Biology

 

Program Description:

Generally Prepares Individuals for: Anatomy; Aquatic Biology; Bacteriology; Bioinformatics; Biological Science; Biology; Biometry/Biometrics; Biophysics; Biomedical Sciences; Bioscience Microscopy; Biotechnology; Botany; Cell Biology; Clinical Research; Cytogenetics/Clinical Genetics Technology; Electron Microscopy; Endocrinology; Entomology; Epidemiology; Genetics/Genomics; Life Sciences; Marine Biology; Medical Scientist; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Toxicology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Paleontology; Physiology; Wildlife Biology; Zoology

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Programs in Biology and Biological Sciences are designed to provide an understanding of the living world through general or specialized study of plant and animal life. Specialty areas in Biology include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biometry/Biometrics
  • Biophysics
  • Bioscience Microscopy
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Research
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Endocrinology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Paleontology
  • Physiology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology

These programs provide suitable undergraduate preparation for a wide variety of careers. Nearly all four-year colleges and universities offer degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates) in Biology. Most community colleges offer lower division course work in preparation for the major. Biology is considered a good major to take to prepare for medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school, and medical technology programs. Some students will take education courses to prepare for teaching Biology and related subjects.

Anatomy is a program that focuses on the scientific study of organ systems, tissue structures, and whole bodies together with their cellular and structural components and dynamics. Instruction includes cell biology and histology, structural biology, molecular mechanics, regional and gross anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, endocrinology and secretory dynamics, and application to such topics as aging and disease conditions.

Biochemistry is a program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Instruction includes bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bio-analytical chemistry, bio-separations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, research methods, and equipment operation.

Bioinformatics, also known as Computational Molecular Biology (CMP), is an integrated field of study, combining Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science to solve medicinal research problems associated with the human genome and protein structures. Bioinformatics involves the use of supercomputers, vast databases and complex software to analyze the generated data. Scientists use these tools and techniques to understand the biological significance of the genome, and apply it to the design and production of new medicinal and pharmaceutical substances. This program may help prepare you to work as Bioinformatics Engineers and Bioinformatics Scientists. Bioinformatics is an emerging field, driven by the Human Genome Project, in which two technological revolutions (biotechnology and information) converge, offering enormous potential to society. Some experts estimate the need for over 20,000 new professionals over the next few years.

Programs in Biomedical Sciences focus on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine.

Programs in Biophysics focus on the application of physics principles to the scientific study of the mechanism of biological processes and assemblies at all levels of complexity. Instruction includes research methods and equipment operation and applications to subjects such as bioenergetics, biophysical theory and modeling, electrophysics, membrane biology, channels, receptors and transporters, contractility and muscle function, protein shaping and folding, molecular structure, and computational science.

Programs in Biotechnology focus on the application of the biological sciences, biochemistry, and genetics to the preparation of new and enhanced agricultural, environmental, clinical, and industrial products, including the commercial exploitation of microbes, plants, and animals. Instruction includes bioinformatics, gene identification, phylogenetics and comparative genomics, bioinorganic chemistry, immunoassaying, DNA sequencing, genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, drug and biologic development, enzyme-based production processes, patent law, biotechnology management and marketing, applicable regulations, and biotechnology ethics.

Programs in Biometry/Biometrics focus on the application of statistics and other computational methods to the study of problems in the biological sciences and related fields in agriculture and natural resources. Instruction includes computational biology, mathematical statistics, matrix algebra, applied calculus, experimental design, linear modeling, sampling theory, stochastic processes, spatial and temporal analysis, longitudinal analysis, sparse/unbalanced data and complex breeding, forest genetics, population dynamics, wildlife biometry, ecology, and agricultural and natural resource management.

Botany/Plant Biology is a program that focuses on the scientific study of plants, related microbial organisms, and plant habitats and ecosystem relations. Instruction includes plant anatomy and structure, phytochemistry, cytology, plant genetics, plant morphology and physiology, plant ecology, plant taxonomy and systematics, paleobotany, and applications of biophysics and molecular biology.

Cell Biology is a program that focuses on the study of the structure, function, and regulation of cells as individual units and as components of larger systems.

Programs in Cytogenetics/Clinical Genetics Technology are designed to prepare individuals to perform analyses of the human genome and chromosomes for the research and diagnosis of genetic diseases and defects, in preparation for organ transplants, and in support of treatments for cancers and leukemias. Instruction includes chromosome analysis, fluorescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH), molecular genetic techniques, cytotechnology, and photomicrography.

