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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Marine Biology

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 adjustment/s for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements24
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 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 Major36
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
BIOL 156. Ecological Sampling Design and Analyses3
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
Requirements of the Major46
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 118. Evolutionary GeneticsR3
BIOL 106. Physiological Ecology3
BIOL 106L. Physiological Ecology Lab1
BIOL 160. EcologyR4
MS 103. Marine Ecology4
MS 144. Biological Oceanography4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 113. Comparative Taxonomy3
BIOL 114. Functional Morphology3
Complete 10 units from:
GEOL 137. Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications4
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
MS 104. Quantitative Marine Science4
MS 112. Marine Birds and Mammals4
MS 113. Marine Ichthyology4
MS 124. Marine Invertebrate Zoology I4
MS 131. Marine Botany4
Other upper-division non-GE BIOL/BOT/ZOOL/MICR/MS electives with prior advisor approval

Total Units:120

*BIOL 124 and BIOL 126 (4 units) may be substituted for BIOL 125 (5 units).