
      or CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 Organic Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 3400 Introductory Biochemistry (4)
      or CHEM 4411 General Biochemistry (4)
    • MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 1700 Elementary Physics (4) and PHYS 1780 Elementary Physics Laboratory (1) (PHYS 2701, 2702, and 2703 series {4, 4, 4,} may be substituted but only 5 of 12 units will apply to major.)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
  2. Biological Sciences (37 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 3110 Principles of Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    • BIOL 3130 Principles of Evolutionary Biology (4)
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology (5)
    • BIOL 4351 Biological Conservation (4)
  3. Concentration Courses (24 units)
    Ecology Courses
    Select at least one course (minimum 4 units) from the following:
    • BIOL 4175 Population Biology (4)
    • BIOL 4516 Environmental Animal Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 4530 Ecological Methods (4)
    Organismal/Systematics Courses
    Select at least 20 units from the following (can include one course from the "Ecology Courses" listed above):
    • BIOL 3215 Marine Biology (4)
    • BIOL 3216 Freshwater Environments (4)
    • BIOL 3122 Principles of Developmental Genetic Analysis (4)
    • BIOL 3405 Microbiology (6)
    • BIOL 3441 Biomedical Parasitology (4)
    • BIOL 4200 Plant Taxonomy (4)
    • BIOL 4340 Environmental Microbiology (4) (prerequisite BIOL 3405)
    • BIOL 4565 Ornithology (4)
    • 4BIOL 583 Vetebrate Biology (4)
    • BIOL/GEOG 4130 Biogeography (4)
    • ENVT 3400 Environmental Resource Analysis (4)
    • ENVT 4100 Environmental Impact Analysis (4)
    • M SC 4570 Ichthyology (4)

Forensic Science Option (119 units)

Completion of the Forensic Science Option also qualifies the student to receive a minor in Chemistry which consists of 38 units of coursework included in the option.

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (63 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 Organic Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 2200 Quantitative Analysis (5)
    • CHEM 3200 Bioanalytical and Forensic Instrumentation (4)
    • CHEM 3400 Introductory Biochemistry (4)
    • MATH 1300 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (4)
      or MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 2701, 2702, 2703 Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
  2. Biological Sciences (33 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 2010 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    • BIOL 3430 Hematology (4)
    • BIOL 4485 PCR, DNA Sequencing and Fragment Analysis (4)
  3. Criminal Justice (11 units)
    • BIOL 4830 Seminar in Forensic Research (1)
    • CHEM 4830 Seminar in Forensic Research (1)
    • CRJA 4830 Seminar in Forensic Research (1)
    • CRJA 2200 Basic Criminal Investigation (4)
    • CRJA 3800 Comparative Evidence and Its Evaluation (4)
  4. Concentration Electives (12 units)
    Select at least two courses (minimum 8 units) from the following:
    • BIOL 2020 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (5)
    • BIOL 3405 Microbiology (6)
    • BIOL 4160 Medical Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 4490 Bioinformatics (4)
    Select at least one course (minimum 4 units) from the following:
    • CRJA 3400 Advanced Criminal Investigation (4)
    • CRJA 3500 Criminal Identification (4)
    • CRJA 4124 Sex Crime Investigation (4)

Microbiology/Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Option (105 units)

The Microbiology/Biomedical Laboratory Sciences option leading to a B.S. degree in Biological Science prepares students for further training after graduation in State approved hospital laboratories as required for State licensure of Medical Technologists. Traineeships are available to qualified graduates in laboratories throughout California. Trainee positions are highly competitive. This option is recommended for students contemplating work in public health, industrial microbiology, quality control, research, and graduate work in related fields.

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics Core (58 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 Organic Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 4411, 4412 General Biochemistry (4, 4)
    • MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
    • PHYS 2701, 2702, 2703 Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4)
  2. Biological Sciences Core (31 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology (5)
    • BIOL 3405 Microbiology (6)
  3. Microbiology/Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Core (Minimum of 16 units from the list below)
    • BIOL 3430 Hematology (4)
    • BIOL 3441 Biomedical Parasitology (4)
    • BIOL 4142 Microbial Symbioses (4)
    • BIOL 4143 Molecular Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 4340 Environmental Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 4405 Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry (4)
    • BIOL 4413 Medical Microbiology (6)
    • BIOL 4430 Immunology (4)
    • BIOL 4435 Water Quality and Human Health (4)
    • BIOL 4441 Principles of Virology (4)

Physiology Option (99-107 units)

  1. Physical Sciences and Mathematics (47-54 units)
    • CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103 General Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 2301, 2302 Survey of Organic Chemistry (4, 4)
      or CHEM 3301, 3302, 3303 Organic Chemistry (5, 5, 5)
    • CHEM 3400 Introductory Biochemistry (4)
      or CHEM 4411 General Biochemistry (4)
    • MATH 1304 Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 2701, 2702, 2703 Introductory Physics (4, 4, 4)
    • STAT 3031 Statistical Methods in Biology (4)
  2. Biological Sciences (29 units)
    • BIOL 1401 Molecular and Cellular Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1402 Plant Biology (5)
    • BIOL 1403 Animal Biology (5)
    • BIOL 3110 Principles of Ecology (4)
      or BIOL 3130 Principles of Evolutionary Biology (4)
    • BIOL 3121 Principles of Genetics (5)
    • BIOL 3151 Principles of Animal Physiology (5)
  3. Concentration Courses (16 units) Select a minimum of four courses (16 units) from the following:
    • BIOL 4150 Mammalian Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 4160 Medical Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 4500 Quantitative Methods in Physiology (2)
    • BIOL 4504 Comparative Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 4505 General Endocrinology (4)
    • BIOL 4506 Animal Physiology Laboratory (4)
    • BIOL 4510 Neurobiology (4)
    • BIOL 4516 Environmental Animal Physiology (4)
    • CHEM 4460 Major Organ Biochemistry (prerequisite CHEM 4413) (3)
  4. Upper Division Electives (7-8 units)
    Select at least two additional courses from the previous list or any other upper division biology course applicable to the B.S. degree, for a minimum of 99 units.
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