Major in Biology - Functional Biology of Animals Concentration

This course of study is designed to provide students with an understanding of animal physiology consistent with the expectations of medical and dental education programs, veterinary ­medicine programs, anatomy and physiology graduate programs, or a career in research (as a clinical or basic science research technician). The Cell and Molecular Concentration is also an option for students interested in medically related fields. Students preparing for careers in medically related fields are strongly recommended to take both BIOL 221/BIOL 221L and BIOL 222/BIOL 222L. Students planning on careers in research or a research application field are encouraged to participate in a research experience (e.g., BIOL 491 or BIOL 499). Pre-clinical students are encouraged to participate in volunteer work or internships within a clinical setting. Consult with your adviser about these opportunities.   

Specific requirements for the Functional Biology of Animals concentration are listed under Requirements and outlined in the suggested Four-Year Plan of Study.

Foundation Courses
BIOL 200
200L
INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
4
BIOL 202INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION4
BIOL 204EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER PLANNING FOR THE BIOLOGIST1
BIOL 309GENETICS4
Breadth Courses
Select one of the following:3-8
GENERAL BOTANY
and GENERAL ZOOLOGY
BIODIVERSITY
Select one of the following:4
MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND CONSERVATION
CELL BIOLOGY
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Select BIOL 221 and BIOL 222, OR BIOL 325: 14-8
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
Elective Courses
Physiology Elective
BIOL 470ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY4
Focused Electives
Select from the following: (one if you completed BIOL 221/BIOL 222 or two if you completed BIOL 325)2-8
ELECTRN MICRSCOPY
MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY
MICROBIOLOGY
HISTOLOGY
ENDOCRINOLOGY
CANCER BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
NEUROMUSCULAR MECHANISMS OF THE UPPER BODY
VIROLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY I
Free Electives
Select one of the following:3-4
One biology elective from lists of electives in any Biology concentration
ELECTIVE IN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
HONORS SENIOR THESIS IN BIOLOGY
Ancillary Courses
Chemistry and physics as required for Biology major including:29-30
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 2
ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Recommended Courses
BIOCHEMISTRY LAB (if taking CHEM 351 as well)
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS
Total Units62-79

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4BIOL 202 or 3094
CHEM 131
131L (if taking a Calculus course; otherwise, take a Core course (3))
4CHEM 132
132L (if CHEM 131 & 131L were taken in the previous semester; otherwise take CHEM 131 & CHEM 131L)
4
MATH 115, 119, 211, or 27313-4ENGL 102 or TSEM 1023
TSEM 102 or ENGL 1023Core. Must take MATH course if no MATH course taken in Freshman Term 1)3-4
 14-15 14-15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 20421BIOL 202 (or BIOL 309 (or BIOL 408 or BIOL 409, if BIOL 309 has been completed))4
BIOL 221
221L (or BIOL 325)3
4BIOL 222
222L
4
CHEM 132
132L (if not taken in Year 1)
4Core3-4
Core3Core 3
Core3-4 
Core 3 
 18-19 14-15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 202, 208, 309, 408, or 409 (Can take BIOL 208 if BIOL 202 already completed. Can take BIOL 409 if BIOL 309 completed.)4BIOL 408, 208, 309, 408, or 409 (BIOL 408 requires completion of BIOL 309. Can take BIOL 208 if BIOL 202 completed. Can take BIOL 409 if BIOL 309 completed)4
CHEM 331 or 33045CHEM 332 (if CHEM 331 was taken)5
PHYS 21154PHYS 212 or 242 (PHYS 212 for Biology majors: PHYS 242 for Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics majors)4
One additional course required to complete degree but no more than 3 courses total with labs3-4One additional course required to complete degree but no more than 3 courses total with labs3-4
 16-17 16-17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 4704Remaining courses required for degree (minimum of 120 units to graduate) but no more than three lab courses total15-16
Three additional courses including elective courses but no more than two courses with labs9-12 
 13-16 15-16
Total Units 120-130
  1. Explain the core concepts and principles of Biology.
  2. Demonstrate the scientific method through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and implementation of an experiment.
  3. Utilize scientific methodologies from the biological sciences in the evaluation of issues in society.
  4. Apply appropriate critical-thinking/problem-solving skills in biological sciences.
  5. Communicate both verbally and in writing in discipline specific contexts.
  6. Identify fundamental similarities and differences among various fields of study within the Biological Sciences.