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University Catalog 2011-2012 (“PRINTED”) 
University Catalog 2011-2012 (“PRINTED”) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

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 186 units, of which 120 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Requirements for the Major (120 units)

Of the 186 units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, the major requires 120 while the general education program and other university requirements total 66. 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. 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).

Electives (32 units)

With prior written approval of their adviser, students must select certain upper division 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.