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Biological Sciences Department

BA - Biological Science

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all lower division courses in the Requirements of the Major with a "C- or better" to graduate.

Prerequisite Requirements

Any course that is prerequisite to any Chemistry Course must be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted).


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.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements (except for 1 course in GE Area C and 1 course in GE Area D) and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap (which include the missing GE in Area C and D). Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
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. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
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 GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major35-41
BIOL 055. Introductory BiostatisticsB43
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Complete one sequence from:
Organic Chemistry A
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 009. Organic Chemistry Lab1
Organic Chemistry B
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
Complete one course from:
CHEM 132. Introductory Biochemistry4
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4
Complete one course from:
MATH 019. PrecalculusB45
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
Requirements of the Major36-38
Core Courses14-16
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2+B34
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2+B34
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 135B. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology IIR3
BIOL 160. EcologyR4
BIOL 178. Integrative PhysiologyR3
MICR 127. Microbial PhysiologyR2
Major Electives26-31
Upper Division Non-GE BIOL/BOT/ENT/ZOOL/MICR/MS Courses16
Additional Electives (6 units must be upper division science, 3 units may be GE)10-15

Total Units:120