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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Physiology

This program is designed to provide a firm foundation in physiology. Students interested in vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant physiology will find this concentration appropriate. The program is especially suited for preparation for advanced study at the postgraduate level or to prepare for careers in the health professions. In addition to major curricula in physiology, service courses are provided for nursing, clinical science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and physical therapy majors.


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


Lower Division Requirements (38-39 units)
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry
CHEM 215/216 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts/Laboratory (3/2)
MATH 226 Calculus I
Units selected from the following:
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
MATH 227 Calculus II (4)
BIOL 458 Biometry (4)
One set of the following:

PHYS 111/112 and

PHYS 121/122


PHYS 220/222 and

PHYS 230/232

General Physics I/Laboratory (3/1)

General Physics II/Laboratory (3/1)


General Physics with Calculus I/Laboratory (3/1)

General Physics with Calculus II/Laboratory (3/1)

Total lower division requirements
Upper Division Requirements (29-33 units)

CHEM 340


CHEM 349

Biochemistry I


General Biochemistry

BIOL 350 Cell Biology
BIOL 355 Genetics
Physiology core courses selected from the following (One lecture must be BIOL 612 or BIOL 630):
BIOL 525 Plant Physiology
BIOL 612 Human Physiology
BIOL 616 Cardiorespiratory Physiology
BIOL 617 Advanced Topics in Physiology
BIOL 620 Endocrinology
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology
BIOL 622 Hormones and Behavior
BIOL 630 Animal Physiology
BIOL 640 Cellular Neuroscience
BIOL 642 Neural Systems Physiology
One Physiology Lab selected from the following:
BIOL 526 Plant Physiology/Laboratory (2)
BIOL 613 Human Physiology/Laboratory (2)
BIOL 631 Animal Physiology/Laboratory (4)
Electives selected in consultation with an advisor from the following: Criteria for elective units: 1 elective must contain a laboratory component; 1 elective must be chosen from each of the emphases listed below; and additional electives may be selected from the list of physiology core courses and/or either of the emphases listed below.
Cellular and Molecular Emphasis
BIOL 351 Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 361 Human Genetics
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology
BIOL 435 Immunology
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL 615 Molecular Pathophysiology
BIOL 652 Science Education Partners in Biology
BIOL 699 Special Study in Biology (1-3)
BIOL 730 Pharmacology
BIOL 865 Advances in Physiology and Behavioral Biology (2)
CHEM 343 Biochemistry I Laboratory
Ecological, Anatomical, and Evolutionary Emphasis
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 337 Evolution
BIOL 482 Ecology (4)
BIOL 504 Biology of Fungi (4)
BIOL 505 Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4)
BIOL 529 Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (4)
BIOL 600 General Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 606 Behavior and Physiology of Marine Mammals
BIOL 614 Vertebrate Histology (4)
BIOL 652 Science Education Partners in Biology
BIOL 699 Special Study in Biology (1-3)
BIOL 865 Physiology and Behavioral Biology Seminar (2)
Total upper division requirements
Total for major



Any courses taken to fill the physiology requirements may not also be used as elective credit. No more than one BIOL 699 or BIOL 865 may be used as an elective.


Students interested in pursuing graduate study in physiology should take the one-year organic chemistry sequence (CHEM 333/335) and the one-year biochemistry sequence (CHEM 340/341) in place of CHEM 130 and CHEM 349.


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