Lower Division Core Program

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Major program

Typical Lower Division Core Program

Biological Sciences majors normally complete chemistry, math, molecular biology and biochemistry, physics and statistics requirements as well as the lower division Biological Sciences courses within the first 60 units (four terms). The numbers in brackets (e.g. 3-1-2) represent the number of hours in lectures, tutorials and labs in a given week.

Although there are many variations, the following is a typical program for the first four terms:
 
Term 1
BISC    102-4 General Biology (2-1-3)
CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3-1-2)
MATH 154-3 Calculus I for Biological Sciences  (3-0-1)
PHYS   101-3 Physics for the Life Sciences I (3-1-0)
Total: 14 units, 20 hours


Term 2

BISC   101-4 General Biology (3-1-2)
CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II (2-1-0)
MATH 155-3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences  (3-0-1)
PHYS   102-3 Physics for the Life Sciences II (3-1-0)
Elective (CHEM 126 and PHYS 130 are recommended for professional programs)
Total: ~16 units, ~20-23 hours


Term 3
CHEM 281-4 Organic Chemistry I (3-1-2)
MBB    222-3 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3-1-0)
Elective (e.g. B-Hum, B-Soc, or a lower division W course)
Elective (e.g. B-Hum, B-Soc, or a lower division W course)
One of
BISC    202-3 Genetics (3-1-0)
BISC    204-3 Introduction to Ecology  (3-1-0)
Total: ~16 units, 20-22 hours


Term 4

CHEM 282-2  Organic Chemistry II (2-1-0)
MBB    231-3 Cell Biology and Biochemistry  (3-1-0)
STAT   201-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences (3-0-1)
Elective (e.g. B-Hum, B-Soc, or a lower division W course)
One of
BISC    202-3 Genetics  (3-1-0)
BISC    204-3 Introduction to Ecology  (3-1-0)
Total: ~14 units, 18-19 hours


Total units: 60
 

Note:  

  • BISC 101 and BISC 102 may be taken in any order
  • BISC 202 and BISC 204 may be taken in any order