The biology Bachelor of Science degree program is intended to prepare students for work as traditional bench or field research scientists. In addition to a general background in biology (the same as provided by the biology BA program), the biology BS program requires two semesters of undergraduate research, plus additional courses in quantitative methods (computer programming, statistics, data analysis) and physical chemistry. The research may be done at the university or at any of its affiliated institutions, but the biology department does not formally place students into laboratories.

Because of the extra course work and research requirements, the biology BS program may present scheduling challenges to students who wish to pursue multiple majors, a junior year abroad or internship, or significant extracurricular activities. Early, careful planning in consultation with the major advisor is essential to stay on schedule.

Biology core courses
BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution and Ecology 3
BIOL 214L Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab 1
BIOL 215 Cells and Proteins 3
BIOL 215L Cells and Proteins Laboratory 1
BIOL 216 Development and Physiology 3
BIOL 216L Development and Physiology Lab 1
One course from any two of the following three subject areas (breadth requirement) 6
Cell and molecular biology
BIOL 316
Fundamental Immunology
BIOL 324
Introduction to Stem Cell Biology
BIOL 325
Cell Biology
BIOL 328
Plant Genomics and Proteomics
BIOL 342
BIOL 343
BIOL 365
Evo-Devo: Evolution of Body Plans
BIOL 366
Genes, Embryos and Fossils
Organismal biology
BIOL 223
Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 302
Human Learning and the Brain
BIOL 314
Animal Cognition and Consciousness
BIOL 318
Introductory Entomology
BIOL 338
BIOL 340
Human Physiology
BIOL 346
Human Anatomy
BIOL 362
Principles of Developmental Biology
BIOL 373
Introduction to Neurobiology
BIOL 374
Neurobiology of Behavior
BIOL 382
Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
BIOL 385
Seminar on Biological Processes in Learning and Cognition
Population biology and ecology
BIOL 225
BIOL 307
Evolutionary Biology of the Invertebrates
BIOL 336
Aquatic Biology
BIOL 351
Principles of Ecology
BIOL 358
Animal Behavior
BIOL 364
Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology
BIOL 368
Topics in Evolutionary Biology
BIOL 384
Reading and Writing Like an Ecologist
BIOL 394
Seminar in Evolutionary Biology
One genetics course 3
BIOL 326
One quantitative biology laboratory course 3
BIOL 300
Dynamics of Biological Systems: A Quantitative Introduction to Biology
BIOL 304
Fitting Models to Data: Maximum Likelihood Methods and Model Selection
BIOL 315
Quantitative Biology Laboratory
One additional laboratory course (excluding BIOL 388, BIOL 388S, and BIOL 390) 2-4
BIOL 223
Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 300
Dynamics of Biological Systems: A Quantitative Introduction to Biology
BIOL 301
Biotechnology Laboratory: Genes and Genetic Engineering
BIOL 304
Fitting Models to Data: Maximum Likelihood Methods and Model Selection
BIOL 305
BIOL 312
Environmental Sculpture
BIOL 315
Quantitative Biology Laboratory
BIOL 339
Aquatic Biology Laboratory
BIOL 344
Laboratory for Microbiology
BIOL 345
Mammal Diversity and Evolution
Principles of Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 358
Animal Behavior
BIOL 359
Genetic Basis of Behavior
BIOL 363
Experimental Developmental Biology
BIOL 376
Neurobiology Laboratory
BIOL 377
Biorobotics Team Research
Biology electives (excluding 100-level courses, BIOL 240, BIOL 250, and BIOL 251) 3-6
Undergraduate research 6
& BIOL 390
Undergraduate Research – SAGES Capstone
and Advanced Undergraduate Research
Mathematics core courses
MATH 125 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I 4
or MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I
MATH 126 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II 4
or MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II
Chemistry core courses
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 223 Introductory Organic Chemistry I 3
or CHEM 323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 224 Introductory Organic Chemistry II 3
or CHEM 324 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 301 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3
Physics core courses
PHYS 115 Introductory Physics I 4
or PHYS 121 General Physics I – Mechanics
PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II 4
or PHYS 122 General Physics II – Electricity and Magnetism
One advanced mathematics or statistics course 3
MATH 201
Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 304
Discrete Mathematics
STAT 312
Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science
Computer Programming – ENGR 131 (Beginning Computer Programming) 3
Total Units 76-80


At least 11 hours of the selected electives and additional laboratory courses must be at the 300 level or higher.