BA in Biological Science
Units required for Major: 62-66
The Department of Biological Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At the undergraduate level, students are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, or a Minor in Biological Sciences.
The Biological Sciences program at Sacramento State is one of the most highly sought after programs in Northern California. Due to the large number of applications, the program is now officially impacted. Students wishing to become Biological Science majors must complete a series of required lower division and then must apply for admission to the program. Check the department website for requirements, and it is highly recommended that interested students speak with an advisor at the Natural Sciences Advising Center (NSAC) as soon as possible.
Freshmen interested in the major are admitted as pre-Biological Science majors.
To change to the Biological Sciences major, pre-major students are required to complete the following courses and grade requirements and submit a Declaration of Major form to the Biological Science Department Office along with transcript copies.
- Completion of the following lower division "pre-major" courses with a minimum "C" or better. Only first or second attempt will be considered:
Course List Code Title Units BIO 1 Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology (or equivalent) 5 BIO 2 Cells, Molecules and Genes (or equivalent) 5 CHEM 1A General Chemistry I (or equivalent) 5 STAT 1 Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent) 3 ENGL 5 Accelerated Academic Literacies (or equivalent) 3
- Overall GPA of 2.5 based on the pre-major courses listed above.
- Minimum of 30 units completed at the college level.
|Required Lower Division Courses (37-41 Units)|
|BIO 1||Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology||5|
|BIO 2||Cells, Molecules and Genes||5|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|Select one of the following:||3 - 6|
|Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course 1|
|Organic Chemistry Lecture I|
Organic Chemistry Lecture II
|Select one of the following:||3 - 4|
|Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences|
|PHYS 5A||General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound||4|
|PHYS 5B||General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics||4|
|STAT 1||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Required Upper Division Courses (22 Units)|
|BIO 100||Introduction to Scientific Analysis||2|
|BIO 121||Molecular Cell Biology||3|
|BIO 139||General Microbiology||4|
|BIO 160||General Ecology||3|
|BIO 184||General Genetics||4|
|CHEM 161||General Biochemistry 2||3|
|Elective Courses (3 Units)|
|Select one course from the following Structure and Function Electives:||3|
|Physiology of Human Reproduction|
|Advanced Human Anatomy|
|Comparative Vertebrate Morphology|
|Plant Anatomy and Physiology|
|Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Physiology|
- Pre-Health Professional students should take the Chemistry and Math requirements as stated in the Pre-Health Professional Program section of this catalog.