Advising Course Plan - Biology Major

This plan indicates an effective way to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  This basic plan would be altered depending upon your post-graduate plans (mainly by adding specific courses in place of ‘Electives’).  Please see other advising plans that consider specific post-graduate plans.

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 142PIntroductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 1511Mathematics for Life Sciences1
BIOL 100Current Perspectives Biology0.0
General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 141PIntroductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
General Education requirement1
General Education requirement1
General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 243QBiostatistics1
CHEM 141P2General Chemistry I1
General Education requirement1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 244Introductory Biology III: Ecology and Evolution1
CHEM 142P2General Chemistry II1
General Education requirement1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
Junior Seminar31
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 497Research Proposal0.5
Elective1
Elective1
Elective4.5
 Term Units4
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 498Senior Project I1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 300 or 400 level course1
BIOL 499Senior Project II1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32
1

The timing of the Math course is not critical; it can be taken at a later time. Some students may place into, and wish to take, MATH 130 or MATH 141Q.

2

The Chemistry courses can be taken during any academic year.

3

The Junior Seminar can be taken in the spring instead of the fall.

4

During the spring of third year or fourth year, you will need to take another 0.5 or 1 unit course to average 4 units per semester.