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University Catalog 2014-2015 
University Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major, first-time freshmen must have: a minimum high school CSU college prep GPA of 3.00; a minimum SAT (math and critical reading only) score of 900 or an ACT composite score of 20; and must meet the campus impaction admission criteria.

Lower division continuing students who wish to be accepted as Biology majors must: have a minimum GPA of 2.25; have completed Introductory Biology I (BIOL 100A or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better; have completed General Chemistry I (CHEM 101 or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better; and have completed Precalculus: Algebra (MATH 104A or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better.

Upper division continuing students who wish to change their major to Biology or transfer students who want to enter the Biology BS program must: have a minimum GPA of 2.75; have completed General Chemistry I-III (CHEM 101-103 or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better in each course; and have completed Precalculus: Algebra (MATH 104A or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides a balanced blend of traditional and modern biology, incorporating the important generalizations of traditional biology with the more recent advances. The degree may lead to graduate study in biology or related fields such as forensic science; entrance into professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy; and employment in applied or technical aspects of biology including the biotechnology industry and environmental science areas. In addition to the usual course offerings, the Department of Biological Sciences participates in the Southern California Ocean Studies Institute (SCOSI) and the California Desert Studies Consortium, which are explained in detail under Consortia in the first chapter of this catalog. The department also participates in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree program in Natural Science.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is 180 units, of which 112-114 units are in the major. For General Education (GE), Biology majors must complete 12 units of Basic Subjects (GE Block A1, A2, and A3) + 8 units of American Institutions + 12 units of Humanities (GE Block C from 3 of the 5 areas) + 12 units of Social Sciences (GE Block D from 3 different departments) + 4 units of Life-Long Understanding (GE block E, which for freshmen is fulfilled by completing NSS 101 or an equivalent course) + 12 units of Upper Division (UD) GE Theme (GE Block F). Two courses from blocks C, D, E, OR F must be Diversity courses (d = Designated Diversity courses). Biology majors fulfill 8 units of Natural Sciences (GE Block B) by completing required major courses: BIOL 100A for GE Block B1 + either CHEM 101 OR PHYS 101 (whichever one is completed first) for GE Block B2. Biology majors fulfill basic subjects - Mathematics (GE - Block A4) by completing required major course (MATH 204 or MATH 205 or equivalent) or prerequisite course (MATH 104A or MATH 105 or equivalent) or other college level math (if changing major to biology). Biology majors may choose any Upper Division theme. They must take 1 Natural Science, 1 Social Science and 1 Humanities course from the same theme. They may not take any BIOL/MICR UD GE courses or courses cross-listed with BIOL/MICR UD GE courses to fulfill the 12 units of UD GE. Consult with a department advisor for more specifics on free electives, GE, and other university requirements.

Requirements for the Major (112-114 units)

Of the 180 units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, the major requires 112-114 while the general education program and other university requirements total of 76-78 of which 12 units are met through courses required by the major. Competence in mathematics through 

  is required. It is recommended that students complete at least one year of a foreign language.

Successful completion of the major requires a minimum C (2.0) overall grade point average in all courses required for the major. A grade of C or better is required in each of the introductory biology courses: BIOL 100A, BIOL 100B, and BIOL 100C (or equivalent transfer courses). At least 18 units of upper division course work that fulfills major requirements must be taken in residence (not to include courses graded CR/NC).


* Or one year of Lower Division or Upper Division Organic Chemistry lecture including one term of Organic Chemistry laboratory from an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Electives (23-25 units)

With prior written approval of their adviser, students must select certain courses in biology and other natural sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. No upper division course with the suffix N or upper division general education course may be used to fulfill major requirements.