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 215-1
CHEM 215-2
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
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 other approved course 4
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
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BIOL_SCI 398-0 Tutorial in Biology and BIOL_SCI 399-0 Independent Research do not count as 300-level BIOL SCI Electives. Students doing the Computational and Systems Biology concentration and taking a 1.0 unit course to satisfy the coding requirement may use this in place of one of the required 300-level electives.

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This concentration also has a programming competency requirement.

3

Number of related course units depend on chemistry and mathematics sequences taken. Laboratory components of general and organic chemistry courses and physics courses require separate registration and bear separate credit. See chemistry and physics pages of this Catalog for more information.

4

The statistics related course requirement is waived for students who complete BIOL_SCI 337-0 Biostatistics.

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 391-0Developmental Biology
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 310-0Human Physiology
BIOL_SCI 315-0Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 319-0Biology of Animal Viruses
BIOL_SCI 327-0Biology of Aging
BIOL_SCI 328-0Microbiology
BIOL_SCI 353-0Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 355-0Immunobiology
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 377-0The Human Microbiome
BIOL_SCI 380-0Biology of Cancer
BIOL_SCI 381-0Stem Cells and Regeneration
BIOL_SCI 390-0Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 391-0Developmental Biology
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 310-0Human Physiology
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 358-0Advanced Physiology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 377-0The Human Microbiome
BIOL_SCI 380-0Biology of Cancer
BIOL_SCI 381-0Stem Cells and Regeneration
BIOL_SCI 391-0Developmental Biology
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 338-0Modeling Biological Dynamics
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 338-0Modeling Biological Dynamics
BIOL_SCI 354-0Quantitative Analysis of Biology
BIOL_SCI 359-0Quantitative Experimentation in Biology
BIOL_SCI 378-0Functional Genomics
CHEM_ENG 379-0Computational Biology: Analysis and Design of Living Systems
Selected sections of BIOL_SCI 345-0 and ES_APPM 495-0 are also eligible to be applied to this concentration. 5
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For example BIOL_SCI 345-0 may be applied towards the Computational and Systems Biology concentration when the topic is, "Principles & Methods in Systems Biology;" ES_APPM 495-0 may be applied when the topic is, "Introduction to the Analysis of RNA Sequencing Data."

  

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 360-0Principles of Cell Signaling
BIOL_SCI 391-0Developmental Biology
BIOL_SCI 392-0Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Interdisciplinary Biology

Customized concentration consisting of a thematic set of three, 300-level Biol Sci courses approved by the biology program. Interdisciplinary themes should be unique and distinct from already established concentrations. 

Honors in Biological Sciences

Seniors may be recommended to the college for graduation with honors if they have completed BIOL_SCI 397-0 Senior Thesis Colloquium and at least one quarter of BIOL_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.

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

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