Electron Microscopy is a program that uses an electron microscope, a scientific instrument to magnify specimens, using a particle beam of electrons. Programs include courses in sample preparation as well as equipment and techniques used. Students can take single course or a 2-year certificate.

Programs in Endocrinology focus on the scientific study of the composition, manufacture, and secretion of protein compounds by cells and glands and the role of endocrine substances in bodily processes. Instruction includes protein chemistry, protein secretion, membrane biogenesis and transfer methods, cellular communication, gene and cell regulation, cytochemistry, fractionation, radioautography, and applications such as neuroendocrinology.

Programs in Entomology focus on the scientific study of insect species and populations in respect to their cycles, morphology, genetics, physiology, ecology, taxonomy, population dynamics, and environmental and economic impacts. Instruction includes applicable biological and physical sciences as well as insect toxicology and the biochemical control of insect populations.

Programs in Environmental Toxicology focus on the scientific study of the health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals and systems occurring in the natural, work, and living environments; the management of environmental toxins and toxicity; and the development of protection for humans, animals, and plants. Instruction includes applied ecology; microbiology; toxin transport, fate, and degradation; dermal toxicology; reproductive and genetic toxicology; atmospheric and environmental chemistry; metals toxicology; environmental mutagens and biotransformation; nutrient interaction; chemical sensitivity, disorders, and disease; risk assessment; animal waste management; environmental health; and hazardous materials management.

Programs in Epidemiology focus on the scientific study of disease, disability, and trauma patterns within and across populations and the development of health management mechanisms to prevent and control disease outbreaks and injurious behaviors. Instruction includes biostatistics; biochemistry; molecular biology; immunology, disease and injury determinants, generic disease and disability factors; behavioral studies; health services research; environmental disease and injury factors; and population studies.

Marine Biology or Biological Oceanography is a program that focuses on the scientific study of the ecology and behavior of microbes, plants, and animals inhabiting oceans, coastal waters, and saltwater wetlands and their interactions with the physical environment. Instruction includes chemical, physical, and geological oceanography; molecular, cellular, and biochemical studies; marine microbiology; marine biology; ichthyology; mammalogy; marine population dynamics and biodiversity; reproduction biology; studies of specific species, phyla, habitats, and ecosystems; marine paleocology and palentology; and applications to fields such as fisheries science and biotechnology.

Medical Scientist is a clinical science program that prepares scientists and physicians (MD or DO) as research scientists in various areas. It is offered at the master’s and doctoral level at different universities. Some programs are designed to give the student a combined MD/PhD.

Molecular Biology is a program that focuses on the scientific study of the structure and function of biological macromolecules and the role of molecular constituents and mechanism in supramolecular assemblies and cells. Instruction includes such topics as molecular signaling and transduction, regulation of cell growth, enzyme substrates and mechanisms of enzyme action, DNA-protein interaction, and applications to fields such as biotechnology, genetics, cell biology, and physiology.

Programs in Molecular Toxicology focus on the scientific study of the genetic determinants of susceptibility to external pollutants and poisons; the interaction of toxic agents with biological systems at the molecular and cellular levels; and the development of countermeasures and treatments.

Programs in Neuroscience focus on the interdisciplinary scientific study of the molecular, structural, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the brain and nervous systems. Instruction includes molecular and cellular neuroscience; brain science; anatomy and physiology of the central nervous systems; molecular and biochemical bases of information processing; behavioral neuroscience; biology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and applications to the clinical sciences and biomedical engineering.

Programs in Neurobiology and Neurophysiology focus on the scientific study of the cellular and molecular basis of the lower and higher functions in animals and human beings, organ system behavior and the immune response, and the control of physiological systems. Instruction includes computational biology, computer modeling, protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, morphological basis of behavior, neural signal transduction and reception, synaptic activity, inflammation and neuro-degeneration, neurological and immune disease and response, maintenance of homeostasis, and autonomic function.

Programs in Paleontology focus on the scientific study of extinct life forms and associated fossil remains, and the reconstruction and analysis of ancient life forms, ecosystems, and geologic processes. Instruction includes sedimentation and fossilization processes, fossil chemistry, evolutionary biology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, trace paleontology, paleobotany, field research methods, and laboratory research and conservation methods.

