Biological Science, Marine Biology Concentration, B.S.

The following Four-Year Roadmaps are meant to be a guide for students and academic advisors in planning a path to a degree within four years (eight semesters) if the student is able and willing to do so. The set of courses shown below are based exclusively on the Fall 2019 Catalog and the most up to date General Education (GE) Program in that catalog year. The requirements outlined may not apply to students in earlier catalog years, especially in the GE courses required in specific categories. Please note that courses identified in the Four -Year Roadmaps may not always be available during each of the prescribed semesters, therefore, it is always recommended to consult an academic advisor. Advisors may need to adjust the courses in the Four-Year Roadmap to keep students on track to graduate in four years.  

First Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
GE subarea B.2 Life Science and
GE subarea B.3 Laboratory Experience
 BIOL 151 4
GE subarea A.3 Critical Thinking
CNSM 101 3
GE subarea B.4
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 
MATH 130 or
MATH 150B*
GE subarea A.1 Oral Communication or
GE subarea A.2 Written Communication 
   3
GE subarea C.1 Introduction to the Arts or
GE subarea C.2 Introduction to the Humanities
  3
Total
  17

*only if you have AP credit for MATH 150A

Second Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
 BIOL 152 4
GE subarea B.1 Physical Science
CHEM 120A 5
GE subarea A.1 Oral Communication or
GE subarea A.2 Written Communication 
   3
GE subarea C.1 Introduction to the Arts or
GE subarea C.2 Introduction to the Humanities
  3
Total
  15

Third Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 251 3
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 253L 1
Major Requirement
Supporting Course Requirements 
CHEM 120B 5
GE subarea D.1/Z 
Introduction to the Social Sciences/
Cultural Diversity 
   3
GE subarea D.2 American History,
Institutions & Values
  3
Total
  15

Fourth Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 252 3
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 254L 1
Major Requirement
Supporting Course Requirements 
CHEM 301A 3
GE subarea C.1 Introduction to the Arts or
GE subarea C.2 Introduction to the Humanities
   3
GE subarea D.3 American Government
  3
GE subarea E Lifelong Learning & Self-Development
  3
Total
  16

Fifth Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 325 4
Major Requirement
Upper-Division BIOL Elective
   3-4
Major Requirement
Supporting Course Requirements
CHEM 301B 3
Major Requirement
Supporting Couse Requriements
CHEM 302 2
Major Requirement
Upper-Division Writing  
ENGL 301 or
ENGL 363 
3
Total
  14-15

Sixth Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Core Requirements
BIOL 317 4
Major Requirement
Upper-Division BIOL Elective
  3
GE subarea B.5 ++
Implications & Explorations in
Natural Sciences & 
Math/Quantitative Reasoning
 MATH 338 4
Major Requirement
Supporting Course Requriements
PHYS 211 and
PHYS 211L
4
Total
  15

Seventh Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS
Major Requirement
Upper-Division BIOL Elective 
  3-4
Major Requirement
Upper-Division BIOL Elective
  3-4
Major Requirement
Supporting Course Requirements
PHYS 212 and
PHYS 212L
4
GE subarea C.3/Z++
Explorations in the Arts or Humanities/
Cultural Diversity 
   3
Total
  13-15

++Upper-Division

Eighth Semester

AREA (as listed on TDA) COURSE UNITS 
Major Requirement
Biology Capstone
  2-3
Major Requirement
Upper-Division Biology Elective(s) to complete required units
   
GE subarea D.4/Z++
Explorations in Social Sciences/
Cultural Diversity 
 
Major Requirement
Electives to complete 120 units
   
Total
  12-15

++Upper-Division

Instructions for Completing the Biology Bachelor of Science

  1. Attend Biology major advising each semester to plan and review your academic progress.
  2. Visit your College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Success Team in MH-488 to review GE and graduation requirements.
  3. All Biology and Supporting Courses (CHEM, MATH, PHYS) must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
  4. Complete GE courses in areas A.1, A.2, and A.3 with a "C-" or better. Complete a total of 12 units in GE Area B with a "C" or higher since these are part of the major. One course from GE Area Z can also fulfill a requirement in categories D.1, C.3 ,or D.4. Check your Titan Degree Audit for courses that appear in both categories.
  5. Declare your concentration during the semester youare taking your last lower-division Biol Core course.
  6. Apply for Graduation through your Student Center at the start of your seventh semester.