The Biology major is designed for students with a broad interest in biology who desire to pursue careers in a wide range of biological and related fields. It provides excellent background preparation for postgraduate training in medicine and other health sciences, in tracks leading to academic and public service careers in biology, in biological industries, and even in nonbiological careers such as business, agriculture, and law. Emphasis is on breadth of training to expose students to all levels of modern biology. Many universities offer concentrations in an area of biology including Environmental, Cellular, Molecular, Marine etc. Foreign language may also be required for the major depending on the school. Because Biology is a popular major, most schools and colleges have special application deadlines or screening procedures. Below are some examples of the lower division courses required for the major.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Biological Science B.S
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101 and 102
CHEM 121 or 105
MATH 112 or 103
PHYS 105 and 106
MATH 136
Select one of the following concentrations
Anatomy & Physiology
Marine Biology
Molecular & Cellular Biology
CHEM 106

Ecology
GEOL 101
BIOL 112

CSU Northridge
BA
BIOL 101,102
CHEM 101, 102
MATH 110 or Math 100 and 102
PHYS 105, 106
The following may be applied to the Selective Program/Elective Requirements:
BIO 121
MATH 103

BS
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102
MATH 103
PHYS 105, 106
Options are available under
Cell & Molecular
PHYS 105, 106
MATH 104
Environmental
CHEM 105 and 106
Microbiology
PHYS 105, 106
MATH 136, 104 (highly recommended)
Biotechnology/Medical Technology
PHYS 105, 106
Marine Biology
CHEM 105 and 106
PHYS 105, 106

CSU Dominguez Hills
BA
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102
MATH 136
CS/IS 101
PHYS 105 and 106

BS
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101 and 102
MATH 136
MATH 112 or 103
CS/IS 101
PHYS 105 and 106 or
PHYS 101 and 102 and 103

CSU Fullerton
Biological Sciences
BIOL 101, 102, 103
CHEM 101, 102,
CHEM 105, 106 (no upper division credit)
PHYS 105, 106
MATH 112 or 103 and 104

CSU Los Angeles
ENGL 104 - University Requirement
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101 and 102, 103
PHYS 105 and 106
MATH 103, 104

Cal Poly Pomona
Biology - General, Botany, Zoology
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101, 102, 105 or 121
MATH 103, 136
PHYS 105 and 106
ENGL 101, 102 or 104
HLTH 104 or 128 or PSYCH 101 or 110 or 103
Additional course required for the following options General Biology and Botany
BIOL 112

CSU Long Beach
All options are impacted majors
Biology - General, Botany, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, Organismal Biology

BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102
MATH 103, 104
PHYS 105 and 106 or 101 and 102

Biology Education

BIOL 112, 125, 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102
GEOL 101, 111
MATH 103
PHYS  105 and 106 or 101 and 102

UC Berkeley
There are four biology majors offered:
1. Integrative Biology, BA
Note
: Effective Fall 2012 AP Scores for Biology and Math will not satisfy the integrative Biology major prerequisites.
BIOL 101 and 102
It is required that students also complete the entire organic chemistry sequence prior to transfer.
CHEM 101, 105, 106
Although this major requires only one semester of calculus, it is strongly recommended that students continue with the sequence, particularly if they intend to pursue studies in graduate or professional school.
MATH 103, 104
It is required that students complete the entire physics sequence prior to transfer.
PHYS 101, 102 and 103

2. Molecular & Cell Biology, BA
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101, 102, 105, 106
MATH 103, 104
You are advisied to complete the entire year prior to tranfer
PHYS 101, 102 and 103

3. Microbial Biology, BS
Although IGETC is not required, certification will fulfill requirements for English R1A, English R1B and all Humanities and Social Sciences breadth courses.
BIO 101 and 102
CHEM 101, 105, 106
MATH 103, 104, 136
PHYS 101
ENGL 101, 102
Humanities and Social Science
At least 15 semester units of UC-transferable courses from fields such as economics, history, philosophy, art, music, political science, and/or foreign language (a maximum of 6 units allowed).

3. Molecular & Environmental Biology, BS
ENGL 101, 102
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101, 105, 106
MATH 103, 104
PHYS 101, 102 and 103
one UC transferable course in Humanities
one UC transferable course in Social and Behavior Science

4. Molecular & Toxicology
ENGL 101, 102
BIOL 101 and 102, 120 or 121
CHEM 101, 105, 106
MATH 103
PHYS 101
 Students should complete at least 6-7 semester units selected from fields such as literature, history, foreign language, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics, political science, etc. IGETC certification will satisfy this requirement.
 

