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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Ecology and Evolution

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. The following courses in the Preparation for the Major must be completed with a grade of "C or better": CHEM 001A, CHEM 001B.


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 Major31
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 009. Organic Chemistry Lab1
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 156. Ecological Sampling Design and Analyses3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Complete one course from:
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
BIOL 055. Introductory BiostatisticsB43
Requirements of the Major51
Core Courses44
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2+B34
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2+B34
BIOL 106. Physiological Ecology3
BIOL 106L. Physiological Ecology Lab1
BIOL 113. Comparative Taxonomy3
BIOL 114. Functional Morphology3
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
BIOL 160. EcologyR4
BIOL 163. Conservation Biology3
BOT 165. Plant Communities of California4
ENT 101. Insect Diversity4
Complete one course from:
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
Major Electives7
Complete 7 units from:
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
BIOL 164. Conservation and Management Techniques3
BIOL 172. Ecology of Inland and Estuarine Waters4
BIOL 180. Individual Studies1-4
BOT 104. Plant Taxonomy4
ENT 106. Forensic Entomology3
GEOL 137. Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications4
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
ZOOL 115 and ZOOL 116 (which ever wasn't taken above)
ZOOL 150. Fishery Conservation and Management3
ZOOL 160. Zoogeography3
Other upper-division non-GE BIOL/BOT/ENT/ZOOL/MICR/MS electives with prior advisor approval

Total Units:120

Students must obtain a prior advisor approval for electives and for choice of courses within categories.