Biology is an inherently broad and diverse discipline, ranging from studies of molecules to whole ecosystems. As a result, the UCI School of Biological Sciences offers students a selection of Majors and Minors to best fit their interests.

Undergraduate Majors

Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences major presents a unified, in-depth study of modern biology. The courses range from ecology and evolutionary biology to genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Biological Sciences Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
Select three of the following:
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
Processes in Ecology and Evolution
Human Physiology
Neurobiology and Behavior
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
Select three of the following:
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
One laboratory can be satisfied with completion of Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences.
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select four upper-division, four-unit courses from the following:
BIO SCI D103–D190, E106–E190, M114–M190, N110–N190 1
Molecular Pharmacology I
Molecular Pharmacology II
Physical Biochemistry
Pharmacotherapy
Biopharmaceutics and Nanomedicine
Medicinal Chemistry
The following courses can be used to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement:
Principles of Imaging
and Techniques in Medical Imaging I: X-ray, Nuclear, and NMR Imaging
Additionally, Psychology/Biological Sciences double majors may also use PSYCH 112A-PSYCH 112B-PSYCH 112C to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement.
NOTE: Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.
Concentration in Biological Sciences Education

The optional concentration in Biological Sciences Education requires seven courses:

BIO SCI 14California Teach 1: Introduction to Science and Mathematics Teaching
BIO SCI 101California Teach 2: Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching
EARTHSS 1Introduction to Earth System Science
EARTHSS 7Physical Geology
PHYSICS 20AIntroduction to Astronomy
PHYSICS 20BCosmology: Humanity’s Place in the Universe
Select one of the following:
Adolescent Development and Education
Multicultural Education in K-12 Schools
Exceptional Learners
Educational Technology
Cognition and Learning in Educational Settings

The requirements for a general Biological Sciences B.S. degree for students in this concentration will be reduced by one upper-division laboratory course (major requirement B) and two upper-division biology electives (major requirement C). Students pursuing other majors within the School of Biological Sciences will need specific departmental approval for the reduction of degree requirements when completing this concentration.

 

Planning a Program of Study

Since biological sciences courses are built upon a base of the physical sciences, it is very important for students to take their required physical sciences early, particularly general and organic chemistry. Students who have not completed high school chemistry are well advised to complete a preparatory chemistry course before entering UCI. The academic program shown below is only a suggested program. Students should consult the Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office for individual academic planning.

Freshmen will normally take HUMAN 1A and HUMAN 1AS or lower-division writing courses, CHEM 1A, BIO SCI 93, and a freshman seminar (BIO SCI 2A) during the fall quarter. Students will then continue with BIO SCI 94, complete their general chemistry requirement, and continue with Humanities or lower-division writing during the remaining winter and spring quarters.

Sophomores begin organic chemistry (CHEM 51A or CHEM H52A) and continue the Biological Sciences Core with BIO SCI 97, BIO SCI 98, BIO SCI 99. Sophomores often begin taking courses in other disciplines to meet the UCI general education requirement and fulfill their mathematics requirement if they have not done so as freshmen.

During their junior year, most majors continue with the Biological Sciences electives and take physics. Students who intend to double major in Chemistry will be required to take PHYSICS 7CPHYSICS 7DPHYSICS 7E in place of PHYSICS 3APHYSICS 3BPHYSICS 3C. Juniors may complete their general education requirements and usually start their research and their upper-division biology laboratory courses.

Finally, during their senior year, students continue their research and complete their remaining major requirements.

Students in the Biological Sciences major are required to make progress toward their degree, and their progress will be monitored. If normal academic progress toward the degree in Biological Sciences is not being met, students will be subject to probation.

Biological Sciences Minor Requirements

Nine courses are required, no more than two of which may be taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis:

A. Select three of the following: 1
From DNA to Organisms
From Organisms to Ecosystems
Genetics
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
B. Select six of the following: 2
Three- or four-unit courses selected from BIO SCI 5–H90 (excluding 14 and 46), 93–99, and D103–D190, E106–E190, M114–M190, N110–N190.

Residence requirement for the minor: A minimum of six courses required for the minor must be completed at UCI. Approved courses taken in the Education Abroad Program are considered to be in-residence courses.

