Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in Major: 58

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 SemesterUnits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I (Major Lower-Division Core) 4
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
Second Semester
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I (Major Lower-Division Core) 5
BIOL 231 Advising for Success as a Biology Major (Major Lower-Division Core) 1
CHEM 215 General Chemistry II (Major Lower-Division Core) 4
GE Area C 3
GE Area E 3
Third Semester
BIOL 240 Introductory Biology II (Major Lower-Division Core) 4 5
Select One (Major Lower-Division Core): 5 3
General Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
GE Area A 3
GE Area D 3
Fourth Semester
Select One (Major Lower-Division Core): 5 3
Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 111
PHYS 112
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Major Lower-Division Core, B1, B3)
GE Area C - Take Two 6
GE Area D 3
Fifth Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 6 3
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
Sixth Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
BIOL 350 Cell Biology (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Select One (Major Upper-Division Core): 3
Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Seventh Semester
BIOL 351GW Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 4
Select Major Electives Requirement (9 Units Total) - Take Two 7 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Eighth Semester
Select Major Electives Requirement (9 Units Total) - Take One 7 3
SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Four 11
 Total Units120

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.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


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


GE Area B2 (Life Science) is satisfied upon completion of BIOL 240.


CHEM 233 is a prerequisite for CHEM 335. If students plan to take CHEM 335, they must take CHEM 233.


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


Major Electives (9 units)
Select 9 units upon advisement. At least one elective course must have an upper-division laboratory component. Graduate level courses may be used upon advisement.

BIOL 328 Human Anatomy (4 units)*

BIOL 332 Health Disparities in Cancer (3 units) (AERM, GP, SJ)
BIOL 349 Bioethics (3 units) (UD-B, SJ)
BIOL 356 Honors Genetics (2 units)
BIOL 358 Forensic Genetics: Math Matters (4 units)
BIOL 380 Evolutionary Developmental Biology (3 units)
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology (3 units)
BIOL 401 General Microbiology (3 units)
BIOL 420 General Virology (3 units)
BIOL 425 Emerging Diseases (3 units)
BIOL 430 Medical Microbiology (3 units)
BIOL 431 Medical Microbiology Laboratory (2 units)*
BIOL 435 Immunology (3 units)
BIOL 436 Immunology Laboratory (2 units)*
BIOL 442 Microbial Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 443 Microbial Physiology Laboratory (2 units)*
BIOL 446 Microbial Genomics (4 units)
BIOL 453 General Parasitology (3 units)
BIOL 454 Parasitology Laboratory (1 units)*
BIOL 458 Biometry (4 units)
BIOL 482 Ecology (4 units)*
BIOL 490 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (4 units)
BIOL 525 Plant Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 526 Plant Molecular Physiology Laboratory (2 units)*
BIOL 612 Human Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 615 Molecular Pathophysiology (3 units)
BIOL 619 Pathophysiology (3 units)
BIOL 620 Endocrinology (3 units)
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 622 Hormones and Behavior (3 units)
BIOL 627 Biophysics (3 units)
BIOL 630 Animal Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 638 Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis (4 units)*
BIOL 640 Cellular Neurosciences (3 units)
BIOL 642 Neural Systems Physiology (3 units)
BIOL 644 LEADerS Service Learning Course: Learners Engaged in Advocating for Diversity in Science (4 units)
or BIOL 654 Peer Assistants for Learning Science (PALS) (4 units)
BIOL 667/CHEM 667 Optical Engineering for the Biological Sciences (3 units)*
BIOL 699 Independent Study in Biology (1-3 units)
CSC 306 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Computer Programming (3 units)*


Course fulfills the upper-division laboratory elective requirement.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.