UC Davis
Biological Sciences AB
BIO 101, 102
CHEM 101and 102
CHEM 121 or 105 and 106
PHYS 105 and 106
MATH 136

Biological Sciences BS

MATH 112 or 103, 104
CHEM 101 and 102
CHEM 121, 105 and 106
BIOL 101, 102
PHYS 105 and 106
Recommended course
MATH 105

UC Santa Barbara
Biological Sciences BA & BS
A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better in the required courses listed above. For students to graduate within two years of transferring we strongly recommend the completion of one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of general physics with laboratory, and one year of calculus or calculus with statistics. Any of these courses completed with a grade lower than "C" might not satisfy course prerequisites at UCSB.
BIO 101 and 102
CHEM 101 and 102,
CHEM 105 and 106 (No upper division credit.)
MATH 103 and 104 or 112
MATH 136 or 107
PHYS 105 and 106

UC Los Angeles
THIS MAJOR IS HIGHLY SELECTIVE
NOTE: It is recommended that you complete Physics
at UCLA after you transfer
.
BIOL 101 and 102, 103
CHEM 101 and 102
CHEM 105 and 106
MATH 103 and 104, 136
PHYS 101 and  102 and 103

UC Riverside
Biology BA/BS, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Bilology BA/BS
This major also requires a grade point average
of at least 2.70 in all UC transferable course work.
The IGETC is not  accepted for majors housed in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
BIOL 101 and 102
MATH 103 and 104
PHYS 101 and  102 and  103
CHEM 101 and  102,
CHEM 105 and 106
Note: Students pursuing a B.A. degree in Biology or Cell, Molecuar and Developmental Biology will also need to complete the equivalent of 4th quarter proficiency (generally third semester) in a language other than English, as part of the breadth requirements for this degree.

UC Irvine
Biological Sciences
Junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall and who have satisfactorily completed course prerequisites will be given preference for admissions. All applicants must complete one year of general chemistry
(with laboratory) with grades of B or better, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
BIO 101, 102
CHEM 101 and 102, 105 and 106
PHYS 101 and 102
Students have to options for completing the Mathematics requirements before enrolling at UCI:
1, Two semesters of Calculus or
2. One semester of Calculus and one semester of Statistics Option 2 is recommended for students who would like to attend a medical professional school.
MATH 103 ,104, or 136 or 105 or 107

UC San Diego
All Biology majors are impacted
Biology - General
Human Biology
Molecular Biology
Physiology and Neuroscience
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Transfer students are strongly advised to complete as many preparatory courses as soon as possible for their major before enrolling at UC San Diego. Preparing well for the major helps students move efficiently toward graduation. 

Beginning Fall 2011 for all transfer students: a student must indicate via the UC application that they want to be considered for admittance to a biology major at UC San Diego. If a student is  not admitted to a biology major,  they could be admitted to UC San Diego in a second choice major.For more information visit www.biology.ucsd.edu .

BIOL 101 and 102 and 103
MATH 103 and 104, 105
PHYS 101, 102, 103
CHEM 101 and 102
NOTE: The following upper division chemistry requirements may be taken at a community college. If completed at a community college, students still must meet upper division graduation requirments for the college at UCSD.
Chem 105 and 106 are not required for Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution but they are prerequisites for many upper-division Biology courses.
CHEM 105 and 106

Biology - Specialization in Bioinformatics
BIOL 101 and 102 and 103
CS/IS 139
MATH 103 and 104, 105, 107, 108
PHYS 101, 102, 103
CHEM 101 and 102

NOTE: The following upper division chemistry requirements may be taken at a community college. If completed at a community college, students still must meet upper division graduation requirments for the college at UCSD.
CHEM 105 and 106

Loyola Marymount University
BA
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102, 105
MATH 103
3 units Math elective

BS

BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101, 102, 105, 106
MATH 103, 104
PHYS 105, 106

University of Southern California
Biological Sciences B.A. or BS
Requires a third semester of a foreign language
BIOL 101 and 102
CHEM 101,102,105, 106
MATH 103
PHYS 105 and 106 or 101 and 102 and 103


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