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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Molecular 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 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.
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 Major17
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
NOTE: MATH 030P (5 units), or MATH 060 (5 units), or Calculus A/B or B/C Advanced Placement Exam with a score of 3 or higher is also acceptable
Requirements of the Major42
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
The BIOL 001A and BIOL 001B series may be replaced by equivalent courses taken at a community college.
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
BIOL 135A. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology I3
BIOL 135B. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology IIR3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab2
Complete one unit if Biology Laboratory Electives from:
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory1
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 198. Undergraduate Research0.5-4
or other courses with prior advisor approval (the unit must be in Biological Sciences)
Complete 12 units from:
BIOL 105. Principles of Developmental Biology3
BIOL 107. Immunology3
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 137. Introduction to Principles of Toxicology3
BIOL 198. Undergraduate Research0.5-4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
MICR 170. General Virology3
or other courses with prior advisor approval (at least 9 elective units must be in Biological Sciences)
Requirements in the Minor23
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4

Total Units:120