NOTE: Students in any of the majors within the School of Biological Sciences or students majoring in Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences may not minor in Biological Sciences.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major provides students with a comprehensive background in this modern, conceptual understanding of biology. Ideal for students interested in studying the molecular basis (including development, gene expression, immunology, pathogenesis, disease, virology, and evolution).  This major is also designed for students that wish to pursue an advanced degree in biological or medical sciences. In addition, and particularly with the explosive growth in biotechnology and its significant influence in everyday life, graduates could use their backgrounds very effectively to pursue careers in business, education, law, and public affairs.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI M114Advanced Biochemistry
BIO SCI M116Advanced Molecular Biology
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI M114LBiochemistry Laboratory
BIO SCI M116LMolecular Biology Laboratory
Select one of the following:
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
BIO SCI 199 Study in Biological Science Research (Approved by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Board.)
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select three of the following:
Select one of the following:
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Genomics, Development, and Medicine
Introduction to Chemical Biology
Molecular Pharmacology I
Physical Biochemistry
Select two four-unit courses from the following:
BIO SCI D103–D189, E106–E189, M119–M190, N110–N189
Introduction to Chemical Biology
Molecular Pharmacology I
Physical Biochemistry
No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, but typically in the spring of the sophomore year. Review of applications submitted at that time and selection to the major by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Board is completed during the summer. Information can also be found at the UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Biology/Education

The Biology/Education major allows students to earn both a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences along with a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential within four years. Upon completion of this major, individuals will be authorized to teach biology and general science in a middle school or high school.

Biology/Education Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
Select three of the following:
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
Processes in Ecology and Evolution
Human Physiology
Neurobiology and Behavior
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
Select two of the following:
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
One laboratory can be satisfied with completion of Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences.
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select two, four-unit courses from the following:
BIO SCI D103–D190, E106–E190, M114–M190, N110–N190 1
Molecular Pharmacology I
Molecular Pharmacology II
Physical Biochemistry
Pharmacotherapy
Biopharmaceutics and Nanomedicine
Medicinal Chemistry
The following courses can be used to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement:
Principles of Imaging
and Techniques in Medical Imaging I: X-ray, Nuclear, and NMR Imaging
Additionally, Psychology/Biological Sciences double majors may also use PSYCH 112A-PSYCH 112B-PSYCH 112C to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement.
D. Science Teaching Courses:
BIO SCI 14California Teach 1: Introduction to Science and Mathematics Teaching
BIO SCI 101California Teach 2: Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching
BIO SCI 108Research Methods
EDUC 55Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
EDUC 109Reading and Writing in Secondary Mathematics and Science Classrooms
EDUC 143AWClassroom Interactions I
EDUC 143BWClassroom Interactions II
EDUC 148Complex Pedagogical Design
EDUC 158Student Teaching Mathematics and Science in Middle/High School (two quarters)
LPS/HISTORY 60The Making of Modern Science

NOTE: Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Requirements for the Teaching Credential
BIO SCI 14California Teach 1: Introduction to Science and Mathematics Teaching
BIO SCI 101California Teach 2: Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching
BIO SCI 108Research Methods
EDUC 55Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
EDUC 109Reading and Writing in Secondary Mathematics and Science Classrooms
EDUC 143AWClassroom Interactions I
EDUC 143BWClassroom Interactions II
EDUC 148Complex Pedagogical Design
EDUC 158Student Teaching Mathematics and Science in Middle/High School (two quarters)
LPS 60The Making of Modern Science

Beyond course work, some additional requirements for teacher certification are described below. With careful, early planning, it is possible for students to complete their bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in four years. This is a more time-efficient and cost-effective route than the traditional five-year teacher preparation model, which usually involves a full academic year of teacher education courses and clinical teaching experience after completion of a bachelor’s degree.

After the School of Biological Sciences verifies the completion of all requirements for the bachelor’s degree, students are awarded their degree from UC Irvine. By contrast, the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential is awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and the state-approved UCI teacher education program, which combines course work, student teaching, and a teaching performance assessment. The UCI School of Education must verify completion of all requirements for the teaching credential and then recommend that the credential be awarded to a candidate by the CTC.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Certification. In addition to the required course work for a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, some additional requirements must be satisfied:

