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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology

Fundamental course work in allied sciences and mathematics prepares the student for advanced studies in cell and molecular biology. The program is also recommended for pre-medical students because it includes many of the courses required for admission to medical school. (For more information, see Pre-Health Professions.)

 

See the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Biology section for general information for all biology students.

 

Lower Division Requirements (35-36 units)
Units
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I
5
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II
5
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry
5
CHEM 215/216 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts/Laboratory (3/2)
5
MATH 226 Calculus I
4
One course selected from the following:
3-4
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)1
MATH 228 Calculus III (4)
CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
PHYS 111/112 General Physics I/Laboratory (3/1)
4
PHYS 121/122 General Physics II/Laboratory (3/1)
4
Total lower division requirements
35-36
Upper Division Requirements (36 units)
BIOL 350 Cell Biology
3
BIOL 351 Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology
4
BIOL 355 Genetics
3
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics
3
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology
3
CHEM 333/335 Organic Chemistry I and II (3/3)
6
CHEM 340/341 Biochemistry I and II (3/3)
6
Electives to include 1 course from each group below. Include 1 laboratory course.
8
Group A:
BIOL 380 Comparative Embryology (3)
BIOL 401/402 General Microbiology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 450/451 Biology of the Protozoa/Protozoology Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 525/526 Plant Physiology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 612/613 Human Physiology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histology (4)
BIOL 630/631 Animal Physiology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 640 Cellular Neuroscience (3)
Group B:
BIOL 356 Honors Genetics (2)
BIOL 358 Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 361 Human Genetics (3)
BIOL 391 Microscopy and Photomicrography (2)
BIOL 420/421 General Virology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 435 Immunology (3)
BIOL 442/443 Microbial Physiology/Laboratory (3/2)
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
BIOL 620 Endocrinology (3)
CHEM 300 or CHEM 343 General Physical Chemistry I (3) or Biochemistry I Laboratory (3)
CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry I (3)
3 to 4 units of credit in graduate courses numbered BIOL 725-744, which accept qualified seniors, may be substituted with the adviser's approval.
Total upper division requirements
36
Total for major
71

Note: Students who plan to study for a Ph.D. should complete at least two semesters of calculus and one semester of physical chemistry.

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