Bachelor of Arts in General Biology Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 57

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
MATH 124
Elementary Statistics
or Calculus I
3-4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
 Units14-15
Second Semester
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
PHYS 111
PHYS 112
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
 Units15
Third Semester
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 5
CHEM 215 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units14
Fourth Semester
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
PHYS 121
PHYS 122
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Fifth Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics 3
Ecology Course – Select One 3 3-5
Laboratory Course Associated with a Course in the Physiology or Cell Biology Course – Select One 4,5 2-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units14-18
Sixth Semester
Cell Biology Course – Select One 4 3
Evolutionary or Organismal Biology Course – Select One 6 3-5
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 6
 Units16
Seventh Semester
Physiology Course – Select One 5 3
Upper Division Major Electives – Select 4-8 Units in Consultation with an Advisor 4
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 6
 Units16
Eighth Semester
Upper Division Major Electives 3
or University Elective if already satisfied
 
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Four 12
 Units15
 Total Units120-125
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Ecology Courses
BIOL 482 Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 490 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (4 units)
BIOL 529GW Plant Ecology - GWAR (4 units)
BIOL 532 Restoration Ecology (3 units)
BIOL 534 Wetland Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 580 Limnology (3 units)
BIOL 582 Biological Oceanography (4 units)
BIOL 585 Marine Ecology (3 units)
BIOL 586 Marine Ecology Laboratory (2 units)

4

Cell Biology Courses
BIOL 350 Cell Biology (3 units)
BIOL 358 Forensic Genetics: Math Matters (4 units)
BIOL 401 General Microbiology (3 units)
BIOL 435 Immunology (3 units)
BIOL 453 General Parasitology (3 units)
CHEM 349 General Biochemistry (3 units)

5

Physiology Courses
BIOL 442 Microbial Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 525 Plant Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 612 Human Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 630 Animal Physiology (3 units)

6

Evolutionary or Organismal Biology Courses
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy (4 units)
BIOL 337 Evolution (3 units)
BIOL 380 Evolutionary Developmental Biology (3 units)
BIOL 425 Emerging Diseases (3 units)
BIOL 453 General Parasitology (3 units)
BIOL 454 Parasitology Laboratory (1 units)
BIOL 460 General Entomology (4 units)
BIOL 461 Insect Taxonomy (4 units)
BIOL 475GW Herpetology - GWAR (3 units)
BIOL 478GW Ornithology - GWAR (4 units)
BIOL 500 Evolution and Diversity of Plants (4 units)
BIOL 502 Biology of the Algae (3 units)
BIOL 504 Biology of the Fungi (4 units)
BIOL 505 Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants (4 units)
BIOL 514 Plant Taxonomy (5 units)
BIOL 555 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4 units)
BIOL 570GW Biology of Fishes - GWAR (4 units)
BIOL 638 Bioinformatics & Genome Annotation (4 units)
BIOL 652 Science Education Partners in Biology (4 units)

7

Substitutions allowed upon signed advisor consent.