  1. The School of Biological Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) to graduate with the bachelor’s degree.
    BIO SCI 101California Teach 2: Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching
    EDUC 55Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
    EDUC 109Reading and Writing in Secondary Mathematics and Science Classrooms
    EDUC 143AWClassroom Interactions I
    EDUC 143BWClassroom Interactions II
    EDUC 148Complex Pedagogical Design
    EDUC 158Student Teaching Mathematics and Science in Middle/High School
    1. However, students must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses in order to be recommended for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential:
    2. In the final phase of teaching preparation, students enrolled in EDUC 158 gain teaching experience as a “student teacher” at a local middle school or high school, while also attending a weekly student teaching seminar at UCI. Each student teacher is paired with a highly qualified science teacher who acts as a mentor while the student teacher gradually takes on full responsibility for daily lesson planning, instruction, and assessment. Cal Teach program instructors select the mentor teachers and match them with student teachers. During the winter and spring quarters when students are enrolled in EDUC 158, they should expect to spend a minimum of four hours per day (typically mornings), five days per week, in their student teaching assignment at a middle school or high school.
  2. The following must be completed and verified prior to the start of student teaching in EDUC 158:
    1. Pass the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), a basic mathematics and literacy skills test. For more information, see http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/test_info_CBEST.asp.
    2. Pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in science: biology/life science. Although secondary teachers are only required to pass the CSET exam in one discipline, those who pass the CSET exam in more than one disciplinary field (e.g. biology/life science and chemistry) can be authorized to teach classes in each of those disciplines. For more information about the CSET exam, see http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/tests.asp.
    3. Secondary school science teachers in California are expected to have a broad range of general science knowledge in addition to their discipline of specialization, because their Single Subject Teaching Credential in one of the sciences also authorizes them to teach classes in general or integrated science. The general science subtests of the CSET exam cover foundational topics in astronomy, geodynamics, Earth resources, ecology, genetics and evolution, molecular biology and biochemistry, cellular and organismal biology, waves, forces and motion, electricity and magnetism, heat transfer and thermodynamics, and structure and properties of matter. Although students can prepare for the CSET exam’s general science subtests through independent study, Biological Sciences students can also prepare by taking lower-division courses that cover the content. Here are some suggested courses for Biology/Education majors:
      EARTHSS 1Introduction to Earth System Science
      EARTHSS 7Physical Geology
      PHYSICS 20AIntroduction to Astronomy
    4. Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the State of California.
    5. Obtain a TB test with negative results.
    6. Demonstrate readiness for student teaching responsibilities as evidenced in course work and satisfactory observations of a candidate during the following required courses:
      BIO SCI 101California Teach 2: Middle School Science and Mathematics Teaching
      EDUC 143AWClassroom Interactions I
      EDUC 148Complex Pedagogical Design
  3. The following must be completed and verified before the School of Education is able to recommend an individual for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential:
    1. Pass a state-approved teacher performance assessment, which is completed concurrently with student teaching in EDUC 158.
    2. Complete a college-level course or pass an examination on the U.S. Constitution. POL SCI 21A satisfies this requirement. Contact the UCI School of Education Student Affairs Office for information about the exam.
    3. Obtain a CPR certificate in adult, child, or infant training.

Declaring Intention to Complete the Biology/Education Major and Teacher Certification. Prospective teachers who want to complete their degree and a teaching credential in four years are encouraged to start planning early by reviewing the sample program for the Biology/Education major, and consulting with an academic counselor. Interested students are encouraged to get started on the suggested first- and second-year credentialing course work, including BIO SCI 14 and BIO SCI 101, and can do so without officially declaring their intention to complete the credential. However, students must declare their intention to complete requirements for the Biology/Education major and requirements for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential prior to enrolling in EDUC 55, which they would typically take in fall of their third year. Forms for declaring an intention to complete the teaching credential are available in the Biological Sciences Student Affairs Office or in the Cal Teach Science and Mathematics Resource and Advising Center (137 Biological Sciences Administration).

Developmental and Cell Biology

The Developmental and Cell Biology major provides students with intensive training in cutting edge approaches to understanding the structure and function of cells. Additionally, students learn how cells interact to produce a complex organism, starting with a fertilized egg.

Developmental and Cell Biology Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI D103Cell Biology
BIO SCI D104Developmental Biology
BIO SCI D114Developmental and Cell Biology Majors Seminar
BIO SCI D145Genomics, Development, and Medicine
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI D111LDevelopmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
and select two of the following: 1
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select one of the following:
Human Anatomy
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Development and Disease
Applied Human Anatomy
and select one of the following:
Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Cell Biology of Human Disease
Topics in Developmental and Cell Biology
Signal Transduction in Mammalian Cells
Cell Organelles and Membranes
and select three of the following:
Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
Photomedicine
Introduction to Precision Medicine
Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Human Anatomy
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Critical Thinking in Cell Biology
Development and Disease
Applied Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Microbial Genetics
Human Parasitology
Cell Organelles and Membranes
Neurobiology and Behavior
Neurobiology of Aging
Neuropharmacology
Molecular Neurobiology

