Recommended Sequence of Courses

Biology Major Pattern
First Year
We advise all prospective Biology majors to start their biology core course sequence in their first year.  At a minimum, complete BIO 1204 and BIO 1206 in the first year.  It is advised, but not required, that a student also start their General Chemistry sequence in year one.  However, if math skills require refreshing, then it is appropriate to focus on Calculus in the first year and postpone General Chemistry to the sophomore year. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells OR BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems OR  
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells  
MATH 1304 Calculus I OR CHEM 1065 Chemistry II OR
 
 
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics OR MATH 1304 Calculus I OR  
CHEM 1055 Chemistry I  MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics   
     

Sophomore Year
Initiate or continue taking the allied courses. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
BIO 2042 Biologists' Toolkit (1/2 credit) (or in Winter term) 2000-level BIO elective 2000-level BIO elective
Complete CHEM/MATH* Complete CHEM/MATH*  
*Biology majors should complete all required allied courses by the end of the sophomore year.

Junior Year
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
2000 or 3000-level BIO elective 2000 or 3000-level BIO elective Science elective**
3000 or 4000-level BIO elective 3000 or 4000-level BIO elective  

Senior Year
In the senior year, the Biology major is expected to take Capstone in Biology.  Since Capstone is taught both Fall and Winter Term, meet with an advisor to determine which term is best for your schedule.
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit) (or in Winter term) Science elective**  
Science elective**    

** Three science electives may come from biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or mathematics
 
Biology majors wishing to declare a minor in secondary education (for teaching certification) are advised to consult the director of education program as soon as possible.