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Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Natural Sciences

B.S. Natural Sciences (PDF Download)

Students complete the core coursework (I) a concentration (II) and a minor (III)

I. Core Coursework (70-73 Units)             

Life Science (15 units)
BIOL 201 Cell
BIOL 202 Zoology
BIOL 203 Botany

Chemistry (15 Units)
CHEM 211, 212, and 213

Earth and Planetary Science (15 Units)
GEOL 201, and 204
One of: GEOL 205, 308 or PHYS 110,

Math (10 Units)
MATH 192 (all concentrations)
MATH 201 (Geol/Phys Concentration) OR
MATH 211 (Bio/Chem Concentration) OR
MATH 140 or 201 or 211 (Foundational)

Physics1 (15-18 Units)
PHYS 201, 202 and 203
OR
PHYS 221, 222 and 223   

II. Concentrations -- Select one

Biology Concentration: (29-30 Units)
BIOL 304, 305, 306, 470, and 490
One of BIOL 318 or 357
One upper division Biology Elective (must be a 5-unit lab course)

Chemistry Concentration: (30 units)
CHEM 331, 332, 340, 390, and 490
One of CHEM 421 or 422
One upper division Chemistry elective (must be a 5-unit lab course)

Geology Concentration: (30 Units)
GEOL 303, 306, 307, 309, 475, and 490

Physics Concentration1: (30 units)
PHYS 207, 307, 324, 325, and 490

4 units of upper division Physics Electives OR 4 units from CHEM 361, 362 and/or 363

Minors. Select one, different than Concentration.

For science minors, 10 units from core, in the same discipline as the minor, are counted toward the minor instead of the core. Courses listed below are recommendations to choose from, only 10 Upper division units are required.

Biology Minor (10 Units)
BIOL 304, 305, 306, 470

Chemistry Minor (10 Units)
CHEM 331, 350

Geology Minor: (10 Units)
GEOL 303 307, 309, 475  

Mathematics Minor1 (20 Units)
MATH 202 or 212, MATH 203, + 10 upper division units in Mathematics

Physics Minor1 (10 Units)
PHYS 307, 324
Statistics minor (20 Units)
MATH 140, 338, 339, and 415

1. Students in the Physics Concentration or minor must complete the PHYS 221, 222 & 223 sequence. MATH 202 &/or 203 are prerequisites for most upper division Physics courses. The Math Minor is strongly encouraged for the Physics concentration. MATH 304 and 302 are recommended to satisfy the upper division Math requirement for the Math Minor if Physics is the primary concentration. Students with this combination are also advised to take GEOL 308 in the core.

BS in Natural Sciences: Foundational Science Concentration (196 units)

I. Core Coursework: see I above (70-73 Units)

II. Concentration in education: (51 units):
EDSE 431, 432, 433, 434, 435 & 499.
EDSE/EDTE 300, 410, 415 & 416.
EDSP 301.
EDTE 401, 402, 403 & 404.

III. Senior Seminar: SCI 490