Biology: Marine Biology and Liminology and Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences SF Scholars Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I (Major Lower-Division Core) 5
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
MATH 226 Calculus I (Major Lower-Division Core, B4) 2 4
GE Area A 3 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II (Major Lower-Division Core) 4 5
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry (Major Lower-Division Core) 5
GE Area A 3
GE Area E 3
 Units16
Second Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry (Major Lower-Division Core) 5 3
PHYS 111
PHYS 112
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Major Lower-Division Core, B1, B3)
4
GE Area C 3
GE Area D - Take Two 6
 Units16
Spring Semester
Select Two (Major Lower-Division Core): 8-9
General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts
and General Chemistry II Laboratory: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts (Prerequisites for BIOL 580)
 
Calculus II  
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
 
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
 Units14-15
Third Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 6 3
BIOL 458 Biometry (Major Upper-Division Core) 4
GE Area C 3
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
 Units16
Spring Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Select One (Major Upper-Division Core): 3
Plant Physiology  
Animal Physiology  
Major Upper-Division Electives (14-17 units) - Take Three 7 9
 Units15
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
BIOL 708 Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists (Graduate Core) 3
MSCI 709 Foundations in Global Change in Urbanized Coasts and Estuaries (Graduate Core) 6
Major Upper-Division Electives (14-17 units) - Take One 7 3
Major Upper-Division Core (3-5 units) - Take One 8 3-5
 Units15-17
Spring Semester
BIOL 716 Skills for Scientific Proposal Writing (Graduate Core) 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (14-17 units) - Take One 7 3
Graduate Seminar - Take One 9 2-4
Research - Take One 10 3
 Units11-13
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 883 Seminar: Marine Biology (Graduate Core) 12 2
MSCI 717 Professional Skills Workshop I: Data Analysis and Visualization (Graduate Core) 2
MSCI 718 Writing and Professional Skills Workshop II (Graduate Core) 2
Graduate Seminar - Take One 9 2-4
Research - Take One 10 2
 Units10-12
Spring Semester
BIOL 883 Seminar: Marine Biology (Graduate Core) 12 2
MSCI 718 Writing and Professional Skills Workshop II (Graduate Core) 2
Thesis - Take One 13 3-4
 Units7-8
 Total Units153-161