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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Marine Biology

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 Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major38-39
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 156. Pattern Recognition and Analysis3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
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
Complete one course from:
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
MS 104. Quantitative Marine Science4
Requirement of the Major44
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. Ecology4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
MS 103. Marine Ecology4
MS 144. Biological Oceanography4
Complete two courses from:
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
MS 112. Marine Birds and Mammals4
MS 113. Marine Ichthyology4
MS 124. Marine Invertebrate Zoology I4
MS 131. Marine Botany4

Total Units:120-121

*BOT 102 or BIOL 124 and BIOL 126 (4 units) may be substituted for BIOL 125 (5 units).