Programs in Wildlife Biology focus on the application of biological principles to the study of vertebrate wildlife, wildlife habitats, and related ecosystems in remote and urban areas. Instruction includes animal ecology; adaptational biology; urban ecosystems; natural and artificial habitat management; limnology; wildlife pathology; and vertebrate zoological specialization such as mammalogy, herpetology, ichthyology, ornithology, and others.

Programs in Zoology/Animal Biology focus on the scientific study of the biology of animal species and phyla, with reference to their molecular and cellular systems, anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Instruction includes molecular and cell biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, ecology and behavior, evolutionary biology, and specific species and phyla applications.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students interested in majoring in Biology should have a firm foundation in the sciences, communications, mathematics, and English. Report writing and analyzing results of experiments require good skills in English as well as in math. Ability to communicate well is vital. Knowledge of a foreign language may be helpful.

TYPICAL COURSE WORK

Although the courses included are typical for this program, the curriculum offered can vary greatly from school to school. We recommend that you visit school web sites for specific course descriptions or check the school catalogs.

Program requirements differ with specialty but most include courses in:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Class instruction includes lecture and laboratory work with a lot of scientific reading required. Other courses might be physics, social sciences, and English. Knowledge of statistics and computer science is often required to verify experiments.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements vary according to specialties. See college catalogs for details.

RELATED MAJORS OR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

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  • Animal Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Laboratory Technologies
  • Medicine
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Science Technologies
  • Soil and Plant Sciences

RELATED OCCUPATIONS

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  • Agricultural Inspectors
  • Agricultural Scientists
  • Biochemists
  • Bioinformatics Scientists
  • Biologists
  • Biotechnical Researchers
  • Blood Bank Specialists
  • Cardiologists
  • Chemists
  • Curators
  • Dentists
  • Electron Microscopists
  • Engineering and Science Managers
  • Entomologists
  • Environmental Analysts
  • Epidemiologists
  • Fish and Wildlife Specialist
  • Genetic Engineers
  • Histotechnologists
  • Internists
  • Marine Biologists
  • Mathematics and Science Teachers
  • Medical Technologists
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Medical Scientists
  • Microbiologists
  • Middle School Teachers
  • Optometrists
  • Paleontologists
  • Pathologists
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Radiologists
  • Science Technicians
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Taxidermists
  • University and College Teachers
  • Veterinarians
  • Zoologists

GENERAL INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES

  • A Bachelor’s degree will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist, or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks, and gardens.
  • An undergraduate degree can also be used for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography, and legislation.
  • Master’s degrees allow for more opportunities in research and administration. Some community colleges will hire Master’s level teachers.
  • Doctoral degrees are necessary for advanced research and administrative positions, university teaching, and independent research.
  • An advanced degree provides the opportunity to specialize in fields of interest.
  • The biological sciences are good preparation for a career in healthcare such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science, but professional degrees and licenses are also necessary to practice in these fields.
  • Learn laboratory procedures and become familiar with equipment.
  • Obtain summer, part-time, volunteer, co-op, or internship experience to test the fields of interest and gain valuable experience. Take independent research classes if possible.
  • Participate in summer research institutes. Submit research to local poster competitions or research symposiums.
  • Develop strong analytical, computer, mathematics, and communications skills.
  • Join professional associations and community organizations to stay abreast of current issues in the field and to develop networking contacts.
  • Read scientific journals related to your area of interest.
  • Maintain a high grade point average to improve chances of graduate and professional school admission.
  • Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.
  • Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors and/or employers.
  • Consider completing a post doctoral experience after graduate school.
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process. The federal government is the largest employer of biologists.
  • Gain experience with grant writing and fundraising techniques. Often research must be funded in this manner.

Schools Offering This Major/Training Program:

California State University:

CPSU San Luis Obispo 

  • Biological Sciences BS/Minor (Concentrations: Molecular Biology; Marine Biology/Fisheries) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Contact the University for specific details on prerequisites and deadlines.
  • Biological Sciences MS/MA
  • Biology Minor
  • Biotechnology Minor
  • Microbiology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Contact the University for specific details on prerequisites and deadlines.

