Biology Major and Minor

Major Requirements: Two semesters of General Biology (BIOL101and102 - 1.25 units each for a total of 2.5 units), six additional units of biology course work (half unit courses count toward the 6 unit total unless otherwise specified), two units of General Chemistry (CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 - 1.25 units each for a total of 2.5 units), and either one unit of Statistics (MATH 113) or two units of Calculus (MATH 135 and MATH 136). The six additional units of biology course work must include two units at the 300 or 400 level and one of the following: 1) four units of course work with a laboratory component, 2) three units of course work with a laboratory component and a one unit of a lab or field based SYE, or 3) two units of course work with a laboratory component and one unit of a research methods course with lecture and laboratory.

Minor Requirements: Two semesters of General Biology (BIOL101and102 - 1.25 units each for a total of 2.5 units), plus three additional units of biology courses. The three additional units of biology courses must include two units with lab and one unit at the 300 level. Independent research courses, such as BIOL 381, 461, 489, and 490, cannot be used for completing the minor requirements.

Curriculum Overview: Biology comprises many subdisciplines directed toward the study of particular groups of organisms or processes. In addition, the biological sciences interface with many other fields to yield interdisciplinary areas such as biochemistry, environmental sciences, ethnobiology or paleontology. Because of this diversity, the department does not insist on a set pattern of courses that must be taken for the major or minor, but it does expect students to select courses that provide both breadth and depth. Just as students obtain a liberal education, biology majors are also advised to obtain a broad preparation in biology.

Below are courses grouped according to their primary level of organization. Although majors may wish to concentrate within one area, students are expected to take courses from each of the following areas:.

Cellular and Molecular Biology Courses

231. Microbiology.
245,246. Genetics.
250. Introduction to Cell Biology.
288. Introductory Neuroscience.
309. Biochemistry. (MCR)
333. Immunobiology.
387. Cellular Mechanisms of Memory. (MCR)
390. Research Methods in Electron Microscopy.
391. Research Methods in Scanning Electron Microscopy.
392. Research Methods in Confocal Microscopy.
394. Research Methods in Biochemistry.
395. Research Methods in Molecular Biology.
415. Advanced Biochemistry. (MCR)  

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Courses

209. Vertebrate Natural History.
215. Invertebrate Biology.
218. Ornithology
221. General Ecology.
224. Biology of Vascular Plants.
225. Mycology.
227. Mammalogy.
231. Microbiology.
258. Ethnobotany.
319. Plant Systematics.
330. Ecology of Lakes and Rivers.
335. Winter Ecology
343. Evolution.
357. Behavioral Ecology.
360. Marine Ecology.
380. Tropical Ecology. (MCR)
440. Conservation Biology.
3023. Mist Nets and Museum Skins.

Physiology and Health Related Courses

240. Human Anatomy and Physiology.
247. Comparative Animal Physiology.
247. Human Disease. (MCR)
270. Endocrinology.
347. Human Nutrition. (MCR)
348. Biology of Cancer. (MCR)
326. Animal Physiology.
388. Drugs and the Brain.
389. Advanced Neuroscience.