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Biological Sciences Department

BA - Biological Science

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39
Of the 51 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major43
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry2
CHEM 009. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Science and/or teacher education electives chosen with prior advisor approval.8
Requirement of the Major36
Core Courses30
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. Ecology4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
Complete one sequence from:
Physiology Sequence
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 126. Vertebrate Physiology Lab1
Physiological Ecology Sequence
BIOL 106. Physiological Ecology3
BIOL 106L. Physiological Ecology Lab1
Upper Division Electives6
Upper division biology electives chosen with prior advisor approval

Total Units:120