CSU Pomona 

  • Biological Sciences MS
  • Biology BS
  • Biotechnology BS
  • Environmental Biology BS
  • Microbiology BS/Minor (Option: Medical Technology)

CSU Bakersfield 

  • Biology BS/Minor/MS

CSU Channel Islands 

  • Biology BA (Emphases: Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; General Biology; Pre-professional Studies; Subject Matter Preparation in Teaching Biology)
  • Biology BS (Emphases: Biotechnology; Clinical Lab. Science; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Medical Imaging)
  • Biology Minor
  • Biotechnology and Bioinformatics MS

CSU Chico 

  • Biological Sciences BS/Minor (Options: Atmospheric Science; Applied Ecology; Hydraulic Science)
  • Biological Sciences MS
  • Botany MS
  • Microbiology BS (Option in Clinical Laboratory Science)

CSU Dominguez Hills 

  • Applied Biotechnology Studies (Professional Science Master’s) MS (Program will accept applications for 08-09.)
  • Biology BA/Minor/MS
  • Biology BS (Options: Cellular and Molecular Biology; Environmental Biology; Microbiology)

CSU East Bay 

  • Biological Science BA/MA/MS
  • Biological Science BS/Minor (Options: Biomedical Laboratory; Cell and Molecular; Ecology and Conservation; Forensic Science; Physiology)
  • Biostatistics MS
  • Biotechnology Certificate (Graduate)
  • Biotechnology MS (pending Chancellor’s approval)

CSU Fresno 

  • Biology BS/Minor (Options: Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Physiology and Anatomy)
  • Biology MS
  • Biotechnology MS

CSU Fullerton 

  • Biological Science BS (Concentrations: Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation; Cell and Developmental Biology; Marine Biology; Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)
  • Biology MS
  • Biotechnology Minor

CSU Humboldt State University 

  • Biology BS/Minor (Emphases: Cellular/Molecular Biology; Ecology; Environmental Biology; General Biology; Marine Biology; Microbiology)
  • Biology MA
  • Botany BS/Minor
  • Zoology BS/Minor

CSU Long Beach 

  • Biology BS (Options: Botany; Biology Education; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology; Physiology; Zoology) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Contact the University for specific details on prerequisites and deadlines.
  • Biology MS
  • Biomedical Art Certificate
  • Biotechnology Certificate (Interdisciplinary)
  • Microbiology BS/Minor/MS

CSU Los Angeles 

  • Biology BS/Minor/MS
  • Biotechnology Certificate (Graduate)
  • Biotechnology MS
  • Microbiology BS/Minor

CSU Monterey Bay 

  • Biology BS/Minor
  • Biology Minor

CSU Northridge 

  • Biology BA/Minor/MS
  • Biology BS (Options: Biotechnology/Medical Technology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Environmental Biology; Marine Biology; Microbiology)

CSU Sacramento 

  • Biological Sciences BA
  • Biological Sciences BA/BS/Minor (Concentrations: Biological Conservation; Clinical Laboratory Technology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology)
  • Biological Sciences MA/MS

CSU San Bernardino 

  • Bioinformatics BS
  • Biology BA/BS/Minor/MS

CSU San Diego State University 

  • Bioengineering MS
  • Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics MS
  • Biology BA/MA/MS/Ph.D.
  • Biology BS/Minor (Emphases: Bioengineering; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Ecology; Evolution and Systematics; Marine Biology; Single Subject Teaching Credential; Zoology) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applications accepted for Fall only. Contact the University for specific details on prerequisites and deadlines.
  • Biotechnology Certificate
  • Microbiology BA/BS (Emphasis: Clinical Laboratory Science and Public Health) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applications accepted for Fall and Spring. Contact the University for specific details on prerequisites and deadlines.
  • Microbiology MS

CSU San Francisco State University 

  • Biology BA
  • Biology BS/Minor (Concentrations: Botany; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology; Marine Biology and Limnology; Microbiology; Physiology; Zoology)
  • Biology MS (Concentrations: Conservation Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Systematic Biology; Marine Biology; Microbiology; Physiology and Behavior Biology)
  • Biomedical Science and Biotechnology MS
  • Biotechnology Certificate

CSU San Jose State University 

  • Biological Science BA/Minor/MA/MS
  • Biological Science BS (Concentrations: Conservation and Organismal Biology; Marine Biology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Systems Physiology)
  • Biological Science MS (Concentrations: Molecular and Microbiology; Organismal Biology; Physiology)
  • Biological Science, Preparation for Teaching BA

CSU San Marcos 

  • Biological Sciences BS/Minor (Concentrations: Ecology; Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology; Physiology)
  • Biotechnology BS

