More detailed information, including requirements and sample graduation plans can be found by clicking on each major listed below.
The Biological Sciences major presents a unified, in-depth study of modern biology, with courses ranging from ecology and evolutionary biology to genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is designed to provide a comprehensive background in this modern, conceptual understanding of biology. Students who wish to begin in-depth study of the molecular basis in any of a variety of fields, including development, gene expression, immunology, pathogenesis, disease, virology, and evolution, can do so through this major.
The Biology/Education major allows a student to earn both a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences along with a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, all in a total of four years. Individuals who hold this credential are authorized to teach biology and general science in a middle school or high school.
The Developmental and Cell Biology major is intended to provide students with intensive training in cutting edge approaches to understanding the structure and function of cells and how they interact to produce a complex organism, starting with a fertilized egg.
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major is designed for students interested in the basic principles underlying organismal change over time, and how organisms interact with each other and their environment. Courses cover topics in molecular biology, physiology, population and community ecology, and ecosystem-level processes.
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. In so doing, 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. 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.
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.
Understanding normal and disordered human function both require a broad integration of human physiology, behavior and culture that is provided in this major. In addition to receiving a unified, in-depth study of modern biology that includes ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, human physiology and neurobiology and behavior. In addition, the skills and concepts needed to pursue this field are presented in upper-division laboratories. Advanced elective courses provide an opportunity to diversify exposure to the biological sciences. Additional courses in the humanities and social sciences focus on the relevance of these areas to the human condition. Given the focus on human biology, this major will serve as an ideal preparation for the health science professions.
The Microbiology and Immunology major which encompasses microbiology, immunology and virology allows students to focus on microorganisms and the immune system.
The Neurobiology major is designed to teach students how neurobiologists apply cellular, molecular, systems, and behavioral analyses in understanding how the nervous system works. 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.
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