Biological Sciences Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Course Title
Program Courses (10.02 units)
7 core courses (5.02 units):
BIOL_SCI 201-0Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 202-0Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 203-0Genetics and Evolution
BIOL_SCI 232-0Molecular and Cellular Processes Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 233-0Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 234-0Investigative Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 301-0Principles of Biochemistry
2 300-level BIOL SCI Electives 1
3 courses from one of the concentration areas:
Related Courses 3
CHEM 110-0
CHEM 131-0
CHEM 132-0
Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
and General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
or CHEM 151-0
CHEM 152-0
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry 2
or CHEM 171-0
CHEM 172-0
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry
CHEM 210-1
CHEM 210-2
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 212-1
CHEM 212-2
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
MATH 218-3Single-Variable Calculus with Precalculus
or MATH 220-2 Single-Variable Integral Calculus
1 statistics course - STAT 202-0 or BIOL_SCI 337-0 recommended
PHYSICS 130-1
PHYSICS 130-2
College Physics
and College Physics
or PHYSICS 135-1
PHYSICS 135-2
General Physics
and General Physics
or PHYSICS 140-1
PHYSICS 140-2
Fundamentals of Physics
and Fundamentals of Physics

Concentration Courses

Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 332-0Conservation Genetics
BIOL_SCI 341-0Population Genetics
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 354-0Quantitative Analysis of Biology
BIOL_SCI 359-0Quantitative Experimentation in Biology
BIOL_SCI 378-0Functional Genomics
BIOL_SCI 390-0Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 391-0Development and Evolution of Body Plans
BIOL_SCI 392-0Developmental Genetics Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 393-0Human Genomics
BIOL_SCI 395-0Molecular Genetics
BIOL_SCI 396-0Evolution and Diversity: Mushroom Genetics and Genomics

Cell and Developmental Biology

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 315-0Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 327-0Biology of Aging
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 355-0Immunobiology
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 380-0Biology of Cancer
BIOL_SCI 381-0Stem Cells and Regeneration
BIOL_SCI 390-0Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 391-0Development and Evolution of Body Plans
BIOL_SCI 392-0Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Human Health and Disease

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 302-0Fundamentals of Neurobiology
BIOL_SCI 319-0Biology of Animal Viruses
BIOL_SCI 325-0Animal Physiology
BIOL_SCI 327-0Biology of Aging
BIOL_SCI 328-0Microbiology
BIOL_SCI 344-0Anatomy of Vertebrates
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 355-0Immunobiology
BIOL_SCI 356-0Endocrinology
BIOL_SCI 358-0Advanced Physiology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 380-0Biology of Cancer
BIOL_SCI 381-0Stem Cells and Regeneration
BIOL_SCI 392-0Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 332-0Conservation Genetics
BIOL_SCI 333-0Plant-Animal Interactions
BIOL_SCI 334-0Soils and the Environment: The Earth's Critical Zone
BIOL_SCI 336-0Spring Flora
BIOL_SCI 337-0Biostatistics
BIOL_SCI 339-0Critical Topics in Ecology and Conservation
BIOL_SCI 341-0Population Genetics
BIOL_SCI 342-0Evolutionary Processes
BIOL_SCI 344-0Anatomy of Vertebrates
BIOL_SCI 346-0Field Ecology
BIOL_SCI 347-0Conservation Biology
BIOL_SCI 349-0Community Ecology
BIOL_SCI 350-0Plant Evolution and Diversity Lab

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 323-0Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 361-0Protein Structure and Function
BIOL_SCI 363-0Biophysics

Computational and Systems Biology

Course Title
Coding requirement for this concentration may be satisfied by COMP_SCI 110-0, COMP_SCI 111-0, or NICO 101-0 plus NICO 102-0. One unit of programming coursework may substitute for one of the two required 300-level Biol Sci electives.
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 323-0Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis
BIOL_SCI 337-0Biostatistics
BIOL_SCI 345-0Topics in Biology
BIOL_SCI 354-0Quantitative Analysis of Biology
BIOL_SCI 359-0Quantitative Experimentation in Biology
BIOL_SCI 378-0Functional Genomics
CHEM_ENG 379-0Computational Biology: Principles & Applications

Molecular Neurobiology

Course Title
Any three of the following courses:
BIOL_SCI 302-0Fundamentals of Neurobiology
BIOL_SCI 303-0Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL_SCI 305-0Neurobiology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 307-0Brain Structure, Function, and Evolution
BIOL_SCI 325-0Animal Physiology
BIOL_SCI 356-0Endocrinology
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 392-0Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Interdisciplinary Biology

Customized concentration consisting of a set of three, 300-level Biol Sci courses approved by the biology program.

Honors in Biological Sciences

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors must register for BIOL_SCI 397-0 Senior Thesis Colloquium in Winter Quarter of Senior Year. 

Seniors may be recommended to the college for graduation with honors if they have completed at least 2 quarters of BIOL_SCI 397-0 Senior Thesis ColloquiumBIOL_SCI 398-0 Tutorial in Biology or BIOL_SCI 399-0 Independent Research, have written an approved honors thesis based on their independent study, and have sufficiently high grades.

For more information consult the biological sciences website and see the Honors in the Major.