B.S. in Biology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree builds foundational knowledge in biology as well as chemistry, physics and math through core required courses. Students then select additional biology electives that explore concepts related to their individual area of interest.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 15
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
   
Second Semester 17
BIO 125  General Botany 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 14
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 122  General Physics II 4
General Education Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 300/400 level Anatomy and Physiology Course 4
BIO 218  Genetics 4
Free Electives 4
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 17
BIO 300/400 level Anatomy and Physiology Course 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Related Electives 7
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 14 or 15
BIO 478  Evolution 3
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
Related Elective 3 or 4
Free Electives 4
   
Eighth Semester 12 or 13
Related Elective 3
Free Elective 3 or 4
General Education Course 3
General Education EMA 3
Total 120

Related BIO/Professional Electives (13 credits)

  • BIO, ENS, CHE or related College of Science and Technology 300- or 400-level course (with approval of your advisor)

Program Note

A chemistry minor (20 credits) is recommended for those students intending to pursue graduate or professional school (must declare minor with Chemistry Chair).

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/biology/index.aspx