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Bachelor of Arts in General Biology

The curriculum in General Biology provides breadth of exposure to fundamental areas of biology. Since basic principles of physical science are central to many biological concepts, course work in physics and chemistry is included in the lower division requirements.

The General Biology degree should be taken by students intending to obtain a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Sciences (Concentration in Biological Science). Students who are considering teaching life sciences should see a credential advisor in the Department of Biology before planning the major. Students are required to complete additional courses that specifically prepare them to teach in the California secondary school system (including BIOL 337, CHEM 216; courses covering geology, astronomy, oceanography, and meteorology). The program is subject to changes imposed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Lower-Division Requirements (32-33 units)
BIOL 230
Introductory Biology I
BIOL 240
Introductory Biology II
CHEM 115
General Chemistry I
CHEM 130
General Organic Chemistry
CHEM 215
General Chemistry II (CHEM 216 (2) is recommended)
PHYS 111/112
General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1)
PHYS 121/122
General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1)
One course from the following two courses:
MATH 124
Elementary Statistics (3)
MATH 226
Calculus I (4)
Total Lower Division Requirements
Upper-Division Requirements (24-25 units)
BIOL 355
One Physiology Course from the following:
BIOL 442
Microbial Physiology
BIOL 525
Plant Physiology
BIOL 612
Human Physiology
BIOL 630
Animal Physiology
One Cell Biology Course from the following:
BIOL 350
Cell Biology
BIOL 401
General Microbiology
BIOL 435
BIOL 453
General Parasitology
BIOL 524
Plant Molecular Biology
CHEM 349
General Biochemistry
One Physiology or Cell Biology Laboratory Course associated with course choices listed above (substitutions allowed upon signed advisor consent)
One Ecology Course from the following:
BIOL 482
Ecology (4)
BIOL 529
Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 532
Restoration Ecology (3)
BIOL 534
Wetland Ecology (4)
BIOL 580
Limnology (3)
BIOL 582
Biological Oceanography (4)
BIOL 585/586
Marine Ecology with Laboratory (3/2)
One Evolutionary or Organismal biology Course from the following:*  (substitutions allowed upon signed advisor consent)
BIOL 328
Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 337
Evolution (3)
BIOL 380
Comparative Embryology (3)
BIOL 425
Emerging Diseases (3)
BIOL 453/454**
Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1)
BIOL 459
Arthropod Biology (4)
BIOL 460
General Entomology (4)
BIOL 461
Insect Taxonomy (4)
BIOL 475
Herpetology (3)
BIOL 478
Ornithology (4)
BIOL 480
Mammalogy (4)
BIOL 500
Evolution and Diversity of Plants (4)
BIOL 502
Biology of the Algae (4)
BIOL 504
Biology of the Fungi (4)
BIOL 505
Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4)
BIOL 514
Plant Taxonomy (5)
BIOL 555
Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 570
Biology of Fishes (4)
BIOL 638
Bioinformatics & Genome Annotations (4)
BIOL 652
Science Education Partners in Biology (4)
Upper division Electives selected in Consultation with an advisor
Total Upper Division Units Required (specified UD Units 17-20; Elective Units 4-8):
Total Units required for Major

*Students planning to earn a teaching credential must take an evolution course and an organismal biology course.

**cannot double count Biol 453 or 454 to meet both Cell Biology & Evolution/Organismal Biology requirements

B.A. in General Biology Degree Description from SF State Bulletin

B.A. General Biology Degree Description (pdf)

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