Recommended Sequence of Courses
Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track (MCB) 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  
CHEM 1055 Chemistry I OR CHEM 1065 Chemistry II OR
 
 
MATH 1304 Calculus I MATH 1304 Calculus I  

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) CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II BIO elective**
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I BIO elective**  
Complete MATH*    
 

Junior Year
Complete the allied chemistry course requirement and possibly take the allied physics course in the fall.  If not, take Physics in the senior year. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
PHYS 2115 University Physics I BIO elective**  
BIO elective**    
*Biology: MCB track majors should complete allied courses by the end of the junior year.

Senior Year
In the senior year, the Biology major is expected to take Capstone in Biology.  Although 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 elective** BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)  
BIO elective** BIO elective**  

** Three of the biology electives must come from the required list
 
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.