NOTE: No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Developmental and Cell Biology is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time. Information can also be found at the UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major is designed for students interested in understanding organismal change. Ideal for students interested in how organisms have evolved, interacted with each other, and their environment. Courses cover topics in molecular biology, physiology, population and community ecology, and ecosystem-level processes.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI E106Processes in Ecology and Evolution
BIO SCI E107Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
STATS 8Introduction to Biological Statistics
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI E115LEvolution Laboratory
BIO SCI E166LField Biology
and select one of the following:
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
One laboratory can be satisfied with completion of Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences.
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select one of the following:
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
Human Physiology
Neurobiology and Behavior
and select three four-unit courses from the following:
BIO SCI E118–E190. BIO SCI 199 Research is strongly encouraged.

Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Exercise Sciences

Virtually every organism is dependent on movement (both intracellular and extracellular) in one form or another. With respect to humans, physical activity imposes unique stresses on a broad spectrum of cell types, tissues, and organ systems. However, physical activity plays a key role in shaping fundamental biological processes necessary for maintaining health and preventing disease. While both human and nonhuman species exhibit many common biological phenomenon, there are also many unique aspects of their physiology. This major will also highlight some of the unique physiological traits of nonhuman species and how such unique phenomenon may provide important insights into human health. Additionally, upper-division courses in this major are designed to integrate fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, and physics into a coherent understanding of how physical activity/inactivity impacts human health under healthy and diseased states.

Exercise Sciences Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI D103Cell Biology
BIO SCI E109Human Physiology
BIO SCI E117A E117B E117CExercise Sciences Seminar
and Exercise Sciences Seminar
and Exercise Sciences Seminar
BIO SCI E136The Physiology of Human Nutrition
BIO SCI E139Animal Locomotion
BIO SCI E155Physiology in Extreme Environments
or BIO SCI D170Applied Human Anatomy
BIO SCI E183Exercise Physiology
BIO SCI N110Neurobiology and Behavior
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI E112LPhysiology Laboratory
BIO SCI M116LMolecular Biology Laboratory
and either
BIO SCI N113LNeurobiology Laboratory
or BIO SCI M114LBiochemistry Laboratory

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Exercise Sciences is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be submitted during the spring of the sophomore year. Review of applications submitted at that time and selection to the major by the Exercise Science Faculty Board is completed at the end of the sophomore year. Information can also be found at UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Genetics

The Genetics major is designed to benefit motivated undergraduates who have a particular interest in learning about developmental genetics, evolutionary genetics, and molecular genetics and to allow them to explore how our knowledge of genetic mechanisms contributes to our understanding of human development and disease.

Genetics Major Requirement

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI D103Cell Biology
BIO SCI D104Developmental Biology
BIO SCI D113Genetics Majors Seminar
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
Select three of the following: 1
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Precision Medicine
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Genomics, Development, and Medicine
Development and Disease
Microbial Genetics
Select one from the following:
Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Cell Biology of Human Disease
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Development and Disease
Functional and Structural Evolutionary Genomics
Developmental Neurobiology
Select three from the following:
Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology of Plants
Photomedicine
Human Anatomy
Critical Thinking in Cell Biology
Applied Human Anatomy
Topics in Developmental and Cell Biology
Human Physiology
Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Molecular Biology
Signal Transduction in Mammalian Cells
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Human Parasitology
Cell Organelles and Membranes
Neurobiology and Behavior
Neurobiology of Aging
Molecular Neurobiology

NOTE: No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Genetics is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time. Information can also be found at the UCI Change of Major Criteria. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Human Biology

Human Biology provides an in-depth look at cutting edge topics in physiology and epidemiology as they relate to global issues of ethics, anthropology, and socioeconomics. The major also provides the student an understanding of human health beyond basic biological function. Students will learn to evaluate healthcare risks and challenges as they relate to global economies, cultural opinions and environment. Additionally, students will extrapolate information from clinical research publications and relate new findings to accepted knowledge. Topics covered will investigate  intrinsic and extrinsic diseases as well as disorders of the brain and appreciate ethical considerations and dilemmas that face clinicians, research scientists and drug developers.

