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 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Major

BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3-4
 MATH 150 Calculus I
 MATH 151 Calculus II
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHYS 137
137L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4

The Major

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

Required Courses
BIOL 300Genetics3
BIOL 305Ecology3
BIOL 309Research Methods2
BIOL 495Biology Capstone Seminar 12
Research Experience
Select one of the following:3-4
Research Project
Science in the Public Domain
Research 2
Research 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 (the Research Experience does not 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
Select one of the following:4
Bioenergetics and Systems 
Genomes and Evolution 
Select one of the following:3-4
General Chemistry I 
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
 
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
Select one of the following:4
Bioenergetics and Systems 
Genomes and Evolution 
Select one of the following:3-4
General Chemistry II 
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
 
CC or electives3-6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
Select one or two of the following:3
Genetics 
Ecology 
Research Methods 
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry I 
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
Select two of the following:5-6
Genetics 
Ecology 
Research Methods 
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
CC or electives3-6
Junior Year
Semester I
BIOL electives4-8
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
BIOL electives4-8
PHYS 137
137L
General Physics II4
CC or electives3-6
Senior Year
Semester I
Select one or both of the following:2-8
Biology Capstone Seminar 
BIOL electives
 
CC or electives3-6
Semester II
Select one or both of the following:2-8
Biology Capstone Seminar 
BIOL electives
 
CC or electives3-6