Biology Major

The Department of Biology offers a program that allows the student to obtain a thorough preparation for graduate or professional school, to meet state requirements for a teaching credential in the life sciences, to acquire the laboratory training necessary for entry into advanced programs in biotechnology, or to supplement other major studies with a broad background in biology.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Major

BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3-4
BIOL 221
& BIOL 221  221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 225
& BIOL 225  225L
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
4
CHEM 151
& CHEM 151  151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
& CHEM 152  152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 301
& CHEM 301  301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
PHYS 136
& PHYS 136  136L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHYS 137
& PHYS 137  137L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
introductory college calculus

The Major

A minimum of 28 Upper-Division Units in biology is required. These must include:

Required Courses
BIOL 300Genetics3
BIOL 305Ecology3-4
BIOL 309Research Methods2
BIOL 495Biology Capstone Seminar 12
Research Experience
Select one of the following:3-4
BIOL 490Research Project
BIOL 491Science in the Public Domain
BIOL 496Research 2
BIOL 498Research Internship 2
1

following completion of the Research Experience

2

BIOL 496 Research for three units over at least two semesters or BIOL 498 Research Internship for three units over at least two semesters

Students may choose elective courses according to their interests for the remainder of their upper-division units, but these must include a minimum of three laboratory classes (BIOL 490 can count as one of the three). At least 16 of the upper-division units for the major must be completed at USD.

Recommended Program of Study, Biology

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial 3
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
Select one of the following:3-4
CHEM 151
& CHEM 151  151L
General Chemistry I 
MATH
 
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
Select one of the following paths:4
Path A: 
BIOL 221
& BIOL 221  221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity 
Path B: 
BIOL 225
& BIOL 225  225L
Introduction to Cell Processes 
MATH3-4
CC or electives3-6
CHEM 152
& CHEM 152  152L
General Chemistry II4
Sophomore Year
Semester I
Select one of the following:4
CHEM 151
& CHEM 151  151L
General Chemistry I 
CHEM 301
& CHEM 301  301L
Organic Chemistry I 
Path A:7
BIOL 225
& BIOL 225  225L
Introduction to Cell Processes 
BIOL 305Ecology 
Path B:7
BIOL 221
& BIOL 221  221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity 
BIOL 300Genetics 
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
BIOL 300Genetics (Path A)3
BIOL 305Ecology (Path B)3
BIOL 309Research Methods2
CHEM 152
& CHEM 152  152L
General Chemistry II4
CC or electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester I
BIOL4-8
CHEM 301
& CHEM 301  301L
Organic Chemistry I4
PHYS 136
& PHYS 136  136L
General Physics I4
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
BIOL4-8
PHYS 137
& PHYS 137  137L
General Physics II4
CC or electives3-13
Senior Year
Semester I
Select one of the following:2-8
BIOL 495Biology Capstone Seminar 
BIOL
 
CC or electives3-12
Semester II
Select one of the following:2-8
BIOL 495Biology Capstone Seminar 
BIOL
 
CC or electives3-12

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Fax: (619) 260-6804
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