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Biological Sciences Department

BS - Biological Science, Concentration in Molecular 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 Major20
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
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
MATH 030P (5 units) or MATH 060 (5 units) also acceptable
Requirement of the Major39
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 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
BIOL 135. Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab2
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
Complete one course from:
BIOL 105. Principles of Developmental Biology3
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory1
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 180. Individual Studies1-4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
Complete 11 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
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
MICR 170. General Virology3
or other courses with prior advisor approval (at least 8 elective units must be in Biological Sciences)
Requirements in the Minor23
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
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