Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Ecology Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 67

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
Lower Division Requirement (16-17 Units) – Take One 1 4-5
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 2 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 3 3
 Units15-16
Second Semester
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
Lower Division Requirement (16-17 Units) – Take One 1 4-5
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
 Units15-16
Third Semester
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II 4 5
Lower Division Requirement (16-17 Units) – Take One 1 4-5
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 5 3
Lower Division Requirement (16-17 Units) – Take One 1 4-5
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 2
 Units15-16
Fifth Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics 6 3
BIOL 458 Biometry 4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
 Units16
Sixth Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution 3
BIOL 525
Plant Physiology
or Animal Physiology
3
Major Upper Division Electives (11–14 Units Total) 7 2-4
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units14-16
Seventh Semester
Major Upper Division Requirement (6–8 Units Total) 8 4
Major Upper Division Electives (11–14 Units Total) 7 8
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
 Units15
Eighth Semester
Select Major Upper Division Requirement (6–8 Units Total) 8 4-6
Major Upper Division Electives (11–14 Units Total) 7 2-4
SF State Studies or University Elective 9
 Units15-19
 Total Units120-130
1

Major Lower Division Requirement
CHEM 215 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts (3 units)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry II Laboratory: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts (2 units)
MATH 226 Calculus I (4 units)
MATH 227 Calculus II (4 units)
PHYS 111 General Physics I (3 units)
PHYS 112 General Physics I Laboratory (1 units)
PHYS 121 General Physics II (3 units)
PHYS 122 General Physics II Laboratory (1 units)

2

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

3

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.

4

Areas B2 (Life Science) and B3 (Laboratory Science) are satisfied upon completion of BIOL 240.

5

Area B1 (Physical Science) is satisfied upon completion of CHEM 130 or CHEM 233.

6

Upper Division General Education, Physical, and Life Sciences (UD-B) is satisfied upon completion of BIOL 355.

7

Major Upper Division Electives
Select 11-14 units upon advisement from the alternates not used in fulfilling the requirements listed above, or any other upper division biology courses not specifically excluded for major credit, or any graduate course in biology.

8

Major Upper Division Requirement

Select 6-8 units on advisement from the following:
BIOL 482 Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 490 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (4 units)
BIOL 529GW Plant Ecology - GWAR (4 units)
BIOL 530 Conservation Biology (3 units)
BIOL 532 Restoration Ecology (3 units)
BIOL 534 Wetland Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 577 Ecological and Environmental Modeling (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)