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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Conservation and Organismal Biology

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 Major26
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 156. Pattern Recognition and Analysis3
Requirement of the Major53
Core Courses47
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 106. Physiological Ecology3
BIOL 106L. Physiological Ecology Lab1
BIOL 111. Biology Teacher Enhancement3
BIOL 113. Comparative Taxonomy3
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. Ecology4
BIOL 163. Conservation Biology and Management3
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
Elective Courses6
Complete 6 units from:
BIOL 172. Ecology of Inland and Estuarine Waters4
BOT 104. Plant Taxonomy4
ENT 106. Forensic Entomology3
GEOL 137. Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
ZOOL 150. Fishery Conservation and Management3

Total Units:120

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