Biology BS:  Major Requirements

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Letter Grade Policy: ALL courses for the major MUST be taken for a letter grade.  Only courses with grades of C (2.0) or better can be used to fulfill major requirements.  Courses in which you receive a grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F cannot be used to satisfy a major requirement or satisfy a prerequisite for another course.

Qualification Policy:  You must meet qualification policy criteria to be eligible to declare this major.

LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:

Calculus:  MATH 11A + 11B OR MATH 19A + 19B

Chemistry:  CHEM 1A + 1B + 1C/N

Biology:  BIOL 20A + BIOE 20B + BIOE 20C + BIOL 20L*
*Limited enrollment capacity for 2017-2018

Organic Chemistry:  CHEM 8A/L + 8B

Statistics:  AMS 5 OR 7/L

Physics:  PHYS 6A/L + 6B OR PHYS 6A/L + 6C OR 7A + 7B + 6L*

*Concurrent enrollment with PHYS 6L required
Note: PHYS 7A/B and 6L will not satisfy prerequisites for admission to most medical schools

 

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:

Lab Requirement:  BIOL 101L and ONE additional upper-division lab or field course.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology:  BIOL 100 + BIOL 101 OR BIOC 100ABC

NOTE: Students who complete BIOC 100ABC + BIOL 101L have met both the biochemistry and molecular biology requirements. In addition, BIOC 100C can be used to satisfy a general biology elective

Molecular Biology Lab: 101L (formerly 100K)

Genetics:  BIOL 105

Ecology:  BIOE 107

Evolution:  BIOE 109

Cell Biology:  BIOL 110

Electives:  THREE additional upper-division five or seven unit electives chosen from the following

BIOE 108 Marine Ecology
BIOE 112/L Ornithology
BIOE 114/L Herpetology
BIOE 117/L Systematic Botany of Flowering Plants
BIOE 120/L Marine Botany
BIOE 122/L Invertebrates
BIOE 124/L Mammalogy
BIOE 127/L Icthyology
BIOE 129/L Marine Mammals (lab optional)
BIOE 131/L Animal Physiology (lab optional)
BIOE 133/L Exercise Physiology
BIOE 134/L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOE 135/L Plant Physiology
BIOE 137/L Molecular Ecology
BIOE 140 Behavioral Ecology
BIOE 145 Plant Ecology
BIOE 147 Community Ecology
BIOE 148A Quantitative Ecology I
BIOE 148B Quantitative Ecology II
BIOE 149 Disease Ecology
BIOE 155 Freshwater Ecology
BIOE 161 Kelp Forest Ecology
BIOE 163/L Ecology of Reefs, Mangroves & Seagrasses
BIOE 165 Marine Conservation Biology
BIOE 172/L Population Genetics
BIOL 111A Immunology I
BIOL 114 Cancer Cell Biology
BIOL 115 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
BIOL 120 Developmental Biology
BIOL 125 Intro Neuroscience
BIOC 100C Biochemistry
BIOL 130 Human Physiology
METX 119 Microbiology
METX 135/L Anatomy of the Human Body

DISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENT:

Satisfied by successful completion of two BIOE courses or one 5-credit BIOL lab. See list of DC courses here. This requirement MUST be completed at UCSC. The Academic Advising Report may not reflect current DC requirements. Check-in with an MCD Biolgoy adviser about fullfilling this requirement. 

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT
Satisfied by successful completition of any upper0division BIOE or BIOL lab course identified with an "L". Check for senior exit requirement.