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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 (BIOL 337 Evolution and CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Laboratory, are both REQUIRED; in addition, courses covering geology, astronomy, oceanography, and meteorology are REQUIRED). The program is subject to changes imposed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Lower-Division Requirements (32-33 units)
Units
BIOL 230
Introductory Biology I
5
BIOL 240
Introductory Biology II
5
CHEM 115
General Chemistry I
5
CHEM 130
General Organic Chemistry
3
CHEM 215
General Chemistry II (CHEM 216 (2) is recommended)
3
PHYS 111/112
General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1)
4
PHYS 121/122
General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1)
4
One course from the following two courses:
3-4
MATH 124
Elementary Statistics (3)
 
MATH 226
Calculus I (4)
 
Total Lower Division Requirements
32-33
Upper-Division Requirements (24-25 units)
BIOL 355
Genetics
3
One Physiology Course from the following:
3
BIOL 442
Microbial Physiology
 
BIOL 525
Plant Physiology
 
BIOL 612
Human Physiology
 
BIOL 630
Animal Physiology
 
One Cell Biology Course from the following:
3
BIOL 350
Cell Biology
 
BIOL 358 Forensic Genetics: Math Matters  
BIOL 401
General Microbiology
 
BIOL 435
Immunology
 
BIOL 453
General Parasitology
 
CHEM 349
General Biochemistry
 
One Physiology or Cell Biology Laboratory Course associated with course choices listed above (substitutions allowed upon signed advisor consent)
1-4
One Ecology Course from the following:
3-5
BIOL 482
Ecology (4)
 
BIOL 490 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (4)  
BIOL 529GW
Plant Ecology (4)
 
BIOL 532
Restoration Ecology
 
BIOL 534
Wetland Ecology (4)
 
BIOL 580
Limnology
 
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)
3-5
BIOL 328
Human Anatomy (4)
 
BIOL 337
Evolution
 
BIOL 380
Evolutionary Developmental Biology
 
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology  
BIOL 425
Emerging Diseases
 
BIOL 453/454**
Parasitology and Laboratory (3/1)
 
BIOL 460
General Entomology (4)
 
BIOL 475GW
Herpetology
 
BIOL 478GW
Ornithology (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 570GW
Biology of Fishes (4)
 
BIOL 600 Animal Behavior  
BIOL 638
Bioinformatics & Genome Annotations (4)
 
Upper division Electives selected in Consultation with an advisor
4-8
BIOL 332 Health Disparities in Cancer  
BIOL 344GW Research Skills - GWAR  
BIOL 425 Emerging Diseases  
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4)  
BIOL 464 Medical Entomology  
BIOL 470 Natural History of Vertebrates (4)  
BIOL 492 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)  
BIOL 550 Plant and Animal Interactions (4)  
BIOL 556 Natural History of Marine Invertebrates (4)  
BIOL 577 Ecological and Environmental Modeling (4)  
BIOL 607 Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals  
BIOL 609 Physics in Medicine  
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histology  
BIOL 616 Cardiorespiratory Physiology  
BIOL 620 Endocrinology  
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology  
BIOL 622 Hormones and Behavior  
BIOL 627 Biophysics  
BIOL 640 Cellular Neurosciences  
BIOL 652 Science Education Partners in Biology  
Total Upper Division Units Required (specified UD Units 17-20; Elective Units 4-8):
24-25
Total Units required for Major
57

*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

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