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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate a writing style appropriate for communicating scientific results to a diverse audience.
  2. Students will integrate math, physical sciences and technology to answer biological questions using the scientific method.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency of lab and field techniques in their area of specialization.
  4. Students will master and retain fundamental concepts in biology (atom to ecosystem).
  5. Students will demonstrate the skill to assess and analyze data with objectivity.
  6. Students will demonstrate proficiency in searching, reading and evaluating the scientific literature.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No major, support, or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit. 
BIO 160Diversity and History of Life4
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2&B4)4
BIO 263Introductory Ecology and Evolution4
BIO 351Principles of Genetics5
BIO 426Immunology4
BIO 452Cell Biology4
MCRO 224General Microbiology I5
MCRO 225General Microbiology II5
MCRO 402General Virology4
MCRO 423Medical Microbiology5
MCRO 424Microbial Physiology5
BIO 461Senior Project - Research Proposal2
or BIO 462 Senior Project - Research
Select from the following: 1,2,3,519
Microbial Biotechnology
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science
Orientation to Biotechnology
Bioinformatics Applications
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Gene Expression Laboratory
Quantitative Analysis
Molecular Biology
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Food Microbiology
Wine Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Quality Assurance and Control of Dairy Products
Cheese and Fermented Dairy Foods
Dairy Microbiology
Elements of Food Processing
Elements of Food Safety
Food Quality Assurance
Fermented Foods
Food Chemistry
Food Analysis
Food Laws and Regulations
Advanced Food Processing
Medical and Public Health Microbiology
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Public Health Microbiology
Animal Parasitology
Production Medicine
Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health Concerns
Systemic Animal Physiology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Neuroscience
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrinology
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiorespiratory and Renal
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Muscle and Locomotion
Functional Histology
Quantitative Analysis
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Biochemical Pharmacology
Functional Anatomy
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Microbial Ecology
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements
Soil Ecology
Other electives for Microbiology Majors
Agricultural Entomology
Plant Pathology
Biological Control for Pest Management
General Entomology
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Animal Physiology
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Environmental Physiology
Undergraduate Laboratory Assistantship 1
Senior Project - Research 6
Honors Research
Organic Chemistry III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Bioorganic Chemistry
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Introduction to Microbiology Research
Ethics in the Sciences
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Survey Sampling and Methodology
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3&B4)4
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 129General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III4
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I 35
CHEM 217
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II 3
CHEM 313Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 45
or CHEM 371 Biochemical Principles
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1) 34
PHYS 121College Physics I4
PHYS 122College Physics II4
PHYS 123College Physics III4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1)4
(See list of GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives 58
Total units180

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


Limited to a total of 4 units from BIO 400, BIO 450, BIO 462, and BIO 463. At least 14 units must be upper division (300-400 level).


Students planning to attend graduate or professional schools are strongly advised to meet with their advisors to ensure that they meet necessary prerequisites for entry into these programs. Additional courses in math and chemistry may be necessary.


CHEM 371 suggested for students who plan to pursue graduate school or a health professions career.


Care must be taken to ensure compliance with the "60 units of upper-division" requirement.


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

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units56

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.