Human Biology Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI D103Cell Biology
BIO SCI E109Human Physiology
BIO SCI N110Neurobiology and Behavior
BIO SCI N120AHuman Biology I
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
Select three of the following:
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
Neurobiology Laboratory
One laboratory can be satisfied with completion of Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences.
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select four upper-division, four-unit courses from the following:
BIO SCI D103-D190, E106-E190, M114-M190, N110-N190 2
Molecular Pharmacology I
Molecular Pharmacology II
Physical Biochemistry
Pharmacotherapy
Biopharmaceutics and Nanomedicine
Medicinal Chemistry
The following courses can be used to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement:
Principles of Imaging
and Techniques in Medical Imaging I: X-ray, Nuclear, and NMR Imaging
Additionally, Psychology/Biological Sciences double majors may also use PSYCH 112A-PSYCH 112B-PSYCH 112C to partially satisfy the Upper-Division Biology Elective Requirement.
D. Behavioral Science Courses (choose 1 option):
Option 1
Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Option 2
Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences
and Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences
and Honors: Critical Issues on the Social Sciences
E. HUMAN 1AHUMAN 1ASHUMAN 1BHUMAN 1BSHUMAN 1CHUMAN 1CS.
F. BIO SCI 3A.

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Human Biology is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, but typically in the spring of the sophomore year. Review of applications submitted at that time and selection to the major by the Human Biology Faculty Board is completed during the summer. Information can also be found at the UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Microbiology and Immunology

The Microbiology and Immunology major which encompasses microbiology, immunology and virology allows students to focus on microorganisms and the immune system.

Microbiology and Immunology Major Requirements

A. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI M121Immunology with Hematology
BIO SCI M122General Microbiology
BIO SCI M124AVirology
B. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI M116LMolecular Biology Laboratory
and either
BIO SCI M118LExperimental Microbiology Laboratory
or BIO SCI M121LAdvanced Immunology Laboratory
or BIO SCI M127LVirology and Immunology Laboratory
C. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select at least four from the following:
Infectious Disease Dynamics
Advanced Topics in Immunology
Signal Transduction in Mammalian Cells
Viral Pathogenesis and Immunity
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Innate Immunity, Infection, and Pathogenesis
Microbial Genetics
Human Parasitology
Biotechnological Applications of Energy and Environmental Research
Molecular Virology
and two can be selected from the following:
Cell Biology
Eukaryotic and Human Genetics
Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Molecular Biology
Cell Organelles and Membranes

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Microbiology and Immunology is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, but typically in the spring of the sophomore year. Review of applications submitted at that time and selection to the major by the Microbiology and Immunology Faculty Board is completed during the summer. Information can also be found at the UCI Change of Major Criteria website. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Neurobiology

The Neurobiology major is designed to teach students how neurobiologists apply cellular, molecular, systems, and behavioral analyses in understanding how the nervous system works. Most noteworthy, the hallmark of the major is a year-long, in-depth exploration of the intellectual nervous system. Through neurobiology, satellite courses, students acquire advanced factual knowledge about neurobiology

Neurobiology Major Requirements

Major Requirements
A. Upper-Division Core:
BIO SCI N110Neurobiology and Behavior
and select one of the following:
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Human Physiology
B. Required Major Courses:
BIO SCI N115A N115BAdvanced Neurobiology I
and Advanced Neurobiology II
C. Upper-Division Laboratories:
BIO SCI N113LNeurobiology Laboratory
and select two of the following:
Developmental and Cell Biology Laboratory
Habitats and Organisms
Physiology Laboratory
Evolution Laboratory
Image Analysis in Biological Research
Evolution and the Environment Laboratory
Biology of Birds Lab
Field Biology
Field Freshwater Ecology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Experimental Microbiology Laboratory
Advanced Immunology Laboratory
Virology and Immunology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Lab Techniques
One of these two laboratories can be satisfied by completion of Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences.
D. Upper-Division Biology Electives:
Select three of the following:
and select one four-unit course from the following:
BIO SCI D103–D190, E106–E190, M114–M190, N110–N190
Principles of Imaging
No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.
E. Honors Track of the Neurobiology Major: BIO SCI H195 in the area of neurobiology and Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences – presenting neurobiology related research. 1

Application Process to Declare the Major: The major in Neurobiology is open to junior- and senior-level students only. Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, but typically in the spring of the sophomore year. Review of applications submitted at that time and selection to the major by the Neurobiology Faculty Board is completed during the summer. Information can also be found at the http://www.changeofmajor.uci.edu. Double majors within the School of Biological Sciences or with Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, Nursing Science, or Pharmaceutical Sciences are not permitted.

Undergraduate Minors

 

To see the requirements to change to any of these Majors and Minors, click here. Furthermore, students interested in learning about graduate programs click here.