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Biological Sciences Department


BA - Life Science, Concentration in Biodiversity Stewardship


Course Requirements

General Education Requirements36
Of the 51 units required by the university, 15 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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major33-38
Complete one sequence from:
Elementary Sequence
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
PHYS 001L. Elementary Physics LabB31
GEOL 107. Prehistoric LifeR3
Must complete all 3 of the above to meet requirement
Fundamental Sequence
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Must take both PHYS courses to meet requirement
Complete one course from:
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
GEOL 105. General OceanographyR3
ENVS 111. Geology and the EnvironmentR3
Complete one course from:
METR 010. Weather and ClimateB13
METR 112. Global Climate ChangesR3
Complete one sequence from:
General Sequence
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
Introduction Sequence
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
CHEM 030B. Introductory Chemistry3
Must take both Chem 030A and CHEM 030B to meet requirement
Complete one course from:
AFAM 151. Race, Poverty and the Environment3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
PHIL 126. Environmental Ethics and Philosophy3
Complete one course from:
COMM 120P. Persuasive & Presentation Skills4
COMM 146F. Communication and the Environment4
ENGL 106. Editing for Writers3
ENGL 107. Professional Technical Writing3
Complete one course from:
ECON 107. Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENVS 124. Introduction to Environmental Law3
Complete two courses from:
Take courses that were not taken above.
AFAM 151. Race, Poverty and the Environment3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
ANTH 176. Indians of California3
BUS3 167. Managing Environmental Issues3
COMM 120P. Persuasive & Presentation Skills4
COMM 146F. Communication and the Environment4
ECON 107. Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENGL 106. Editing for Writers3
ENGL 107. Professional Technical Writing3
ENVS 110. Resource Analysis4
ENVS 117. Human Ecology3
ENVS 121. Population and Global Change3
ENVS 124. Introduction to Environmental Law3
ENVS 185. Environmental Impact Analysis4
ENVS 187. Environmental Restoration4
GEOG 130. Natural Resources3
PHIL 126. Environmental Ethics and Philosophy3
RECL 157. Sustainable Recreation & Ecotourism3
Requirement of the Major42-43
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. Ecology4
BIOL 163. Conservation Biology and Management3
Complete one course from:
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
BIOL 156. Pattern Recognition and Analysis3
Complete one course from:
BOT 104. Plant Taxonomy4
BOT 165. Plant Communities of California4
Complete one course from:
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
ENT 101. Insect Diversity4
Complete one course from:
BIOL 164. Conservation and Management Techniques3
BIOL 172. Ecology of Inland and Estuarine Waters3
ZOOL 150. Fishery Conservation and Management3
Complete one course from:
BIOL 186. Senior Thesis2-4
BIOL 190. Field Studies in Biology1-4
University Electives1-10
Upper division non-GE BIOL, BOT, ENT, ZOOL, or other advisor approved electives. Must be selected with prior advisor approval and note that AMS 159 can also be counted as SJSU Studies (Area V).

Total Units:120

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