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Biological & Physical Science

Biology Core Courses

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)
  • LS220 Research Methods (1)
  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)
  • LS341 Ecology* (4)
  • LS342 Genetics** (4)
  • LS372 Origins (3)
  • LS420 Seminar in Biology (1)
  • LS422 Senior Capstone (1)
  • MA121 Calculus I (3)
  • MA262 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • PS251 General Physics I (4)
  • PS252 General Physics II (4)

Total core courses (52)

* LS398 Plant Science also fulfills this requirement.
**LS332 Population Genetics also fulfills this requirement.

Biology Emphasis Courses

  • Biology core courses (52)
  • Upper division biology & chemistry electives (8)

Total units required for emphasis (60)

Cellular & Molecular Biology Emphasis Courses

  • Biology core courses (52)
  • Three of the following (12)
    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)
    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)
    • LS351 Molecular Biology (4)
    • LS355 Parasitology (4)
    • LS361 Immunology (4)
    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)
    • LS398 Plant Science (4)
    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Natural History/Environmental Biology Emphasis Courses

  • Biology core courses (52)
  • Three of the following (12)
    • LS312 Animal Physiology (4)
    • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)
    • LS346 Marine Biology (4)
    • LS348 Biological Field Studies (topics vary and can be repeated for credit) (3-4)
    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)
    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)
    • LS398 Plant Science (4)
    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Allied Health Emphasis Courses

  • Biology core courses (52)
  • Three of the following (12)
    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)
    • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)
    • LS322 Human Physiology (4)
    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)
    • LS351 Molecular Biology (4)
    • LS352 Medical Physiology (4)
    • LS355 Parasitology (4)
    • LS361 Immunology (4)
    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • LS398 Plant Science (4)
    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Animal Science/ Pre-Veterinary Medicine Emphasis Courses

  • Biology core courses......................................................................52
  • Three of the following...........................................................................12
    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)
    • LS302 Vertebrate Anatomy and Systematics (4)
    • LS312 Animal Physiology (4)
    • LS318 Conservation Biology & Sustainability (4)
    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)
    • LS346 Marine Biology (4)
    • LS348 Biological Field Studies (topics vary and can be repeated for credit) (3-4)
    • LS355 Parasitology (4)
    • LS361 Immunology (4)
    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • LS375 Vertebrate Paleontology (4)
    • LS388 Mathematical Ecology (4)
    • LS398 Plant Science (4)
    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Pre-Nursing (for post-bachelor nursing programs)*

  • Biology core courses (52)
  • Three of the following (12)
    • CH461 Biochemistry (4)
    • LS231 Human Growth and Development (3)
    • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)
    • LS322 Human Physiology (4)
    • LS331 Developmental Biology (4)
    • LS352 Medical Physiology (4)
    • LS361 Immunology (4)
    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • LS428 Research in Biology (1-4)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

*Most Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are 4-year programs that include pre-nursing. Many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are post-bachelor (BS) programs. Our pre-nursing program outlined here offers preparation primarily for BS-BSN or BS-MSN post-bachelor degree programs. Some post bachelor nursing programs may require additional courses.

Secondary Teacher Education in Life Sciences Emphasis Courses

Complete requirements for the biology emphasis and the Teacher Education prerequisites described on page 179.


Minor in Biology

For a minor in biology, the student must complete:

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)
  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)
  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)
  • LS372 Origins (3)
  • Upper division biology and chemistry electives (6)

Total units required for minor (25)