General Curriculum in Biology

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The General Curriculum in Biology is followed by default if no concentration is declared.

Biodiversity Courses 1,2
Select from the following:4
Vertebrate Field Zoology
General Entomology
Invertebrate Zoology
Taxonomy of Vascular Plants
General Microbiology I
General Virology
Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles
Upper Division Electives 1,2
Select from any 300-400 level BIO/BOT/MCRO/MSCI, except BIO 330, BIO 400, BIO 450, BIO 461, BIO 462, BIO 463, BIO 470, BIO 471, BIO 472, ENGR 322/SCM 302. Select a minimum of 11 units of 400-level courses.20
Additional Electives 2, 3, 4
Select from any BIO/BOT/MCRO/MSCI open to BIO majors (including courses cross-listed with other departments), or course from any other concentration in BIO, with the following restrictions:19
Maximum of 7 units of Lower Division.
Maximum of 6 units of the following:
Extended Field Biology Activity
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Undergraduate Laboratory Assistantship
Senior Project - Research Proposal 5
Senior Project - Research 5
Honors Research
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Current Topics in Biological Research
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
Maximum of 15 units of the following:
The Global Environment
Principles of Range Management
Reproductive Physiology
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction
Systemic Animal Physiology
Advanced Molecular Techniques in Animal Science
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Biochemical Principles
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Nutritional Biochemistry
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
Physical Geography
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition I
Applications in GIS
Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management
Environmental Management
Environmental Law
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
Applied GIS
Applied Resource Analysis and Assessment
Biomedical Ethics
Professional Ethics
Ethics in the Sciences
Physical Oceanography
Introductory Soil Science
Soil Morphology
Soil Plant Relationships
Soil Ecology
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Linear Models
Statistical Computing with SAS
Statistical Analysis of Time Series
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Survey Sampling and Methodology
Total units43

Excess units will be applied to Electives in the General Curriculum in Biology.


Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.


If any of these courses is taken to meet a major or support requirement in the degree, it cannot be double-counted as an elective.


Selecting a GE Area F course that double counts as an elective may cause an upper-division unit shortage. Take care to ensure that you have selected enough 300 and 400-level courses to meet the University Upper-Division Requirement (60 units).


If BIO 461 or BIO 462 is used to meet the Senior Project Requirement, it cannot also be counted as an Elective.