Biology Major and Minor

Major Requirements: Two semesters of General Biology (BIOL 101 and 102 - 1.25 units each for a total of 2.5 units), six additional units of biology course work (half unit courses count toward the six 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 (BIOL 101 and 102 - 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:

Cell/Molecular Biology

231. Microbiology. (with lab)
245. Genetics.
250. Introduction to Cell Biology.
252. Research Methods in Cell Biology. (with lab)
288. Introductory Neuroscience. (with lab)
309. Biochemistry.
333. Immunology. (with lab)
350. Cancer Biology. (with lab)
387. Cellular Mechanisms of Memory.
388. Drugs and the Brain. (with lab)
389. Advanced Neuroscience.
391. Scanning Electron Microscopy. (with lab)
392. Research Methods in Fluorescence and Confocal Microscopy. (with lab)
394. Research Methods in Biochemistry. (with lab)
395. Research Methods in Molecular Biology. (with lab)
415. Advanced Biochemistry.

Organismal Biology

209. Vertebrate Natural History.
215. Fundamentals of Animal Biodiversity. (with lab)
218. Ornithology.
224. Biology of Vascular Plants. (with lab)
226. Comparative Animal Physiology
227. Mammalogy. (with lab)
231. Microbiology. (with lab)
232. Laboratory Animals. (with lab)
258. Ethnobotany. (with lab)
270. General and Comparative Endocrinology.
325. Mycology. (with lab)
341. Anatomy and Physiology I. (with lab)
351. Anatomy and Physiology II. (with lab)
353. Human Embryology.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

215. Fundamentals of Animal Biodiversity. (with lab)
218. Ornithology.
221. General Ecology. (with lab)
227. Mammalogy. (with lab)
258. Ethnobotany. (with lab)
319. Plant Systematics. (with lab)
330. Ecology of Lakes and Rivers. (with lab)
335. Winter Ecology. (with lab)
343. Evolution. (with lab)
360. Marine Ecology.
380. Tropical Ecology.
440. Conservation Biology. (with lab)