Biology Major CSU Academic Programs
The Biology program provides instruction in the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of biological science. The courses are especially designed for students who are interested in engaging in fundamental and industrial research, teaching biology, allied health professions, environmental sciences, bio-technology, the medical, or dental professions, or veterinary medicine; or in pursuing advanced degrees in the life sciences. Faculty members aid students in planning individual programs geared toward meeting the students' academic and career goals.
|BIOL 103||General Botany|
|BIOL 104||General Zoology|
|BIOL 106||Fundamentals of Cell Biology|
|BIOL 106L||Fundamentals of Cell Biology Laboratory|
|BIOL 204||Vertebrate Structure and Development|
|BIOL 305||Animal Physiology|
|BIOL 401||General Ecology|
|BIOL 402||Principles of Genetics|
|BIOL 403-404||Seminar in Biology|
|* BIOL 106 Fundamentals of Cell Biology is to be taken as a Natural Science GER.|
**Biology majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in major courses.**
Biology majors may substitute BIOL 213 Morphology of Vascular Plants for BIOL 204 Vertebrate Structure and Development. Biology majors (Teacher Certification) and Pre-health may substitute BIOL 201 and 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology for BIOL 204 Vertebrate Structure and Development.When substituting Human Anatomy and Physiology for Vertebrate Structure and Development, both parts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) must be taken in order to receive the equivalent 4 credits for BIOL 204. Electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course.
Chemistry Requirements for the Biology Major
Biology majors must take the following courses in chemistry and earn at least a grade of "C" or higher.
- CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
- CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry I
- CHEM 308 Organic Chemistry II
- CHEM 313 Biochemistry
Additional Requirements for the Biology Major in Physics and Mathematics:
The following courses must also be passed with a "C" grade or higher:
|PHYS 301||General Physics I|
|PHYS 302||General Physics II|
Biology majors must also successfully pass a comprehensive exit examination during the Spring of their senior year and complete a senior thesis.
Major in Biology (Teacher Certification Track)
The Biology major (Teacher Certification) prepares students for teaching in the secondary school and offers a relevant series of courses in biology and related sciences to students who are interested in exploring educational career possibilities in the life sciences.
Science requirements for this major are the same as those for the liberal arts Biology major. In addition, students must take sufficient professional education courses for certification. BIOL 201 AND 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II substitute for BIOL 204 Vertebrate Structure and Development.
No credits will be given for both BIOL201/203 and BIOL 204
See Plan of Study: Biology Major (Teacher Certification Track)
Major: Biology-Concentration: Teaching Education
|*||General Education Requirement|
|**||University Graduation Requirement|
|»||or any 2 part 200 level History|
|?||or any ENGL 200 level or above|
|•||BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103|
|×||PHIL 103 or PHIL 102|
|†||or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211|
||or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102|
|?||General Elective - any University course|
|?||Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline|
|§||Management Science Elective|
NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.