Sep 26, 2017
Offered by: College of Science, Biological Sciences Department
The Biology major with subplans in Botany, General Biology, Microbiology, and Zoology stresses a balance between the theoretical aspects of biology and actual experience in the field and laboratory. The variety of courses offered in a flexible curriculum provides an opportunity for a wide range of experience in biological sciences.
The offerings of this curriculum provide the student with a preparation for graduate and professional schools in fields ranging from molecular to field biology. The curriculum prepares prospective teachers for the secondary education credential. Graduate courses enable students to complete requirements for the community college credential. For those planning a career as a secondary school teacher a credential is required. Contact department office for additional information.
Required Core Courses for Major: 19 units
Required Subplan/Option Core Courses: 27 units
Elective Subplan/Option Core Courses: 22 units
22 units of upper division courses must be completed from approved courses included in one of two clusters (Physiology and Neuroscience/Biodiversity and Systematics). Students do not need to declare a cluster. Courses may be chosen from either of the two clusters indicated below; however, a minimum of 3 units must be completed from each cluster. See below for approved courses.
Physiology and Neuroscience
Biodiversity and Systematics
Required Support Courses: 61 units
The following major support courses should be used to satisfy the indicated GE requirements. If these courses are not used to satisfy GE, the total units to degree may be more than 180 units.
Elective Support Courses: 11 units
Approved electives include any 200, 300, or 400-level courses in the Biological Sciences Department not specifically designed for non-majors. Only 2 units of BIO 200 or BIO 400 allowed. Only 4 units of BIO 441 or BIO 461 allowed. Only 2 units of BIO 462 allowed. Approved electives include any advanced chemistry or math course. See advisor for approval of courses offered by other departments.
General Education Requirements: 68 units
Students should consult the Academic Programs website https://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/general-education-course-listings.shtml for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
- Physical Science
- Biological Science
- Laboratory Activity
- Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
- Science and Technology Synthesis
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Philosophy and Civilization
- Literature and Foreign Languages
- Humanities Synthesis
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
- U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
- History, Economics, and Political Science
- Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
- Social Science Synthesis
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)