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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 04011) (SIMS Code: 771402)

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in biology courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major.

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. 

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

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.


(32 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 the Registrar.

At Least One Course Selected From

The courses below do not fulfill the laboratory course requirement.


Elective courses include all upper division biology courses numbered 350 and above (except BIOL 497  and BIOL 495 ), and all upper division chemistry courses (except CHEM 300 , CHEM 308 , CHEM 497 , CHEM 499 , CHEM 560 ).

Laboratory Course Requirement

A minimum of two elective courses must be biology laboratory courses. One three-unit semester of BIOL 597  or BIOL 497  may fulfill one laboratory requirement.

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 and be filed with the Office of the Registrar.

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