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Biological Sciences Department

BA - Biological Science


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major41
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 009. Organic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 132. Introductory Biochemistry4
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Non-GE electives chosen with prior advisor approval.8
Requirements of the Major41
Core Courses30
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 160. EcologyR4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
Complete one sequence from:
Mammalian Physiology Sequence
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
Physiological Ecology Sequence
BIOL 106. Physiological Ecology3
BIOL 106L. Physiological Ecology Lab1
BIOL 180. Individual Studies0.5-4
Upper Division Electives6
Upper Division Non-GE BIOL/BOT/ZOOL/MICR/MS Electives

Total Units:120