Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Concentrations

The lower-division core is structured so that switching between the B.A. and B.S. programs in the first two years will not delay completing either degree program. The B.A. does not require a concentration. However, students may wish to focus their upper division course work in a particular area. Botany and Zoology are approved concentrations in the B.A., which may be designated on the diploma. Courses from all four core areas are included each concentration. The upper division major requirements for each are:

Requirement Course Units
Lower-Division Core in Biology (12) BIOL 121 4
BIOL 122 4
BIOL 123 4
Physical Sciences & Mathematics (22-23) CHEM 115A- General Chemistry 5
CHEM 115B- General Chemistry 5
CHEM 335A- Organic Chemistry 5
MATH 165 - Elementary Statistics 4
GEOL 102 - Introduction to Geology, or PHYS 210A and 209A - General Physics with lab 3-4
Upper-Division Core Requirements (20) Organismal Biology (complete the following):
BIOL 329 Plant Biology
4
Physiology (complete the following)
BIOL 348 Plant Physiology
4
Molecular & Cell Biology (complete 1 of the following):
BIOL 342 Molecular Genetics, or
BIOL 344 Cell Biology
4
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (complete both of the following):
BIOL 333 Ecology, and
BIOL 341 Evolution
8
Additional Upper-Division Requirements (11) BIOL 330 Plant Taxonomy 4
BIOL 331 Aquatic Botany 4

Additional upper-division electives: Complete biology major units of your choice

3
Total Units   65-66
B.A. Botany Concentration

Recommended Advisors for Botany

  • Tom Buckley
  • Hall Cushman
  • Karina Nielsen
  • Nathan Rank
  • Richard Whitkus
Requirement Course Units
Lower-Division Core in Biology (12) BIOL 121 4
BIOL 122 4
BIOL 123 4
Physical Sciences & Mathematics (22-23) CHEM 115A- General Chemistry 5
CHEM 115B- General Chemistry 5
CHEM 335A- Organic Chemistry 5
MATH 165 - Elementary Statistics 4
GEOL 102 - Introduction to Geology, or PHYS 210A and 209A - General Physics with lab 3-4
Upper-Division Core Requirements (20) Organismal Biology (complete both the following):
BIOL 322 Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 327 Invertebrate Biology
8
Physiology (complete one of the following)
BIOL 347 Environmental Physiology, or
BIOL 349 Animal Physiolgy
4
Molecular & Cell Biology (complete one of your choice):

4
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (complete one of your choice)
4
Additional Upper-Division Requirements (12) Take both of the following:  
BIOL 323 Entomology
BIOL 328 Vertebrate Evolutionary Morphology
8
Take one of the following:  
  BIOL 462 Herpetology, or
BIOL 468 Mammalogy, or
BIOL 472 Developmental Biology
4
Total Units   66-67
B.A. Zoology Concentration

Recommended Advisors for Zoology

  • Dan Crocker
  • Nick Geist
  • Derek Girman
  • Karina Nielsen
  • Nathan Rank