Aims and Scope of the Undergraduate Program
The undergraduate option in biology is designed to build on a solid foundation in mathematics and physical science by providing an introduction to the basic facts, concepts, problems, and methodologies of biological science. The option serves as a basis for graduate study in any field of biology or for admission to the study of medicine. Instruction is offered in the form of participation in the ongoing research programs of the division, as well as in formal course work. Course work emphasizes the more general and fundamental properties of living organisms, and areas of current research interest, rather than the traditional distinct fields with-in the life sciences.The division encourages undergraduate participation in its research program and believes that research participation should be a part of each student's program of study. Students may elect to prepare an undergraduate thesis (Bi 90). Research opportunities may be arranged with individual faculty members, or guidance may be obtained from a student's individual faculty adviser in the division or from the biology undergraduate student adviser.The requirements listed below for the biology option are minimal requirements. An adequate preparation for graduate work in biology will normally include additional elective research or course work in biology and/or advanced course work in other sciences or in mathematics. Flexibility to accommodate varied individual scientific interests, within the broad scope of biology, is achieved through the provision of elective courses, arrangements for individual research (Bi 22), and tutorial instruction (Bi 23). In addition, arrangements may be made to take courses at neighboring institutions in fields of biology that are not represented in our curriculum.
The undergraduate course for premedical students is essentially the same as that for biology students and is intended as a basis for later careers in research as well as in the practice of medicine. It differs in some respects from premedical curricula of other schools; however, it has been quite generally accepted as satisfying admission requirements of medical schools. It is recommended that all students contemplating application to medical school consult with the premed adviser at the Career Development Center or Professor David Chan in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering.
The following required courses must all be taken on grades, with the exception of Bi 8 if taken in freshman year and Bi 22. Freshmen taking Bi 8 must maintain shadow grades that indicate satisfactory progress.
1.Bi 8, Bi 9, Bi 117, Bi 122, Bi/CNS/NB/Psy 150, and Ch 41 abc.
2.Ma 2, Ma 3, and any two terms of Ph 2 abc. These courses need not be taken consecutively or in a fixed order. This require-ment can also be satisfied in part by successfully taking a "reasonable" replacement for any of these required courses. A "reasonable" replacement will be defined by: (1) Equally or more advanced quantitative coursework; and (2) Essentially similar scope of subject matter as the course replaced, e.g. Ch 25 for Ph2c. The Biology option representative will be empowered to make this determination with aid of an advisory list which can be updated as relevant new courses are developed inside and outside of biology.
3.One advanced laboratory course (100- or 200-level), or Bi 21 with presentation, or three terms of undergraduate thesis (Bi 90 abc).
4.Two courses chosen from Ch/BI 110, 111, and/or BMB/Bi/Ch 170, 173 or Ch 145.
5.Scientific writing requirement met by taking Bi/BE 24 (six units), or by taking any other writing course such as En/Wr 84 (nine units) plus oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day or equivalent, with option representative approval.
6.A total of 170 units of biology must be taken and passed (Bi 1, Bi 2, and Bi 10 cannot be counted toward this total). Units within this total which are not accounted for by the requirements above are biology electives. Biology electives must include at least 8 biology classes which satisfy the following:a. At least four elective courses taken for letter grades.b. At least two elective courses, of at least nine units each, taken on letter grades.c. Substantial lab research for credit (Bi 22) beyond the 12-unit minimum can be counted among the electives.
7.Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units, including the courses listed above.