CSU Sonoma State University 

  • Biology BA (Concentrations: Botany; Microbiology; Zoology)
  • Biology BS (Concentrations: Molecular and Cell Biology; Ecology and Evolution Conservation; Physiology; Marine Biology; Microbiology)
  • Biology Minor/MS

CSU Stanislaus 

  • Biological Sciences BA/BS (Concentrations: Botany; Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Ecology and Field Biology; Entomology; Environmental Sciences; Genetics; Marine Biology; Microbiology; Zoology)
  • Biological Sciences Minor

University of California:

UC Berkeley 

  • Bioengineering BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer students are screened for completion of prerequisite courses by the end of the preceding spring term. For more information, contact 510-642-7594.
  • Bioengineering MS
  • Bioengineering Ph.D (Joint program with UCSF)
  • Biostatistics MA
  • Biostatistics Ph.D (Interdisciplinary)
  • Endocrinology MA
  • Endocrinology Ph.D (Interdisciplinary)
  • Epidemiology MS
  • Epidemiology Ph.D (Interdisciplinary)
  • Genetics and Plant Biology (Natural Resources) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-1986.
  • Integrative Biology BA Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division general education requirements which must be completed by the end of the preceding spring term for fall. For more information, contact 510-642-3175.
  • Integrative Biology MA/Ph.D.
  • Microbial Biology (Natural Resources) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-1986.
  • Microbiology MS
  • Microbiology Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)
  • Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition MS
  • Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition Ph.D (Interdisciplinary)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology BA (Specialization: Biochemistry and Molecular; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics and Development; Immunology; Neurobiology) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division general education requirements which must be completed by the end of the preceding spring term for fall. For more information, contact 510-642-3175.
  • Molecular and Cell Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Molecular Environmental Biology (Natural Resources) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-1986.
  • Molecular Toxicology (Natural Resources) BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites and content of personal statement. For more information, contact 510-642-2879.
  • Molecular Toxicology MS
  • Molecular Toxicology Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)
  • Neuroscience Ph.D (Interdisciplinary)
  • Plant BiologyMS/ Ph.D.

UC Davis 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology MS/Ph.D
  • Biological Sciences AB/BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Biophysics MS/Ph.D
  • Biostatistics MS/Ph.D.
  • Biotechnology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.80 and are required to complete certain prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Cell and Developmental Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Cell Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Clinical Research MAS (Must have an MD, DDS, DMD, DD, ND, DO, Pharm.D, DVM, Ph.D, or DNS in Nursing, as well as other admission requirements)
  • Environmental Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Environmental Toxicology BS/Minor
  • Epidemiology MS/Ph.D.
  • Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity AB/BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Exercise Biology AB/BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Fungal Biology and Ecology (Plant Biology) Minor
  • Genetics BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Genetics MS/Ph.D.
  • Immunology MS/Ph.D.
  • Microbiology AB/BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee Agreement. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA.
  • Microbiology MS/Ph.D.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology MS/Ph.D.
  • Natural Science BS
  • Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Neuroscience MS/Ph.D
  • Nutritional Biology MS/Ph.D
  • Plant Biology AB/BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer students must have a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.8, a minimum overall transfer GPA of 2.9 to qualify for a Transfer Admission Guarantee. Applicants are required to complete prerequisite courses with specified GPA’s.
  • Plant Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Population Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics Minor

UC Irvine 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BS (not open to entering students)
  • Biological Sciences BS/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must complete one year of general chemistry with lab with grades of B or better in each course; one year of biology courses equivalent to Biological Sciences, 93, 94 and 100L at UCI with a grade C or better in each course and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, contact 949-824-5318.
  • Biological Sciences MS/Ph.D.
  • Developmental and Cell Biology BS (not open to entering students)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must complete one year of general chemistry with lab with grades of B or better in each course; one year of biology courses equivalent to Biological Sciences, 93, 94 and 100L at UCI with a grade C or better in each course and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, contact 949-824-5318.
  • Environmental Toxicology MS/Ph.D
  • Genetics BS (not open to entering students)
  • Microbiology and Immunology BS (not open to entering students)
  • Neurobiology BS (not open to entering students)
  • Plant Biology BS (not open to entering students)

