Qualifying for the Major

To qualify for an Ecology & Evolution BS, Marine Biology BS, Plant Sciences BS, Biology BA or the Biology BA Bioeducation major students must complete the following six courses, or their equivalents, with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • BIOL 20A, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOE 20B, Development & Physiology
  • BIOE 20C, Ecology & Evolution
  • MATH 11A or Math 19A

Students with two or more grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F or NP in the above policy courses (Math grades excluded) are NOT qualified to declare.

Students must pass math with a grade of C (2.0) or better, however grades in math will not be included in the calculation of the maximum number of  C-, D+, D, D-, F or NP grades for admission to the major.

All courses must be completed for a Letter Grade.

The qualification courses are a subset of your major's introductory requirements.

Determining qualification:

  • Students who complete all the policy courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better are qualified to declare.
  • Students who have received one grade of C-, D+, D, D-, F or NP in one of the policy courses will only be qualified to declare after successfully completing the same or an equivalent course with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Students with non-grades in any of the policy courses will not be qualified to declare until a grade of C (2.0) or better has been assigned
  • Students with AP exam course credit for any of the qualification course(s) may petition to declare after successfully completing the remaining qualification courses.
  • Students who are enrolled in the last course(s) required for qualification may submit a petition to declare by the quarterly declaration deadline date.  This option is only available to students who have reached the quarter in which they are required to declare.  For most students, this will be the declaration deadline in spring quarter of their sophomore year.  Declaration petitions will be evaluated at the end of the quarter to determine if  the qualification criteria has been met.

Students who have completed the six qualification courses with grades of C (2.0) or better, but do not meet the qualification policy criteria may appeal by writing a letter to the Ecology and Evolution Curriculum Chair. For more information about the appeal process, see our Appeal Process page.