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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology, B.S. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(SIMS Code: 771433)

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

A minor is not required with this major.

Emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Preparation for the Major

(29 units)

These preparation for the major courses may not be taken Cr/NC and must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or better to be admitted to the major. 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


(44 units)

All courses not included below must have specific approval of the department.

All upper division transfer courses in biology will calculate in the major GPA but will not fulfill any major requirements without specific department approval. This approval must be filed with the Office of Evaluations.

At Least One Course Selected From

The courses below do not fulfill the laboratory course requirement.

Laboratory Course Requirement

A minimum of two elective courses must be biology laboratory courses. One three-unit semester of BIOL 490  or BIOL 497  may fulfill one laboratory requirement.


Other electives include all biology courses numbered 350 and above (except BIOL 452 ); BIOL 490 BIOL 497 BIOL 499  (combined maximum of nine units); and all upper division chemistry courses (except CHEM 300 , CHEM 308 , CHEM 497 , CHEM 499 , and CHEM 560 ).

Approval of the Emphasis

Prior approval from the Biology adviser is required to allow the following courses to fulfill required elective coursework.

Time Limitation

All courses for the major must be completed within seven years of the granting of the undergraduate degree. Exceptions for individual courses must be approved by the department adviser and be filed with the Office of Evaluations.

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