Natural Sciences - Biology Option, B.A.


Science and Mathematics Interdisciplinary Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Natural Sciences Major - Biology Option

The B.A. in Natural Sciences Biology Option serves to establish subject matter competency through coursework as approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), which waives the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET), and streamlines the process for students to enter the Single Subject Teaching Credential program in Science. This degree program is primarily designed for students who plan to become middle or high school science teachers; however, the program is also suitable for students who have interest in other science career options. Please contact CSM Advising and Resources Center (ARC) at 559.278.4150 for advising and more information.  

1. Major Requirements (75-77 units)

Core requirements (36 units)
Biology (12 units)
BIOL 1A, BIOL 1B, BIOL 1BL, BIOL 101, and BIOL 101L

Chemistry (10 units)

Geology (7 units)
EES 1 and EES 168

Natural Science (3 units)
NSCI 106

Physical Science (4 units)

Biology Option (39-41 units)
CHEM 8 or 128A (3 units)
PHYS 2A, PHYS 2B (see note 1) (8 units)
MATH 75 (4 units)
MATH 101 or PSYCH 42 (4 units)
BIOL 102, BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 105, BIOL 120 (14 units)
Select one course: BIOL 122, BIOL 124, BIOL 125, BIOL 130, BIOL 131, BIOL 132, BIOL 133, BIOL 134, BIOL 135, BIOL 136, BIOL 171, BIOL 172 (3-4 units)
Select one course: BIOL 160, BIOL 161, BIOL 162 and BIOL 162L, BIOL 163 (3-4 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units) (See note 2)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5.Total (120 units)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes for all Options within the Natural Sciences Major

  1. Substitutions may be made with the permission of the appropriate department chair. PHYS 4A-B-C with labs 4AL, 4BL is recommended instead of PHYS 2A-B for those students well-prepared for physics.
  2. This total assumes that students in this option will maximize 12 units required for the major that also may be applied to fulfill General Education requirements as follows: CHEM 1A/1AL (3 units), BIOL 1A (3 units), EES 168 (3 units) and, depending on emphasis and choice, MATH 75 (3 units). Consult your major advisor for details.

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B.A. in Natural-Sciences - Biology

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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