UC Los Angeles 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS/C.Phil/Ph.D.
  • Bioinformatics MS/Ph.D
  • Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Biology MA/C.Phil/Ph.D.
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology MS/Ph.D.
  • Clinical Research (Medicine) MS
  • Computational and Systems Biology, (Pre) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Conservation Biology Minor
  • Epidemiology (Public Health) MS/Ph.D.
  • Human Biology and Society BA/BS (Interdisciplinary) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (Medicine) MS/Ph.D
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, (Pre) BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics MS/Ph.D
  • Molecular Biology Ph.D. (Interdepartmental)
  • Molecular Toxicology (Public Health) Ph.D. (Interdepartmental)
  • Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology MA/C.Phil/Ph.D.
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology Ph.D
  • Neurobiology MS/C Phil./Ph.D.
  • Neuroscience BS/Minor (Interdepartmental) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Neuroscience Ph.D.
  • Physiological Science BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Physiological Science MS
  • Society and Genetics Minor

UC Merced 

  • Biochemistry BS (Planned Natural Sciences majors)
  • Biological Sciences BS (Emphases: Developmental Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Human Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular and Cell Biology) Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Highest priority will be given to junior-level California Community Colleges applicants who have completed at least 60 transferable semester (90 qtr.) in the intended major. For more information, contact 209-228-4682.
  • Quantitative and Systems Biology MS/Ph.D.

UC Riverside 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Biological Sciences BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a GPA of 2.70 in transferable coursework and must complete one-year sequences in three specified areas of sciences and mathematics. For more information, contact 951-827-7294.
  • Biology BA/BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a GPA of 2.70 in transferable coursework and must complete one-year sequences in three specified areas of sciences and mathematics. For more information, contact 951-827-7294.
  • Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology MS/Ph.D
  • Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics MS/Ph.D
  • Microbiology MS/Ph.D
  • Neuroscience BA/BS/Minor/MS/Ph.D
  • Population Biology Ph.D

UC San Diego 

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Ph.D.
  • Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Biology Ph.D (Specializations: Anthropogeny; Bioinformatics; Multiscale Biology)
  • Biology Ph.D. (Joint with SDSU)
  • Biology, General BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Biology, Human BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Biology, with specialization in Bioinformatics BS
  • Biology: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Biomedical Sciences Ph.D (Specializations: Anthropology; Bioinformatics; Multiscale Biology)
  • Clinical Research MAS
  • General Biology Minor
  • Microbiology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Molecular Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must select an alternate major on the UC application. Students who are not admitted directly to their major will be admitted to their alternate major, provided space is available. For more information, contact 858-534-0557.
  • Neuroscience Ph.D (Specializations: Anthropology; Computational Neuroscience; Multiscale Biology)
  • Physiology and Neurosciences BS

UC San Francisco 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D.
  • Bioengineering Ph.D. (Joint program with UCB)
  • Bioinformatics (Biological and Medical Information) Ph.D
  • Biological and Medical Informatics MS
  • Biomedical Sciences Ph.D.
  • Biophysics Ph.D (Cross-disciplinary)
  • Cell Biology (TETRAD) Ph.D
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)
  • Clinical Research (ATCR) Certificate (Graduate)
  • Clinical Research MAS
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Ph.D
  • Genetics Ph.D (TETRAD)

UC Santa Barbara 

  • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Ph.D
  • Biological Sciences (Letters and Science) BA/BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information. Transfer applicants must have one year of general chemistry with lab, and a complete biology sequence with lab, all with no grade lower than C and a cumulative GPA of 2.70. In addition, it is strongly recommended one year of organic chemistry/lab, one year of general physics/lab and one year of calculus or calculus/statistics. For more information, contact 805-893-5191.
  • Biology (Creative Studies) BA Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must submit supplemental application directly to the College of Creative Studies with the following: high school and/or college transcripts; two letters of recommendation on student academic background. For more information, contact 805-893-8974.
  • Cell and Developmental Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology MA/PH.D
  • Microbiology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology MA/Ph.D.
  • Physiology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Zoology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.

UC Santa Cruz 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BS
  • Bioengineering BS (Concentrations: Bioelectronics; Biomolecular; Rehabilitation)
  • Bioinformatics BS/Minor/MS/Ph.D.
  • Biology BA/BS/Minor/MA/Ph.D.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS/MA/Ph.D.
  • Human Biology Minor
  • Marine Biology BS
  • Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology MS/Ph.D
  • Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology BS/MA/Ph.D.
  • Neuroscience and Behavior BS
  • Plant Sciences (Biological Sciences) BS

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